Toward the end of last year, Bola, a Nigerian blogger friend of mine, tagged me. As a result, I was required to write a post featuring seven random things, which someone might otherwise not know about me.

I was also supposed to tag seven other random bloggers who are expected to do the same on their blogs. I, however, could not do this exercise because in the month of December 2008 I was preoccupied with the migration of my blog from Google blogger to this place. I really thank God because that exercise was successfully completed. Now I can act on Bola’s tagging and but before I continue I need to tell you the rules of this meme.They go like this:

  1. Link to the person that tagged you and posts the rules on your blog.
  2. Share 7 random and or weird things about yourself.
  3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
  4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Seven Random things about me

  1. While many Christians love to be referred to as Catholic, Methodist, Pentecostal, Baptist, Adventist etc, I prefer to be simply refered to as a Christian i.e. a follower of Jesus Christ, if we go by the Antioch definition (Acts 11:26). I believe that Jesus is Lord and that God raised him from the dead so that I must be saved. I know that I am a man of many weaknesses and shortcomings but when I make God’s presence my dwelling place, he makes me strong and successful.
  2. Unlike many Malawian pupils, I did all my elementary education at only one primary school-Mzokoto from 1981 to 1990. I used to stay with my maternal granny, Nyangwira who was a teacher at the same school. This school happens to be in her home area and it was her final placement before she retired in 1985.
  3. Although I appreciate the contribution that different teachers, tutors, lecturers, instructors and professors have made, and will continue to make, to my life, I will always hold primary school teachers in the highest esteem. They gave me an excellent academic foundation which made it easy for others to propel me to where I am today. Primary school teachers taught me the importance of education at a time when I used to think that they were just troubling me. I will write a review of some of the most exciting primary school teachers that helped immensely in defining my academic life in a separate post.
  4. I enrolled for Engineering at the Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, not because I wanted to become an Engineer, but because I was good at Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Therefore, Engineering was closer to my heart compared to other programs. Engineering terms such as Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism, Electrostatics, Dynamics, Statics etc. used to excite me more than any other terms.
  5. In the second year of my Engineering program, I opted for the Electrical Engineering discipline instead of Civil and Mechanical Engineering disciplines. I obtained my BSc Degree in Electrical Engineering in April 2000. Since then, my orientation has shifted to Electronics and Computer Engineering as evidenced by the award of the MScEng degree in Computer Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. This was a 100% research degree similar to the MPhil Degree in UK. This MSc research experience has enabled to curve out my own research niche (Computational Intelligence + Communication Networks).
  6. I got married on 27 December 2003 to the first love of my life, Felistas. Of course, just like many young men in my generation, I fancied a few other girls (ma hope sizimalephera), but ultimately I had to settle for Felistas. The Lord has blessed us with two kids, a three year old girl, Uchindami (Glory) and a one year old boy, Ungweru (Light).
  7. Finally, I will always be grateful to God for taking me this far. If the Lord had not been on my side, when contrary winds blew against me, the devil would have swallowed me alive.

Seven random bloggers that I have “met” recently

  1. MeghnaK
  2. Etienne Teo
  3. A B (Update 18/04/2009 – Looks like he quit blogging altogether!)
  4. Collins Mbalo
  5. Kevino
  6. HART
  7. decoratorinside