September 11, 2018
Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza, The African Exponent
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Just imagine what you can go through in order to push a certain cause, a good cause. This is what Jim Nyamu, now popularly known as "elephant man" is doing, with his 4,200 kilometres walk from Kenya to South Africa dubbed East-Southern Africa Elephant Walk.
Jim Nyamu is driven by an intense passion to end the depletion of elephants in Africa due to poaching.
Here is man undeterred by the physical barriers the human body knows. He is here for a cause, and he is determined to see such a cause being a success. He is clearly focused on seeing a better future for elephants, a future not menacingly threatened by poachers.
Jim Nyamu is advocating the message of anti-poaching strongly. On entering Zimbabwe, he was accompanied by the Zambian team of conservationists and Livingstone Mayor Mr Eugene Mapuwo. "We are confident that the walk will bring about the desired results, that it will motivate us all to work towards conserving the wildlife heritage," Mr Mapuwo remarked.
For Nyamu, such an onerous task has been very adventurous and difficult. But he really wants to see an end to poaching. "We must unite as Africa and work together in ending the scourge of poaching. We are being united on the campaign by the elephants and we do have common challenges let us work together in making Africa great," he said.
Jim Nyamu will be in Zimbabwe for more than two weeks raising awareness on the need to preserve the elephants and interacting with the members of the communities co-existing with wildlife.
When he was in Zambia, he challenged young Zambian to identify activities that can improve their livelihoods tapped from wildlife conservation. He also added that in mid 70’s Africa had 3.5 million elephants that roamed in over 37 countries, but Africa today hosts 350,000 elephants and some countries have no elephants due to poaching upsurge.
His genuine and deep passion to see an end to poaching is very special and unique. His determination and strength are marvellous. There is optimism that his campaign will lead to a better future for elephants in Africa.