Famed blogger and author Jackson Biko has made it big. But to be fair, Biko has been ‘big’ for a while.
Jackson Biko is now a course facilitator at the Harvard Kennedy School. According to a recent post on his account on the photo-sharing platform Instagram, Biko is among very few individuals in the world who can say they have facilitated a class at the prestigious ivy-league institution Harvard University. Elated by his recent achievement, Biko shared that he is a facilitator at the Havard Kennedy School as part of the Executive Education program. This comes 9 years after he penned his first blog on the infamous ‘Biko Zulu’ blog.
Biko is expected to teach a class of around 70 students. The opportunity to teach at Harvard is a huge honor for the popular blogger turned author. In the program, Zulu is set to be sharing his expertise in writing and storytelling with the attendees of his class. Among the top topics covered in the Executive Education program include technology, leadership, innovation as well as economic development.
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Some men talk about waking up in strange rooms with a start, scrambling for their watch and socks, bolting out like Dracula on a sunrise deadline. That's what this has felt like the past three days; It's like waking up in a different room.The curtains are different, no potted plants, the light burns brighter. It's not a room you are accustomed to, but somehow you are there & it feels like that moment just before you wake up. You are here to teach but since it's Harvard they call it facilitate; to make a process easier. Like a broker. Only with a better suit. Which I I'm not wearing because suits make me feel like I'm in mourning. The room is massive and long and rectangular. So long you can crash-land a small Cessna plane on it. Here 70 people sit, all with their 140 eyes, all of which stare back at you, some not blinking. You are a fish, but now you feel like you are perched on a guava tree, gasping for air, your gills already turning blue. They say focus one or two persons in the room and lock eyes with them; so you pick a bearded man & a lady with a brittle face on the opposite side of the room. You pick the man because he somehow keeps nodding when you say something and the lady because she has been smiling faintly, as if remembering something beautiful. Like a fruit salad with a lot of pawpaw. During tea break, you call your dad – a retired teacher, now cooling his heels in the village – and you tell him you are doing something small with Harvard. You are teaching! He's confused. You can hear a cock crow, in the background. You picture him seated in the verandah, his radio volume now turned low. Harvard? Yes! You say. The university!? Yes! I'm teaching storytelling. He says, 'We thank God.' Ok, he doesn't say it like that, he says, translated loosely, "we give back thanks to the Lord." I say, and teaching is hard. He chuckles. The cock crows again. We hang up because we are men, our phone conversations shouldn't go over two minutes plus we can't show too much emotion. #bikozulu
According to the Harvard Kennedy School website, “Executive Education at Harvard Kennedy School is an invaluable educational opportunity for senior leaders from every sector of society who seek to optimize their effectiveness, accelerate their impact, and connect with other visionary leaders to build an international network of peers.”
Congratulations to Biko, as he adds another feather to his already highly-decorated cap.