â€œIf a man is lucky, there is no telling the possible extent of his good fortune. Throw him into the Zambezi river and he will swim out with a diamond in his handâ€
The desire to be lucky is universal. We all hope to be favored by the whimsical goddess of Good Luck. Is there a way we can meet her and attract, not only her favorable attention, but her generous favors?
This is what Kamwandi Nyakalenda wanted to know.
There was going to be a businessmanâ€™s meeting at the Protea Hotel in Chingola. Kamwandi, just had to be there. Rumor had it a wise rich man, whom everyone called uncle Alfred was going to be there. He was one of the tycoons of Solwezi. At such forums people were free to talk to Uncle Alfred like an equal.
As the sun rose to light up the Solwezi skyline, Kamwandi boarded the minibus that would take him to Chingola. Ironically today he felt lucky, there were no big trucks on the way that would have slowed the journey. Minibus drivers these days were scared of overtaking trucks after the fatal accident on the Chililabobwe/Chingola road that killed many people including his childhood friend.
â€œWhat shall we discuss this morning?â€uncle Alfred asked the 50 businessmen gathered in the conference room of the hotel. Kamwandiâ€™s heart was beating fast; this was his only chance to voice what had been heavy on his heart.
He cleared his throat and said â€œI have a subject I would like to hear discussed yet hesitate to say lest it seems ridiculous to you my fellow businessmen.â€
â€œMwaiche landa fye,â€ Big Jo shouted from the back of the room.
â€œWell this week I have been lucky. Among other things I found an envelope with K500 000. To continue to be lucky is my greatest desire. I suggest we debate how to attract good luck that we may discover ways it can be enticed to one.â€
â€œGentlemen an interesting topic has been offered,â€ Uncle Alfred commented, â€œone most worthy of our discussion. To some men, good luck is a chance happening, that like an accident may come upon one without purpose or reason. Others believe that the instigator of all good fortune is the gods, who are ever anxious to reward with generous gifts those who please them. Speak up, gentlemen, what do you say, should we seek to find if there is a way by which good luck may be enticed to visit each and every one of us?