Your culture is your motto – Maponga

Paheja Siririka

Bishop Joshua Maponga, a renowned motivational speaker, philosopher, musician and social entrepreneur, says people are socialized to think culture is bad, but has potential.

Maponga was addressing New era after arriving in the country for an African tour, the promotion of “A Night with Bishop”, an event which will take place at the National Theater of Namibia on Friday, with the focus on leadership, transformation, culture, heritage and the fusion of African music, including local artists.

He said that when the people behind the culture start using the sector as a tool for development, there is a good chance that money will flow through the economy, instead of the current way, where people are patronized by the colonialism and support their brands.

Maponga begin their tour in Namibia, followed by Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Egypt before heading to Germany. “Why not start in Namibia: you have no stories? And that tells me something else that we don’t need to undermine ourselves and sideline ourselves as Africans,” he said when asked why he was starting his tour of the country. brave ones.

He added: “Namibia has histories, reparations, displacement of people, the OvaHimba people, Bushman, Khoisan and the question of civilization which extinguishes sacred historical peoples due to colonization and development. You kill your society and destroy this history to disappear on the surface of the earth and never to be remembered again”.

The leader said what he wants to raise here in Namibia is that amid the obsession with civilisation, it is important to preserve, especially minority groups, who do not want to be ‘civilised’ .

“They don’t want to go to school; they want to live their life the way they did. The best technologies we can find are inculcated and integrated into some of these indigenous knowledge systems. A Bushman builds nothing, owns nothing – and humanity living in nature is the highest technology,” Maponga said.

The Zimbabwean-born speaker is passionate about community development and has worked with several large organisations, something he wants to continue doing and will remember.

“I want to be remembered as that person who added variety to the thinking space. There is a danger in stereotyping – society’s thought patterns. university system because they can’t pass math and science because they can’t meet the colonial mindset,” he deliberated.

Maponga said that by not thinking much about the importance of culture, a community destroys so many potential businesses, adding that young people need to be exposed to culture to stimulate the different frames of thought.

He is also a well-known television personality, who hosts the show, Joshua, on the Dstv 33 channel.

He began his career as a pastor in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Maponga has served as a Christian minister in South Africa and other African countries including Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Nigeria, Kenya and Botswana.

Maponga has worked in the corporate, religious and social sectors for several years. Many people refer to him as a creative powerhouse because of his unique and dynamic way of thinking. He is the CEO of the Institute of Farmers of Thought, which is another project where he mentors young people.

“It is a thought process institution where we identify for the African child the wealth that they have – whether we plant religion in the mind of the African, education or culture,” Maponga said. about the mission of the institution.

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2022-06-02 Paheja Siririka

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