It’s a Wednesday and you know what time it is – #MeetYourOFFAdvocate day! Today we meet Lovemore Nkhalamba also known as Mzati.
Here’s how our little chat with him went:
Who is Lovemore? Can you please tell us something about yourself, what you do and why you are involved with OFF?
I think Lovemore is alot of things. Can’t say I’ve fully discovered myself completely yet but in a nutshell am an environmental scientist, a food scientist and an aspiring epidemiologist. I’m a creative (I write, I sing and I do a bit of photography), and I enjoy working with teams. I am currently interning with the Ministry of health at their Public Health Lab in Area 3. I joined OFF because I believe in it’s vision and goals which I believe aligns well with my own personal life goals.
Fantastic! If you had all the money in this world, what SDG – choose only one – would you work on?
I’d choose SDG 3 without any hesitation. Haha tilongosole why ngati (should I explain why)?
Yes, of course!
Haha alright. I have always been interested in the health sector from a young age. I believe that good health is an essential, if not the most essential aspect to any form of sustainable development at any level. The 3rd SDG is a perfect expression of what needs to be done in our socities and communities if we really are going to achieve accessible health for all.
Well said Lovemore! Now – since OFF is about inspiring local citizen action towards sustainability and the SDGs, do you have any words of inspiration to fellow youth out there?
Yes, I do. As young people, we are blessed with the gift of so much energy and enthusiasm. My words are that let us use these for good and to initiate change in our sphere, however small. The various SDGs provide a platform where which young people can champion this.
Young people are really gifted in many ways 🙂
Who’s the one person – not from your family – who has inspired your life or career so far?
I have always been inspired from childhood by Dr Ben Carson’s story. It’s a beautiful story of the power of not giving up, being resilient in pursuing one’s dream and the strength of having the right people around you.
Lastly – would you share with us your motto in life or the quote that you live by?
My motto in life is adapted from the US Marines’ motto: “Simper Fidelis” which is Latin for Always Faithful. My favorite quote is by Marianne Williamson from her book ‘work and personal power.’ It says “our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that frightens us the most. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”