Hakainde Hichilema – The business magnet every young Zambian admires!

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By Alexander Nkosi

Mr. Hakainde Hichilema is a success story, a perfect example every Zambian child should follow to succeed. He gives hope to all the poor children in remote areas of the country that you do not have to be born rich and comfortable, you have the power to transform your lives regardless of the situation you are in. Hakainde Hichilema represents discipline, hard work and hope. We clearly share different political ideologies but there is a lot to learn from him. We all have to pray that he continues excelling in business because he is our own Bill Gates. Iam a member of the Patriotic Front but my strong belief is that we can as a country contribute to building Mr. Hichilema’s business profile and still compete with him politically. We do not have to accuse of being a Satanist to beat him during elections. He is a Christian who does not only pretend to be one but lives a Christian life. Very few Zambians have helped vulnerable children as much as Mr. Hichilema has done. Very few parents can claim to have brought up their children in a better way than Mr. Hichilema. Very few rich people lead simple life styles like he does. Whoever tries to judge him knows nothing about Christianity, leave it to God. We do not have to accuse him of doing wrong during privatisation for us to beat him during elections. We should all be proud of his good work and intelligence. We are so used to seeing foreigners do things Zambians can do. His part was to do the valuation and government full of experts, way more educated than him made the final decision to sell. The more you accuse him of selling companies the more you expose your ignorance. Who is Hakainde Hichilema?

Hakainde Hichilema (Nsemu) was born in Bweengwa and raised by his uncle (elder brother to his mother). He went to Mooya and Nkandela Primary Schools and thereafter proceeded to Kalomo Secondary where he completed grade 12. He went to the University of Zambia where he studied economics. Whilst at UNZA, Mr. Hichilema started investing in cattle using savings from the student allowance. By the time he completed, he had 56 cattle and a farm in Monze West. He became an employer whilst at UNZA. After graduation he got a job with Coopers and Lybrand and later Grant Thornton. He later on obtained an MBA from the United Kingdom. Mr. Hichilema gave his first salary to his mother and with his second salary, he bought a plot in Kalingalinga and started building. He later sold it before completing construction and bought five plots in different locations in Lusaka. He sold 20 cattle, bought 30 cheaper calves and started building with the rest of the money and his salaries. Within five years, Mr. Hichilema had over 100 cattle and owned over 10 properties in Lusaka and Southern Province. He diversified his investments and started buying shares in companies and investing in more farms. Discipline, hard work and focus helped him became a financial magnet. He now co-owns some mines and huge meat outlets. He has ranches in Kalomo, Choma, Namwala, Batoka, Chibombo and other places. He has huge investments in real estates, properties in South Africa and the United Kingdom and has shares in huge companies. Talk of Maybrooke Property investment Limited, More Beef Limited, Quantum Assets Zambia Limited, Zambezi Sun international Hotels, Pick ‘n’ Pay, Game Stores, Delloitte and Touche, ALS Capital, Beef Up Zambia Limited, Buluwe Properties Limited, Hillview Properties Limited…..the list is long.

Despite his involvement in politics he has kept his business empire growing. You may not agree with him politically but there is a lot to learn from him. He is a humble tycoon whose children lead a simple life style. They have also learnt hard work and investment at a tender age. Their commitment to school and dedication to God is second to none. Forget about the political differences and take time to appreciate this son of the soil. You praise Dangote and practically worship him every day but we have our own tycoons. There is more to life than politics. We are one people and we have to learn to appreciate each other. Stop preaching poverty. Stop glorifying suffering. Stop worshiping laziness. Stop entertaining hate. Love, love even more and continue loving…..within love for the success of others lies the formula to your own success.

Mr. Hichilema, you are a great man. You don’t have to be President to be remembered as one of the most successful Zambians, you have earned it already. May you share your success story and reach out to all the young Zambians. As we meet on the political battle field with different political ideologies, know that I have great respect and admiration for you. I and many young people grew up trying to be you and God has brought us this far slightly different but we shall also ascend to greatness in our own way and I remain a strong and proud member of the Patriotic Front. May God bless you sir!

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7 Responses to Hakainde Hichilema – The business magnet every young Zambian admires!

  1. I dont think HH can be the best example for our youths to emulate reason being he has never disclosed how he got that wealth .
    It can be very dangerous to go his way of acquiring riches as he doesnt give the footprints of his money , all you hear is that he is rich but by what means ! Cares less money lovers can be deceived and end up in bigger problems.

    nshilimubemba
    February 19, 2018 at 12:36 pm
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  2. thats the way to go Alexander..HH is the man of the century in Zambia

    intelligence
    February 19, 2018 at 2:41 pm
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  3. Nshilimubemba,
    You are missing the core of the write-up. Let me elucidate. The write-up shows how from critical thinking,later execution of well thought out plans, today Mr HH is a personality to reckon with. This article has not projected his net worth but has shown what a principled life yields. May I add that any well meaning citizen should tap from the wisdom of Mr HH. That includes this writer. I rest my thoughts..

    Hachonda
    February 19, 2018 at 4:22 pm
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  4. The write up on H.H. is missing a lot of details like who are his parents, does he have any siblings e.t.c. Secondly, when was he born, when did he graduate from university? The timeline of such events is very important in any person’s life history.

    Yuma
    February 19, 2018 at 4:28 pm
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  5. ONLY A TONGA MUST LEAD UPND says Sejani. POINT OF CORRECTION THE BUSINESS MAGNET EVERY ZAMBIAN ADMIRES IS DANGOTE. Dangote, to me has a better and traceable track record than HH. I’m a young man and an accountant by profession with a good paying job but I’m never inspired by HH but Dangote motivates not only me but also other young men across Afica to greater heights. Unlike HH, dangote is not dented with corruption (Privatization), tribalism, freemasonry, political scandals etc. HH on many occasions has failed to explain the source(s) of his wealth leaving a space for suspicions regarding his riches, his business achievements have been questionable. Worse still he has failed to explain to young entrepreneurs his business model that he has used to achieve this status he is carrying today. ONE ZAMBIA ONE PEOPLE ONE NATION

    saimbwende saimbwende
    February 19, 2018 at 7:20 pm
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    • @saimbwende…even your name says much about you…Jelousy and envy wont take you far…only a fool like u still talks about the issue of privatisation without facts… You are just too Jelousy naba HH…you will remain doing your desk job as an accountant…you are even proud and bragging of yourself having a good paying job…it just shows how low you are and your life…I ve my own trucks and farms in and out of Zambia Mr accountant Saimbwend,not a so called good paying job…and HH Inspires a lot of young Zambians.Stope your Jelousy…

      Musonda
      February 21, 2018 at 12:05 pm
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  6. not god landa

    mumba lwendela
    February 20, 2018 at 12:47 am
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