Future uncertain – a note on Finnish Independence Day

“Life was better in the colonial days” – a statement I’ve heard several times. It’s hard to hear that said for two reasons among several

The first is that Zambians as a people know so little about the colonial history of Zambia. We learn a few paragraphs in our history books and a few grainy ZBC documentaries. We look with fondness on the infrastructure of colonial days – the roads, schools, hospitals – without doing the math – calculating for whom that infrastructure was meant – and without considering the motives of builders.