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American inflation from a Christian perspective – The Christian Post

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America is experiencing a time of upheaval. With inflation skyrocketing to the highest levels in 40 years, civil unrest, unprecedented incidents involving gun violence, and the troubling pull away from traditional Christian values, many Americans are deeply concerned about what type of future is on the horizon for our country. Especially worrisome is how many Americans will keep pace with the constantly rising costs of almost everything.

Putting these challenges in perspective, however, we Americans are still abundantly blessed. Other places in the world are not afforded the luxuries that many of us so easily take for granted. For example, while our inflation rate is hovering in the 10% plus range, it is no comparison to that of the nation of Zimbabwe. Their rate was 192% in June of 2022, tipping even higher since then. That means that the cost of many items has tripled in just one year. A loaf of bread for $2.00 would now be $6.00 if it could even be found on store shelves. Many items simply cannot be found. We can only imagine their sense of fear, anxiety, and despair as they wonder how they may navigate the future.

A recent article from AP News follows the Carlos family, residents of Zimbabwe’s capital of Harare. Mr. Carlos earns about $100 per month working an overnight security job — hardly enough to cover basic living expenses. The family utilizes a well on the property they rent to subsidize their income by pumping water and selling it by the bucketful to neighbors. Regular water shortages in the city of more than 2.4 million often require people to find their own sources of water. On a good day, 12 buckets sold by the Carlos family bring in about $2, enough for the day’s food. Or they may trade water for some vegetables if the family needing water has no money to pay. They must also scrounge for firewood as many meals are prepared over open fires as electricity is unpredictable. The children often study at night by candlelight.

The government of Zimbabwe has determined that the solution to this problem can be solved by issuing gold coins as legal tender. The value of the one ounce, 22-carat coins will coincide with the international price of gold, currently hovering slightly under $2,000. This action is meant to help maintain the value of household savings for the citizens of their country. As the Carlos family has considered this solution, they realize that the average household has no savings and purchasing gold coins, even in smaller denominations, is not a possibility. They are left to continue eking out a living as best they can, one day at a time.

Our lives under current conditions in America can be frustrating, but very few of us imagine no water when we turn on the tap. We fully expect the power to flow when we turn on the switch. Even if we don’t call Door Dash or Uber Eats to deliver dinner, we expect the stove to heat or the microwave to cook any variety of food we place there. And most of us can manage to tuck at least a little something away in that rainy day fund. We face challenges for sure, but nothing like so many families around the world.

This is one of the reasons it is essential for Christians to be more dedicated to the Great Commission than ever before. The only true promise of hope for these precious people who are greatly suffering is found in knowing Jesus Christ. The Lord is able to sustain those who place their confidence in Him. But to be able to know Christ, people need to hear of Him.

This is why the Global Tide Broadcasting Association, The Tide®, shares the Gospel on three continents, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Without this global vision of hope, there is little chance for a dark and broken world to improve.

Our world can change for the better when we share the Good News of the Gospel and allow Christ to work in the hearts of all those for whom He gave His life. How would our perspective change if we considered the plight of others before our own? And what could the world be like if our fellow citizens of this planet, who have far less than we, would be offered the chance to know Jesus Christ as Lord? If we keep our own inflation in perspective, there is a lot each of us could do to help make hope a reality.

Jeffrey Knauer is the Director of Development for the Gospel Tide Broadcasting Association (The Tide®), headquartered in Chambersburg, PA. He previously served as Executive Vice President of KSA Services, a division of Kirby-Smith Associates, a company founded in 1938 as a Ministry of Church Stewardship. Knauer has done extensive work with churches of more than 20 denominations across the United States, conducting Vision Development Seminars, Feasibility Studies, Stewardship and Capital Funds Campaigns, including more than 350 successful campaigns and projects.

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AFRIMMA 2022 nominees unveiled as Gen Z Stars dominate – Vanguard

By Benjamin Njoku

The big list is out, the much-anticipated Nominees List of the prestigious African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) has been released by the organizers. After a two-year period of virtual shows due to the impact of the pandemic, AFRIMMA Awards is set to return with an in-person ceremony on the 19th of November at the Gilley’s Event Center in Dallas, Texas.

Tagged “This is Africa”, the award show seeks to consolidate on the growth of the previous award ceremonies and the massive growth of African music culture. It has been a great year of good music on the African music scene and many African artists did the continent proud.

The nominee’s list was put together by the AFRIMMA technical team after painstaking research and due diligence. Gen Z stars hug the headlines of this year’s nomination list with Gen Z stars like Asake, Ayra Star, Jay Melody, Marioo, Rema, Black Sheriff, Ruger, Buju and more holding their own against heavyweights like Burna Boy, Diamond Platnumz, Focalistic and the rest.

Stars like Ammarae, Mahkhadzi, Gambo and DJ Snake all earned their first AFRIMMA nominations on a list that is practically tight in every category. Celebrating African music and African music artists has been the fuel behind AFRIMMA Awards, and the body has consistently uplifted African music on the world stage since inception. It is set to be another chapter in history as African stars hoist their country’s flags in different categories of nominations.

Anderson Obiagwu, the founder AFRIMMA states that “African music is the new oil, everybody wants a bit of it, AFRIMMA is committed to promoting African music on the biggest stage and celebrating and rewarding excellence.

                       AFRIMMA NOMINEES 2022

Best Male West Africa

Oxlade – Nigeria

Kidi – Ghana

Buju – Nigeria

Black Sheriff– Ghana

Fireboy– Nigeria

Didi B – Ivory Coast

Ruger – Nigeria

Samba Peuzzi – Senegal

Omah Lay – Nigeria

Best Female West Africa

Ammarae– Ghana

Tems – Nigeria

Josey – Ivory Coast

Zeynab – Benin

Ayra Star – Nigeria

Gyakie – Ghana

Tiwa Savage– Nigeria

Roselyne Layo– Ivory Coast

Best Male East Africa

John Frog – South Sudan

Khaligraph Jones – Kenya

Eddy Kenzo – Uganda

Diamond Platnumz – Tanzania

Rayvanny – Tanzania

Otile Brown – Kenya

Meddy – Rwanda

Sat B – Burundi

Best Female East Africa

Femi One – Kenya

Zuchu – Tanzania

Sheebah Karungi – Uganda

Jovial – Kenya

Maua Sama – Tanzania

Sanaipei Tande – Kenya

Nandy – Tanzania

Winnie Nwagi – Uganda

Best Male Central Africa

KoC- Cameroon

Innos’ B – Congo

TayC – Cameroon

Fally Ipupa – Congo

Calema – Sao Tome

Mic Monsta- Cameroon

Tenor -Cameroon

Nelson Freitas – Cape Verde

Best Female Central Africa

Rinyu– Cameroon

Shan’L -Gabon

Mayra Andrade – Cape Verde

Liloca- Mozambique

Blanche Bailly – Cameroon

Soraia Ramos- Cape Verde

Edmazia – Angola

Emma’a – Gabon

Asaba – Cameroon

Best Male Southern Africa

Mark Exodus –Mozambique

Focalistic- South Africa

Slap Dee – Zambia

Dlala Thuzkin -South Africa

Zakes Bantwini- South Africa

Edgar Muzah – Zimbabwe

Master KG – South Africa

Macky2 – Zambia

Best Female Southern Africa

DBN Gogo– South Africa

Ammara Brown – Zimbabwe

Mpho Sebina – Botswana

Msaki- South Africa

Gemma Griffiths – Zimbabwe

Makhadzi – South Africa

Towela – Zambia

Shekinah – South Africa

Best Male North Africa

Ali Loka – Egypt

Baiti – Tunisia

SoolKing – Algeria

Marwan Moussa – Egypt

El Grande Toto – Morocco

Dj Snake – Algeria

Wegz – Egypt

Snor – Morocco

Best Female North Africa

Rym – Morocco

Emel – Tunisia

Faouzia – Morocco

Souhila Ben Lachab – Algeria

Ruby – Egypt

Latifa – Tunisia

Kenza Morsli – Algeria

Jaylann – Morocco

Crossing Boundaries with Music Award

Burna Boy–Nigeria

Aya Nakamura -Mali/France

Ckay- Nigeria

Dadju – Congo DR

Wizkid–Nigeria

Tay C – Cameroon

French Montana- Morocco

Dj Black Coffee – South Africa

Best Newcomer

Camidoh- Ghana

Asake – Nigeria

Young Stunna– South Africa

Ssaru – Kenya

Santorini Raphael – Togo

Jay Melody – Tanzania

Goya Menor – Nigeria

Nenny – Cape Verde

Baby Diaz – Congo DR

Artist of The Year

Asake – (Nigeria)

Fally Ipupa- Congo

Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)

Burnaboy- Nigeria

Kidi– Ghana

Rema – Nigeria

Zakes Bantwini – South Africa

Tay C – Cameroon

Davido – Nigeria

Best Gospel

Mercy Chinwo – Nigeria

Joe Mettle – Ghana

Christina Shusho – Tanzania

Miguel Buila – Angola

Oheema Mercy – Ghana

KS Bloom – Ivory Coast

Joel Lwaga – Tanzania

Pulani Maphari – South Africa

Best Live Act

Barnaba -Tanzania

Flavour – Nigeria

Sauti Sol – Kenya

Yemi Alade – Nigeria

Burna Boy – Nigeria

Fally Ipupa– Congo DR

Diamond Platnumz – Tanzania

Patoranking – Nigeria

BEST FEMALE RAP ACT

Nadia Nakai – South Africa

Femi One – Kenya

Ms Banks – Nigeria

Nata – Sierra Leone

Feli Nuna – Ghana

Fena Gitu – Kenya

Candy Bleakz – Nigeria

Rosa Ree – Tanzania

Best Male Rap Act

Phyno – Nigeria

Yung Lunya – Tanzania

Didi B – Ivory Coast

Ladipoe – Nigeria

Black Sheriff – Ghana

A-Reece – South Africa

Blaqbonez – Nigeria

Blxckie – South Africa

Best Collaboration

Pheelz x Buju – Finesse

Diamond Platnumz x Focalistic – Iyo

Musa Keys x Loui – Selema

Marioo x Jovial – Mi Amor

Costa Titch ft C’buda M, Alfa kat, Banaba Des, Sidda & Man T – Big Flexa

Fireboy x Ed Sheeran – Peru (remix)

Roga Roga & Extra Musica – Bokoko

Camidoh ft Darkoo, Mayorkun – Sugarcane Remix

Asake ft Burnaboy – Sungba Remix

Song of The Year

Pheelz x Buju – Finesse

Kizz Daniel x Tekno – Buga

Lojay – Monalisa

Davido ft Focalistic – Champion Sound

Roga Roga & Extra Musica – Bokoko

Costa Titch ft C’buda M, Alfa kat, Banaba Des, Sidda & Man T – Big Flexa

TayC – Dodo

Black Sheriff – Kweku The Traveller

Maluma ft Rayvanny – Mama Tetema

Best Video Director

Anurin Nwunembom -Cameroon

Enos Olik – Kenya

TG Omori – Nigeria

Rex- Ghana

Sasha Vybz – Uganda

Hanscana – Tanzania

Patrick Elis – Nigeria

Dammy Twitch- Nigeria

Best Dj Africa

DJ Spinall – Nigeria

Black Coffee – South Africa

DJ Sly King – Ghana

Waffles – South Africa

DJ Tunez– Nigeria

DJ Djeff – Angola

DJ Romy Jones – Tanzania

Dj Big N – Nigeria

Best African Dj USA

DJ Prince – Nigeria

DJ Shinski – Kenya

Dj Soofire – Ghana

DJ Poison Ivy – Kenya

DJ Buka- Nigeria

DJ Birame BB l’amour – Ivory Coast

Dj Yas Meen Selectress – Egypt

DJ Freshy K– Nigeria

AFRIMMA Video of The Year

Flavor – Levels

Rogo Rogo & Extra Musica – Bokoko

Dj Snake – Disco Maghreb

Diamond Platnumz ft Mbosso – Oka

Chike – Nwoke Oma

Bosom Pyung – Nyinya

Makhadzi ft Prince Benza – Ghanama

Kizz Daniel x Tekno – Buga

Music Producer of The Year

PhillBill – Cameroon

Tempoe– Nigeria

207 – Uganda

S2kizzy – Tanzania

Magicstick– Nigeria

MOGBeats – Ghana

DjMaphoriza – South Africa

Pheelz – Nigeria

Best African Dancer

Poco Lee – Nigeria

Uncle Azeez – Nigeria

Ghetto Kids – (Uganda)

Angel Ngiyu– Tanzania

Hope Ramafalo – South Africa

Wet Bad Gang– Angola

Dancegod Lloyd – Ghana

Sayrahchips – Nigeria

Manuel Kanza – Angola

Best Lusophone

Calema – Sao Tome

Nelson Freitas – Cape Verde

Edgar Domingos – Angola

Djodje – Cape Verde

Mr Bow – Mozambique

Soraia Ramos – Cape Verde

Jerislon Israel – Angola

Mayra Andrade – Cape Verde

Best Francophone

Fally Ipupa – Congo

Kedjevara- Ivory Coast

Serge Beynaud – Ivory Coast

Josey – Ivory Coast

Wally B. Seck- Senegal

TayC– Cameroon

Innos B – Congo

Tenor – Cameroon

Best Reggea/Dancehall

Spice – Jamaica

Mr Killa – Jamaica

Patoranking – Nigeria

SteffLondon – Jamaica

Shatta Wale – Ghana

Popcaan – Jamaica

Shenseea – Jamaica

Alkaline – Jamaica

AFRIMMA Album of The Year

Basketmouth – Horoscopes

Focalistic – President Ya Strata

Burnaboy – Love Damini

Kidi – Golden Boy

Dadju -Cullinan

Diamond Platnumz – First of All

Dadi B – History

KOA II – Kabza De Small

RADIO/TV PERSONNEL OF THE YEAR

Ebuka – Nigeria

Konnie Toure – Ivory Coast

Dj Slim – Ghana

Do2tun – Nigeria

Afonso Quintas – Angola

James Onen – Uganda

Jamal Ghadafi – Kenya

Serwa Amihere – Ghana

AFRIMMA BEST TRADITIONAL ARTIST

Sholo Wamba – Tanzania

Kcee – Nigeria

Mrisho Mpoto – Tanzania

Manamba Kante – Guinea

Oumou Sangare – Mali

Betty G – Ethiopia

Thokozani Langa – South Africa

Nii Tettey Tetteh – Ghana

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Simeli: Village girl who conquered businessworld – The Herald

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Freedom Mupanedemo Correspondent

For 53-year-old Dr Smelly Dube, the geography that flung Mberengwa in south west Zimbabwe to almost anonymity and even came with the extra condemnation of nature, during her childhood did not deter her from conquering the world to greater heights.

Mberengwa is where the vagaries of nature, chiefly drought, unbearable heat and attendant maladies such as malaria present a continuing menace that the people have contend with every day and this is worse for the girl child. 

Yet, even if one becomes hardened to the elements, not so many would resist the hunger that gnaws the belly and the difficulties that a girl child faces, growing up.  

It is from here that Simeli Dube, misspelt Smelly by registrar of births in Rhodesia, rose to become a world class businesswoman, now rubbing shoulders with the who is who of world business. 

From growing up in the weather-beaten Mberengwa, herding cattle and donkeys as well as doing domestic chores such as fetching water from shallow riverbed wells with her age mates, Smelly, now Dr Smelly Dube, finds herself trudging the length and breadth of the world’s biggest cities.

“How I rose to become who I am today is something that I cannot really explain to the best of my understanding but its only God and shear hard work. You know if you work hard, God always rewards you and am happy that I have been so blessed to become who I am today, It’s only God’s grace to sum up everything.”

A woman of courage, Dr Dube who now runs a chain of companies based in the Midlands under the umbrella name, River Valley Group has been in the UK for the past two weeks at the Invitation of a UK based African Achievers Organisation.

The organisation which rewards influential women and men from across Africa nominated Dube to be part of their associates’ and extended invitation where she was also presented with an award.

She also attended the funeral of Queen Elizabeth 11.

Dube said she, through her companies has been engaged into philanthropic works, helping the elderly, widows and child headed families with monthly food hampers, a feat she says has earned her several local and international awards.

“I have been blessed and in turn I have also been active in my society helping the needy and by doing this I have also been recognised and won several local regional and international awards,” she said.

She said she was also in the UK to receive another global award.

Dube said she was also very happy to be part of the historic event, witnessing first-hand the procession leading to the burial of the Queen.

She said it was an emotional event especially on the burial day when she joined thousands of people and tourists from across the world as they pay their last respects to the Queen.

“It was really an experience, an emotional one.

Dr Smelly Dube lays flowers for Queen Elizabeth

I also had the chance to mix and mingle with high ranking officials in the UK,” she said.

She said she also had the privileged to pay a courtesy call to the Mayor of Hackney where she appended her signature in the Queen’ condolence book.

“It was indeed an exciting experience but also am very happy that i managed to raise the Zimbabwe flag high in the UK,” she said.

Dube said she will continue to work hard with working with the less privileged in the society adding that she cherishes the charity works by Kenyan evangelist Reverend Lucy Natasha.

“She is a devotee and she inspires me every now and then i watch her motivational sermons and the charity works she does in helping the needy in society,” she said.

Dube said she will be in the UK for close to a month while carrying the Second Republic’s message of a new Zimbabwe with a wide range of investment opportunities.

“ I am preaching our President’s gospel that Zimbabwe was now open for business and for the time I will be here,” I will also be unpacking investment opportunities that are back home under the new dispensation,” she said.

But who is Dr Smelly Dube?

Back in a village in Mberengwa, Dube attended Masase Primary and then Masase High School. She later moved to Harare where she got married to her long-time sweetheart, and former airman, Engineer Mncedisi Dube.

The couple moved to Chegutu, and later to Gweru where Dr Dube then entered into private property development.

 The property development business grew in lips and bounds and she now runs a number of projects in Bulawayo, Zvishavane and Shurugwi. Dube has also expanded into motor industry and earth moving equipment. She has two kids a boy and a girl. And, the good thing is that Dr Smelly Dube remains humble and as soft as wool. Cool as a cucumber, Dr Dube takes care of many disadvantaged people.

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Zapu, CCC, Zanu PF in joint call for peace – Newsday

ZANU PF, opposition parties Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) and Zapu top officials met in Bulawayo on Thursday where they pledged to foster peace in the run-up to next year’s elections. 

They made the call during the International Day of Peace commemorations held at the Brethren in Christ Church in Lobengula West.

The event was organised by the Zimbabwe Christian Alliance in partnership with the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC).

Zanu PF Bulawayo provincial chairperson Jabulani Sibanda said political differences were not a licence to engage in acts of political violence.

“We should not have people beating other people for belonging to other parties. We create problems for ourselves by doing. God created us differently to beautify the world so that we don’t envy one another,” Sibanda said in his address.

CCC ward 26 representative Siphiwe Ncube said the youth should refuse to be used by senior politicians to engage in political violence.

“We should not fight. We should learn to live together peacefully. Let’s campaign in peace. Youth don’t allow yourselves to be used by politicians to go around beating up people,” Ncube said.

Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (Zipra) representative Andrew Ndlovu said violence was not part of Zapu’s culture.

“We advocate for freedom of all, equal opportunities in accessing natural resources. Having divergent views does not mean people should beat each other,” Ndlovu said.

“When we joined the liberation struggle, we wanted to liberate the nation. Let’s not be abused and mistreated and be forced into victimising other people. Let’s respect the legacy, no one should be left behind in freedom for all and in the enjoyment of human rights.”

NPRC chairperson Justice Selo Nare said every Zimbabwean had a role to play in peace-building initiatives.

“I urge you all to engage in peace as you exercise your electoral right. We can build peaceful societies shunning discrimination and violence,” Nare said.

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