MUBITA C. NAWA

MUBITA C. NAWA
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

10 Reasons Why You Must NOT GO to America

This is not an anti - America campaign. This is a pro - Africa inspiration. Some will accuse me of being unfair because I lived in the USA for nearly nine years. I believe with all my heart I am the right person to advise you because I have seen both worlds.

1. MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT AMERICA

Many people think America is cheap and easy. On the contrary American lifestyle is so stressful. If you are broke in America you are doomed. If you are broke in Africa you can get help from friends and family.

2. LEGAL BOTTLENECKS

Since September 11th 2001 the legal environment in the USA is hostile to foreigners. The luckiest people in America are those who went there before 2001.

3. IT'S EXPENSIVE

It costs $100 to apply for a visitors visa. I know a person who applies every six months. He has spent over $3,000 in visa applications money which he could use to start a business. The air tickets to America are high for a reason; they don't want poor people there. In Africa you are celebrated. In America you are tolerated.

4. IT'S BETTER HERE

There are some successful Africans in America. Nigerians in particular are doing well. But many Africans in the USA are not doing too well. Mexicans are earning more now than even the African Americans.

5. A FAILURE IN AFRICA MAY STILL FAIL IN THE USA

Indeed expectations can change results. Some people are going to America because they think it's easier there. It's not. If you are unemployed in Africa you will be unemployed in the USA.

6. TIME IS MONEY

It used to hurt me everytime I visited Zambia. My friends had built houses (fully paid for), were now managers and more settled than me who was still in an apartment. It was so discouraging. In fact there was never a flight back to America that I was not depressed. I was famous in Zambia but a 'no body' in the USA. When I returned to Zambia nine years ago I didn't even have a car nor a house. All I had was an American accent.

7. IT'S FASTER HERE TO GET RICH

If you start a business here in Africa with $1,000 your money will double and quadruple quicker than the person in the USA who will invest the same money at the same time as you.

8. GO TO AMERICA ON HOLIDAY

America is better when you are a tourist. Go visit Florida, New York or any other place as a visitor. You will enjoy America most. Bishop Joe Imakando visited me in Dallas in 2006. He slept at one of the best hotels in Dallas. A hotel I had never even eaten lunch from. It hit me then. I was in the wrong country; a country I could brag about but couldn't afford to live in.

9. FOLLOW YOUR BLESSING

Your blessing is in Africa. Africa needs you. Joseph went to Egypt as a slave, then a prime minister and still went back to Israel.

10. FIND A WAY TO WIN HERE

This is not an easy place. It's dusty at times, corruption can be discouraging and so on. But it is the best place to be in the world. Ask Dangote. Ask MTN. Ask Supersport. These are African companies  doing well in Africa. Africa is like a tortoise; slow at times but always sure.

CONCLUSION

If you want to go to the USA please do. When you get there and discover I was wrong then pray for me. If you discover I was right then pray for me. It is your life and it is my opinion. But it is our wisdom.
If you love American life and you are currently in America but want to come home and don't know where to start from please come. Home is home. Come home where you are free to move around, to travel and to be at family events. Nine years ago I had nothing. I started with on $130 and I have built some amazing enterprises with my wife. I was ashamed at first but I am ok now. Come home where you belong.

Come home we eat Ziwaya together. Come home we drive on our narrow roads with full tanks in cars paid for by cash. Come home we attend family weddings we sing "namonga" together. You are welcome here now. Come home we live in our Chalala homes without aircondition and without a mortgage. Come home where we only have debit cards and no credit cards. Come hone where we can all rebuild our lives, communities and economies.

God bless and thank you.

Feel free to share this with a friend or two.

Mubita C. Nawa

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

I never went to UNZA (University of Zambia).

Though I graduated among the top performers, people used to laugh at me because I was not a UNZA graduate. I remember at age 17 when my friends went to college I was busy driving my father to UTH even though I had no drivers licence. At age 19 my father died. It changed my path forever.

I decided to go to college and university much later in my life. By the time I was graduating from University some of my friends had already graduated.

But for years I was laughed at for not going to UNZA. I respect UNZA. It has graduated many wonderful people. I am just glad I went to the schools I went to.

Each one has a path. It actually truly does not matter which school you went to. What matters is how you are maximising your current opportunities.

Never again feel sorry for yourself nor feel forced to justify which school you went to or didn't go to. What matters is how successful you are now in life.

God bless you.

"A bag never knows where it's owner is going. Education never knows where it's owner is going" Mubita C. Nawa

Mubita C. Nawa