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Orphaned student hoes his way through Uni

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WHILE his peers navigate lecture halls and campus life with pens and books only, Elijah Sichitalwe wields a different kind of tool – a hoe.

For him, the path to a coveted degree in Business Administration at Copperbelt University wasn’t paved hasn’t been a rosey fairytale ride but with the fertile soil of his own hard work and unwavering determination he is about have his happy ending.

Who could have imagined that for the past four years, 27 year old Sichitalwe would be a final year student that juggled to be learner by day and a farmer by dawn and dusk? Even himself wonders.

Well, the calloused hands that grip a pen in lecture halls are the same hands that wield a hoe under the scorching sun.

However, the harsh realities of nature has not spared him as the drought, declared a national disaster has thrown another hurdle in his path.

The recent drought, declared a national disaster by President Hichilema has ravaged his crops, leaving him with significant financial losses.


This has his dream of a final year thesis hanging in the balance, overshadowed by the K7,000 debt he owes to the university.


Orphaned at a young age, Elijah’s maternal grandmother came into the picture and took over where his parents left and started taking care of him and his two siblings in her two roomed grass- thatched house in Luanshya’s Butungwa Township.

Witnessing his grandmother, a peasant farmer, tirelessly work the land to provide for the family, sparked a passion for agriculture within him.

“My father died when I was in grade one. By then, I didn’t really know how his death would impact my life because I was too young to understand. I realised later that the death of my parents would mean I will have to fend for myself,” he told Kalemba.

For a typical 21st century young person, farming may be an activity deemed for the elderly but he proved that a youth could still use hoes to plough funds out of the ground to push his way to University.

Before hand, education, seemed like a distant dream for Elijah because despite excelling in his secondary education, the harsh reality of limited resources always loomed large.

Determined to follow his dream of being at the CBU, Sichitalwe embarked on a journey of backbreaking labour like digging up trenches in order to fund for his education.

After losing three of his colleagues in a landslide, he quit the job.

“After I quit digging up trenches, I did other piece works for survival but I didn’t give up on my dream of becoming a student. So I decided to start farming which I had always loved since childhood,” he stated.

Reconnecting with his childhood love for farming, Sichitalwe decided to take destiny into his own hands. He began cultivating his own crops, using the knowledge passed down from his grandmother and the perseverance etched into his very being.

And Luckily enough Sichitalwe managed to get a tuition scholarship with other expense left for him to worry about.

He said he has been surviving on campus through the use of hoes and it has sustained him for the past four years as a student.

“I do everything by myself and there are times when it gets overwhelming and I decide to hire a few people to help me during harvest because it’s not easy to balance between school and farming.”

“I really love farming not because it gives me an income but because farming raised me and I saw just how my grandmother managed to feed my siblings and I despite the challenges she faced,” Sichitalwe explained.


Yet, even amidst these challenges, Elijah’s spirit remains unbroken. His favorite quote, “Never be afraid to monetize your passion,” continues to resonate, reminding him of the unwavering passion that fuels his journey.

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‘Why I love Bobrisky’ – Tolani Baj

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‘Why I love Bobrisky’ – Tolani Baj

Big Brother Naija reality star and disc jockey, Tolani Baj, has expressed her admiration for embattled cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye, aka Bobrisky.

She said she loves Bobrisky because he chooses whatever gender he wants to play at any point in time.

The reality star spoke in the teaser of the upcoming episode of the Bahd and Boujee Podcast, co-hosted by her and actress Moet Abebe.

“This is why I love Bobrisky, right? Bobrisky wakes up and plays a character; he, she, baby, whatever pronoun he likes,” she said.

Bobrisky, a self-proclaimed transwoman, admitted to being a man in court on Friday during his sentence for naira abuse and mutilation.

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People Claiming I Am The Father Of Mohbad’s Son Are Trying To Tarnish My Image – Oba Elegushi

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The Elegushi of the Ikate, Elegushi Kingdom, Lagos State, Oba Saheed Elegushi, has denied allegations claiming he is the father of Late Mohbad’s son, Liam Aloba.

Speaking via a statement by his media consultant, Deyemi Saka, the monarch described the rumors as a desperate attempt to tarnish his reputation by dragging him into the paternity dispute of Liam.

reports that following the passing of Mohbad, the paternity of his son has been called into question.

Mohbad’s father, Joseph Aloba, insisted on a paternity test to ascertain if the late singer was indeed the father of his grandson.

Among the reactions to the paternity dispute was the allegation that Oba Elegushi could have fathered Mohbad’s son.

A TikToker by the name Oloriebimusicproduction2, made several posts on his TikTok page, alleging that the monarch might be implicated in the death of the late Mohbad.

It was also claimed that the monarch was leveraging his influence to obstruct justice for the late singer.

Reacting to the allegation, the monarch insisted that they were baseless accusations aimed at soiling him image.

Oba Elegushi also disclosed that a petition has been filed against individuals propagating these allegations.

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South Sudan’s first female pilot Aluel Bol Aluenge has risen to the position of captain with a major American airline company Delta AirLines after working with Ethiopian Airlines and FlyDubai.

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South Sudan’s first female pilot Aluel Bol Aluenge has risen to the position of captain with a major American airline company Delta AirLines after working with Ethiopian Airlines and FlyDubai.

Your hard work and perseverance have paid off. Congratulations to you sister, your brain is taking you far!

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