Of Coffee With Mental Poverty, Pettiness And Miracle Cures

If you were having coffee with me, I would be very happy that you are here to keep me company because the power utility company is carrying out critical maintenance works so there wont be electricity in most of the city for the next twelve hours, at least they warned us in advance even though I still could not manage to buy fuel for the generator but that’s a long queue of a story, anyway I am so glad you are here.

I hope you aren’t really expecting to have coffee because well there’s no electricity and also we just ran out of LP gas for the cooker and its become very hard to refill the gas canisters; like everything else you have to stand in a long winding queue, which you are not guaranteed wont run out before your turn or opt to buy from suppliers who charge at triple the price but then that just reduces the cost effectiveness of using a gas cooker and might as well as use an electric one because in comparison the electricity bill is less shocking….


If you are having coffee with me I can only offer you lukewarm water but I can guarantee you its safe, I measured out the water purification tablets myself. I haven’t heard any news on the cholera outbreak that broke out over a month ago so I presume it’s now effectively contained but still that doesn’t mean one must slack on hygienic vigil have you washed your hands? Even if its to just drink water with me.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that I have been thinking a lot on an unpopular opinion a journalist tweeted:

My first reaction was to find it insensitive and highly offensive given the challenges we constantly face in an economy that runs practically on fumes and speculation and a government that doesn’t quite seem to be in control yet tells us that the country is fine, that social media and fake news mongers are responsible for the shortages, resulting in people panic buying and the crippling inflation caused by unscrupulous business operators out to make a quick buck,……

I felt like what she was saying boils down to all the struggles I face are all in my mind, that I am poor because I think like a poor person and it did not help matters when she also made the following tweet about those who left the country to find economic asylum in foreign lands at the risk of being second class citizens…

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you I looked up the phrase Poverty Mentality on the internet and it’s a term used by motivational coaches to describe the state of mind where one is focused on the things they lack, that no matter how hard they work, they will always lack and end up blaming the system for never giving them a break.

Zig Ziglar characterized poverty mentality as

  • Constant fixation on money or the lack of it
  • An anti rich people attitude
  • Fear-based decision making

The only way to break out of it is break out of it and really succeed you have to make a conscious choice to do so, be proactive, use what you have— believe in yourself, have a plan, and go get it.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that this great advice on entrepreneurship but you cant have a nation where everyone is forced to be one out of necessity or risk starving someone, what I think we need is an ecosystem where people can focus on what they are good at and love to do than just where is the money and what solution can I do to come up with it.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that in the world of hip hop; rapper 50cent and Ja Rule have a long standing feud thats old enough to vote (maybe its one of those manufactured publicity stunts to get hype going like most beefs usually are case in point I did not know Ja Rule was having a concert)

50cent posted on instagram that he bought 200 seats in the front so they can be empty


photoshopped impression of what it would like

Well, I wanted to crown him as the King of Pettiness but I don’t want to seem like I am hating because I wish I could afford to be that rich but hey if I was Ja Rule I would be laughing all the way to the bank thats $3000 *sips lukewarm water*

Maybe we should be enterprising entrepreneurs like prophet Magaya who today who made an announcement that after a revelation from God  he has found a 100% organic and”scientifically proven” cure for HIV and AIDS the aguma plant and working with Indian pharmaceutical experts to form Aretha medical


Here’s to an awesome week


Africa connected

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PhotoCredit 50Cent 





  1. I think that journalist is very insensitive! In order for someone to have a poverty mentality, there must be an alternative. It also depends on the resources available. The guys raising the prices of gas could be seen as entrepreneurs simply taking an opportunity that is presented to them if we follow her logic… I hope things improve soon, but I am curious: if you could move anywhere, where would you go?

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    1. Right, I mean you would think as journalist one should be able to express themselves in a more tactical manner too, like if your big picture is you are trying to get people to think outside the box and have innovative solutions and services not just aim for making big bucks, besides those who are making the big bucks are mostly doing it via overpriced goods and services and government contracts the “tenderpreneurs” and probably fueling the rampant corruption with impunity….. moving on
      hmmm if I could move anywhere…. stares at my yet to be stamped passport and blows the dust on its covers ….. I dont remember hahahahahahhaha sometimes I just want to be anywhere other than here you know like running away from home

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      1. I get that. Over on my blog, I told you where that question came from: (It’s a favorite and I dreamt about moving somewhere irrational). You’re a step ahead of me: I don’t even have a passport! One day I’ll get around to traveling, but it never seems practical, so I push it aside.

        As for the journalist… I’m beginning to think we are in some terrible twilight zone. No one acts the way they should anymore! All the priorities are out of whack!

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    1. It would be an honour.
      Fair warning I might not talk that much hahahhaha but I would definitely right about it
      And thank you for the visit much appreciated


      1. YES!!!!!!!!!
        hahahahahahahaha a simple solution why oh why havent I thought of this and saved myself from a whole world of social anxiety….

        cheers to the week


  2. I was mesmerised by how you expressed yourself in this post. I can only imagine how hard life is in Zim. To leave or not to leave? That is the question. And there is no right answer, both options are right. The poverty mentality description is frighteningly apt, I’m there now. However I loved what you said “The only way to break out of it is break out of it and really succeed you have to make a conscious choice to do so, be proactive, use what you have— believe in yourself, have a plan, and go get it.”

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    1. Hi Regina
      To leave or not to leave to be honest sometimes that is not even the question, some days what keeps me here isnt choice really ha!
      I have a plan though *fingers crossed*
      Thanks for dropping by much appreciated


  3. I appreciate your candor and also calling out unjustifiable tweets that seem to be a new brand of acceptable fake news these days. Thanks for the coffee talk 🙂

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    1. Hi Thank you for the visit ^_^
      Even if you are a whole head of state you cant just tweet reckless statements especially if you are head of state, because if you can do it then everyone can do it and one wakes up surprised at the “fake news” the fire thats proving impossible to put out, and now I take nothing at face value theres always more to a story or even a seeming fact but whoever put it out there has some motive good or bad
      Have an awesome week

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  4. Beaton – I would love to host a visit from you where I could serve you not only some easy access hot drinks, but where you could also enjoy a few hours of peace from the hassle of life in Zimbabwe. You country is so beautiful and your problems are so deep, that I’m amazed that anyone who wants to be taken seriously would even try to reduce your struggle to a few words more than a bumper sticker slogan. Nice try lady – but not credible. Be well my friend, and safe. The world of blogging is better, much better with you in it.

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    1. Thank you Gary
      I much appreciate the visit this really is a beautiful place, but politics has a way of messing up an economy spectacularly
      Also I do so love this blog I will start calling it a gentleman cause it opens doors for me

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  5. I completely love this sentence you wrote…”I felt like what she was saying boils down to all the struggles I face are all in my mind, that I am poor because I think like a poor person.” Having a masters in economic development from Cairo myself I can tell you that you have eloquently summarized what western nations believe is the essential problem for developing countries… It always boils down to “these people have so much potential and they are wasting it” attitude. And in all the academic and news jargon out there, I found it very difficult to find a true understanding of the various political and economic forces that locks a nation in poverty

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this, although yes, in developing countries there is unharnessed potential, but quite a lot of factors do come into play and for most of the success stories that one comes across for some reason when citing examples, people tend to leave out some details like if they had a privileged background or even at times blind luck meeting preparedness and credit sheer willpower and hard work alone overlooking even the government contacts and all that even though honestly politics creeps into all aspects of life and the economy in unimaginable ways. Small wonder its common to hear people say things like its not about what you know, its who you know!


      1. Very true. I was at zimbabwe about 10 years ago and I was struck by the street peddlers selling currency on the streets … Is is still the same, or has there been any improvements / deterioration for the currency?? I also remember there was a lot of refugees from zambia … is that still an issue?

        I just started blooging myself and would love your thoughts on my pieces. My blog is askepticview.wordpress.com

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      2. Funny how things change yet get worse all at the same time, and oh people are migrating from Zim to Zambia cause it seems to be slightly better… I think on my blog if you use the search bar to search: Crisis.
        you might find articles that may shed light on Zim’s socio-eonomic scene from my perspective.
        also I am not an economist or political analyst, so its nothing detailed.
        I had tried to find your blog earlier and got directed to a deleted site, you may want o check on that

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