Chiku Malunga, Ph.D, World Leading Indigenous Wisdom-Based Expert On Command Assignment for Africa Lead in Ghana September 28-October 5
Indigenous Wisdom-Based Expertise of Dr. Chiku Malunga Continues in Ghana
This Week Facilitating Agricultural Development Workshop for Africa Lead
In practice, the use of proverbs to facilitate workshops and seminars is more powerful than most conventional methods. One good proverb can explain an issue more and better than an entire chapter in a classic management book.
Imagine bringing African Indigenous wisdom to society and today’s business culture. Malawi-based author, Chiku Malunga, Ph.D, does just that and quite successfully as his globally embraced fresh perspective continues to be in demand. The Organizational Paremiologist, as he is also recognized, continues his efforts in Koforidua, Ghana this week, from September 28 to October 5, facilitating an Agricultural Development Workshop for Africa Lead. The workshop is aimed at equipping participants with Training and Facilitation skills to become strong facilitators of agricultural and food security issues in their organizations in Ghana.
Dr. Malunga’s current effort for Africa Lead follows his prior high-level assignment for Water Aid the previous week; supporting finalization of the country’s strategy plan to unfold over the next five years, from 2016 through 2021.
As a specialist in civil society, leadership development, and strategy from an African perspective, Dr. Malunga has become the foremost internationally recognized expert and author on this topic. A sought-after pioneer and a thought leader, he has successfully introduced the value of Indigenous proverbial principles to the business class, as well as for achieving personal growth and development.
Dr. Malunga’s distinctive proficiency and world class innovation is further supported through his books, Understanding Organizational Sustainability through African Proverbs and Power and Influence: Self-Development Lessons from African Proverbs and Folktales, among other books. The collective information he offers between the two key titles places an emphasis on the African expression, UBUNTU (the essence of being human). African Proverbs are an integral part of the country’s culture.
The world leading Indigenous Wisdom-based expert’s use of proverbs and folktales play an effective role in helping organizations to improve their performance. As an organizational paremiologist, Dr Malunga uses African proverbs and folktales to facilitate this type of training.
“They are simple statements with deep meaning and guidelines for individual, family, community and village behavior, built upon repeated real life experiences observation over time,” states Dr. Malunga.
An example of a proverb in such trainings is a teaching to “learn twice,” emphasizing the importance of training not only to the trainee but also the trainer. The use of indigenous wisdom in training is important because it ensures participants will connect with nature, while encouraging sustainable use of natural resources. This is central to participants’ deep and authentic engagement with the development process.
The use of proverbs facilitates this training in two distinct ways:
• The proverbs act as metaphors and explain complex issues in simpler statements. For example, on the topic of conflict the training discussion is focused on, “when elephants fight it is the grass that suffers;” emphasizing the fact that when leaders are in conflict it is usually innocent followers who suffer.
• The proverbs will also be used to unlock feeling stuck, while they clarify vision and unify different perspectives. For example on the topic of change management, the training discussion is focused on, “when the beat of the drum changes so must the step of the dance.”
“In practice, the use of proverbs to facilitate workshops and seminars is more powerful than most conventional methods,” adds Dr. Malunga. “One good proverb can explain an issue more and better than an entire chapter in a classic management book.”
Through his innovative application of African proverbs into today’s culture, Dr. Malunga presents the unmistakable empowerment received, between organizations and individuals alike, from this emerging wisdom. A unique facilitator of this process, he illustrates how it can enhance modern life, in new and creative ways that touches people’s hearts and motivates them to personal and organizational transformation.
Dr. Malunga’s books are among the first to consciously acknowledge, demonstrate and contribute to the rationale of applying Indigenous wisdom – African proverbs and folktales expressing an accumulated wisdom – for the improvement of inter-human relations.
Stay tuned as Dr. Malunga readies for more official projects in the weeks and months ahead – a widespread demand and movement, from Africa and beyond.
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