8 April 2015

Person of Interest: Cornwell Hademu

Cornwell Hademu is not only the executive director of BICC/CCDP but the owner of 50 hectares of farmland and one of the most progressive, forward thinking Zambians I have ever met. After working for his organisation for almost two months my opinion of the man has continually been raised.  When we are out in community he carries a certain aura, one that makes everyone in his vicinity comfortable and relaxed. Unfortunately time spent with him has always limited due to his extremely busy schedule but myself and Naomi were able to fully get to know Cornwell when we were invited to visit his farm this weekend.
Located 10km away from the hustle and bustle of town, Cornwell's 50 hectares of land contains fields upon fields of maize,along with watermelon, pumpkin, sunflowers, groundnuts and over 100 free range chickens running amok. His farming is currently a side business but he intends to retire from town life to invest more his time into improving the farm. Cornwell Lives a humble lifestyle with his priorities always focused on his children.

His small two roomed house is powered wholly by two solar panels, which provides sufficient power to meet all his minimal requirements. He regularly sits, eats and talks with the workers on his farm, and no topic is out of bounds.

After we explored his farm we sat down and enjoyed some roasted sausages and chicken and used this opportunity to approach numerous topics, ranging from work, sex education, love, politics and religion. His liberal understanding of the world was quickly became apparent, as he admitted that religion is a reason for a lot of the problems facing Zambia, and the world. Words can not describe how refreshing it was to hear a national from a country where religion is so ingrained into culture express such a progressive opinion. Cornwell himself believes it is a mixture of his well traveled and educated (achieved a masters in psychology) background that has resulted in his more liberal worldview. Throughout our time here in Choma Cornwell has been extremely eager for us to be fully integrated into Zambian culture and experience all things Zambian.

His encouragement, supportiveness and openess to us volunteers has certainly, in my opinion, made this whole journey exponentially more enjoyable.

Luke. T

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