After many months of uncertainty, my PhD ambitions seem to be back on track. I am one of the worldwide recipients of the 2008 Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) scholarship. The selection process for this prestigious scholarship is rigorous. Only one person receives it in Malawi every year. And this year it had to be no one else but me. May all the Glory be to God, who makes everything beautiful in His own time. May His Grace abound upon all the people that pray for me and my family. God will surely remember you even as you minister unto my life in your secret places.
I will leave Malawi on 1 April 2008 via South Africa and Hong Kong. I will arrive in Japan on 3 April, 2008. I will be joining Professor Kaoru Hirota’s lab in the Department of Computational Intelligence and Systems Science of the Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology. I have always longed to work with world class researchers in Computational Intelligence. Working under the supervision of Professor Hirota will provide me a great learning experience and an opportunity to do cutting edge research. I have been a fan of Japanese technology from a tender age. Working with the Japanese people at their own backyard will enable me to master some of the skills that have led to Japan’s dominance in technology. This will be good, not only for me, but also for Malawi and Africa as a whole.
The only sad part at the moment is that, once again, I will be leaving my family behind although it will just be for a while. I have to raise funds for their travel on my own because the scholarship travel funds only cater for me. But I am not worried because the God who has opened this door for me knows that I am married and I have kids. Therefore, He will also provide the finances for their travel, upkeep and fun in Japan! Remember that He who starts a good thing will surely take it to completion!