“ Be the positive change you would like to see around you”-TITUS MWILA KAPAI

In a generation where social media is the biggest source of information, It is exceptional to find not only an avid reader but a Zambian youth who is exceptionally passionate about writing as well.

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
-Marcus Tullius Cicero -

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
-Madeleine L’Engle -

This is a short interview we did with 25 year old Titus Mwila Kapai.

He recently published his first book titled, ‘FROM CONDEMNATION TO GLORY’. The inspiration to venture into writing came as a heavy burden upon my heart to meet a need that I noticed around me.

Background and work done?

I was born and bred in Kasama, the heart of Northern Province and did primary education at Musa Basic School, after which I went to St. Francis Secondary School for my Junior and part of senior secondary education. I completed my grade 12 at Luwingu High School.

I love sharing what I know with others and being a young Christian Man, I realized with great concern just how little young people(both professing Christians and non-Christians) know about the core message of Christianity i.e the Gospel. I figured that the best way to reach out to the young people is by putting something down in writing and this is exactly what I have done.

Where are you based?

I am a final year medical student at Belgorod State National Research University in Belgorod, Russia.

How do you want people to remember you?

I would love to be remembered as someone who ‘walked the talk’, someone who served God and society faithfully and selflessly.

What are some causes you are passionate about?

Propagation of the Gospel(good news) is at the root of all the other causes am passionate about. I am also passionate about youth empowerment, because I believe any society where youths are not empowered and pro-active to its development is headed for disaster. Others include good governance, leadership and social justice.

What do you do aside from your passion and work?

Apart from being a medical student and a writer, I am also a Bible teacher, an assistant administrator and a leader of the men’s ministry at my church. I was a student representative for Zambians at my school as well as vice city representative for Belgorod in my 3rd year (2016–2017).In my 5th year I became the President of the African Students Union at my university.

During my last year of university, I was in charge of a group of foreign medical students where we teach each other medical courses in English considering the challenges we face when we go back home having studied in Russian language.

What publications have you regularly read?

I love reading books. I mostly read Christian books. I have read ‘FROM CONDEMNATION TO GLORY’ T.M. Kapai, ‘THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD’ by A.W Tozer, ‘REMEMBER AND RETURN’, ‘PARABLES’ done by Dr. John MacArthur, ‘SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY’ by Wayne Grudem,and I am currently reading ‘KNOWING GOD’ by J.I Parker.

Apart from Christian literature, I have also read LEADERSHIP GOLD’ by John Maxwell, ‘TRILOGY OF LEADERSHIP’ by Anthony D’souza, ‘WHAT IS YOUR EXCUSE’ by John Foppe, ‘GIFTED HANDS’ by Dr. Ben Carson, ‘THINGS FALL APART’ by Chinua Achebe and our very own ‘PANO CHALO’ by Stephen A. Mpashi among others.

Any favorite books?

The Bible stands out to be the best book I have ever read as it does not only inform the mind but also transforms the whole person. ‘From Condemnation to Glory’ is also one of my favorites .Others include ‘The Attributes of God’, ‘Gifted Hands’ and ‘Pano Chalo’

What would be your personal motto?

“ Be the positive change you would like to see around you”

Advise to your fellow youths?

My advice is for young people not to waste their strength and energy on vices and other unnecessary things which do not help them. The most important thing you can do as a young person is to know God and to resolve to live the rest of your life for Him.

When this is done, everything else falls in line because then you will have a sense of accountability and responsibility in all that you do.

Work hard, read a lot, be disciplined and passionate about whatever that you do and do not do anything that you will live to regret for the rest of your life.

Is there an achievement or contribution that you are most proud of?

Publishing my first book and finishing medical school are my most treasured achievements so far. This is because not only have they contributed positively to my personal growth and success but will also impact society positively and hopefully others will also be inspired to pursue their own dreams and ambitions.

What do you think is so unique about You?

I think what makes me unique is that am passionate about what I do. I do not start anything unless am passionate about it and am willing to commit myself totally to that thing.

What is the biggest challenge you face?

My biggest challenge so far has been how to balance the pressure of medical school with writing, teaching and leading others because all of them are so demanding and they require me to be on top of my game at all times. But by God’s grace I have been managing.

With so many people doing what you do, how are you different from others?

I believe that the content of my work kind of sets me apart because not so many young people have written books on such deep issues as I have done.

As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?

I have always wanted to be a medical doctor. I remember calling myself ‘Doctor Kapai’ from as early as grade 9 and many of my peers and some of my teachers used to call me by that ‘Doctor’ title. I never desired to be anything else other than a medical doctor and I hope that I will make a good one.

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen in Zambia?

For now I would say Chishimba falls. I love nature and usually when I need to relax, I like taking walks in places far from the busy town centers just so that I can enjoy the beauty of nature.

Why do you do to keep going, so many challenges but what makes you keep going?

Because I believe in what I do. The more challenges I face, the stronger I become and the more I get to believe that am doing the right thing. If you do not face challenges in what you do, there is a high chance that you are doing the wrong thing!Also the more challenges you overcome in order to achieve something, the sweeter the success. And so I soldier on!

Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What advice would you have given yourself?

I would say to the 10year old me that ‘KID, be sure to develop good habits while you are still young or else you will spend the rest of your adult life trying to break the bad ones!’

By. Kasonde Dalitso

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