Ask for what you need

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Google which facilitates over three billion internet searches every day – has compiled a list of the most popular searches in South Africa over the past two decades. The ten most popular questions asked were: How to bath, what is junk status, how to pout, Trevor Noah, xenophobia, Vuyo Mbuli, how to twerk, Collins Chabane, ... Read More »

From ‘Broken to Golden’

In Japan there is an art form and philosophy called kintsukuroi, which means “to repair with gold”. When a ceramic pot or bowl breaks, the artisan would repair the pieces by using gold or silver lacquer to create something stronger, more beautiful, than what it was before. We are the same way. We may feel that our lives are breaking ... Read More »

What Is Your Dream?

During the recently concluded Urban Biodiversity and Food Security Conference in Cape Town, I met Tatu Gatere, a Kenyan and also US citizen. She was one of the Keynote speakers and her topic was “Citizen voice in the development of African urban environments: Experiences from non-formal settlements in Nairobi.” While introducing her presentation, she had spoken on how she relocated ... Read More »

Destined to be exceptional

The last time I checked, about 3100 people have shared my Facebook post concerning a Nigerian (Dr Osato Osemwengie) with 7 masters and 3 PhDs. Why did an unprecedented number of people share my post? Probably because we are fascinated by exceptional people and more importantly, because we are designed to be exceptional – exceptionality is in our DNA. The ... Read More »

Grace: The obstacles Demolisher

It was while on a research visit to University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria in September 2015 (22nd of September to be precise), that a young man came to see me about his goal of pursuing his PhD under my supervision and the fact that he would need a scholarship or bursary. Immediately I knew there were a lot hurdles for ... Read More »

Be fearless as change speeds up

Technology is bringing about change rapidly today and it will greatly transform our lives and businesses in the next two decades. Take for example, the TV broadcast is giving way to streaming. Yellow pages are still being printed but no one (may be very few people) care to look into them. A classical example of an industry where the use ... Read More »

Christ: The Perfect Model

I once sat in front of Christus, a 19th century Carrara marble statue of the resurrected Jesus by Bertel Thorvaldsen. It is a beautiful thing to behold. I have asked my self after seeing the Christus whether our Lord actually resembled the Christus when he walked the dusty street of Nazareth. Perhaps Prophet Isaiah was referring to his physical appearance ... Read More »

Don’t fly under the radar

I visited Kerry APMEA-SSA (a multinational food company into food ingredients and flavor manufacturing) with few of our undergraduate and postgraduate students not too long ago. The purpose of the visit was to show the students the company’s well equipped and automated flavor labs in addition to their other product development labs. The visit also provided an opportunity for SAAFoST ... Read More »

The Great Antidepressant

After a foremost South African researcher, clinical and medical cardiologist of world standing committed suicide at the age of 51 few days ago, doctors came out to raise the seriousness of depression in their line of duty. Dr Alastair McAlpine who at the age of 21, halfway through his medical training, found himself in a psychiatric hospital for depression and ... Read More »

Add value to others from your optimum place

We all love good stories because they inspire us and give us pictures of who we aspire to be. This week, I want to share John Maxwell’s life story about the importance of adding value to others from our optimum place. John writes: “It was the worst day of my young life as a pastor when one of the board ... Read More »