“Believe in yourself and work on your dreams. No one sees what you see” — Solomon “Valor” Mulanda

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

“Dream big. Start small. But most of all start.”

Simon Sinek

“The only dreams that come true are the ones you chase, if you do nothing, you get nothing.”

Joseph Atser

Many say the only thing that stops us from achieving what we really want to is ourselves. Just when we about to reach the last branch of that tree with the fruit we have seen grow we give up, most of us have had Mango or Guava trees just behind your house or maybe just near your bedroom window but you never get up to get that Mango you have been eying until probably it is taken by someone or falls to the ground and rots, Let’s start working on our dreams now while we still have the energy and time is the message Solomon Mulanda has been sending to many young people. Solomon is an author, entrepreneur, coach, public speaker and photographer. He is pursuing a degree in nuclear power engineering in Russia.

AKZAM had a chance to ask him a few questions

What have you done so far, how can you define what you do and can you recall the first time you started working?

As they say to lead you have to first learn how to efficaciously lead yourself; in my early teenage life I embarked on a journey of personal discovery, to explore my talents and strengths and when I discovered that teaching and public speaking came out naturally and easily for me I went on together with my young brother in 2019 to establish a company called the Valor’s that trains people to discover and manifest their talents and latent potential. With the understanding that people don’t just need to discover themselves but also need to be empowered with entrepreneurship skills to survive in a society with finite resources we have gone ahead with the help of entrepreneurship expects trained close to 200 people with basic entrepreneurship understanding To understand where we are as people we must understand how we got to where we are, with this light yet deep sense of imperative I have made reading books my way of life and my reading premises on leadership, business, politics and history.

Where do you get your ideas and What is your writing process like?

It is not just the sake of writing, my writing is based on solving problems that will leave one’s life transformed, therefore identified what has worked for me that people are still struggling with and write about it

Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

All my books will aim at transforming the lives of the people there will be a connection because all of them aim at improving people lives setting the for opportunities.

Do you Google yourself?

I am yet to start Googling myself I know with time this will be possible in a space of a year as am yet to Establish a full-time company that will be running as a subsidiary company to the valors.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

It depends on the writer but with me I give myself on average a year that is by putting it as my everyday gaol to work on it.

Our Zambian reading culture is not the best you must agree, how challenging is it to sell your books and how do you think we could improve on this?

To understand where we are we must understand how we got where we are, with this being said to change this situation we must teach the children the importance of reading books, it’s easy to teach children then an already fully grown up man. Zambia is still a young country who’s close to more than half of her population are illiterate to change this it must be a top most goal to educate our people.

What advice do you have for writers? Especially young ones like you

My advice for writers is that they should never stop writing we need to tell our own stories not the Europeans and Americans writing and defining our narrative.

The book manifesting the hidden you, tell us more about it?

The Quest of the book manifesting the hidden you is to help one develop his or her latent potential, our currency and value is in our uniqueness and manifesting the hidden you provides a well, tried and tested road map to develop and sharpen your hidden potential and how you can brand yourself to attract opportunities like this one appearing on AKZAM Page.

What other things do you like to do and are you passionate about and do you think your work influences people?

I am a personal development coach and also a photographer among other things, I have a specific type of people I influence mainly those that want to change the trajectory of their society.

What’s the one thing you cannot go a day without doing?

One thing that I cannot do without is working on myself despite my busy school schedule I try by all means to read articles sometime when am having a very busy day I listen to podcast just to help me refine my understanding.

What is your Favorite place in Zambia?

I have not travelled that much in Zambia am yet to discover my favourite place; it is part of my first assignment when I go back home

What would you like to change about Zambia?

I have had a lot of conversations with most youths and one thing that breaks my heart is lack of patriotism, most of them feel it is better to live in other countries than our own I would like the youths to understand that the Zambia we desire it is only us that will build, and now is the time to do that.

Which Zambian people if any who have influenced you so much?

Dr Nevers Mumba and Mr Daniel Kabane. For Dr Nevers I love how well he has built his network that is full of integrity and eloquence in speech, when called upon speaks impact and gives hope to those without it. You cannot talk about entrepreneurship and education without Mr Daniel’s name being mention he inspires me with the knowledge he is instilling in our country men and women.

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

Believe in yourself and work on your dreams. No one sees what you see, you have to believe in yourself before expecting people to believe in you; no matter what just start where you are and the rest will be history.

What are you biggest regrets and fears?

I basically don’t regret anything I really appreciate even the mistakes I made because through them I have been able to learn what to do, and what not to do which would have costed me a lot if I did not make the mistake earlier, today. I fear not trying to be better than I was yesterday.

What should we expect from you and where can we find more your works?

Expect to see more books and more Entrepreneurship companies that is my vision for the next 10 years you can find me on facebook — Valor Mulanda, linkedin Valor mulanda and Instagram the Brandz media.

By Kantumoya Derrick Mpaka

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