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Machona: Emigrant

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This is my second novel. Thank you for reading it. I am a Norwegian citizen originally from South Africa, where I was born in 1960. Growing up in exile in Zambia from the mid-teens to the late twenties, I would become a man in Norway in later adulthood years. I hold a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Humanities and Social Sciences [African Development Studies (ADS), Economics] degree from The University of Zambia (UNZA), Lusaka. A holder of a 6th Dan Black Belt Karate Master Degree, I am an internationally acclaimed Martial Arts teacher and pioneer in three countries, namely, Norway, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Professionally, I am also internationally acclaimed as skilled and experienced Therapeutic Massage Therapist, Reflexologist, and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner Life/ Executive Coach. The ideas of reading and writing were first introduced to me by Catholic nuns at a primary school in Lesotho. My grandmother gave me my first ever newspaper to read, Lesotho Times, as a six-seven year old. My mother would later encourage reading as a hobby through passing onto me South African women's weekly magazines in the early- mid 1970s. My father's inclusion of The Gideon's Bible in my reading list took my appreciation of the English language to the next level. Introduction to the concept of a library was first introduced to me at my uncle, Mr OB Chilembo's home in Lusaka, Zambia, in 1975. At Kamwala Secondary School, Lusaka, Mrs Gail Armstrong, English Literature teacher, would inspire in me the idea and thrill of creative writing. While at UNZA, Mr Owen Sichone, now PhD, taught me how to write and think, my Karate teacher and mentor of more than thirty-five years, Professor Stephen Chan, OBE, has continually inspired me to think and write. This work is also dedicated to all these people, as well as the many, many writers and thinkers across the board whose works I've had the honour and privilege to read, both for pleasure and, most importantly, knowledge and understanding of how humanity both keeps it together and messes it up on planet earth, as well as the universe. I always aspire to demonstrate and maintain the highest levels of intellectual, academic, and thought expressions, as well as language integrity in my writings. Any emergent falsities, internal fallacies, and contradictions in my works I alone shall take full responsibility for. I'm on a sabbatical in South Africa at the time of publication.

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