DAILY BUZZ (Episode 6)

Marie Van Brittan Brown


Learn and be inspired from those who have shown extraordinary strength in life, but ensure you are keeping a right person as your role model. If you become successful, inspire and be a good role models to others. There will always be someone ahead of you – more intelligent than you, more successful or richer than you. So in life, we all need help in one way or another to enable us to get to where we want to be.


The conqueror writes history. They came, they conquered, and they wrote. Now, you don’t expect people who came to invade us to write the truth about us. Miriam Makeba

It’s really beautiful. It feels like God visits everywhere else, but lives in Africa. Will Smith


The best way to eat an elephant in your path, is to cut him up into little pieces.

Meaning: The best approach to solving a problem is to take it bit by bit; one at a time.


The first home security system and CCTV was invented by a black nurse, Marie Van Brittan Brown.

Marie Van Brittan Brown, October 30th, 1922 to February 2nd, 1999

Marie Van Brittan Brown was a nurse and an innovator. In 1966, Marie Van Brittans Brown invented a video home security system accompanied by her husband, Albert Brown, who was an electronics technician. Brown was born in Jamaica on October 30th, 1922, and died on February 2nd, 1999, aged 76. Aside the video system, Marie and Albert created a two-way microphone system that allowed communication between the family and the person at the door.

Artistic impression of Shango, the Yoruba god

SHANGO: God Of Thunder
Shango, the most powerful and feared of the orisha pantheon. He is son of Yemaja and the mother goddess. The protector of birth is Shango, and as well as the god of thunder. He casts a thunderstone to earth, which creates thunder and lightning to whomever offends him. Mean and strictness as his attribute, he even had enemies in his own palace. Among his numerous wives were: Queen Oshun, Queen Oba, and Queen Oya.

In one of his angry moments, he caused thunder to come down to burn some of his children and wives. In regret, he left his kingdom to Koso, where he later hanged himself. After his death his enemies intended to attack his subjects, but before they got to the palace a potent thunder struck them and killed them all, from that day he attained the honour of a god. It was believed that he could eat fire and had special dances that he performed. Shango is associated with an axe (the symbol of thunder), and his favourite colours are red and white, which are regarded as being holy.

Thor by Johannes Gehrts

THOR: God of Thunder
Thor, the son of Odin and the earth goddess, Fyorgyn. The god of thunder and the strongest of the Norse gods. Thor is known as the storm god and Zeus is synonymous with lightning, but Zeus is the pantheon’s king and Thor is not, Odin is, they are less equal. As a sky god, he was especially associated with the rain that allows crops to grow. A cold-heart god with whom he’s the inspiration of the English word Thursday, Thursday simply means “Thor’s day.” Thor is not considered as a deity in Greek mythology because he is a Norse god.

Thor, the defender of Asgard [the realm of the gods] and Midgard [the human realm]. He holds a magical hammer that only he can raise. Thor’s main enemy was Jormungand, the massive sea serpent that encircled Midgard, the realm of human civilization. In a myth, Thor and Jormungand eventually meet during Ragnarök, where the two put an end to each other. Thor was raised alongside Loki, who Odin had adopted after Loki’s Frost Giant father Laufey was killed in a combat.

Video credit: Jeff Attaway
The African Renaissance Monument:
The African Renaissance Monument which is the English translation of Monument de la Renaissance Africaine, a 52 m (171 ft) tall copper statue located on top of one of the twin hills known as Collines des Mamelles, outside Dakar, Senegal. It is the tallest statue in Africa. It was designed by the Senegalese architect, Pierre Goudiaby, the bronze statue was meant to symbolize the triumph of African liberation and rival the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower as a tourist destination. In senegal, a country where 47 percent of the population were living below the poverty line, critics argued the estimated $27 million spent on the monument could have been better spent elsewhere. Construction started in 2008, and it was completed in 2010, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence from France.


Artistic impression of Archimedes

Archimedes: (c. 287 – 212/211 BC)
Archimedes, the renowned Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, astronomer, and inventor. He wrote important works on geometry, arithmetic and mechanics. Mostly, he is famous for discovering the law of hydrostatics, ‘Archimedes’ principle’, which states that a body immersed in fluid loses weight equal to the weight of the amount of fluid it displaces. Archimedes made this discovery when he stepped into his bathtub, causing him to exclaim ‘Eureka!’. Archimedes was killed by a Roman soldier: he was so absorbed in his calculations he told his killer not to disturb him.

Proverb 1:8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.


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