Hope is the first Zimbabwean born Anatomist and Physiotherapist in the new post-apartheid nations of Zimbabwe and South Africa, where Blacks were previously and systematically barred from entering such skilled professions. He survived very competitive high schooling in his fifth language (English) by photocopying his classmates' textbooks, without recourse to private lessons or assistance with homework. The African concept of the extended family saved his predicament, as he almost never lived with his parents from the age of seven years. The recent collapse of the Zimbabwean economy meant that the cost of Hope's Master's degree in South Africa was a hard earned $Zim100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. He made a number of notable scientific contributions to medical journals on both sides of the Atlantic while still in Africa. Hope has had incredibly diverse cultural experiences and toured stunning landscapes in Central and Southern Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He is currently serving a lectureship on Anatomy at the University of East Anglia in England and is passionate about mentoring. The book portrays an unusual and an extremely convoluted educational journey of rare golden opportunities, passionate hard work and hectic long range planning supported by unflagging patience, all under the umbrella of a special Providence. The hurdles that had to be overcome on this odyssey were the 'fattened lions', like the 'victim lion', the 'unskilled work lion' or the 'expect-the-least-out-of-you lion'. This book, which is primarily addressed to high school and university students across the world that are from family backgrounds devoid of professional persons, highlights the need to invest in tomorrow, no matter how serious the odds are. Watching successive generations being ensnared by the same social traps of 'fattened lions' is heartbreaking. May this account of progress through adversity be a story of hope.
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