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Malawian Killed By Venomous Snake While Hunting For Wild Rabbits (Photos)

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Stanley Dalikeni, a 30 years old Malawian has been bitten to death by a poisonous snake while he was hunting for wild rabbits.

30-year-old Malawian farmer, Stanley Dalikeni, from Mkoko, TA Kalolo Lilongwe, who told his friends that he wanted to fetch mice in the surrounding garden, was found dead and in decomposed state on Saturday by herders.

According to Malawi Breaking News and Gossip

“The picture shows dead body of Stanley Dalikeni, aged 30, who was found in a decomposed state this morning, his head and arms inside the ditch (as seen in the picture).

The deceased, who hailed from Lilongwe and was in Mchinji working as a tenant for Patrick Phiri of TA Mlonjeni, had informed his bwana that he had gone mice hunting on Wednesday this week. However, Dalikeni never returned and his bwana thought he had gone to his home as he had done like that before.

Only to be discovered this morning dead due to being bitten by a poisonous snake.
Due to advanced decomposed state of the body, a grave was dug nearby and he was buried in it,” the report said.

He was buried at same spot, shortly after Mchinji Police visited the scene of the incident. According to the Village head who said the late Stanley was his employee, the deceased went to a maize garden for land preparation alongside other laborers but never returned.

 

 

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The day the ground Swallowed Me – Taste of South Sudan

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Unity High School PTA Bazaar Poster 1994 - Taste of South Sudan

Unity High School 1994 PTA Bazaar Ticket

I showed up to class
I was late
It was not my fault
My journey to school that day
Running a few miles
Waiting for the bus, delayed
Jostling, squeezing my lithe body through
To get to Unity High School
Bumper-to-bumper traffic
The beep beep beep

The seething eyes of my classmates
They did not like my hairstyle
Braided meticulously so
And oiled
In a different setting
A beauty to behold I was
But that day
In that classroom
The contrast
I was a Junubi
And my northern classmates
Made sure I knew the difference

I squeezed between the chairs to my seat
The lesson was English
And my teacher, Mr Treagust
He was white
He was British
Understanding, I thought
I raised my hand and answered a question
And the students
Laughter broke out
Jeering they were
At the moment
I shrank
And the ground swallowed me up
Or so I wished!

Was it my presence?
Was it my boldness?
The fact I showed up
And showed out?
Did they envy my intellect
How could I, a Junubi
Dare join their school
The token white students
Ah they were expatriates
The Asian foreign students
Oh they were loaded
But me
Bereft of wealth and long hair
How dare I
A Junubi
Show up and show out!

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Mike Classic Events, wedding and conferences in Juba South Sudan – Taste of South Sudan

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Mike Classic Events

Mike Classic Events

Today Taste of South Sudan is highlighting an exemplary young man who has started an event management company called Mike Classic Events. Michael Lado is a young entrepreneur who is busy building his business empire one brick at a time.  At a time when most college graduates line the halls of government offices searching for employment, Michael decided that starting his own business was the way to go.

TOSS: Thank you Michael Lado for doing this interview. As you know Taste of South Sudan strives to encourage young South Sudanese youth all over the world to be successful in their careers.  Today, our spotlight is on entrepreneurship. 

Mike: you are most welcome Taste of South Sudan.

TOSS: Tell us about your company?

Mike: Mike classic Events is a service company that provides events planning and management services for weddings, meetings, conferences and other events.

TOSS: When did you start? And what is the vision?

Mike: I started my business last year  in September 15/2018. The goal is to create local opportunity, growth and impact in every community and country around the world.

Mike Classic Events

Mike Classic Events

TOSS: What is it that you actually do?

Mike: I offer services ranging from providing tents, chairs, tables, sound systems  and services like decorations, so forth as need arises. I do offer event planning services that include event management, for weddings, receptions, anniversary consultations, birthday parties and funeral service.

TOSS: If I hire you today to set up my venue for a naming ceremony in my home; what type of service can I expect from you?

Mike: It is our pleasure that we will give our clients our undivided attention. We will listen to your needs and work with you to create the event of your dreams. Our clients’ wishes become our commands. So whatever our client wants for the event, we can offer. 

Mike Classic Events

Mike Classic Events

Mike Classic Events

Mike Classic Events

TOSS: Tell us about your educational background and how does it relate – help you run Mike Classic Events?

Mike:  I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and management studies, specialized in Bank and Finance,  from St.Lawrence University  – Kampala Uganda (2014 – 2017).  I strongly believe that with the kind of knowledge, skills and learning that I have attained through my studies, I will be able to effectively run and manage this kind of business and lead it to a remarkable level of success.

TOSS: What limitations do you encounter as an entrepreneur in Juba, South Sudan?

Mike: I would create an opportunity for the client to accompany me to test or view things for themselves to give them a better first-hand experience that allows me to better explain my recommendations.

TOSS: Let us fast forward 5 years. Where do you see Mike Classic Events?

Mike: Mike Classic Events will offer its services mostly to all events clients. The company will position itself as an experienced provider of all sorts of events management inclusive of corporate events, cultural events, leisure events, and personal events. Unlike most of its competitors, Mike Classic Events will be offering a full range of services and thus provide the convenience of one-stop shopping for its clients. This will significantly reduce the customers’ time and efforts preparing for such an important event as a wedding, an anniversary, a graduation ceremony etc. Moreover, by utilizing numerous supplier contacts that the company owners have established and economies of scale, Mike Classic Events will be able to pass on to its customers sizable cost savings.

TOSS: How can potential customers reach you?

Mike Classic Events: Tel +211-922997751,

Our location is : Atla-bara (B) Facebook road .  Juba- South Sudan.

TOSS: There you have it folks. Mike Classic Events is open for business. Thank you Michael Lado. May you continue to be an encouragement for other young entrepreneurs. We wish you success.

Mike: Thank you Taste of South Sudan (TOSS).

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Prof. Taban Lo Liyong Writing Series – Taste of South Sudan

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Prof. Taban Lo Liyong, African writer and poet, Taste of South Sudan

Prof. Taban Lo Liyong

Professor Taban Lo Liyong is Africa’s most revered poet and writer. Often named in the same category of other literary greats that defined African Literature in the world like this of Wole Soyinka, Ngugi-wa-Thiongo, Okot P’Bitek. Prof. Taban Lo Liyong has published books some are: Another Nigger Dead, Showhat and Sowhat, Carrying Knowledge Up a Palm Tree, Franz Fanon’s Uneven Ribs and many more.

At a loss for the youth, most of his books are no longer in print. While a majority of Africa’s population are illiterate, Prof. Taban Lo Liyong laments the lack of reading comprehension among the learnt. They fail to comprehend the complexity of his writing, deemed too difficult, too dense, thus prompting publishers to stop printing his books.

My Father

As a child, asking my father a question was a feat one did not take lightly. The answers often meandered into the why and how and the philosophy, and one was afraid to be imprisoned from the important duties of child play. Now as an adult I want to hear him meander. It is a treat to find what page in the book did we land on and how long of a chapter in his vast repository of a brain.

Writing Series Interview

This time though, I was not to be intimidated. Armed with my notes and my cameraman, we were on a mission to hear from the Professor. My reasons for interviewing him were threefold. One, in my self-assigned role of custodian of South Sudan’s traditions and culture, I was not going to pass the opportunity to talk to Taban Lo Liyong who looms large in South Sudan’s literary scene. The second and main motivation was for the Dr. Noela Mogga mentor series, where we interview professionals to illuminate our youth on how to succeed. The third reason was personal, I had some gaps in my family history that I wanted answered. For example, solitude in writing; was it something that bothered the Prof? There are those who cherish solitude, and then others who seek company. His answers may surprise you.

I had 10 questions, and our interview lasted 2 hours. I have decided to post all of it, unabridged, in a series of three YouTube videos on Taste of South Sudan channel. You will learn about his early education, school experience, and interspersed here and there are wisdom. And plenty of advice for the young writer.

Here is an excerpt from Part I: What Inspires You to Write?

“I did not start by writing. In the village we started by telling stories in the evening. After dinner, by the fireplace, we would tell stories. In 1945, when I went to school, every Friday we would take turns telling stories. If you did not have a story to tell, you stood in front of the class in shame,” Prof Taban Lo Liyong.

All the Interviews can be found following this link on Youtube:

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No More Betrayals, by Apuk Ayuel Mayen: A review. – Taste of South Sudan

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I first met Apuk years ago in Dallas, Texas. Recently we caught up again in Juba, South Sudan at De Havana House, chatting, as old friends do. I congratulated her on the publication of two books, Kindred, and No More Betrayals. It is a feeling like no other, Apuk says, to be published, to have recognition of oneself as an author. Apuk has been writing a long time. So it was only a matter of time that her work would be published. But when you hold South Sudanese nationality, nothing feels like it should happen. Every accomplishment is one against insurmountable odds.

South Sudan literary scene has stood bare. For many years, the only known novelist and poet, my father Prof. Taban Lo Liyong, stood alone, holding that mantle. We are blessed to welcome the new generation of South Sudanese published authors. There are Nyabuoy Gatbel: The fire Within: Poetry in Thok Nath and English; Sabath De Yecouba: Betrayed: for love; Victor Lugala: White House; Kuir e Garang has authored multiple books including The Pipers: and the First Phase.  And now we welcome Apuk Ayuel Mayen to the handful of published young authors from South Sudan.

Apuk Ayuel Mayen

Apuk’s book is poignantly titled No More Betrayals. It is the collective voice of the Sudanese child, a voice of our experiences.  Apuk’s own experience is that she was born in Juba, and spent her childhood in Khartoum, Sudan. Her home was a revolving door of comings and goings of relatives, as they escaped war in Juba, Twic, or the many places besieged by conflict. Even as they weaved around from neighborhoods of Khartoum’s oppressive housing status for displaced people, or as they traveled to neighboring countries looking for permanency. Each relative carried with them stories of their war experience, their crushed hopes and dreams, and their pains. Apuk’s family, like many South Sudanese’, traveled to Cairo, Egypt, where they lived as undocumented migrants and were later resettled in the United States, as refugees. And that was how she came to complete high school and college in Texas, USA.

She returned for the first time to South Sudan in 2009, and countless times ever since.  In December 2013 she travelled to Juba, South Sudan, for the first time with her two sisters: they found themselves in the crosshairs of the December 2013 South Sudan conflict, and once again, had to flee to take cover in Nairobi.

No more betrayals, is our story. The hopes and dreams of a nation. The individual betrayals we each experienced. That with each new peace agreement comes hope, short lived, often followed by crushing disappointment as renewed conflict follows.

The betrayals of our leaders. The broken promises. Tomorrow I will bring you peace. Tomorrow your family shall be made whole. The lies told to our refugees, Come back to your village; peace has come!  Only to find that 3 months later they are yet again fleeing the killings, burning of the homes, raping of their women and abductions of their sons.

The betrayals of husbands. As they assured their wives, only for a little while I will come back, my love. Only for a little while, the war will end. Peace will come. Our family shall be whole again.  The broken families, as fathers sought work elsewhere to partake in the liberation struggle, never to return. As mothers sold their bodies to feed their children.

The betrayals felt by our children. Robbed of an education. Robbed of a place to call home. Orphaned. Made to grow too soon.

And on and on it goes. We run, we flee, we come back, we run again. We weep, we pray, we laugh. We are a people without a home. We are perpetual refugees. We are the “I-will-come-back-generation.” We are the “I-will-build-my-home-tomorrow, in my village.”

Apuk’s book captures all these sentiments. Written with love, it is a gentle rebuke of us. Of our failures. She implores us to do better as a nation in serving our people.

What really captured me was how eloquently the book is. Well written. The flow of poetry, words weaved together. Each poem can be enjoyed as a standalone, or collectively together.

No More Betrayals can be purchased on Amazon. If you are in Juba, South Sudan, you may pick a copy at YO’ Books Limited, on Airport Road.

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Happy Father’s Day Salute to Victor Tong – Taste of South Sudan

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Victor Tong and his son Tong, celebrating on his son’s birthday

Taste of South Sudan salutes all fathers on this important day where we reflect on the vital role that fathers play in raising boys and girls. Our fathers deserve recognition for their roles as providers, protectors, teachers, mentors, and leaders. Today we salute one deserving father Victor Tong who has warmed our hearts sharing his journey throughout the birth of his son, through his first year and first birthday on social media. Victor, you are an exemplary father and we pray for God’s protection over you as you take care of your family.

“Well when I was young in South Sudan my father was killed in the Civil war by Arabs. So I never seen my dad and I was raised by my beautiful mother. She ingrained in us the value of family. So having a son now mean a lot to me. I want to be there for him and give him all the fatherly love that I missed during the absent of my father. There is nothing important in this world than a family.”

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