I am much more than a comedian – Ben Phiri

I am much more than a comedian – Ben Phiri

Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 17.52.08I have been compelled to break my silence over issues that relate to my life for purposes of clarifying what appears to be a relentless and infinite misconception about who I really am.
I have read and heard on countless occasions that people unfortunately seem to think that my life revolves around comedy performances only. This is not only a misrepresentation but a distortion of the highest order if you rationally and impartially evaluate the following facts.
My comedy ability happens to be just an attribute that I was born with but it does not necessarily constitute the ultimate in my aspirations.
From the professional perspective, I am a fully fledged Marketing practitioner, having firstly acquired the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations board Level 3 certificate in Marketing and Sales Management way back in 1987. I also hold the Diploma in Sales Management and Marketing with the grade of distinction. In addition, I hold the Certificate in Diplomatic Practice, Protocol and Public relations.
Further, I am a Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management of the UK; I am a Member of the Zambia Institute of Marketing and I am also a Member of Institute of Commercial Management of the UK.
On my appointment as Luapula Province Permanent Secretary, let me mention that I was NOT removed before taking up the job, no. The chronology of events started with the day I was appointed. I was subsequently sworn in on a Friday, 10th May, 2013, and traveled to Mansa on Monday, 13th May, reaching my destination around midnight. The following day, 14th May, I was in my office at 07.30 hours and worked the whole day before being summoned back around 16.45 hours through a phone call originating from cabinet office.

Ben Phiri

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