Opinion

From Chibolya To Turkey: When A Dream Comes True

By DOROTHY CHISI

MANY people in Lusaka may find it hard to believe that anything good can come out of the crime-ridden and drug-infested Chibolya Township.

But 21-year-old Barrington Chungulo is just one of the good things that the infamous township has produced.

By this time, Barrington, who was granted a scholarship to study in Turkey, has arrived at his Turkish base.

It has been an inspiring journey to success for Barrington who started off like most young people who often feel discouraged in life.

Born in 1996 from the high density township of Mikomfwa in the Copperbelt town of Luanshya, Barrington attributes the newly found joy of being offered a scholarship after many attempts as the grace from God.

He said although he faced challenges with his family in order for him to be educated, he believed that one day, his dreams would come to fruition.

His desire was to study Chemical Engineering.

After his father was laid off from a once famous garment manufacturing company named Serios, his family experienced a lot of financial challenges that forced the family to relocate to Lusaka.

That is how Barrington found himself living in Chibolya township.

It is from this township that Barrington started Grade One at a Community school, after which he attended John Laing Primary School where he did Grade Seven.

In 2009, he was selected to Grade Eight at Lotus Basic School.

He managed to complete Grade 12 at Kamwala Secondary School.

But coming from Chibolya put Barrington under a lot of pressure, firstly from his peers in the township, most of whom were petty thieves rather than be in school; and secondly from fellow school pupils who called him names because he came from a dangerous neighborhood.

Everyone knew how Chibolya was in terms of illicit activities, violence and crime that was common place in the township.

Although his fellow pupils made fun of him on account of where he was coming from, that did not deter him from pursuing his studies.

All he knew was that his future was bright.

“Peer pressure was there and many of my friends (in Chibolya) were not going to school; but I knew what I wanted in life and so I pushed on with what would be good for me in life and that was education,” he said.

Financial problems had also taken their toll on him such that he had to sell water at Kamwala Market when he was in his fifth grade.

He started selling water after learning that his friends were doing the same.

“I was selling water because I wanted to buy clothes for myself although my parents were not for the idea of me doing it,” said Barrington.

Defying all odds of coming from a ‘shanty’ township where everything evil was thought to take place and carrying a tag that nothing good could come out from there, Barrington believed everyone had the potential to prosper regardless of their background.

The lad said the opportunity to attend Lotus Basic School gave him a chance to mingle with pupils from well-to-do families, a fuel that helped shape him into a responsible person who and see things from a different perspective.

Barrington also gives credit to his parents for the guidance they provided him with that helped him to complete school.

He believes that his parents did not want him to do things which would destroy his dreams.

It was during his days in secondary school that he developed an interest in reading Chemistry and how it worked in improving things.

“It was also during the time I was in Grade Eleven, that I developed interest in doing charity works for the community and that’s how I came up with a community project called The Dream Factory, which mainly deals with children’s health and education,” Barrington said.

Barrington completed Grade 12 in 2014.

He accumulated eight points, after which he decided to apply for scholarship.

But on six occasions, his application drew a blank.

“I applied for scholarships several times but I did not succeed and this did not make me give up as I believed that one day something would come my way,” he said.

He unsuccessfully applied for scholarships to Russia, Algeria, China, India, and Morocco.

This year, he tried his luck by applying for a scholarship in Turkey and this time, as luck would have it, he was among twenty applicants who were accepted.

“Am happy because this scholarship was not even done in Zambia, but in Turkey were no one can say the committee that selected the names knew me. This was a competitive scholarship were in Africa, they needed 1000 students, of which 20 came from Zambia,” Barrington said.

Barrington expressed his thanks to God that although he did not succeed in being awarded a scholarship by the local committee, he had finally acquired one which would allow him live his dream of becoming a Chemical Engineer.

Barrington believed since Turkey was ranked one of the top 20 countries that offered best training in Chemical Engineering, the opportunity to study in that country would be of greater benefit for him and for Zambia, especially from the perspective of sectors like agriculture and industry which Zambia is trying to develop.

“I will strive to learn during my study in Turkey on how the two sectors can improve the economy because it is these two that are driving the economy of Turkey,” he said.

He said Chemical Engineers were cardinal to the development of any country’s agriculture and industry.

Barrington, who would study Chemical Engineering at Eskişehir Osmangazi Üniversitesi for a five year period, believes that investing in Chemical Engineering affects the economy because it helps to improve the local manufacturing of most products in the industries.

He said Chemical Engineers can help improve local manufacturing especially in countries like Zambia which relies mostly on imports.

He said if there was enough expertise of local Chemical Engineers, the production of things such as fertilizers, could be increased and the commodities sold at an affordable price to farmers, which can consequently lead to reduced mealie meal prices.

Barrington explained that Chemical Engineering can be critical when applied to improve the economy of the country.

He said the period he would spend at school in Turkey would not be wasteful, but rather be an opportunity to improve and build his childhood dream.

The young man, who has already travelled to Turkey to begin his new journey, urged those trying to succeed not to easily give up as their destiny lay in the hands of God.

Barrington said had he been frustrated after trying to applying for scholarship since 2015 in March, he would not been talking about Turkey, but because of faith in God, he was now in a different position where he was even encouraging others not to easily give up.

He urged those in school to believe in their dreams.

He said all dreams were capable of becoming true if those who have them avoid illicit activities.

“Coming from Chibolya, I want to be a shining example to my fellow youths that no matter where you come from, nothing is impossible; all we need is to stick to our dreams and what we want in life,” Barrington said.

SOURCE: TIMES OF ZAMBIA/BARRINGTON CHUNGULO

75 Comments

  1. sario

    That’s good

  2. Ndindindi

    Nice of you my dear, you are an inspiration at your tender age,,,, not the way children of nowadays behave,always BOLZ

  3. Nelly

    Wow Barrington. You are a shining shooting star.Well done and thanks be to God.Continue with the same spirit.Many will learn from you.

  4. Bismarck

    God bless you and your family but remember to pray God the creator of everything

  5. joy

    God never fails his children. And determination is the only teacher in everything. Best wishes Darry.

  6. maxwell Siasulwe

    God be with you in your studies bro

  7. Arakadash

    Nothing special about Turkey. i lived there for two yrs
    I was in Bodrum and Mamaris

    • Shikantwa

      Sour grapes?

    • Bright

      My friend, stop being stupid. Don’t you think it’s an achievement for the young man to go and study where He never dreamed of studying? These are the kind of inspirations our children need to have. If you lived there so what? Who knows what you were doing there?

  8. JJ

    Good luck young boy

  9. Isaac Zgalunga

    May the hand of the Lord be with you as you are traveling, thanks for the encouragement to us fellow youths. May God continue blessing you. Safe journey.

  10. honest

    All the best my brother, May the almighty GOD be with you all the time

  11. DC 10..

    Good luck my boy…study hard.

  12. Lulu jay

    Am happy for you boi,these are the kind of stories we should hear,it really doesn’t matter were you come from cause only the sky is the limit.

  13. godster soko

    Wow all the best man

  14. KABUNGO VICTOR

    Chongulo my dear,am really proud of you and you shall remain my inspiration until that day when l shall also live my dream.

  15. Lolo

    Future leaders keep it up

  16. Analyser

    Great, with his skills in chemical engineering, He will come back to Chibolya after graduating to set up a factory that will manufacture methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, etc

  17. ALLAN ZULU

    Am so inspired by seeing the article of Barrignton Chungulo, Luke 1vs 37 says that with God nothing shall be impossible. Glory be to God

  18. BÄÑÐA MAGNETIC

    Very inspiring

  19. BÄÑÐA MAGNETIC

    Very inspiring

  20. Prince Nyambe

    Inspiring and the best brother, continue shining the Zambian flag

  21. Sylvester

    Thnx bro for de encouragement.congatuaration bro god bless u to achieve yur respectively dream may god lead u ..bravo!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Sylvester

    Thnx bro for de encouragement.congatuaration bro god bless u to achieve yur lrespectively dream may god lead u .co z we ar de future leader of tommorrow..bravo!!!!!!!!!!

    • jbmvd JUNIOUR BWALYA

      From zero to hero.you will be a hero GOD bless you.

  23. majestic

    GOD is alive and he makes the impossibles to become possible. Gud lucky young and achieve Your dream.

  24. Edgar

    Am happy for you man bt somethng bothas me z chibolya and john laing the same….chanda chungulo carefull ka

  25. Isaac

    This is quite inspiring, it shows that opposition in one’s life actually serves as an opportunity.

  26. vern

    Journey of thousand miles starts with a single step.

  27. Sj

    Where there’s a Will there’s a Way. Don’t forget all too soon where you ‘ve come from to be @ your current station in Life. For Life can present differently as each day progresses. Congrats for living your dream.Comment

  28. Musonda mwila

    Keep the fire burning

  29. jbmvd JUNIOUR BWALYA

    From zero to hero.you will be a hero GOD bless you

  30. Matthews

    Study hard me I completed last year 2016.

  31. Mathews mupi

    You have inspired me brother may God be with you always remember God in anything you do

  32. Billy

    May the good lord always continue to show you is love,truly inspiring am happy for yah!!

  33. Shambimwi

    To God be the growly and the sky is your limit my boy.

  34. Hassan

    Congrats daddy, good lucky & revel your entire studies.

  35. Prince

    That’s great my dear.God always listen to his children & he give when you ask the right things. Take care of your self My dear. Now you’re a pillar of the family.Go and study hard and make Zambia proud. Go go go!!!!!!

  36. Changwa Echi Echi

    Lesa akupale

  37. Bryson Jr

    Wish u the best bro

  38. Brighton

    All the Best…Jah Bless

  39. Mpelo saulo

    It is quiet strange that it took panel outside the country to recognize potent and award you a scholarship.the problem in zambia to much corruption and nepotism nothing is done on merit. Those with the task to select candidates for scholarship always do it for their relatives and pay masters. Young man, god has brought you this far and i know he Will take you all the way.

  40. Wisdom Mukanda

    Wish you all the best and may Lord reachly bless you

  41. joseph tembo

    I wish all best be with you bro god blessed you

  42. sir roy

    Ificopo are pesons with no vision weather rich or poor

  43. nicholas

    Impossible is nothing best of lucky man

  44. Teddy

    That’s good bro

  45. Kelvin

    it is realy an inspiring story may the Almighty Jehovah be with u and achieve your goals,….and as for us youths we have to learn something ..no matter hw things may be hard bt if u stick to your dream u a gonna achieve it …good luck in Turkey…

  46. YVES

    Good lucky

  47. mourinho

    No matter how the situation is,God is the working God almighty congratulations ma bro.may God shine upon ur study.

  48. Boyd

    God bless you young boy we commit in the has of Almighty God

  49. Precious

    God’s time is da best,stay blessed always.

  50. M Zengin

    Eskisehir University is one of the good ones in Turkey. City is 1.5 hours from the capital with high speed train. Turkish people are friendly to foreigners, especially to African people as well. Good luck with the education.

  51. Tisà

    I wish u all the best.

  52. Violet

    Wow congrats bros…happy for you go go barry

  53. Cifa Simpanzye

    May God continue blessing you and your family as you excel in your life. I just pray that God will grant his Angeles to protect you in any arrow that may be raised against you and your career.. I wish you all the best in your studies…

  54. Adrian Emmanuel Ngoma

    Iam happy for you bro God bless you,
    all these guys saying negative things are jealous

    • MT

      When God’s destained is elsewhere that’s what happens. So my brother your destain of your future was in Turkey. God bless you and continue working hard. Well done!

  55. harold m

    This is what the future held for you.Go ahead young man.

  56. Arnold chama

    “intention + attention = retention” veronica lim.Sinply maening what you want to focus you will reach your dreams. God is great, you have made your way in the world brother.

  57. Mpombo

    Barrington I can see you shifting to Kabulonga while some idiots will move from Kabulonga to chibolya because they’re spoiled brats

  58. Emmanuel mwelwa

    You are a lucky play person may God bless you

  59. Peter Matokwani

    what a great achievement for a fellow brother, success is on your way, may our lord god richly bless you brother I only wish I can also find that kind of lucky 😢

  60. mauto nkhowani

    Keep up with the same spirt

  61. Israelking

    The sky is the limit young man. u are destined to achieve great things in life. l wish u spiritual guidance in your endeavours.

  62. Gaffer

    God continue blessing you bro.

  63. Sorry

    Good luck

  64. JAMES CHIMBALA

    Great is the God you serve bro

  65. JAMES CHIMBALA

    Great is the God you serve Bro and always put God first

  66. Mickey Mikel

    This is so motivating

  67. lcm

    good of u may the amight continue blessing you and your parents

  68. SIMON MBWE

    Congrats Bro! May God Almighty continue blessing you more and more.

  69. SIMON MBEWE

    Congrats Bro!!! May God Almighty continue to bless you more and more.

  70. Nyirenda Moses

    Way to go ba bro you’ve made it may the Almighty God bless you in your sucess like he did back then and always remember to socialize with each and every person you’ve find and study the environment as well as the people of the same country before you could hang out with anyone else. Most of all The Almighty God bless you protect and keep you safe in the Mighty name of Jesus

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