The Endless Journey: From a liberation struggle to driving emerging technologies in Africa | Jabulani Simbini Dhliwayo
The Endless Journey is a story of one man’s journey from a revolutionary to a renowned ICT [Information and communications technology] professional. It is written with great honesty, incorporating pathos and humor intended to ease some of the heart-breaking and chilling accounts. It is an interesting perspective of a slice of African history that has seldom been recorded in such a personal way. The book elaborates the author’s life as a poor black man in racially segregated Rhodesia and his subsequent journey from Rhodesia to join Robert Mugabe’s liberation movement in Mozambique.
While in Mozambique, he lived in the refugee camps which were constantly under attack by the Rhodesians resulting in the death of his sister and thousands of others. When it was decided that the author would have to swap weapons for books, he ended up in Sierra Leone where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in physics and went back to Zimbabwe. Circumstances in Zimbabwe that saw the deterioration of the country a decade after independence-with inflation of up to 80 percent-drove Jabulani to live overseas from where he supported Africa’s development primarily through advocacy of the adoption of modern Information and communications technology.
About the Author
Jabulani Simbini Dhliwayo was born in Chipinge, Zimbabwe in 1960. Fifteen years later, he crossed the border into Mozambique to join Robert Mugabe’s ZANU [Zimbabwe African National Union] guerilla movement that was fighting for liberation. In 1978, Jabulani was one of twenty-two ZANU youths to be awarded a United Nations Development Program scholarship to study in Sierra Leone. He completed his high school and earned a bachelor of science degree in physics with education from Njala University College–a university college of the University of Sierra Leone. In 1985 Jabulani returned to independent Zimbabwe and took up teaching positions at Chindunduma High School and Harare Polytechnic. In 1989 Jabulani left Zimbabwe for Laurentian University in Canada where he studied for a master's degree in physics before moving to the University of Kent in Canterbury, United Kingdom, where he graduated with a Ph.D. in physics, specializing in fiber optic sensors.
In 1997, Jabulani joined Ando Corporation, a Japanese manufacturer of test instrumentation for optical communications in the USA. As a technical marketing engineer for Ando Corporation, he supported leading telecommunication companies in North America–including Lucent Technologies, SIECOR, WorldCom, Bell South, CIENA and New Brunswick Telephone–with their optical fiber measurement requirements. In 1999, Jabulani joined Corning, the world’s largest supplier of optical fiber as a senior research acientist. In this role, he developed measurement systems for next generation photonics components and optical fiber, at Corning’s Sullivan Park research complex in Corning, New York. After five years in research and development he took up a variety of commercial roles, including senior worldwide application engineer, product line manager and market development manager for Africa. As the market development manager for Africa, Jabulani promotes Corning fiber to operators throughout the continent–from Cape to Cairo. In 2004 Jabulani joined NEPAD [New Partnership for Africa's Development] Council, an organization of African professionals in the Diaspora whose mission is to support the African Union. In this organization, Jabulani persuaded African policy makers to embrace technology, including modern ICT and deployment of optical fiber in the continent as vehicles for sustained economic development. Jabulani is the father of two daughters, Sinikiwe Stephanie and Tinashe Irikidzai Chelsea.
Jabulani Simbini Dhliwayo (Author)
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Publication Date: July 5, 2012
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 5, 2012)