Dennis Hubbard was a naïve 21 year old when he arrived at a small mining town called Broken Hill in tropical Northern Rhodesia, where he spent the next two years. They were to become the greatest and most formative of his life. Together with his best friend Fred, he became involved in expeditions deep into the African bush, first on pedal cycles and then in a 1946 Flying Standard motor car. They paddled a kayak on the lake adjacent to Mulungushi Dam, where they had first-hand encounters with the dangerous native wildlife – such as crocodiles and hippos – and many other near altercations with elephants, buffalo and baboons. Dennis and Fred were recruited to the local Police Reserve and Dennis was shocked to see the segregation and discrimination that existed at the time. He befriended some local Africans, contrary to firm advice from many other white people in Broken Hill. Eventually, Dennis became truly absorbed into the colonial way of life just as the sun was setting on the British Empire. He used his rifle several times and became very familiar with the seemingly endless and beautiful savannah lands that surrounded Broken Hill. Towards the end of his stay in Africa, there was a heated romance with great tragedy in store for both Dennis and Fred, the horrendous circumstances of which will have the reader asking whether this is really a true story – unfortunately, it certainly is. Dennis was initially reluctant to share his story, and has so far kept this desperately tragic end of his stay in Africa a deep, dark secret... Until now. The Tragic Romance of Africa is a compelling combination of travel writing and memoir that also gives a unique and rare insight into a snapshot of Africa’s history. It’s a book that at times reads like a novel due to its hard-to-believe content, and an account that is often hilarious, occasionally touching, sometimes moving but ultimately harrowing, set in a bygone age of colonialism, racism, exploitation and adventure.
Billy Brite is a young boy with a high IQ, which has caused him to be ostracised by family and peers. It is his story of his escape from reality, into a world of imagination and solitude, with his two dogs, Ben and Scruffy, and his parrot, Anthony, as his constant companions. He lives on a farm in Southern Africa with his parents, teenage sister, and grandmother. He has an obsession with the wild life on the farm and he is convinced they have an unspoken language. It is his passion to prove his theory, and to gain credibility with all those who shun and mock him. It is this very obsession that leads him into an unknown world; a world he would not dare to explain and no one would ever believe him , even if he tried. His trusted pets take on a whole new role; a role which makes him wonder if they are friend or foe. His ordinary hum drum life takes a turn into fear, and the unknown,and that is just the beginning. The first three chapters deal with the 'normality' but then Billy makes the first of many discoveries that leaves him for once to be dumbfouded. There is the terrible storm that adds to the confusion of the pets disappearance which in turn leads to his own disappearance. Billy's chance discovery of a world he never new existed, begins a journey into the UNKNOWN. He uncovers the SECRET MISSION of the animals against the 'ENEMY' (HUMANS), the power of the HORNS, and the SECRET KINGDOM opens up shocking revelations, [UFO's and ALIENS] but also commences in the UNEXPLAINED being EXPLAINED. BUT! WHO WOULD BELIEVE HIM?........
Author: Matthew T. Momon
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release Date: 2012-07
This book is designed to assist the advanced mathematics and science students through the maze of the Ancient World/Hellenistic World/ Classical World and its flow into the Modern World. This book will not only put critical events in perspective but also in their true chronological order. This book will give the reader knowledge of the history of the Mediterranean World from the Persian Empire to the 1883 A.D. discovery of electricity and beyond. From the seven wonders of the ancient world to ancient warfare and ancient machines of war and peace to Africa’s development and implementation of the disciplines of mathematics, all engineering sciences, physics, chemistry, metallurgy, statistics, medicine, masonry, technology, ethics, political science, metaphysics, astronomy, astrology and philosophy. In general, the reader will be introduced to a world that was developed and maintained by the mind of the African. This way of thought has maintained the world up to the modern age. Most importantly, the reader will learn through deductive and inductive reasoning where the origin of the western world really begins—who educated whom, when this education took place, where it took place, how long this educational environment lasted, the manner in which the professors and master teachers were treated, when the course of the world changed, who changed it, how it was changed and why. If the reader is tired of “keep your eyes on the prize!” and wants to know what the prize is and whether or not the African deserves the prize, then read this book and be informed.
Author: Roger Webster
Publisher: New Africa Books
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Africa, Southern
This collection contains true accounts of people, events and incidents that shaped the future of South Africa. Now no longer skewered by political agendas, they may be correctly told, bringing history back into balance.
True Africa showcases the best and worst of what orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa live with everyday. Is there poverty? Yes. But there is also beauty, dignity, a generosity of hospitality, and joy. Extreme poverty is an assault on human dignity, but at the end of the day it is no match for the human soul. Dignity can be obscured, beaten down, and dressed in tatters, but its essence remains. If you are perceptive, you will see it. Professional photographer David Sacks is a master at drawing out these qualities in his subjects. He shows that people—both children and adults—are not defined by the outer shell of their adversity. So put aside all your preconceived notions about the calamities Africa may or may not be facing and enjoy this photographic journey into the beautiful and joyful people who live there.
Author: Edward 1841-1915 Gilliat
Publisher: Wentworth Press
Release Date: 2016-08-26
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As I was leaving JFK International Airport for Africa via Paris, I was excited and looking forward to the adventure. This would be the first time I would visit the Dark Continent and remain there for four years. I was to assist in building and establishing a technical school for the Malawi government in central East Africa. In 1967 when I first set foot on the African continent I had no idea how exciting it would be. After spending four years there, I never did get over my initial culture shock, and I was always learning something new about the indigenous people on the Dark Continent. I had looked forward enthusiastically to beginning my new life’s experience. When I landed in Nairobi on my flight from Rome, I was picked up at the airport by missionaries and taken to their mission in Kenya. There I spent my first night sleeping, or trying to sleep, in Africa. In the middle of the night I opened my eyes only to find several gray flat spiders that moved about at a relatively high speed in search of flies and other small flying creatures. From that midnight until dawn I slept with one eye open. This was my first shocking experience with the small creatures in Africa. After spending about five days in Nairobi visiting various missions and observing the animals in the wild, I then moved down to Malawi where I began my assigned work establishing a technical school for the Malawi government. Technical or trade schools were vitally important to the underdeveloped country’s efforts to attain better housing and sanitation for the Malawians. The primitive villages were prone to disease, especially malaria, tuberculosis, and dysentery. Today we could include HIV-AIDS in the list of prevalent diseases in Malawi.