n African Journal on Conflict Resolution - Foreword

Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-6997


As in a previous foreword, I wish to share an encouraging experience I had while busy with the editing. I had to visit the offices of the insurance company where our belongings are insured - not to claim anything, but just to update some details. As I entered the foyer, I was firstly struck by the writing that covers one entire wall. In large letters of a few different sizes, and in a well-planned collage-like arrangement, it contained a dozen motivating words. While I waited for a few minutes to see a consultant, I wrote them down in my pocket book : confidence, excellence, honesty, inspiration, strength, freedom, ambition, team work, motivation, courage, creativity, passion, authenticity. Secondly, the receptionist and the consultant - representing both genders and two skin colours - were so friendly and so efficient that I couldn't help thinking they are indeed living up to the key words on their wall.

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