Corning, NY, July 12, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Jabulani Dhliwayo’s new book is a story of one man’s personal journey from a revolutionary to a renowned ICT professional. It is written with great honesty, incorporating pathos and humour intended to ease some of the heartbreaking and chilling accounts in the book. It is an interesting perspective of a slice of African history that has seldom been recorded particularly in such a personal way. The book is titled “The Endless Journey: From a liberation struggle to driving emerging technologies in Africa.”
The book elaborates the author’s life as a poor black man in racially segregated Rhodesia and his subsequent journey from Rhodesia to join Robert Mugabe’s liberation movement in Mozambique. While in Mozambique, he lived in the so called refugee camps which were constantly under attack by the Rhodesians resulting in the death of his sister and thousands of others. When it was decided that the author would have to swap weapons for books, he ended up in Sierra Leone where he graduated with a B.Sc degree in Physics and went back to Zimbabwe. Circumstances in Zimbabwe that saw the deterioration of the country a decade after independence - with inflation up to 80% - drove Jabulani into exile from where he supported Africa’s development primarily through advocacy of the adoption of modern Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).
The book consists of nine main chapters addressing the early years of the author’s life, his life in exile in the camps in Mozambique and at school in Sierra Leone, life after independence in Zimbabwe and his pursuit for graduate studies, his experience moving and settling in the United States and his contribution to the development of the African continent.
He brings to light major challenges in the effort to transform African countries into modern economies including challenges created by Chinese neo-imperialism. For example, on the stranglehold of Angola by China, he writes:
“A large number of the contracts to establish the industrial zone and for developing the industries were awarded to the Chinese. On a trip to Luanda from Johannesburg, a third of the passengers on the plane were Chinese, most of them labourers. It was amazing the number of Chinese labourers I saw at the airport in Luanda arriving on different flights. How could they fly labourers all the way from China into a country with an unemployment rate of 25%?”
Jabulani Dhliwayo is co-author of “Open Access for Africa.”
More information and excepts from the book can be found at http://www.facebook.com/TheEndlessJourney
The book is available for purchase at https://www.createspace.com/3799698
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