Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of #MeetYourOFFAdvocate! Today we have Mr M-high who is officially known as Brian Kalimbuka. Here’s how our chat went:
Can you please tell us something about Brian, what do you do, why and how are you involved with OFF?
Brian in brief is an environmental chemist with knowledge in quality, health, safety and evironmental management systems. A graduate of the Malawi Polytechnic who has a passion in ensuring a sustainable environment. I have always been a team player and it is through this that I met people with a similar passion of ensuring a comprehensive sustainable future and this gave birth to OFF. In OFF I am currently championing Chingini cha SDGs an SDG advocacy campaign targeting the youth who are key in ensuring a sustainable tomorrow. I also double as the projects and innovation lead.
If you had all the money in this world, what SDG – choose only one – would you work on?
Only one eish! I’d be quite confused. But as someone with a keen interest in reducing pollution in the environment, I think Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.
Cool nice one! Well, OFF is about inspiring local citizen action towards sustainability and the SDGs, what words of inspiration do you have to fellow youth out there?
I was once told that the best time to plant a tree was thirty years ago or now for future use; meaning sustainability is a continuous process and as youth, the burden of ensuring this great cause of achieving sustainability and the SDGs is on us being the leaders of today and tomorrow. We’ve got the energy, the power, great minds and we are connected in this global village; I would say we have everything to initiate change.
Alright. Next – Who’s the one person – not from your family – who has inspired your life or career so far?
Nelson Madiba Mandela, his perseverance and personality is quite an inspiration – since you asked for one. But also James Wakibia in Kenya is another inspiration, and locally Namadingo, Mlaka and Lawi: These guys’ music inspires me in the sense that I think alot when I listen to their good music.
Great! Lastly – would you share with us your motto in life or the quote that you live by?
“No man is an island” – That’s it. A jack of all trades is a master at all if he has a team. In short a good team is key!