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Friday, 31 July 2015

Airline Captain Irene Koki Mutungi, commonly known as Koki Mutungi, is a professional pilot in Kenya, the largest economy in the East African Community. 

She was the first female on the African continent to become certified as a Captain of the Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" aircraft. She flies for Kenya Airways, the national airline of Kenya.
 Airline Captain Irene Koki Mutungi
She was born circa 1976 to Kenyan parents. Her father was a commercial pilot with Kenya Airways. He has since retired and is an aviation consultant. Koki attended local schools in Nairobi. After graduating high school in 1993, at the age of 17 years, she enrolled in flight school at Nairobi's Wilson Airport, where she obtained her Private Pilot's License. She continued her pilot education in Oklahoma City in the United States where she was awarded the Commercial Pilot's License, by the Federal Aviation Authority.

She returned to Kenya in 1995 and was hired by Kenya Airways, as their first female pilot. She was the only female pilot at the airline for the next six years. In 2004, she became the first African woman to qualify to captain a commercial aircraft, when she qualified to command the Boeing 737.

She has since qualified to command the Boeing 767, before she was promoted to her current position.

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Captain Chipo M Matimba is a product of Girls' High School Harare, (1987-1992). A top stream student, she also played first team basketball and was Senior prefect and House Captain for Speke House. 


Captain Chipo M Matimba joined the Air Force of Zimbabwe as an Officer Cadet and a Trainee Pilot in 1994.

The Pilot Training Course comprised gruesome military training, Aviation Ground School (academic studies) and Basic Flying Training. The training produces pilots who can fly an airplane in good and bad weather conditions during the day or night, perform aerobatics, spinning and formation flying. Besides acquiring flying skills, the pilots are also schooled on military principles, discipline and ethics and are prepared to become leaders in the military role of the Defence of National Territorial Sovereignty and Integrity.
Captain Chipo M Matimba.
Captain Chipo M Matimba.
On completion of the course, Chipo graduated to the rank of Air-Sub Lieutenant in 1996, as the first woman to successfully complete a Pilot Training Course in the Air Force of Zimbabwe at an Officers Commissioning and Wings Parade Ceremony presided over by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Comrade RG Mugabe.

At the ceremony, President RG Mugabe in his speech, challenged young women to "emulate Chipo's feat" of breaking into a domain that was gender stereotyped as male and withstanding all the gruesome challenges it presented. The graduation ceremony was not the end of flying training for Chipo. In fact it was just the beginning as Chipo had to learn to fly the military aircraft as a weapon, firing all sorts of arsenal in gunnery, rocketry and bombery. This Conversion Course prepares the basic pilot for battle. During the training, targets are set up at firing ranges and the student is trained then assessed on his/her ability to hit the targets. After completing the Conversion course, Chipo graduated to the rank of Air Lieutenant as an Air to Ground Attack Combat Pilot.

In 1998 Chipo was presented with a Junior Chambers Outstanding Young Zimbabwean award for her achievement as the first female combat pilot. In the execution of her duty in the Air Force of Zimbabwe Chipo rose to the rank of Flight Lieutenant and took part in the Democratic Republic of Congo Operation Sovereign Legitimacy. She was promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader during her training as a Flying Instructor in 2004. Chipo graduated as the First Female Flying Instructor at a ceremony presided over by the Vice President Joyce TR Mujuru a woman who has always been an inspiration to not only Chipo, but to many women nationwide.

The graduation ceremony was the highlight of Chipo's military flying career as the event landmarked two firsts in Zimbabwe. Vice President JTR Mujuru was the first female Vice President awarding the best student trophy to the first female military flying instructor. The challenges faced in her chosen career revolved around being accepted by some of the male folk, a hurdle she soon tackled by performing just as well as her male counterparts.


At the time of joining the military the drive for equal opportunities for both men and women was already in full swing in other sectors, and this eased any gender tension. After completing her contract in the military, Chipo joined the civil aviation sector after attaining a Commercial Pilots' Licence and joined Air Zimbabwe as a First Officer in 2006. During both roles as a military and commercial pilot Chipo has been invited to numerous events as a motivational speaker to both young men and women, especially school children. Her main focus is on encouraging people from all walks of life to break into any challenging domains that are deemed only for a specific gender.

After attaining an Airline Pilots' Licence Chipo was promoted to Captain in 2010, a position she currently holds as she diligently serves her country at the National Airline, the proud flag career of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Air Zimbabwe. A good day for Chipo in her "lofty office" of the Boeing 737 is a day that ends with smiles on the faces of the passengers she flies. For Captain Chipo M Matimba, the sky is not the limit, it is her home.

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Prophet Blessing Chiza is the visionary and founder of Eagle Life Assembly who is inspired by God through the characteristics of an eagle. 

An apostle and prophet called to preach to many nations. Job 39:27-29 ‘doth the eagle mount up high at thy command, and make a nest? She dwelleth and abideth on a rock, upon the crag of the rock and a strong place. From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold a far off.

Born about seven years after his parents had gone through a traumatising experience of losing two daughters. His coming into the world was a great comfort to his parents Mr. Jackson and Ottilia Chiza who named him ‘Blessing Munyaradzi’ (meaning comforter) Chiza. As he grew up he had to face a series of challenges of fatal accidents which threatened his life twice including illnesses time and again.

While he was playing sometime back when he was grade one at Mabvuku Primary school, he got hit by a metal plate of a swing across the bridge of his nose which was broken causing serious bleeding and hospitalization in a coma. This affected his eyesight for some time but was eventually healed after his mother’s friend Mrs. Gwangwadza an Elderly lady intercessor from AFM prayed for him. He also suffered a fall from an over speeding truck where, he almost died, suffered serious deep injuries on his forehead, palms and knees.

Prophet Blessing Chiza is a miracle survivor in life by God’s grace from the devil attacks, unleashed by hell against his childhood, because they could sniff his destiny and calling. Prophet Chiza is a man who has a knack for excellence and living righteous life, which he achieved against the odds of growing up in a poverty stricken area in Chizhanje high density area in Old Mabvuku, which was one of the poorest areas in Old Mabvuku Harare and characterised by violence, where youths indulged in smoking and drinking. Having also at one time succumbed to drinking such that he was at one time called Papa Mabhule or Jah Wise Nyandoro for he was a leader of a street gang of Redbelt Karate bullies that uses to beat people.

Growing up in a Christian family, raised by parents who feared God and enforced values of Christianity into their children, he was channeled to the word of God and the teachings of Mrs. Gwangwadza who greatly influenced him, taught him the word of God though, she couldn’t covert Prophet to Christ. He also joined AFM in Africa Freedom Sengwayo church through a neighbour Munyaradzi Muswaka and received Jesus, He got out of gangs and managed to quit drinking, got intelligent at school but later backslide again because of influence of bad friends especially one that used to be close to him, known by a nickname popular in Chizhanje, who was called Sangoma.
Prophet Blessing Chiza - (Tiyambuke International Convention 2018)
Prophet Blessing Chiza - (Tiyambuke International Convention 2018)
He went to Mabvuku primary and high school which is where he received Jesus Christ in the early 1990s. There he began taking leading roles in the school’s scripture union. Together with other students they would pray in the school grounds and had conferences. During one of the conferences at Tafara High school in early 90s, he received his calling as a huge, massive eagle angel appeared from heaven, to his eyes after a preaching and come down with stretched legs and landed on the roof of a classroom. It was big to an extend he even thought in the physical the classroom was going to collapse, though later he realised that it was a spiritual vision.

A great and enormous eagle, size unbelievable, that spread its wings, with a white head and a white tail, landed with a strong wind blowing hard and even entered into his chest, this Holy Spirit filled spiritual wind made him strong and eager to win souls for Christ, from that day with unquenchable fire, He started from that day preaching in buses, Commuters, Schools, Beer Halls, Night Clubs, Rural Growth points, market places, first street Harare pioneers and door to doors. This Eagle angel encounter has the divine roots of Eagle Life assembly Logo, name, slogans, History, teachings that Prophet Chiza cherishes and teaches. He also heard a voice coming from heaven when he was praying at their home in Chizhanje at G74 Hunga St, saying he was called to be an Apostle and Prophet, to preach and evangelise everywhere and bring people to Christ.

He continued to preach the word of God. He later became in Mid 90s became a CU chairman at Kwekwe Polytechnic College, where his ministry intensified, grow and shook the city of Kwekwe. He was studying a Diploma in accounting while leading a Christian Union group that was so powerful, attracted big preachers, great men of God, crowds, many Christians in Kwekwe, did heavily attended all night prayers and he continued to preach unrestrained all over Kwekwe. As a result many students from Bindura University, NUST, University of Zimbabwe, many Poly Technical, Agricultural colleges in Zimbabwe including pastors from various churches come to fellowship under his CU ministry. He led other students in dedicating their time to outreach programs in rural areas, in Mberengwa, Gaha, Mhondoro, Mashayamombe, Shurugwi and Zvishavane among other areas, spreading the word of God. He was made chairperson of all Christian Unions in Zimbabwe called ‘FOCUS’ Fellowship of Christian Unions of Colleges in Zimbabwe.

Prophet Blessing miraculously found Faith In God Ministries International church and was mentored, groomed and shepherded to the spiritual level where he is now by his spiritual father Archbishop Asa Gurupira straight from Mabvuku High School SU (Scripture Union). He found Faith in God Ministries after God sent him there by an audible voice he heard on a Sunday morning of 1995 when he was washing his clothes. The Lord spoke to him to drop washing clothes and rise up immediately on a spiritual journey, there in Mabvuku, that very day God would show him his church of destiny, promotions and calling, he was to go to be a child of that church.

After a long disappointing, fruitless day of going in from church to church in Mabvuku area searching for his God given church, on his way from Old Mabvuku back to his home place, of Chizhanje, miraculously passed by a place called ‘The Soup Kitchen’ which was where FIG Ministries was meeting and at that time it was called (CLC) Christian Life Centre. Upon hearing the preaching from afar outside through speakers and their music team and church band playing, he felt pulled to the place by an invisible force and he knew that was the Church God had spoken to him about, that it was his church. Since, then he never missed a Sunday or Mid-week service or Conference of FIG. He has always highly participated in all the FIG church activities with great passion. However, later after CLC changed to FIG Ministries, he was made the first youth leader of FIG Ministries International Mabvuku Assembly.

He also was later in years officially ordained as a FIG Pastor just few months after his wedding in 2001 by the Archbishop Gurupira after which he was then sent to pastor and pioneer FIG in Mufakose and Budiriro. There the Lord was growing him underground and using him in the prophetic, prophesying in FIG Mufakose members and some to close Pastors in FIG Ministries as well. He was an apostle covered in a prophetic garment. The Mufakose church assembly grew to 150 member in less than 8 months from Zero members through the evident manifestation prophetic evangelism gift many didn’t know was in him since Mabvuku High SU group and FIG Mabvuku where this gift started operating underground at low levels but Archbishop Gurupira had already noticed it as his spiritual father and was waiting patiently and praying for it to grow to fruition since 1995.Prophet Chiza also encountered a number of solid confirmations from the Lord about his prophetic ministry from and through many different Man of God.

One was dream where he saw deep, dark, endless pit in which he heard people crying which, he covered the opening of the pit with a mattress while he told people not to go near it because they would fall into it and never return. He later understood that was Hell. He also had a vision that he was in heaven and an angel came to him with too many crowns that were larger than his head and were put on his head so that he puts them on but since they were big for his head, one by one they all slided down his legs around, until he was completely covered by a number of them. He then heard a voice which told him that he was an apostle and prophet of many nations and was to work hard and minister to many people for his many crowns were awaiting him in heaven. He was later officially ordained by Archbishop Gurupira at an ESC Leaders November Conference as a prophet in 2011. However the transition or change of title from pastor to prophet was received by people with mixed feelings, while some were not affected because he was already prophesying into their lives even before he was ordained as Prophet, others who had no knowledge of his underground prophetic gift were skeptical and criticised him.
Prophet Blessing Chiza - (Tiyambuke International Convention 2018)
Prophet Blessing Chiza - (Tiyambuke International Convention 2018)
Prophet Blessing Chiza strongly believes that tribe, language or culture is not of importance in the house of God for all are children of God. He had to fight against the language barriers and difference in culture when the Lord assigned him to go to Bulawayo and start a church. This instruction came at a time when he was promoted as an assistant accountant at Time Bank, which offered him a mansion in Chisipite near Glen Lorne, Borrowdale, Harare, a good salary and a car. As a result he received this calling with great difficulty for it meant, he had to give up his job along with a comfortable life to go and start a new life in Bulawayo and preaching to people who spoke a language he had absolutely no knowledge of. At first he resisted to for he was at one time visited at night in his room by a demon of Bulawayo which was in form of a short man in a dark suit and it told him not to go to Bulawayo, for it would fight him and he will die. For some time he resisted going to Bulawayo until one day when he got involved in an accident involving two trucks that almost collided with his company car, which he narrowly escaped as he sped into a bush where his car was somehow suspended on top of a tree. That was when he heard a voice from God saying he must go to Bulawayo and it was after he agreed that the car miraculously landed on the ground and he was not hurt and got out without a single scratch.

On the day that they were moving to Bulawayo they encountered a lot of challenges which threatened to be very discouraging in their journey. At first they forgot his envelope which had all his educational certificates in a taxi and when he went back to look for the taxi using the receipt he had been given, he discovered that no such taxi existed. So up to now Prophet Chiza has no single educational certificate. Also on their way to Bulawayo their property was damaged to such an extent that they were forced to start afresh for most of it was now broken. Later, while he was praying the Lord revealed to him that the loss of his certificates was his doing because he wanted him to focus completely on his ministry. This was a struggle for him and Prophetess because they felt like useless though they are both educated people, they had to start afresh and at least have to scratch barely in life to find a source of income while pioneering the church.

Prophet Blessing Chiza then worked in Gwanda for a company called Zambuko Trust in Gwanda while they had only one member in their church for a year. The Lord’s will however was that they both resign and focus full time in the ministry, prophesying and preaching the word and developing the church they had moved to Bulawayo to build. The prophetess was also working as a book keeper at Anand Brothers. They eventually resigned and started preaching to people in the streets of Bulawayo town. They were still in Nkulumane and they later moved to Cowdray Park. They had a very difficult experience as they were no longer working and had no means to buy food and pay rentals. They later moved to old Luveve where they started FIG Luveve. After seven years, through the struggles to put food on their table, they also suffered the painful experience of not having children even though the Lord assured him that he would have children.

They were then blessed with their first child who was named Joshaviah Jorai Chiza.
Prophet Blessing Chiza - (Tiyambuke International Convention 2018)
Prophet Blessing Chiza - (Tiyambuke International Convention 2015)

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Kirsty Leigh Coventry (born 16 September 1983 in Harare, Zimbabwe) is a Zimbabwean swimmer and former world record holder. She attended and swam competitively for Auburn University in Alabama, in the United States. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, in Athens, Greece, Coventry won three Olympic medals: a gold, a silver, and a bronze, while in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she won four medals: a gold and three silver. She was subsequently described by Paul Chingoka, head of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee, as "our national treasure". Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has called her "a golden girl," and awarded her US$100,000 in cash for her 2008 Olympic performance.

Coventry attended Dominican Convent High School, Harare in Zimbabwe. In 2000, while still in high school, Coventry became the first Zimbabwean swimmer to reach the semifinals at the Olympics and was named Zimbabwe's Sports Woman of the Year.
Kirsty Coventry A Swimming Legend And A Global Icon.
Kirsty Coventry A Swimming Legend And A Global Icon.
As a student at Auburn University, Coventry helped lead the Tigers to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships in 2003 and 2004. In 2005, she was the top individual scorer at the NCAA Championships and captured three individual titles including the 200-meter and 400 m individual medley (IM), and the 200 m backstroke for the second consecutive season. She was named the College Swimming Coaches Association Swimmer of the Meet for her efforts. Other awards include 2005 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Swimmer of the Year, and the 2004–05 SEC Female Athlete of the Year. She was also the recipient of the 2004–05 Honda Sports Award for Swimming and Diving, recognizing her as the outstanding college female swimmer of the year.

At the 2005 World Championships in Montreal, Coventry improved on her 2004 Olympic medal count by winning gold in both the 100 m and 200 m backstroke and silver in the 200 m and the 400 m IM. She bettered her Olympic gold-winning 200 m backstroke time with a performance of 2:08.52. Although she was one of just two swimmers from Zimbabwe, her performance allowed her country to rank third in the medal count by nation. In addition she picked up the female swimmer of the meet honors.
In Melbourne at the 2007 World Championships, Coventry won silver medals in the 200 m backstroke and 200 m IM. She was disqualified in the 400 m IM when finishing second to eventual winner Katie Hoff in her heat. Coventry finished in a disappointing 14th place in the 100 m backstroke in a time of 1:01.73, failing to qualify for the final.

Coventry continued her good form of 2007 by winning four gold medals at the International Swim Meet in Narashino, Japan. She led the way in the 200 m and 400 m IM as well as the 100 m and 200 m backstroke. In 2008, Coventry broke her first world record in the 200 m backstroke at the Missouri Grand Prix. She bettered the mark set by Krisztina Egerszegi in August 1991, the second oldest swimming world record. Her new record was 2:06:39. Coventry continued her winning streak at the meet by winning the 100 m backstroke and the 200 m IM. Coventry is the third woman in history to break the 1:00 minute barrier in the 100 m backstroke, and the second to break the 59-second barrier.

At the 2008 Manchester Short Course World Championships, Coventry broke her second world record, setting a time, whilst winning the gold medal, of 4:26:52 in the 400 m IM. The following day saw Coventry win her second gold medal of the championships in the 100 m backstroke. Her time of 57:10 was a new championship record and the second fastest time in history in the event. Only Natalie Coughlin has swum faster (56:51). Day three of the championships saw Coventry break another championship record in qualifying fastest for the final of the 200 m backstroke. Her time of 2:03:69 was a mere four tenths of a second outside the current world record set by Reiko Nakamura in Tokyo in 2008. Coventry then bettered this time to take her second world record of the championships by winning the final in a time of 2:00:91. She then went on to shatter the short course World Record in winning the 200 m individual medley in 2:06:13. Due to her performances at the World Championships, Coventry was named as the FINA Female Swimmer of the Championships.

Coventry represented Zimbabwe at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Coventry won the silver medal in the 400 m individual medley on 10 August 2008, becoming the second woman to swim the medley in less than 4:30, the first being Stephanie Rice who won the gold in the same event. Coventry beat the world record by just under two seconds, and was only just beaten by Rice to a new world record. Coventry, in the second semi-final of the 100 m Backstroke, set a new world record of 58.77 seconds. However, in the final of that event she was beaten to the gold medal by Natalie Coughlin. Coventry was again beaten by Stephanie Rice in the 200 m individual medley, despite swimming under the old world record. Coventry did defend her Olympic title in the 200 m backstroke, winning gold in a world record time of 2:05.24. Awarded US$100,000 by President Mugabe for her success at the Olympics, Coventry gave a portion of that money to charity. On 28 November 2008, Coventry's short course 400 IM World Record was broken by American Julia Smit.

At the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Coventry won a gold and a silver. She won the 200 m backstroke world title with a world record time and came second in the 400 m individual medley. She came fourth in the 200 m individual medley final and eighth in the 100m backstroke final.

At the 2012 Olympics in London, Coventry finished third in her semifinal heat of the 200m individual medley, just edging her into the final, where she placed 6th with a time of 2:11.13. In the 200 m backstroke, she finished outside the medals in sixth place with a time of 2:08.18.

In 2012, she was elected to the IOC Athletes' Commission. She will serve as an IOC member for eight years. On 10 August 2013, Coventry married Tyrone Seward who has been her manager since 2010.

Medals
2002 Commonwealth Games medals
• Gold in the 200 m IM (2:14.53)
2004 Olympic medals
• Bronze in the 200 m IM (2:12.72) – Zimbabwe's second Olympic medal
• Gold in the 200 m backstroke (2:09.19)
• Silver in the 100 m backstroke (1:00.50)
2005 World Championship medals
• Gold in the 100 m backstroke (1:00.24)
• Gold in the 200 m backstroke (2:08.52)
• Silver in the 200 m IM (2:11.13)
• Silver in the 400 m IM (4:39.72)
2007 All-Africa Games
• Gold in the 200 m IM (2:13.02 CR)
• Gold in the 400 m IM (4:39.91 CR)
• Gold in the 50 m freestyle (26.19)
• Gold in the 800 m freestyle (8:43.89 CR)
• Gold in the 50 m backstroke (28.89 AR)
• Gold in the 100 m backstroke (1:01.28 CR)
• Gold in the 200 m backstroke (2:10.66 CR)
• Silver in the 100 m breaststroke (1:11.86)
• Silver in the 4×100 m medley (4:21.60 NR)
• Silver in the 4×200 m freestyle (8:38.20 NR)
2007 World Championship medals
• Silver in the 200 m backstroke (2:07.54)
• Silver in the 200 m IM (2:10.74)
2008 Olympic Medals
• Silver in the 400 m IM (4:29.89 AR)
• Silver in the 100 m Backstroke (59.19)(58.77 WR semis)
• Silver in the 200 m IM (2:08.59 AR)
• Gold in the 200 m Backstroke (2:05.24) WR
2009 World Championship medals
• Gold in the 200 m backstroke (2:04.81) WR
• Silver in the 400 m IM (4:32.12)
2011 All-Africa Games
• Gold in the 200 m IM (2:13.70)
• Gold in the 400 m IM (4:44.34)
• Gold in the 100 m backstroke (1:00.86 CR)
• Gold in the 200 m backstroke (2:12.40)
• Silver in the 100 m butterfly (1:02.20)
• Silver in the 4×100 m medley (4:24.01)
• Silver in the 4×100 m freestyle (3:57.81)
• Silver in the 4×200 m freestyle.

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An Look At The Life The Legend Of Helen Keller:
 Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker. Her birthplace in West Tuscumbia, Alabama is now a museum and sponsors an annual "Helen Keller Day". Her birthday on June 27 is commemorated as Helen Keller Day in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and was authorized at the federal level by presidential proclamation by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, the 100th anniversary of her birth.

A prolific author, Keller was well-traveled and outspoken in her convictions. A member of the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World, she campaigned for women's suffrage, labor rights, socialism, and other similar causes. She was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1971 and was one of twelve inaugural inductees to the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame on June 8, 2015.
Hellen Keller - A legend Show Us Disability Is Not InAbility.
EARLY CHILDHOOD AND ILLNESS
Helen Keller was born with the ability to see and hear. At 19 months old, she contracted an illness described by doctors as "an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain", which might have been scarlet fever or meningitis. The illness left her both deaf and blind. At that time, she was able to communicate somewhat with Martha Washington, the six-year-old daughter of the family cook, who understood her signs; by the age of seven, Keller had more than 60 home signs to communicate with her family.

In 1886, Keller's mother, inspired by an account in Charles Dickens' American Notes of the successful education of another deaf and blind woman, Laura Bridgman, dispatched young Helen, accompanied by her father, to seek out physician J. Julian Chisolm, an eye, ear, nose, and throat specialist in Baltimore, for advice. Chisholm referred the Kellers to Alexander Graham Bell, who was working with deaf children at the time. Bell advised them to contact the Perkins Institute for the Blind, the school where Bridgman had been educated, which was then located in South Boston. Michael Anagnos, the school's director, asked 20-year-old former student Anne Sullivan, herself visually impaired, to become Keller's instructor. It was the beginning of a 49-year-long relationship during which Sullivan evolved into Keller's governess and eventually her companion.

Anne Sullivan arrived at Keller's house in March 1887, and immediately began to teach Helen to communicate by spelling words into her hand, beginning with "d-o-l-l" for the doll that she had brought Keller as a present. Keller was frustrated, at first, because she did not understand that every object had a word uniquely identifying it. In fact, when Sullivan was trying to teach Keller the word for "mug", Keller became so frustrated she broke the mug. Keller's big breakthrough in communication came the next month, when she realized that the motions her teacher was making on the palm of her hand, while running cool water over her other hand, symbolized the idea of "water"; she then nearly exhausted Sullivan demanding the names of all the other familiar objects in her world.

FORMAL EDUCATION
Starting in May 1888, Keller attended the Perkins Institute for the Blind. In 1894, Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan moved to New York to attend the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf, and to learn from Sarah Fuller at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf. In 1896, they returned to Massachusetts and Keller entered The Cambridge School for Young Ladies before gaining admittance, in 1900, to Radcliffe College, where she lived in Briggs Hall, South House. Her admirer, Mark Twain, had introduced her to Standard Oil magnate Henry Huttleston Rogers, who, with his wife Abbie, paid for her education. In 1904, at the age of 24, Keller graduated from Radcliffe, becoming the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She maintained a correspondence with the Austrian philosopher and pedagogue Wilhelm Jerusalem, who was one of the first to discover her literary talent.

Determined to communicate with others as conventionally as possible, Keller learned to speak, and spent much of her life giving speeches and lectures. She learned to "hear" people's speech by reading their lips with her hands—her sense of touch had become extremely subtle. She became proficient at using braille and reading sign language with her hands as well. Shortly before World War I, with the assistance of the Zoellner Quartet she determined that by placing her fingertips on a resonant tabletop she could experience music played close by.

Keller went on to become a world-famous speaker and author. She is remembered as an advocate for people with disabilities, amid numerous other causes. In 1915 she and George Kessler founded the Helen Keller International (HKI) organization. This organization is devoted to research in vision, health and nutrition. In 1920 she helped to found the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Keller traveled to over 40 countries with Sullivan, making several trips to Japan and becoming a favorite of the Japanese people. Keller met every U.S. President from Grover Cleveland to Lyndon B. Johnson and was friends with many famous figures, including Alexander Graham Bell, Charlie Chaplin and Mark Twain.

WRITINGS
Keller wrote a total of 12 published books and several articles. One of her earliest pieces of writing, at age 11, was The Frost King (1891). There were allegations that this story had been plagiarized from The Frost Fairies by Margaret Canby. An investigation into the matter revealed that Keller may have experienced a case of cryptomnesia, which was that she had Canby's story read to her but forgot about it, while the memory remained in her subconscious. At age 22, Keller published her autobiography, The Story of My Life (1903), with help from Sullivan and Sullivan's husband, John Macy. It recounts the story of her life up to age 21 and was written during her time in college. Keller wrote The World I Live In in 1908, giving readers an insight into how she felt about the world. Out of the Dark, a series of essays on socialism was published in 1913. When Keller was young, Anne Sullivan introduced her to Phillips Brooks, who introduced her to Christianity, Keller famously saying: "I always knew He was there, but I didn't know His name!" Keller described the progressive views of her belief in these words:

LATER LIFE
Keller suffered a series of strokes in 1961 and spent the last years of her life at her home. On September 14, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the United States' two highest civilian honors. In 1965 she was elected to the National Women's Hall of Fame at the New York World's Fair. Keller devoted much of her later life to raising funds for the American Foundation for the Blind. She died in her sleep on June 1, 1968, at her home, Arcan Ridge, located in Easton, Connecticut, a few weeks short of her eighty-eighth birthday. A service was held in her honor at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and her ashes were placed there next to her constant companions, Anne Sullivan and Polly Thomson.

POSTHUMOUS HONOURS
A preschool for the deaf and hard of hearing in Mysore, India, was originally named after Helen Keller by its founder K. K. Srinivasan. In 1999, Keller was listed in Gallup's Most Widely Admired People of the 20th century. In 2003, Alabama honored its native daughter on its state quarter. The Alabama state quarter is the only circulating US coin to feature braille. The Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, Alabama is dedicated to her. There are streets named after Helen Keller in Zürich, Switzerland, in the USA, in Getafe, Spain, in Lod, Israel, in Lisbon, Portugal and in Caen, France. A stamp was issued in 1980 by the United States Postal Service depicting Keller and Sullivan, to mark the centennial of Keller's birth.

\On October 7, 2009, a bronze statue of Helen Keller was added to the National Statuary Hall Collection, as a replacement for the State of Alabama's former 1908 statue of the education reformer Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry. It is displayed in the United States Capitol Visitor Center and depicts Keller as a seven-year-old child standing at a water pump. The statue represents the seminal moment in Keller's life when she understood her first word: W-A-T-E-R, as signed into her hand by teacher Anne Sullivan. The pedestal base bears a quotation in raised Latin and braille letters: "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart." The statue is the first one of a person with a disability and of a child to be permanently displayed at the U.S. Capitol
JUST LIKE HELEN KELLER, YOUR STORY HAS ALREADY BEEN LAID OUT

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Monday, 20 July 2015

In the Old Testament, male circumcision is clearly defined as a covenant between God and all Jewish males (given to Abraham Genesis 17:10-14). As a Jew, Jesus was himself circumcised (Luke 2:21; Colossians 2:11-12) although in the New Testament circumcision is not laid down as a requirement; instead, Christians are urged to be "circumcised of the heart" by trusting in Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross.

As Christians, male circumcision (MC) is no longer a mandate unlike in the time of Abraham and this has made the church of today never bother to learn of the importance of MC both as individuals and as families.
 Male circumcision: True Legends are concerned about their health.
Male circumcision is the removal of the foreskin also known as prepuce i.e. a fold of skin that covers the end of the penis. Circumcision is usually performed on babies and young boys, but it can also be undertaken by adult men.

As a social scientist working with young people in relation to Sexual Reproductive Health, I got the chance of examining people’s response towards voluntary MC and it was so sad that most of them had “fear of the unknown”. MC is in two forms which are surgical and non-surgical. Surgical MC in older men unlike in new born babies is associated with pain (not severe) and due to that a non-surgical method was developed called PrePex. The PrePex is an elastic ring that crushes the foreskin into grooved plastic ring, causing it to die and drop off.

Below are the benefits of getting circumcised:
  • MC reduces the risk of developing urinary infections
  • MC reduces the chances of developing cancer of the penis.
  • Circumcised men have less chance of getting sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, herpes and syphilis by 60%.
  • Circumcised man protects her partner from developing cervical cancer.
  • MC reduces the risk of human papillomavirus (HPV) which can cause genital warts in both sexes, as well as cervical cancer in women.
  • MC is hygienic and keeps you clean and free from bacteria
As we celebrate FOOT PRINTS OF LEGENDS this TIYAMBUKE 1-5 September 2015; MAKE INFORMED decisions and stay health. Your HEALTH is your CONCERN…a future LEGEND is concerned about his health, that of his family and that of his partner.

By Tariro Rachel Masaraure (BSc Hons degree in Women’s and Gender Studies)
Bethel Worship Centre (Glory Ministries)
H.O.D BWC: Service Directors.

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