Media Editor, Barotseland Post
[An extract from Part IV of Mufalo Mbinji of Friday, January 20, 2012]
Now that the Barotseland Agreement is in the open domain, already there are comments being made that border on extreme intellectual deficiency in understanding historic contexts of the evolution of nation-States in Africa. In any case, could be this is because such individuals never made any attempt in the past to understand the evolution of the nation-State we call Zambia. And this is, because if they did, they would have unearthed the Barotseland Agreement decades ago. The document has been in the public domain on the World Wide Web (what is erroneously called the internet) for decades.
A medical student in Moscow, Russia took fashion to a whole new level when he modeled the Lozi male national dress, the siziba, along with a gentleman’s walking stick (mulamu) at a student fashion event.
Justice Kazunga, who hails from Mongu but currently pursuing a degree program in general medicine in Russia, entered the ZASURU Fashion King & Queen Competition as Contestant Number 3.
For the month of November, we featured three pictures that simply showcase the diverse beauty of Barotseland shared by Barotse nationals or visitors who love Barotseland.
MUYUNDA MAKALA: Mongu Sesheke road, Lusu area.
The first featured, and also chosen as the cover picture, was shared by Muyunda Makala, a Barotseland enthusiast, who along with it shared the Luyana Liloko (poetic phrase), 'Lyondo lya ñuwa lya si lila ñeke lya mei bebi lya mulilo kuule, Lyondo no kuondomana si cima mungonda', which simply means “Barotseland, the world of much beauty; where the sound of the child is heard, and where water is near fire - the world of tranquility, where the heart finds joy and there peace dwells!”
This picture was taken along the Mongu Sesheke road, around Lusu area.
MUBIANA MATT: Namakai beach in Mongu, Barotseland.
The second featured picture was shared by Mubiana Matt of University of Barotseland in Mongu, and was simply titled ‘Thinking about going home!'
ERICH LUBASI AKAKANDELWA: Barotse Tiger Fish locally known as Ngweshi!
The third featured picture was shared by Erich Lubasi Akakandelwa of Livingstone and was titled “You can take a Barotse away from Barotseland but you can never take Barotseland away from a Barotse.” The picture shows the rich fish stock of Barotseland.
The three pictures are currently trending, enjoying decent amounts of social media reaction in ‘likes’, ‘shares’ and ‘comments’ .
See these and more Lozi Pictures here.
President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with Taiwan's president, in a move that broke with decades of U.S. policy and could anger China.
Trump's conversation with President Tsai Ing-wen was one of a series of talks with controversial global figures — including some from countries that are considered in China's direct sphere of influence.
The U.S. has not had diplomatic relations with Taiwan since 1979. As part of the agreement establishing official diplomatic relations with China, the U.S. government established a "One China" policy, recognizing the People's Republic of China as the sole legal government and ceasing all diplomatic recognition of Taiwan.
Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies said Trump’s conversation marks the first publicly reported call between a US President or President-elect and the leader of Taiwan since Washington established diplomatic relations with Beijing in 1979.
The telephone call is certain to incense China, which considers Taiwan a renegade province. It is the first major sign of the unpredictability that Trump has vowed to bring to long-held US relations with the rest of the world.
However, China's foreign minister dismissed the call as "only a little trick played by Taiwan," and told a TV station he doesn't think the U.S. will change its "One China" policy.
"One China policy is the cornerstone of the sound development of Sino-US relations and we don't want this political basis to be interfered with or damaged in any way," Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi told Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV.
The call between is believed to be one of the first between a U.S. president and a leader from Taiwan in decades. China, a regional powerhouse, has long resented U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific region, and has rebuffed U.S. pressure to curb its activity in the disputed South China Sea.
Trump said Friday night on Twitter that Taiwan's president called him.
Ned Price, spokesperson for the White House's National Security Council said on Friday that the administration remains "firmly committed to our 'one China' policy."
"There is no change to our longstanding policy on cross-Strait issues," Price said. The White House said it was not commenting about Trump's conversation with Taiwan's president.
While the U.S. does not formally recognize Taiwan as an independent nation, it has sold $12 billion in arms to the island as part of a 1970s agreement that commits Washington to helping Taiwan defend itself.
Taiwan's presidential office said in a statement that Tsai "hopes to see a strengthened interaction and connection as well as a closer cooperation between two sides" and "also expressed to president-elect Trump her wishes for the U.S. to continue supporting Taiwan to have more opportunities to participate in and contribute to global agenda."
Trump tweeted: “Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.”
BAROTSELAND: Located between Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Angola, Barotseland is home to a unified group of diverse tribes.
Historically, the region used to be an independent nation, but was incorporated into Zambia in 1964.
Its current claim for independence comes from the idea that it was incorporated into Zambia under false pretenses, as the 1964 treaty between the two peoples had promised autonomy to Barotseland that it did not receive. Instead, Barotseland was just treated like any other province.
Alltime10s , a very popular YouTube channel based in London, England, with over a billion total video views and well known globally for their top ten lists, last month September released a video titled “10 Countries You Didn't Know Existed.”
What is interesting with this video is that Barotseland is named at number eight (08).
As of November 2016, the channel has close to five million subscribers at 4,768,100 with close to one and half a billion total views at 1,450,181,540 and still growing.
In two months only, the video “10 Countries You Didn't Know Existed” has received 1,625,919 views.
On Barotseland, the narrator winds up by saying that with international recognition, Barotseland would become the youngest nation state in the world today.
Alltime10s does exactly what its name suggests: Top 10 videos. They cover a range of content, such as media, science, technology, industry, history, food, conspiracy theories, or other uncategorized trivia.
LIST OF SUBSCRIBER MILESTONES.
- Alltime10s Hit 1 Million Subscribers On June 16, 2013.
- Alltime10s Hit 2 Million Subscribers On January 15, 2014.
- Alltime10s Hit 3 Million Subscribers On January 26, 2015.