Iris Kaingu

By Nathan Muyambango

Billows have now subsidized surrounding Iris, yet we may deduce a thing or two from her novelties that qualify to be dubbed among “the wonders of the world.”

Firstly, I would like to submit that IRIS, like any other child of God, deserves a second heart (our sympathy and understanding).

Like any other zambian, I too have been bewildered by consented drama of our young socialite. I have wondered what really comprises her world view until I listened to her for myself.

On 9th September 2017, Costa Mwansa and Kalumba Chikonde interviewed Iris on Diamond TV show.

“Who is Iris and what do you stand for.” Coster probbed. In her response she said “that’s a hard question. No one really understand who they are.”

Shockingly, in attempting to explain who she is, she profiled her academic qualification, honorary degrees and the enterprises she’s managing.

In other words, Iris was telling the nation that at least she doesn’t know who she is and what she stands for. In my estimation, this is were her problem lies.

There could be a thousand more other young people with an IRIS IDENTITY CRISIS whose “acts of wonders” are begging for our sympathy and help.

In academics we say, “If the question is not clear, then the answer is likely to be wrong as well.”

Does it ever cross your mind that we are here on earth never by mistake but by God’s sovereign design?

If our presence on this earth is not as a result of a cosmic accident or a celestial Big Bang from the outer space, then there’s a higher and divine purpose for each life born on earth.

The most cardinal question then is, why are we living?

If the question why are we here, why do we exist, is not personally clear then we risk living a wrong life. Our ambitions will be nicely misplaced and there’ll be a hollow emptiness in our lives.

Our aspirations and dreams are most likely to be misplaced. We might as well pursue wrong goals or rust out our natural endowments in insolence.

The pen of inspiration bemoans the sad fact that “thousands pass through life as though they had no definite object to attain.”

South Africa’s Nelson Mandela also reiterated that “the greatest discovery” in the world is the day you “discover who you are.”

The reason why we easily become envious of our friend’s achievements, competing, comparing and copying them, is because we have not yet found our own space.

If by God’s grace we discover who we are and that our destinies are different, then we’d focus on travelling our own paths without jealously pepping in our neighbors’ busket. The natural inclinations of copying, competing or comparing ourselves with our compatriots will die away.

Only then would we discover the joy of life and work and start living. Like domicile pets in our homes, we will not be comfortable to eat crumbs falling from other’s table. But as masters of our own lives, we’ll dictate the magnitude of our feast.

I ask you again, “who are you?” If your answer to this question is oblique, Friend, you are living a wrong life! You’re living someone else’s life. The day you discover who you are is the day your life will start.


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