This week: Reflecting on the year 2013

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By Kelvin Esiasa

Many of us would remember the year 2013 differently. To some the year has been successful. To others the year has been sniveling one.  For me I remember the year was successful year and I learnt a lot of lessons. The year 2013 has taught me a lot of lessons. The following are the lessons I picked up from the year 2013.

The world is under a threat

The world woke up to a rude shock on 21 September 2013; unidentified gunmen attacked the upscale Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. The attack resulted in at least 72 deaths, including 61 civilians, 6 Kenyan soldiers and 5 attackers. Over 200 people were reportedly wounded in the mass shooting.

Syria also continued to threaten world peace through its internal conflict. The Syria war had killed and displaced a number of Syrians.

Terrorists have continued to build networks and these networks have become a threat to world peace. Militia groups have also continued to butcher people in their own backyards. Nigerian and Somali militia groups claimed a lot of massacres in the year 2013.

These events demonstrated that world was under threat and if nothing would be done many nations would suffer severely.

Bad Habits do not die easily

The Muslim Brotherhood has caused a lot of massacres and civil strife in Egypt.  After the removal of President Mubarak the Egyptian handed power to the Muslim Brotherhood. But there reign was overthrown by the Egyptians. The media eluded the overthrow to foolishness of Muslim Brotherhood.

Before the Muslin Brotherhood ascended to power they had made the rule for President Mubarak very difficult. These attitudes and activities have continued. And have made Egypt ungovernable.

South Sudan has gone back to war despite the nation coming out of a long war. The media has reported that a number of citizens have been massacred while others displaced. Previously South Sudan was at war against Sudan. Hence the world advised Sudan into two nations one called Sudan and the other South Sudan.

Libyans have failed to govern themselves even when their Ironman had passed away. A number of political commentators thought Libyans would be free immediately the death of Gaddafi. These thoughts were misplaced instead Libyans have continued to kill themselves even after Gaddafi.

Live to be celebrated

Zambian Daily reported that USA President Obama had mentioned that there were a lot of lessons to learn from Late Nelson Mandela. A number of people celebrated his life while BBC reported that it was one of the biggest gatherings of international dignitaries in recent years. The funeral was also described as larger than that of Princess Diana, Michael Jackson and Pope John Paul II combined. US President Barack Obama eulogized Nelson Mandela as a giant of history and described him as the last great liberator of the 20th Century.

Depart when you are still being celebrated

Against the odds Sir Ferguson retired while he was still celebrated as a successful coach. Sir Ferguson was described by many soccer fans, football administrator and football players as one of the most admired and respected managers in the history of the game. The Guardian announced it was the “end of an era” while UEFA president Michel Plating said that Ferguson was “a true visionary”. British Prime Minister David Cameron described Ferguson as a “remarkable man in British football”.

Ferguson was truly remarkable Manager; he received awards for his contribution to football. Apart from EP league and UEFA competition accolades, he received awards from the British government as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), 1983; Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) 1995 and Knight Bachelor (Kt.) 1999.

We are just human

In 2013 the world bet well to President Hugo Chavez. The death of Hugo reminded me that we are just human being or mortal man. He was known for being outspoken and dogmatic throughout his presidency, refusing to hold back any of his opinions or criticisms. He insulted oil executives, church officials and other world leaders, and was particularly hostile with the United States government, which, he believed, was responsible for the failed 2002 coup against him.

The United States-based Time magazine included Hugo Chavez among their list of the world’s 100 most influential people in the world. His biographers Marciano and Tisza believed Hugo earned his place in history as the president most loved and most despised by the Venezuelan people, the president who inspired the greatest zeal and the deepest revulsion at the same time.

So as you match to the year 2014 I urge you to reflect on the lessons that you have learnt.


One Response to This week: Reflecting on the year 2013

  1. Who is this character?

    December 30, 2013 at 6:52 am

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