Cliff Nzombato

Calgary Ab, Canada

About Cliff

Bio

I have travel to more than 80 countries a round the world and I speak just 8 languages mainly African. I have met people from every continent, heard their stories of self identify and their core roots, whether that is base on their context of Tribes/ Ethnicity, Skin color, Citizenship/Nationality, Sexual Orientation, Job, Career, Social/Class Interest Community, Personality type and Fantasy or Fiction. It brought into question whom I thought I was and what I thought I am and who I am: a realist, universalistic humanist, Post-Modernist, Post-Structuralist, Post-Functionalist, and Post-Colonialist, Heterosexual homo sapient, a Traveler, a Peoples person or a Helper and a Poet; Most importantly a father, an Uncle, a brother, a child and a friend.
Then it done on me that an English person in Lagos is "Oyinbo" in Nairobi is Muzungu and in London he is Mr Jones; while a man in Imo (his home town in Nigeria) is "wanam" , in Lagos he is an Igbo man, in London he is a Nigerian, in United States he is a black, man, in Canada he is a visible minority.

I am a Bachama man from Adamawa State, Northern Nigeria, a Canadian citizen, while my kids in the other hand are Canadians, Americans and Bachama. My identity is that I am a child of God, because my worth can change, my tribe, nationality and citizenship can be lost or be taken away from me. But the who in me is me. What I am and who I am is in God. In Him I live and have my Being. My identity and well-being is holistic in nature. International Social work is what I do, because of who I am.

An idea worth spreading

Making sure no one in any crisis situation is alone any more

I'm passionate about

social work, I am the founder of Social Workers Without Borders.. (sw2b..com) creating a Social World Without Borders

Talk to me about

Training, empowerment, development, capacity building in indigenous peoples, mobilazation. Helping in the Global south

My TED story

in the making

Comments & conversations

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Cliff Nzombato
Posted over 1 year ago
Robin Nagle: What I discovered in New York City trash
Considering the nature of things we move as garbage, that which we throw away as waste and them that clean after us as we clean after them or not as in nature we need them clean, so they clean and they clean that our streets and well-being is preserved in things clean. While in cleaning we walk by not knowing the bounden they carry in cleaning, yet we snob their calling as though they are without a soul like the dirt they just happen to clean; we set off in the distance of yesterday’s garbage, doom in a clean today yet without a word or thank you, yet they moved on to another dirt in another street again to clean. Thank you to them that clean after us; to them and Mother Nature I say thank you, for cleaning the garbage around and within us.
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Cliff Nzombato
Posted over 2 years ago
We of the industrialised countries have a tremendous amount to gain from the tribal peoples of the world, concerning problems of our era.
Collen I think the greatest connector out there is love; that which is capable of uniting stranger and make a family out of them if we extrapolate that ONE LOVE into our human family, there wont be strangers any strangers in amongs us anymore…. more so in our humanity we are more connected in more ways then we can ever imagine when we just love one another. try this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WibmcsEGLKo and let me know what you think
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Cliff Nzombato
Posted over 2 years ago
We of the industrialised countries have a tremendous amount to gain from the tribal peoples of the world, concerning problems of our era.
Pual, I think the problem is deeper then just what we have been told, in the heart of your narrative there is a lack of humanity; in the words of mother Teresa: “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat. I Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." The human society as a whole is a single oraganism capable of florishing to the highest potential of life in every demsion. There is no WE US, versers THEY OR THEM. The otherness we created in each other has to go. WE are the ones we have been waiting for, Ob. In Oct 6 1963 a few years before I was born H.I.M. Haile Selassie address to the Unted Nations and this is what he said That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained; And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will; Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day, the African continent will not know peace. Alhought alot has happen yet still the same?
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Cliff Nzombato
Posted over 2 years ago
Do you think that immorality is more supported by people?
Obey, I agree with your narrative of explaining specific positions and matters within their context in the way and manner each behavior affect our social dynamics with one another; which, of cause its relevant to how we see our world or the lens with which we view our world. I think in the issue of morality we should give all attention and show respect to every side in matters of faith, believe or of personal narrative, knowing that every one some measure passion to their values in relate to their presumable influence in society. I think we may strongly disagree with our opponent on a variety of subjects on social issues but we should not make light, dismissed them or make a caricature of their position in any debate, because our behaviors are intrinsic and they are here to stay. The difference between a Patriot and a Rebel is “power”, the more we understand difference we would see similarities, and the closer we can get to peaceful co-existence is in a pluralistic society. Good job, Obey.