Catherine Magodo-Mutukwa speaks in WoMA-NiTy Tongues.

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CATHERINE MAGODO-MUTUKWA  is a Zimbabwean  literary Arts Luminary, award winning author and advocate of the women’s rights. Her poetry, her stories and articles express her deeper and inner respect for the girl child. Her story BROKEN VESSEL was recently adapted into a film in Zimbabwe. The  powerful  versifier  and storyteller  continues to  mesmerize  with  her  refreshing but  heart chopping  verses and stories . Mutukwa’s  books  are  vastly  reviewed  by  the  Zimbabwean media  both  online  and  in print . Magodo Mutukwa is regularly   profiled in the Herald Newspaper . Magodo is a word carver of global acclaim. Her poetry and stories are used as   educational and awareness catalysts by women and girlhood organisations around Zimbabwe and  Abroad .

 

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FOR WOMEN WITH DREAMS WITHIN DREAMS

Do not…
lie down with your dreams
where you laid them to rest
within you,
You,
whose thoughts at midnight
have held countless conversations
with the mute pillows…
about things, falling apart and
coming together and falling apart
again,
how, you have taught yourself to
be fluent in silence…
and yet your lips itch and burn to
let out the creative sounds that
emanate from a soul folded
and gagged
Why do you cut off yourself from
your feelings?
Your life is a creative adventure
waiting to be explored
you’re not broken, you’re not
damaged
you’re perfect the way you are
put back together differently…
Awaken from thy slumber and live
your dream, don’t wait for the fog
to clear,
it will all make sense one day.

 

 

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FOR WOMEN WHO CANT  EXHALE  FULLY

You’re not your pain Breathe!
This ache behind your eyes…
it keeps gnawing at my mind
with scrapes of brutal thoughts
cutting through…haunting my
waking existence.

Woman,
I wish I had known you before
‘they’ changed you,
before you buried your dreams
and bade farewell to your worth
You,
You, who had other women
known and unknown pave the
way for a future ripe with
possibilities that yesterday
birthed you have now decided
to keep quiet, to hold back
your breath,
hiding behind a veil of unspoken
words, mocking the very efforts
of all the women
who fought to be heard.

Please Breathe,
don’t harden your softness
because of a man who has
learned to hate and hurt
ploughing into other broken
women in search of his own definition
of manhood, abandoning you
while you pray for him at 2:30am
spiralled on the floor next to the
bed he should have been in, but
is not.

She said,
these men ah!,are no longer how
they used to be…

I told her,
STRONG women aren’t quiet,they
SPEAK, speak louder,
your voice matters,your thoughts
matter
don’t hold it in
let go of the fear and uncertainties
and
embrace courage
Woman,
you’re so much more than the versions
of
reality imposed on you~create your own.

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FOR WOMEN TOO DIFFICULT TO LOVE

It aint your fault.

Sit with me here,let my words
be the source of comfort
lest you become bitter for too long
I heard all about it, about how they
drove you to the edge with maddening
anger
how they split you open and left you
there, bare
with nothing to hold on to.
They didn’t know
you would survive losing yourself and
finding yourself againa
I see,
You peeled your flesh to take a closer
look, to understand why they made you
feel uncomfortable in your own skin
to the point of suffocation,
shrinking you and silencing you into a
nervous breakdown.
They didn’t anticipate the comeback
which is always better than the setback,
they couldn’t have…
Now,
they say you are too difficult to love…if
they wanted to love you easily, they
should have behaved better,
I see,
You’ve worn your skin back again, this
time inside-out
So they can see the scars that scream
when your pain can’t speak
your experiences have made you bolder
and stronger
darling, you don’t belong in the shadows
anymore
there aunt no room to discount your feelings….

 

 

UNWEARING THE OLD SELF

The old self has faded,
clings to her soul in an
unflattering manner,
with revealing holes, all
in tattered fashion
weighing heavy on lean
shoulders and dragging
her down with its ancient
layer,
She said…
I’ll unwear it, unbuckle
its burdensome load off
my back
and
sew myself new,
the way women are
taught
to stitch themselves up
while carrying raging storms
within…

 

ECHOES OF A STRONG( BLACK WOMAN)

She said
they take and take and take
You see,
there’re no more songs left in me
‘cept rhythm playing upon silence…

So,
She bade no one farewell
when she left an angry black woman
stuck,with all the trash they had
discarded in the backyard of her
mind
I’ll be on my way now,
to make room, to empty my mind of
all the mountains of stinking dirt
(Of their unevolved thoughts) ~ trying
to shrink me
No~no! no more room for insults
telling me that I’m too much, too
much woman,too much of everything,
‘assailed,impervious,indestructive!’
and
can no longer fit into their ‘box’…

You see, finally
I cleared the space; I made room
for all the unconscious artistry in
my head!
she said,
For a very long time,
I clung desperately to their ideas
for me
how it pulled me back,ah! almost killed me
trying to please the ungrateful lot…

 

 

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CATHERINE MAGODO-MUTUKWA hails from an African city down in the southern hemisphere. She is a mother, a poet/writer, a counselor and an advocate for the girl-child and women. She’s very passionate about giving a voice to all those who struggle with the tongue which refuses to give them a language of feelings and expression.Catherine has a BA English and Communication Hons Degree and is the author of several books. She has been anthologized in a number of collections and some of her works are featured in various online magazines both locally and internationally.

 

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Mbizo CHIRASHAMBIZOVINTANGE

UNESCO-RILA  Affiliate Artist .Freedom of Speech Fellow to PEN- Zentrum  Deutschland,Germany. Alumni  of the International Human Rights  Arts Festival in New-York, USA.Literary Arts Activism Diplomatie.  Globally Certified  Arts Mediums Curator and Influencer. Internationally Published Page and Spoken Word Poet. Writer in Residence.  Arts for Human Rights Catalyst.  Core Team Member of the Bezine Arts and Humanities Project. His illustrious poetry , hybrid writings , political commentary ,short fiction , book reviews  and Arts Features are published in more  than 400 spaces notably the Monk  Arts and Soul in  Magazine  in United Kingdom. Atunis Poetry.com in Belgium. Demer press poetry series in Netherlands. World Poetry Almanac in Mongolia.Poesia journal inSlovenia. Bezine Arts and Humanities Webzine in USA. The Poet a Day in Brooklyn ,USA. Litnet Writers Journal in South Africa. African Crayons in Nigeria. Poetry Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Pulp-pit USA.the FictionalCafe international Journal , Texas USA. Best New African Poetry series in Zimbabwe, Zimbolicious Poetry Collections in Zimbabwe. Co-edited Street Voices International Publications with Andreas Weiland  in Germany.Co-Edited  Silent Voices Anthology, a Tribute to Chinua Achebe. Co-Edited the Corpses of Unity,solidarity collection to victimzed Cameroonians with Nsah Mala. Curated and Edited the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry ,Inside Digraceland speaking poetic truth to the Mugabe regime and other bad regimes.  He owns the Time of  the Poet blog zine ,MIOMBOPUBLISHING that published the #GlobalCallforPeaceProject titled the Second of EARTH is Peace.A LETTER to the PRESIDENT his experimental  resistance poetry colection was released  in August 2019 by Mwanaka and Media Publishing.. Co- Authored Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi with Sweta Vikram in India. Good Morning President his first poetry collection was published in 2011  by Zimbabwean published based in United Kingdom, Diaspora Publishers.COVID 19 Satansdeadly fart is forthcoming. Chirasha is  Founder  and the Chief Editor of Brave Voices Poetry Journal, https://bravevoicespress.home.blog/ and    WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS,https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/

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Freedom Nyamubaya , A Combatant of the Pen and Gun ,(Obituary)

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Freedom Nyamubaya was like a baobab tree  that did not shake its roots or shiver its canopy when child foxes   substantiate their howl.Their incessant  barks would made her more stronger and rooted. The Pen soldier, who once was a  gun slinging guerrilla fighter against the White  colonial regime was a resilient  International  cultural Artist  and  a war -time  hardened griot. Her verses are brilliant reflections of  bullet graffiti and traces of revolutionary chants .Nyamubaya remains  a Literary doyen of our time.I met  Freedom Nyamubaya, the literary guru  and  poet  for the first time  at the Zimbabwe Book Fair of  1998.    he blazed the  Book Fair  1998  Live literature  Gazebo  with her  free – verse though metaphor laced  poems . It was a vibrating performance , the line up  that  year included Chirikure  Chirikure-perfomance poetry maestro, Albert Imbongi Nyathi- the roaring  spoken word lion and many other little poetry puppies  who were supporting acts in Book Fair 1998 like  myself.

 

The  1998 Book Fair  Edition remains spectacular to me like the year 1896   to Zimbabweans and the Year 1919 to Europeans. The Year i met   a mother, a friend, a colleague in creative arts and   an inspiration to both the boy child and girl child.

Freedom  like  her name floated  freely  into all creative spheres , she was an  electric dancer, a talented vocalist, a cultural  activist, writer , development activist  and  a performance poet extraordinaire.

To remind   you dear reader, Freedom Nyamubaya  is  celebrated both  as a creative  /literary artist and  a freedom fighter during the liberation struggle . She  is one  of the  strong sister guerrillas  who sacrificed  their adolescence and schooling   to water the tree of the revolution  with their sweat , blood , burdens , hopes  , dreams and tears.  Freedom returned from the bush alongside   brother guerrillas like   Cde Che, holding the freedom fruit  in the  softness and hardness of their palms.

Freedom  – the princess of  Zimbabwean  Protest poetry  graced a  number of  unique cultural platforms inclusive of  the  Zimbabwe International Book Fair , the Book Cafe cultural Events, the Medellin Poetry Festival in Europe , diplomatic , educational and political  events and exchanges.

She is widely published around the world in various journals, websites, reviews and presses. Her  versatile poetry  anthology  ON THE ROAD AGAIN, which  a metaphoric diary  of the complexities and realities  of  the  struggle  for freedom and freedom itself.

In the tunnel, in the bone- a poem by Freedom  once published in Belerus-Europe.

Soon time will end.
Winds are approaching the immense wall.
And there they will buckle under.
They passed quickly, and the race is over.
Finally the winds will rest.
Time cracked open. It hangs only from one stitch.
I await its decline, its resounding fall to earth.
Life begins on the last day.
Days are many, but life is meagre.
It is delayed from day to day. And when there’s only
one day left, it rushes into it with its entirety hoping
to live there . . . in this way life begins, just when it’s
ending. That’s why life will never be lived!
I’ve still one day left, what should I do?
Begin life? With what will I begin this life?
With whom? How? With what action or speech?
And if I happen to meet someone, what will I say to
him? With you, now, I will begin my life? And if I
said this, and he responded, how will I live a life I’m
saying goodbye to? How will I live the death of life?
I woke up very early. Those who will depart must
wake up very early to enhance their final days. They
must witness the dawn, at least, before they go.
In this room’s space exist the splinters of humans
who lived thousands of years ago, whom I say
goodbye to, and become splinters like them.
I say goodbye to the pulse of planets that reaches me
across the vacuum of space from distant galaxies.
The galactic swishings, the dust of stars, the air born
a million years ago crossing silently an immense
space in order to reach me.
I say farewell to gasping volcanoes, to the drizzle of
far-away swamps, to the pictures, the chairs, the
mirrors, the clocks, my children’s eyes, their shoes
scattered carelessly on the floor. I say goodbye to the
waves that penetrate my body, to the vibrations that
come from the oldest place, the big bang!
Did I have to clash with myself all this time, and
everything else with me, in order to become a silent
prey in the end? Wasn’t I able, a long time ago, to
relieve this noisy world of one voice at least?
The universe must rest. Voices must all become
silent.
Oh, for some quiet!
I can’t describe the day, I can’t describe anything.
Speaking is nothing but betrayal. They don’t speak
on the last day. They just shut up and leave.
Those hills were silent also. And we were, with the
stirring of sun and wind, the only sound.
But we, with that monotonous movement in the
stillness of death, had snared mysteries from the
bones.
How were we, simple as we are, flung between the
jaws of immensities, to invent places that would
protect us? How were we able to continue until today!
We were no mortals. But certain bones of cattle and
dry sticks saved our lives. It wasn’t life that protected
us, but death.
We mixed our births with grass. And under those thin
ears of wheat our land found a shade. We never wore
clothes, or trinkets or bracelets. But our breath was
our cloth and ornament. We were naked. We found
warmth in the firewood born of our panting,
which was dry, and so ignitable.
Under the reign of flame, we had many celebrations
for which we selected many guest seats, within our
pores.
Life was within our skin, not outside. Thus, we lived
life in its secret hideout, in dimness, in the womb,
before it was born.
Our celebrations were tended in our veins, not in
public squares. Our habitation in the imagination of
place. Our caravans in the head, not on the roads . . .

We lived the anti-birth: there was our childhood, our
youth and old age. And we met life once, before the
door of death.

During the war, my father looked for a bone in the
wilderness to crush it with a stone and satisfy his hunger.
From those crushed bones a number of
children were born, among whom I was one. I was the
son of a crushed bone.

Inside the bone a tunnel opens now, where there is a
wilderness and annals, and where my father is
walking again.

Rest in Peace – princess of pen and gun!

BY Mbizo Chirasha.

Meet Botswana’s Rising Voices Lesang Rachel Ntunyane and Bruce Kago Ntshwabi .

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Africa  Writers  Caravan is  dipped in  promoting  young African literary genius , positive change  ,preservation  of Africaness through poetry, the culture of reading   and dialogue among  African  civilizations. Today, we feature the crème -dela creme of up and coming Botswana poets. These are literary gems of poetry, passionately polished by our recent Brave Voices Poetry Journal, famous spoken word poet, multi-awarding Gorata Mighty Ntswabi.  Lesang Rachel Ntunyane exposes  sufferance, pain and the disheartening  negative effects of COVID 19 .It left a myriad of  rotting scars in human lives and her poetry is revealing  the same way the mirror does . She chronicles with passion and unbridled positive intent the strain, hopelessness and malaise that have since befallen African countries in particular Botswana and her neighboring countries. Bruce Kago Ntshwabi  comes out guns blazing  with poetic spikes boldly pointing onto the cancerous and tumultuous beast of corruption  as  perpetuated by those  in higher offices and as its evil tail  coils  back  into poverty stricken communities  pushed onto the peripheral edges of the earth and human  dignity  is lost.  The razor cutting whips of penury and poverty inflict deep cuts of pain and despair to humanity. This is a duet of young, powerful voices and more and more gem polishing is required. Africa Writers Caravan is prized by exhibiting such amazing talent from the great land of Botswana.  Thank you great Performance poet, Writer and Arts Activist Gorata Mighty Ntswabi for horning and nurturing this amazing talent Aluta Continua! (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)

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SUFFERING IN THE NEW STRAIN

Empty hearts, empty words 

We have become speechless, hopeless and helpless 

We are like a fallen tree, weeping and screaming 

The new strain has control, power over our lives 

Covid19 how can you be such ruthless? 

You have banned us from visiting our loved ones even during hard times like these you created

Not even to give them a hug to show our love and commitment!

Life is all complicated,

We are losing our loved ones and can’t even say goodbye the way our ancestors taught us

The less privileged are dying of hunger 

Bound in chains and cannot go around search for food 

They are trapped in their poor houses 

Business owners are running at a loss 

Well, about the economy of my beloved Botswana its crisis 

With high shortage of resources 

No petrol for our engine footing

No food to feast our growling stomachs

We are democrats and independent please don’t ruin our freedom I beg you

We believe in hard work and fortitude for success 

In my mother tongue we say “Monna o ja mofufutso wa phatla ya gagwe”

How could you live us in so much pain 

We are children we have the future ahead of us

You have messed up our academics

Left us all worried about our suspended academic schedules hanging like palls of smoke

Our dreams are slowly shuttering and fracturing 

Each day future leaders are fading away how painful 

Oh God!stuck in the dark, eaten by the sharks 

I don’t want to lie 

Each day we live in fear of you Covid-19 

Our hearts are broken but 

Our faith in God shall never disappear though 

You must know that!

A TEN LETTER HORRENDOUS WORD

A ten letter horrendous word 

Breaking the record worldwide 

as a major concern to the economy 

Leading multitudes of people to jail 

even our most respective leaders 

who find themselves on traps of conniving schemes 

Ruthless and merciless you are horrific scammer

You have turned the world upside down 

everyone now think money is life 

With loaded pockets you own the universe

How disgusting!

Our forefathers’ words of wisdom that hard work pays 

have now become myths

They walked miles always to reach out success 

Today many wants to reach out the peak in seconds like lightening 

and that’s disastrous!

CORRUPTION !! CORRUPTION!!

Financial loss

tarnished reputation

no economic growth 

less developments 

low standards of living 

That’s what we get from you

You have stolen our peace 

Our dignity 

we live by struggling every now and then 

How evil are you ???

Well that is not what we wished for 

We wished for a better way of life in our young ages

But still now we wish for it 

We stand boldly and strongly against you 

We intend to protect our land we inherited from our forefathers 

To reproduce the great works 

and make it a safer place for our future genius generation 

Everyone is becoming a sacrifice in defeating corruption 

Speaking out and raising our voices out loud 

Arising and making a mark to protect nations 

Trying to instill nation building 

If it takes us to be roaming around the streets to fight you? 

surely we will do that 

It’s not captivating at all to be crying about you 

Finally “Kgetsi ya tsie e kgonwa ke go tshwaraganelwa “

That’s the motto we all take to protest against you 

We cannot be defeated but we can defeat 

We fight out and it’s working ,it’s working 

#Say NO to CORRUPTION!!!

Together we can!!!

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Lesang Rachel Ntunyane is a 16 years old Botswana born poetess with a mission to be the world’s great poetess.Lesang is a form 4 student at Kgari Sechele Senior Secondary School .She has done poetry performances at church during church service, youth conferences and other activities held at church

DEBAUCCHED MINDS

Debauched minds

Corruption you have put nations

in numerous drastic situations

You have caused too many hardships 

from favoritism to nepotism 

See what you’ve done to our future

You have dismantled it and caused tremendous mishaps

We may be young but our eyes are as bright as of a hawk eye

We see your manipulations

your frauds and your parochialism 

I crave to see a peaceful and harmonic

Society without u getting in the way

I need cronyism to fade 

I wish to see bribery crashed to pieces

I wish to see graft burnt to ashes

I wish to see parochialism eliminated from our universe

extortion to end and embezzlement to die

so that we dont endure corruption anymore

We need transparency not conspiracy 

Atleast let’s try kill this evil that has terrorized our motherland together 

Our voices are our spears and arrows!

I’ve never met such cruelty before 

because you think you are smart

you commit a crime and act so innocent

Your true colors are like a chameleon and needs brave minds 

who are able to dig deeper to grab you 

without fear

In my mother tongue we say “setshwarwa ke ntša pedi ga se thata”

We believe in the spirit of Ubuntu and togetherness

Together we can end corruption!

WRETCHED COVID19

Manipulation covered by devastation 

Covid you are indeed hungry for our lives

You feed on the lives of the most vulnerable how dare you

I am scared of your horrid ways oh my God

You conquer, destroy and devastate our glittering land 

You have killed hundreds and thousands of innocent human lives

Like the elegant neriun oleander you are so toxic 

You so wish to endanger the human species 

We can no longer predict our future as children

For you have bid a feast of fear and panic upon us

I still wonder where you really transpire from 

For it seams of the giant devil’s piercing claws

I may be so scared but i still hold on my faith as a child

I stand on behalf of the young souls covid we wont give up

I swear to my beloved Ancestors and the Heavens

We shall destroy you to no trace like you have never crossed boarders of our beloved lands

You are just nothing but a minor obstacle we need to cross while thinking and acting wisely 

We shall conquer you evil destructor

Like we did with your monster relatives Swine Flu, Ebola and HIV/AIDS 

Children let’s unite apart and hold up our spears and arrows not forgetting our shields as we get ready to conquer 

For the future belongs to us!


Bruce Kago Ntshwabi is a 15 year old  young female upcoming poetess and writer born in Botswana. She is a form 3 student at Nanogang Junior Secondary School. Her love for literature started with her passion for writing stories during play time and reading for her siblings. She also enjoyed reading her mum’s literary writings and helping her as well. Bruce’s 1st poem “Rain” was acknowledged in her mum’s poetry book “Exploring the Roots Poetry my Heritage,Living Arts” published in 2016Her 2nd poem “Wretched Covid” was published on Brave Voices Poetry Journal August Edition.

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Mbizo CHIRASHA – UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist. 2020 Free Speech Fellow at PEN Deutschland.2020 Poet in Residence of the Fictional Café . 2019 African Fellow of the Ihraf.org.Contributing Writer at Monk Arts and Soul Magazine . Literary Arts Activism Diplomatie at Bezine Arts and Humanities Magazine and The Poet A Day. Featured Poetry Artist at WorlBeyondWar.Org. Arts Features and Political commentary Writer at Cultural Weekly. Featured African Writer at Demer Press International Poetry Series . Featured African Performance Poet at 2020 Medellin International Poetry Festival. Featured Poet/Writer at INKSWEATAND TEARS Journal, Sentinel UK , Wrath-bearing Tree- USA , FemAsia Magazine -UK. Soutrhern Africa Poet  at 2020Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín.2019 Live Literature Hub Curator/Producer at Sotambe International Film Arts FESTIVAL. 2009 Poet in Residence at International Africa Culture and Development, ICACD). 2003 Young Literary Arts Delegate of ZimBookFair to Goteborg International Book Fair and was  the Spokenword Artist at SIDA African Pavilion . Co-Editor of a three Languages International collection STREET VOICES with prominent Germany Author Andreas Weiland . Featured Poet at Cervena Barva Press Newsletter. Literary Arts and Poetry Contributor to the Zimbabwean Voice of the Voiceless Newspaper. African Participant to the World Poetry Almanac Book Series in Mongolia. Resident Coordinator for 100 Thousand POETS for Peace- Zimbabwe. Founder and Creative Director at GirlChildcreativity Project . Writer in Residence. Global LITERARY Arts Projects Influencer. Published Author and International Acclaimed Poet. Chronicler and Publisher , AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN. Chief Editor at TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC. Projects Curator at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESSChief Influencer at Brave Voices Poetry JournalAuthor and Editor at Porcupine Quill).

Young Kenyan Poet Marion Jepkosgei writes on palms of Motherland Africa.

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Marion Jepkosgei writes thought -provoking Afro – centered verses . Her heart- thumping poetry sings of Africa and as it defies the tainting of mother Africa , her identities and her traditions by borrowed cultural practices .The rising poet believes that she is the mirror of African-ness , African cultural civilizations and anthropologies. She dances to the African whistles and tunes without restraint .Jepkosgei profoundly exhibit her heartfelt love for her homeland Africa through rhythm -packed danceable poetic renditions. Africa of pyramids , Africa of Kirinyaga , Africa of Nyiragongo, Africa of Zambezi , Africa her homeland. Her poetry speaks louder than thunder as it synchronizes its fontanel drumming beat with the marrow -tickling echo of Mount Kilimanjaro. AFRICAN WRITERS CARAVAN continues to exhibit and profile rising African voices to promote literary arts growth , ideas sharing and readership -culture. AlutaContinua– ( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)

Today, I danced

Over a year since I looked into the mirror

I looked at my face on the glass window.

Black spots in place of the acne

Acne that has made a home on my face,

I lifted my hand to touch my face

I felt the roughness of blisters on it.

And I smiled; my white teeth shone in the glass.

The sun was trapped in my African-threaded hair.

Warmth melted from my honey-colored eyes

A French song kissed my lips; they started moving

I sang along incorrectly; my hips missed the rhythm

Then, African drums throbbed my lips started moving

I sang to our fast beat and to rhythm my hips gyrated

The baritone of my voice shaking the love handles on my waist,

I danced as smoke rose from the mud-walled fireplace

I danced!

My sisters, I danced in my mother’s Hut.

I danced until fire lit from the smoky hearth,

I didn’t get lost in smoke as I used to

I was made from the fire!

Today, I danced and the dance lives

Beautiful tragedies

For years,

She had looked into the nights

Asking, where is my love?

She had yearned to be held

In arms, so tender.

But her heart never found

Such a place, but rough men’s hands.

For years,

Her eyes were wet

What is wrong with me?

She asked.

Mama!

I love a woman! 

She confessed one day.

God forbid!

Her Papa rebuked and sent her to the priest.

She travelled the great navel of Africa,

Searching.

She found herself in the eyes

Of a short-haired South African girl.

She danced the night away –

The DJ making her fall in love with herself.

Like every bird, she flew high,

Her rainbow-coloured wings glowing in the sun.

She missed the hand that held a sling.

One day,

As they held hands,

A man grabbed her by her neck, snarling,

You disgust me!

How my rib is now making soup!

Broken,

She still held on to the warm hand.

A hunter never gives up prey,

One night,

A man forced himself through her door,

And entered,

Squeezing life out of her.

Her voice,

Was never heard, but,

It whispers in the wind;

Marion Jepkosgei is a poet and a writer based in Kenya. Her works have been published in Writers Guild Kenya- Chuka Chapter’s website as well as The Gilder Magazine. She is the chairperson of this chapter that’s based in Chuka where she’s pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science. Marion also pursued The Write Your Passion Course offered by Writers Guild Kenya as well as The Global Editorial Course-KE Chapter. She’s an avid reader, a passionate environmentalist and a book editor in the making.

Mbizo CHIRASHA( Time of the Poet Republic Curator)   Author of a Letter to the President. co-Authored Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi. Co-Edited Street Voices Poetry Collection (Germany Africa Poetry Anthology). Co- Editor of the Corpses of Unity Anthology.  Associate Editor at  Diasporia(n) online. Chief Editor at Time of the Poet Republic. Founding Editor at WomaWords Literary Press. Publisher at Brave Voices Poetry journal.  Curator at Africa Writers Caravan. UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist at University of Glasgow. 2020 Poet in Residence Fictional Café. 2019 African Fellow, IHRAF.ORG. Project Curator and Co-Editor of the Second Name of Earth is Peace (Poetry Voices Against WAR Anthology). Contributing Essayist to Monk Arts and Soul Magazine.  Poetry and writtings appear in  FemAsia Magazine ,Wrath -Bearing Tree, Inksweat andtears journal , One Ghana One Magazine, Ofi Press, World Poetry Almanac, Demer Press , Atunis Galaxy poetry online , IHRAF Publishes , The Poet a Day , Bezine.Com , Sentinel UK, Oxford School of Poetry Pamphlet , Africa Crayons, PulpitMagazine,Poetry Pacific, Zimbolicious , Best New Poets ,Poetry Bulawayo , Gramnet webjournal, Diogen Plus , Poeisis.si , Festival de Poesia Medellin and elsewhere .

AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN~ This is a Virtual Cruise -Ship of African – Word Smith , Pen-Slingers and Young Poetry Artists. The Digital Caravan carries in its insatiable belly breath taking short writings, mesmerizing essays, heart warming reflections, bone crashing poetry, marrow chilling commentary and mind spinning Hybrid by African Writers ,Poets , Essayists ,Thought leaders in Colleges , Universities and Out of School Writers. The African Caravan celebrates Literary Prowess ,Creative Diversity and Poetry Arts Scholarship. The platform also proffer regular mentor- ship and opportunities to the budding creators of words and rising Literary Artist. It is Founded and published by Literary Arts Diplomatie. UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist .FreeSPEECH Fellow at PEN-Zentrum Deutschland. Featured Poetry Artist at WorldBeyondWar.Org.2020 Poet in Residence of the Fictional Cafe .2019 African Fellow at Ihraf.org.

GirlchildActivist Awadifo Olga Kili arrives in Omvuko village.

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That sobber morning , I peeped through the window to enjoy the beauty of the green grass. The harmonious buzz of cicadas and small insects
serenaded me. The early morning whistled with the unexpected dignity.
Birds sang comfortably, perched on nearby forests zenith.
It was 7:30 o’clock in the morning. I   took off  to the bathroom with
the rush of a  ripple .I set off at exactly 8 o’clock in the morning.
The agenda of my of my village surveys was based on girl-child
education during this COVID 19-19 pandemic. My program activity
targeted com-munities the rural villages. I enjoyed the beauty of
nature and the experience of walking onto the morning dew laden
countryside pathways .


 I met squirrels dancing along the road, as they skip into more closer
bush thickets upon hearing human breath or footsteps. The bellowing of
bulls and the accompanying drizzles oiled that zeal, that verve to
accomplish my mis-sion, a girlchild rights activist missionary. I
thanked the Almighty for the creativity, the energy and the vision.
The first village, I arrived had a big trading market. Every trader in
that market was charged a certain fee that they called “cu’ti”. This
fee granted them access and  use the space to sell their agricultural
products.Some had  fruits arranged on makeshift tables, some balanced
baskets full of green and yellow assortments touting their trade to
the travellers and passer-by bee-hive of a village .
Not to be outdone were school going girls, who also were balancing baskets of sweet potatoes and bananas. Among othersne of them was
wearing a school uniform. When I approached the school girls, they
disclosed to me that they were not sure when schools would open doors
for them. The young girl in school uniform had to this to say
confidently “Some of my friends in P.6 are married, they said schools
will not open again. And the boys are now motorists,others grinding
cassava flour at the grinding mill, they are getting a lot of money
now.” She pulled her nostrils.


I bought a bunch of banana from her. Her touching words compelled me
to continue with my mission  and to dig deeper.
I also researched on  issues concerning the boys. I discovered that
many boys had dropped out of school to pursue business and are not
willing to return to school. “Money is now sweet”, one yelled on top
of his voice.
” Education is for the broke.” another added.

I discovered from my village surveys that boys also need guidance too.
Some parents had given up on cultivating the lives of  their own
children . Basing on the findings, my bus stop conclusion was that
schools are now safer for children than home in Africa. At school,
children  are  taught and monitored carefully  by authorities.
COVID-19 perpetuated suffering has led parents to be more reckless in
cultivating discipline and maintaining or-der on to their children.
More thorn in the flesh, I met so many young girls who’re victims of
teenage pregnancies. Many of them are  forced to hard labour in their
marital homes and as they suffer rejection from their parents. Some
were even rejected by theire delinquent partners  responsible for the
pregnancies. Many are en-gulfed with depressions and suicidal thoughts
due to rejection, stigma, dis-crimination and poverty perpetuated by
their communities upon their social tragedies. There is widespread of
moral decadence and a myriad of broken souls.


I spoke and negotiated  to many parents to accept the teenage mothers
and not reject them because a child will always remain a child despite
social and moral tragedies. I have come to the realisation that
counselling clinics should be opened in rural communities to stabilize
the lives of the broken, the hate and those in pain. Schools must be
prepared to receive young mothers after the delivery of their babies
for them to achieve their dreams other than sending them off for
early/forced marriages. And the girls should avoid traps and engage in
handwork to get their personal needs besides what parents give them to
avoid temptations of selling out their bodies for sex where the
outcome turns to teenage pregnancies.
Education is a fundamental human right. Education like Nelson Mandelasaid is a powerful tool that can be used to change the world. The
essence of education is meant to be holistic that is to say not only
Academics because if we don’t impound morals and skills into
scholars,we are only raising clever devils for the future.


Article 30 of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda provides
that all persons have a right to Education.
Article 34 of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda provides
that a child is entitled to basic education which shall be the
responsibility of the state and the parents of the child.
Article 26 of the universal Declaration of human rights emphasizes
education as an important aspect for both boys and girls.
Article 12 of the African Union’s Maputo Protocol calls upon state
parties to take appropriate measures to eliminate all forms of
discrimination against girls to guarantee equal opportunities in
access of education.
In conclusson, education shouldn’t be denied and the pandemic should
not take it away from us. It’s a daily process and it must continue.

Awadifo Olga Kili is a Ugandan Author,Law Student, Poetess and a human rights activist.She’s the Author of the books “Victorious Tales” and “Echoes of Wails”.Kili has had her writings featured in many journals and anthologies internationally such as the Brave Voices Poetry Journal,Miombo Publishing Journal, Womawords Literary Press, Afro Columbian Magazine, Seychelles International Literary Journal.She has been interviewed by media platforms in Uganda and beyond  such as Voice of Life 100.9FM, 88.7 Arua One FM, You and Literature Today in Nigeria, Uganda Times Media,Kitob Dunyosi Newspaper in Asia respectively.

Mbizo CHIRASHA( AFRICAN WRITERS CARAVAN)   Author of a Letter to the President. co-Authored Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi. Co-Edited Street Voices Poetry Collection (Germany Africa Poetry Anthology). Co- Editor of the Corpses of Unity Anthology.  Associate Editor at  Diasporia(n) online. Chief Editor at Time of the Poet Republic. Founding Editor at WomaWords Literary Press. Publisher at Brave Voices Poetry journal.  Curator at Africa Writers Caravan. UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist at University of Glasgow. 2020 Poet in Residence Fictional Café. 2019 African Fellow, IHRAF.ORG. Project Curator and Co-Editor of the Second Name of Earth is Peace (Poetry Voices Against WAR Anthology). Contributing Essayist to Monk Arts and Soul Magazine.  Poetry and writtings appear in  FemAsia Magazine ,Wrath -Bearing Tree, Inksweat andtears journal , One Ghana One Magazine, Ofi Press, World Poetry Almanac, Demer Press , Atunis Galaxy poetry online , IHRAF Publishes , The Poet a Day , Bezine.Com , Sentinel UK, Oxford School of Poetry Pamphlet , Africa Crayons, PulpitMagazine,Poetry Pacific, Zimbolicious , Best New Poets ,Poetry Bulawayo , Gramnet webjournal, Diogen Plus , Poeisis.si , Festival de Poesia Medellin and elsewhere .

The Caravan profiles Storyteller and Poet , Anne Njenga.

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Kenya remains a hub of literary inspiration. AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN profiles a fast rising poet and a brilliant storyteller, Anne Njenga .Njenga passionately writes confessional poetry ,poetry that raves readers blood streams and boggles minds. The confessional poet in Njenga writes about the inner bone and marrow of self as well as sociatal around her. The creatively backed verse is a conconctional mix of her own religious beliefs , broken social fabrics and a cotorie of human struggles . Moreover ,Njengas poems emanate from belly pit deep – seated emotions, hopes , frustrations and expectations. My readers -eye sees the ammount of maturity and the understanding of world view as exhibited the storyteller poets chronicles. Njenga brings a new refreshment of poesy , a toasted bread of confessional poetry peanut buttered with belief and hope. AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN humbly prides itself in profiling highly spirited and fast rusing African poetry voice to attain the glory of African excellence ,promote readership culture through word-culture a nd literary prowess by willing young African literary arts generations in schools ,colleges and other related communities.

MY HEART.


Am not very sure,
 Whether there is a cure,
To treat my heart,

       Before it is broken.
My heart is stubborn,
Since the day I was born,

   It refused to heed,
 For it’s full of greed.
I have tried many times,
To avoid million crimes,

  Yet this one I say,

Has gotten out of my way.
Why does my heart betray?

 With nothing to portray,

  As it keeps chasing,

  As in a competitive hunting.
All day long,

  It falls for the most wrong,

Crushing for the most vile,

Loving the true bile.
My conclusion, I draw,
For its downfall, I saw,
I must believe my heart no more,
For I can’t afford to cry any more.




THE NEIGHBOUR.


There was once this neighbour,
 He was neither bad nor good,
He was always moody,
Keeping to himself all the time.
My neighbour was a man of the collar,



 Claiming to see visions of paradise
 Condemning any doubter

For he called such a big
Thomas.
He never responded to greetings,
For he said they will contaminate him

Cause him to miss the big picture,
And his eternal inheritance in his father’s palace.
My neighbour had no known kin,

We stopped bothering about his life,

  Because we feared
God’s curse would befall,

    Whoever spoke against the servant of the Most High .
The neighbour had a beautiful follower,

A sheep in his very own gathering,

In his distant village congregation,

Where visions were
seen and prayers offered.
Nobody knew about the faithful

Until when the farmer came knocking and
asking,Inquiring about a lost sheep,
For the sheep truly had a caring owner.
The holy than thou neighbour was found,

           In a wine and dine atmosphere,

               For that is all the sheep needed ,

                                       From a faithful master in calling.
My neighbour had to flee,

           His dear life to save,  For he was most afraid,

         Of the wrath of the sheep’s farmer,

    More than the wrath of the Chief shepherd.

REVIVE US AGAIN


Rock of ages here we come,

                                    Our eyes fixed up on you,

                                             You alone is our only hope,

  Revive us I now pray.
Our trust has been in you,

 Since the days of the great men of faith

     You who was there since time immemorial,

  Your presence is all we need.
Remember your unfailing love,
 So sure it is, than the dawn itself,

        The visitation is all we wait patiently for,

Rekindle the fire of the Spirit within us.
Revive us we pray,

Rejuvenate us, oh Mighty Redeemer,

         Bring back to life that which was dead,

Anne Njenga was born in Central Kenya. She currently lives in Narok County. Njenga is teacher by profession. She teaches English and Kiswahili(languages)­. She also writes her short stories in English and Kiswahili. Njenga writes for primary school children , high school students and young adults. she is a volunteer radio presenter for a kids’ programme that is run in Swahili at a local radio station based in Narok. Njenga is a brilliant storyteller and a fast-rising poet

Mbizo CHIRASHA( AfricaWritersCaravan Chronicler)-Author of a Letter to the President. co-Authored Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi. Co-Edited Street Voices Poetry Collection (Germany Africa Poetry Anthology). Co- Editor of the Corpses of Unity Anthology.  Associate Editor at  Diasporia(n) online. Chief Editor at Time of the Poet Republic. Founding Editor at WomaWords Literary Press. Publisher at Brave Voices Poetry journal.  Curator at Africa Writers Caravan. UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist at University of Glasgow. 2020 Poet in Residence Fictional Café. 2019 African Fellow, IHRAF.ORG. Project Curator and Co-Editor of the Second Name of Earth is Peace (Poetry Voices Against WAR Anthology). Contributing Essayist to Monk Arts and Soul Magazine.  Poetry and writtings appear in  FemAsia Magazine ,Wrath -Bearing Tree, Inksweat andtears journal , One Ghana One Magazine, Ofi Press, World Poetry Almanac, Demer Press , Atunis Galaxy poetry online , IHRAF Publishes , The Poet a Day , Bezine.Com , Sentinel UK, Oxford School of Poetry Pamphlet , Africa Crayons, PulpitMagazine,Poetry Pacific, Zimbolicious , Best New Poets ,Poetry Bulawayo , Gramnet webjournal, Diogen Plus , Poeisis.si , Festival de Poesia Medellin and elsewhere .

Rising Ugandan Poet and girlchild Activist Awadifo Kili joins Africa Writers Caravan as Brand Influencer

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Beginning October 2020 ,Ugandan rising Poet and girlchild Activist Awadifo Olga Kili assumes the role of Social Media Ambassador and Brand Influencer at Africa Writers Caravan. Her role ends in October 2021 and it might be renewed depending on her activities schedule come next year and 2022.The rising poet and activist Awadifo is spiritedly creative and gifted with gem wisdom for positive change. At the rare age of 21 years , her writings are immensely published in journals home and abroad. She has released two book collections.Africa Writers Caravan is proud to be associated with excellence ,resilience and prowess. We trust that Kili will help grow the writers caravan brand to some greater hieghts and also learn more our literary arts curatorship interventions during her tenure of service. One of her biggest roles during her tenure is to coordinate an African Verse Journal that will feature writings of young students in Universities, Colleges and high schoolaround Africa. The project goes a long way to preserve and grow our African Word Culture.We want to welcome into the Caravan, Influencer and Poet Awadifo Olga Kili. Your talents are profoundly appreciated.

Come back home, Africa!

Come back home, Africa!
Mayibuye, grandma Africa!
Oh my Africa,I cherish the golden old days
Gifted with rays of glory and beauty of traditions
While decked with bronze, gold and ivory.

Africa, the Canaan blessed with honey and milk,
Land of plenty,
A tabernacle for harmony,
And a temple of peace.
Oh Africa, I yearn for those golden years.

A jewel and the succulent breast of mother earth.
Africa my homeland, Africa the cradle of mankind
This verse is my ritual of solidarity.
Come back Africa!
Mayibuye Africa!
Your grandchildren are grieving your silence.
We sing for the return of the shining moon
And the glow of the sun over the land of greatness,
sacred beauty, Africa of Sahara,Africa of Kalahari,
Africa my beauty.

Oh my Africa, I miss the mist quilted hills
And fog hugged valleys,
The golden dew clutched footpath to the cornfields
I cherish the soprano of doves,
the tenor of young monkeys from hilltops,
and the baritone of frogs praising God for rain.

I love you Africa,you’re a Godly monument
Ancient house endowed with fortune and fertility.
Africa, once the land of plenty
Your beautiful souls drink from palm wine calabashes
and bathe in coconut oil.
Dear Africa, I cherish grandma’s granary
belching with grain and life.

Africa,you are the beat of my song
and the rhythm of my dance.
Oh i miss the golden ancient times.
Your fontanelle carries the sacredness of riddles
and holiness of folktales,my Africa.

Mayibuye Africa!
Come back Africa!

AWADIFO OLGA KILI is a Ugandan Award winning Author, Law Student, Poet, Human Rights Activist.Kili is the Author of the books “Victorious Tales” which is human rights based and Echoes of Wails which addresses concerns and raising issues concerning the well-being of young girls, promoting their education and raising a generation of Young girls who know who they are. She is a representative of young women, girls and Young writers at the Womawords Hall of Fame.Some of her writings have featured in various anthologies and journals internationally.

AFRICAN WRITERS CARAVAN CHRONICLER

Mbizo CHIRASHA, the Author of a Letter to the President. co-Authored Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi. Co-Edited Street Voices Poetry Collection (Germany Africa Poetry Anthology). Co- Editor of the Corpses of Unity Anthology.  Associate Editor at  Diasporia(n) online. Chief Editor at Time of the Poet Republic. Founding Editor at WomaWords Literary Press. Publisher at Brave Voices Poetry journal.  Curator at Africa Writers Caravan. UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist at University of Glasgow. 2020 Poet in Residence Fictional Café. 2019 African Fellow, IHRAF.ORG. Project Curator and Co-Editor of the Second Name of Earth is Peace (Poetry Voices Against WAR Anthology). Contributing Essayist to Monk Arts and Soul Magazine.  Poetry and writtings appear in  FemAsia Magazine ,Wrath -Bearing Tree, Inksweat andtears journal , One Ghana One Magazine, Ofi Press, World Poetry Almanac, Demer Press , Atunis Galaxy poetry online , IHRAF Publishes , The Poet a Day , Bezine.Com , Sentinel UK, Oxford School of Poetry Pamphlet , Africa Crayons, PulpitMagazine,Poetry Pacific, Zimbolicious , Best New Poets ,Poetry Bulawayo , Gramnet webjournal, Diogen Plus , Poeisis.si , Festival de Poesia Medellin and elsewhere .

AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN

 

~ This is a Virtual Cruise -Ship of African – Word Smith , Pen-Slingers and Young Poetry Artists. The Digital Caravan carries in its insatiable belly breath taking short writings, mesmerizing essays, heart warming reflections, bone crashing poetry, marrow chilling commentary and mind spinning Hybrid by African Writers ,Poets , Essayists ,Thought leaders in Colleges , Universities and Out of School Writers. The African Caravan celebrates Literary Prowess ,Creative Diversity and Poetry Arts Scholarship. The platform also proffer regular mentor- ship and opportunities to the budding creators of words and rising Literary Artist. It is Founded and published by Literary Arts Diplomatie. UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist .FreeSPEECH Fellow at PEN-Zentrum Deutschland. Featured Poetry Artist at WorldBeyondWar.Org.2020 Poet in Residence of the Fictional Cafe .2019 African Fellow at Ihraf.org.

Bezine Managing Editor Michael Dickel to co- host the forthcoming onlineAfrican Poetry Fete.

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All Africa Poetry Symposium in Celebration of 100 Thousand Poets for Change 10-Year Anniversary

Saturday, 26 September 2020 at:

  • 3 PM (Jerusalem, Kenya
  • 2 PM (Botswana, Egypt, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
  • 1 PM (Nigeria)
  • 12 Noon (Sierra Leone)
  • 8 AM (US-East Coast)
  • You are welcome to attend and we look forward to presenting an exciting, dynamic and vibrant Poetry Symposium, where Africa speaks of itself through poetry.

The 100 Thousand Poets for Change Movement was founded 10 years ago by Editors, Poets, and internationally acclaimed Artists Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion —in order to speak change, to speak truth—against racial injustice, wars, poverty, corruption, the demise of human rights and smothering of human freedoms. The movements speaks through literary arts activism and social change-activism arts.

The Poetry Fête is co-hosted by African Griots and The BeZine in coordination with 100 Thousand Poets for Change. Poets in this All Africa Poetry Celebration are from Sierra Leone, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Egypt, and Zimbabwe. Co-host and Emcee, Mbizo Chirasha, has worked tirelessly with 100 Thousand Poets for Change since its inception a decade ago, through literary arts projects GirlChildCreativity Project and the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign.Internationally renowned Jerusalem-based poet and The BeZine editor Michael Dickel will co-host the streaming events and attempt to wrangle the technology. This mega event will be streamed lived on several digital platforms.

Further details, including a registration link, will be forthcoming soon.
ALUTA CONTINUA

Mbizo CHIRASHA-Resident Coordinator


JERUSHA KANANU- Kenya

Smile Again Katrina Poem by Jerusha Kananu
Kenyan Writer JERUSHA KANANU MARETE , is the author of power-parked -package anthology of poems titled Echoes of Military Souls   that promise to keep you at the edge of your seat. She has her heart in narrative poems. Her touch on the military theme in her anthology is splendid. She graduate from University Of Nairobi with a degree in Education (English &Literature) and currently a MA student at Kenyatta University (Literature/Theatre departments).  Jerusha is a teacher, a performing artist & a film and theatre enthusiast .She is also a full time mother to Emmanuel. Her poems have been published in Best New African Poets 2019 anthology. Her work was also featured in the annual military magazine Reconnoiter,

Jerusha Kananu <jerushakananu@gmail.com>

https://web.facebook.com/kananuh.jerusha

(Bezine Arts and Humanities Journal)

ADESINA AJALA- Nigeria

Adesina Ajala | THE WILD WORD
A sprouting physician and writer, Adesina Ajala, desires to grow roots in the loam of the pen and the stethoscope. He does not know how he would fare, but he believes in journeying, in chances, possibilities and the divine. His works have found home in Writers Space Africa, EBOquills, Libretto, Featiler Rays, Brave Voices Poetry Journal and elsewhere. He was shortlisted for the 2018 League Of Wordsmiths contest in the flash fiction/short story category, and was the co-winner of the first place of 2018 TSWF Writers Prize. 

Adesina Ajala <talktoadesina@gmail.com>

https://web.facebook.com/adesina.ajala

MICHAEL MWANGI MACHARIA- KENYA

MICHAEL MWANGI MACHARIA, AFRICAN POET PATRIOT – TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC

MICHAEL MWANGI MACHARIA is a prolific poet who was born and raised in Nakuru county of the expansive Rift Valley in Kenya.He is a graduate of Moi University .He was anthologized in Echoes Across the Valley and has published in online journals.He also contributes articles in Saturday Nation.He also has interest in photography, fine arts,music,drama and dance.He is associated with a private publisher and has edited a few manuscripts. He finds poetry a worthwhile and great pastime as well as form of expression.He feels the information technology revolution has been a great opportunity for poets to link up and create positive change in the world today.

michael macharia<machariamichael@yahoo.com>

https://web.facebook.com/michael.macharia1

NANCY NDEKE-Kenya

INSIDE # Candid Talk Studio with African Poetic Tigress Nancy Ndeke. –  WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS
Nancy Ndeke is a multi-genre writer. She writes poetry, hybrid essays, reviews, commentary and memoir. Ndeke  is widely published with four collection of her full writings Soliama Legacy, Lola- Logue , Musical Poesy  and May the Force be With you. She has recently  collaborated with a Scotland-based Writer  and Musical Artist,  Dr. Gameli Tordzro of Glasgow University on the Poetry Collection Mazungumzo ya Shairi, and  also  co-authored the poetry anthology , I was lost but now am found with USA Poet Renee Drummond  -Brown . She contributes her writings to the Atunis  Galaxy Poetry ( Belgium), TUJIPANGE AFRICA( Kenya, USA), Ramingo Porch, Africa Writers Caravan , WOMAWORD Literary Press, BeZine  for Arts and Humanities( USA), Andinkra Links 5,  Wild Fire Publication, Williwash Press, The poet by day webzine, Writers Escape at Poetry, Different Truths, ARCS PROSE POETRY. Nancy Ndeke  also works as a literary arts consultant, copyeditor and  Writers’ Clinics Moderator.

nancy ndeke<nandeke63@gmail.com>

https://web.facebook.com/nancy.ndeke.14

TANAKA CHIDORA- Zimbabwe

TANAKA CHIDORA DISHES HARD TRUTH CONCOTED WITH POLITICAL PARADOX

Tanaka Chidora is a poet, literary critic and academic who teaches Creative Writing and Theories of Literature in the Department of English at the University of Zimbabwe. Some of his works appear in Zimbolicious (Volume 4), The Standard’s Gourd of Consciousness poetry corner (Zimbabwe), and Brave Voices Poetry Journal. Tanaka is currently working on two novels, the first an auto-fictional memoir of his childhood in Mbare, and the second a collection of a Chitungwiza commuter’s diaries. Read an interview with Tanaka Chidora here.

Tanaka Chidora<chidoratanaka@gmail.com>

https://web.facebook.com/chidoratanaka

NYANDURI NYANDORO-Zimbabwe

Muzondo's new play premiers – NewsDay Zimbabwe
Nyanduri Nyandoro aka Tafadzwa Muzondo is the founder of the “Edzai Nesu” (Try Us) Theatre group in Highfield, a suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe. Highfield is crowded and poor, with high levels of unemployment and drug use, particularly among the young. Muzondo wanted to clean up Highfield; he wanted to keep its young people off drugs and off the streets. So he conducted a campaign. He secured funds and workers to transform an old, dirty foot bridge near a shopping center into a beautiful art center. The center is now the site of meetings, forums, and other activities, many of them focused on helping young people get critical information about health and government.

Tafadzwa Muzondo<tafartist@gmail.com>

https://web.facebook.com/tafadzwa.muzondo

TINOTENDA WILSON WAISON ,LOWLIFEDIARIST- Zimbabwe

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TYNOE WILSON – a rising Zimbabwean poet, a Word Slinger and a rights Activist. An impetuous mastermind so zealous to out the muddling and crippling societal affair through stanza.A rising  and defiant  voice shaping the struggle for positive transformation and Peace.Waison Tinotenda Wilson is the author of Murder me He has published and created several poetry compilations and prose collections.

https://web.facebook.com/tynoe.wilson

Lowlifediarist Wilson Waison<waison263@gmail.com>

GORATA MIGHTY NTSWABI- Botswana

Buy online Exploring the ROOTS. Poetry My Heritage: Living the Arts at low  price & get delivery worldwide |
GORATA MIGHTY NTSHWABI( August Edition Guest Editor).Botswana Poet and Gender Rights Activist Gorata Ntshwabi is the August Edition Guest Editor of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal.GORATA MIGHTY NTSHWABI is a result – oriented and self-driven, Artist Poet and Activist. A registered Poetess herein as Poko Boswa Poetry my Heritage specializing in both traditional Spoken Word and Page poetry. She has since authored an English poetry book “Exploring the Roots Poetry my Heritage, Living Arts and self-published in 2016 and the collection is transcribed into brail for the visually impaired.Gorata holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences with majors in Sociology and Psychology from Central University of Technology Free State in South Africa and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education in African Languages and Literature from the University of Botswana. Her Writing and Poetry Arts career was realized since years of her childhood .She participated in Schools Arts Activities.Gorata is a member of Maruping Poetry Organization, had an opportunity to mentor young upcoming artists Tlhale jwa Phala Entertainment Group.

https://web.facebook.com/gorata.ntshwabi

mightyntshwabi@gmail.com

OKO OWOICHO- Nigeria

Oko Owi Ocho is a writer and a performance poet. He was long listed for the 2017 Nigerian Student Poetry Prize, Top One Hundred Poems, NSSP 2018. A 2nd Prize Winner for the Korea Nigeria Poetry Prize 2018. He has been published in Black Communion: Poems of 100 New African Poets, ANA Review 2017, Tuck Magazine, Braided Way, Kalahari Review and African Writer. He is currently working on a book, Pan Africanism in the 21st Century, and a poetry collection, We Will Sing Water. He is the Founder of AFRIKA-WRITES and a member of AJ House of Poetry.

oko owoicho<okoowiocho@gmail.com>

https://web.facebook.com/owi.ocho

JAMBIYA KAI- South Africa

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JAMBIYA KAI is a cross-over soprano, speaker, published playwright/writer and mentor.  Her writings and original songs are awash online through E-zine publications like The Tuck Magazine and Miombo Publishing, You Tube and Reverbnation. And in print through the Daydreamers Journal, Best New African Poets 2019 and Better Together Government Magazine.
Beulah Kleinveldt “holds the trophy” as the 2018 winner of the London based Good News Publishers “All round UK Poetry competion”.  She has recorded a number of music albums.  Two during her time with renowned international music ministry Vinesong – namely Peace Like a River and I Behold your Glory.  Itinerant music minister with Vinesong throughout the United Kingdom and Europe and performed on stages like the Royal Albert Hall and at RCCG Congresses to millions in Lagos and Europe.

Beulah Kay <beulahkay@gmail.com>

https://web.facebook.com/LadyBFK

MOURAD FASKA- Egypt

I am an aspiring Moroccan researcher_ with a BA degree in English Studies, and I am currently doing a master degree in English literature_ and a poet with no publication records so far. Actually, I have never had any work published in any literary magazine, making yours the first magazine to attract my attention. my literary interests range across Gothic literature, Magic Realism, Science Fiction and Fantasy, ancient mythology, and peace-seeking literature, to name a few. I have produced several articles, book reviews, and an incomplete novella, yet unpublished. My current research paper is concerned with tradition and modernity in Twentieth century fiction and how the past, i.e. literary past, is the key to making the modern world orderly, peaceful, and more tolerant.

Mourad Faska <faskamourad96@gmail.com>

https://web.facebook.com/long.mourad

BRIGHT MADZIVA is a Zimbabwean Poet, Writer and Music Educationist. Music and Writing allow him to express his thoughts and emotional experiences properly to the world. He is a recorded musician with eight single tracks to his name.  He is a born musician and was later trained at Kwanongoma College of Music in Bulawayo. He majored   in song writing, mbira playing and vocalist. Presently Madziva works with   the Autism Organization of Zimbabwe in a bid to use his music and writing skills to provide the best therapy to autistic children. His main goal is to complement his voice and ink in advocating for the marginalized. He strongly believes that the Art of writing and the Art of song are the best tools to bring a positive change and peace to the world.

Bright Madziva<britmadziva@gmail.com>

https://web.facebook.com/bright.madziva

LINGIWE PATIENCE GUMBO- Zimbabwe

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Lingiwe Patience Gumbo was born on 25 October and grew up in Gweru. She is an Administrator and Secretary by profession and a church volunteer teacher/ advisor for adolescents. Gumbo is a singer-songwriter with an 8track album titled Worthy of all my praise (2017) and 2 singles (2018 Arise Beloved Zimbabwe – a song of hope & 2020 Grace).  She is currently working on her second album titled Gratitude. Gumbo’s poems are featured in various online platforms like miombopublishing and girlchildcreativity. She was part of a group of poets  who published their first anthology titled Don’t give up Africa in 2008 Some of her poems have been published in Wildfire Publications Monthly Magazine (August 2019). Gumbo self published her first poems anthology titled Words of Life (2019) and is currently working on a few books to be published as soon as possible. She is the host of a online TV show NY Television where she presents motivational messages on the Breakfast Nuggets,  Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lingiwe is married to Gerald Gumbo. She spends most of her time with their two children in their home in Chitungwiza. She enjoys nature walks and spending time with friends. She is inspired by love, her faith in God and life experiences and hopes to encourage, motivate and soothe the soul with her work

Patience Gumbo<patiencedear@gmail.com>

https://web.facebook.com/patiencesife

THAMI PRESHAPOINT DITSI- South Africa

THAMAGA DITSI, SouthAfrican Wordsmith born made with traceable experience in the entertainment industry embraced his work as Poet, Rapper, motivational speaker,event management,community developer and radio presenter .Born in Monakato Town ship(Rustenburg) SouthAfrica.He developed his love of entertainment at tender age where he began as rapper and poet in 2007,He later registered his company Kasi koncept krew brand.

https://web.facebook.com/presha.point

MBIZO CHIRASHA- Zimbabwe

New UNESCO RILA Affiliate Artist: Mbizo Chirasha | Glasgow Refugee Asylum  and Migration Network (GRAMNet)

Mbizo CHIRASHA, the Author of a Letter to the President. co-Authored Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi. Co-Edited Street Voices Poetry Collection (Germany Africa Poetry Anthology). Co- Editor of the Corpses of Unity Anthology.  Associate Editor at  Diasporia(n) online. Chief Editor at Time of the Poet Republic. Founding Editor at WomaWords Literary Press. Publisher at Brave Voices Poetry journal.  Curator at Africa Writers Caravan. UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist at University of Glasgow. 2020 Poet in Residence Fictional Café. 2019 African Fellow, IHRAF.ORG. Project Curator and Co-Editor of the Second Name of Earth is Peace (Poetry Voices Against WAR Anthology). Contributing Essayist to Monk Arts and Soul Magazine.  Poetry and writtings appear in  FemAsia Magazine ,Wrath -Bearing Tree, Inksweat andtears journal , One Ghana One Magazine, Ofi Press, World Poetry Almanac, Demer Press , Atunis Galaxy poetry online , IHRAF Publishes , The Poet a Day , Bezine.Com , Sentinel UK, Oxford School of Poetry Pamphlet , Africa Crayons, PulpitMagazine,Poetry Pacific, Zimbolicious , Best New Poets ,Poetry Bulawayo , Gramnet webjournal, Diogen Plus , Poeisis.si , Festival de Poesia Medellin and elsewhere .

girlchildcreativity@gmail.com , https://web.facebook.com/mbizo.chirasha/

CAROLINE AKUI-Kenya

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CAROL AKUI was born and bred in Kenya. She gets inspired by the world around her, putting into words observations, feelings and her thoughts and those of others who share their experiences and feelings of what is happening around them.  Reading other poets also inspires her. She considers poetry and literature a mouth piece for the unheard and a tool for effecting necessary change where it is needed. Her poetry is a committed means to bring positive change. She is concerned about the downtrodden in society. She hopes her poetry can provide them with a voice and a platform to be heard. She also hopes that her poetry can connect people with their humanness and bring out the best in humanity.In her poetry, she is conscious of her African identity, values and culture and the need for positive advocacy. In order to flip the negative narrative of Africans and the African Continent. She is a wife and a mother of two boys.Carol is yet to be published for now. Her poetry appears on her Facebook and poetry groups such as Modern African Poetry. It can also be found in her blog www.thatafricangirl.home.blog and on twitter @Akui.

https://web.facebook.com/carol.akui.3

caroline akui<carolakui@yahoo.com>

SAMUELLAH CONTEH- Zimbabwe

SAMUELLAH CONTEH is a writer/poet from Sierra Leone, who uses her poetry to preach global peace, love and respect for human rights and dignities.  Her poems and short stories have been featured in both national and international anthologies. Samuellah has received many accolades for her contribution to world literature, among them the Award of the Order Of Shakespeare (OOS).

https://web.facebook.com/samuella.conteh.980

BENEDIXIO MOORE KHOTI-Zambia

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Benedixio Moore Khoti( Moses Khoti) is a writer, poet, spoken -word artist,songwriter and a storyteller hailing from the southern part of Africa, Zambia in Particular.He is a professional Engineer to whom writing is an inborn – passion that had at a tender age erupted into passionate flames that he now lives consumed in.To write, he draws his inspiration from the Universe and the beyond’s beyond beyond.His ink spillage is an effluent stream that floods with emphasis on preaching one Love for one mankind and strongly stands against all – manner of injustices. He is an executive member of the International African Writers Association (IAWA) and also a platinum – categorized member of the worlds largest and most active writer’s forum( Motivational Strips) where he holds position as a moderator representing the Zambia Office.He is also a guest contributor to the digital Poetry journal Brave Voices. His works of art have been featured in many anthologies and his writing consistency on themes pioneering peace and love and uplifting humanity has earned Him ambassadorship(Zambia) for Every Child Life – line which is a charity organization with headquarters in Nigeria.He is currently working on a Spoken – word album and his debut Novel.

https://web.facebook.com/mapalomo.kayz ,

AFRICAN POETRY SYMPOSIUM 100 TPC CURATORS

Zimbabwean Poet in Exile: Mbizo Chirasha | by Jamie Dedes | Medium

RESIDENT COORDINATOR –Mbizo CHIRASHA, the Author of a Letter to the President. co-Authored Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi. Co-Edited Street Voices Poetry Collection (Germany Africa Poetry Anthology). Co- Editor of the Corpses of Unity Anthology.  Associate Editor at  Diasporia(n) online. Chief Editor at Time of the Poet Republic. Founding Editor at WomaWords Literary Press. Publisher at Brave Voices Poetry journal.  Curator at Africa Writers Caravan. UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist at University of Glasgow. 2020 Poet in Residence Fictional Café. 2019 African Fellow, IHRAF.ORG. Project Curator and Co-Editor of the Second Name of Earth is Peace (Poetry Voices Against WAR Anthology). Contributing Essayist to Monk Arts and Soul Magazine.  Poetry and writtings appear in  FemAsia Magazine ,Wrath -Bearing Tree, Inksweat andtears journal , One Ghana One Magazine, Ofi Press, World Poetry Almanac, Demer Press , Atunis Galaxy poetry online , IHRAF Publishes , The Poet a Day , Bezine.Com , Sentinel UK, Oxford School of Poetry Pamphlet , Africa Crayons, PulpitMagazine,Poetry Pacific, Zimbolicious , Best New Poets ,Poetry Bulawayo , Gramnet webjournal, Diogen Plus , Poeisis.si , Festival de Poesia Medellin and elsewhere .

War Surrounds US, Michael Dickel | is a rose press

SYMPOSIUM HOST -Michael (Dickel) Dekel has authored six published books and chapbooks (pamphlets) of poetry and short fiction, and published over 200 individually published poems, short stories, and non-fiction pieces, in addition to book-reviews and academic articles—under his birth name, Michael Dickel. Nothing Remembers, his most recent poetry collection, came out in 2019 from Finishing Line Press (https://tinyurl.com/y3684acu). For Fisher Features, Ltd, he wrote a successful NEH film-development grant and the script for a documentary film on Yiddish theatre. He works as a freelance editor for publishers and individual authors, co-edited Voices Israel Vol. 36 (2010), and served or continues to serve as an editor of one sort or another for several print and online literary periodicals. He has taught writing, literature, and English language in higher education in both the U.S. and Israel. Michael publishes an online blog-Zine (https://MichaelDickel.info/). He is the past chair of the Israel Association of Writers in English. He holds a Bachelor’s in psychology, a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing (Fiction and Poetry concentrations), and a Doctorate in English.

FOUNDER AND PRODUCER OF 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE

Michael Rothenberg | lapoetsociety

Michael Rothenberg is  a poet, editor and publisher of the online literary magazine BigBridge.org, co-founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change (www.100tpc.org), and co-founder of Poets In Need, a non-profit 501(c), assisting poets in crisis. Born in Miami Beach, Florida in 1951, Rothenberg moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1975 and co-founded Shelldance Orchid Gardens in Pacifica, which is dedicated to the cultivation of orchids and bromeliads. While in Pacifica, he helped lead local environmental actions that stopped major coastal developments that would destroy wildlife habitat. He was co-founder of Pacificans for Mori Point, a grass-roots group that led the battle to stop development of endangered species habitat on Mori Point and Sweeney Ridge, which resulted in the eventual inclusion of these areas in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. He was also on the G.G.N.R.A. Steering Committee, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Land Trust and was founder of the Bromeliad Society International Conservation Committee. Michael has published 20 books of poetry including Nightmare of The Violins, Favorite Songs, Man/Woman (a collaboration with Joanne Kyger), Unhurried Vision, Monk Daddy, The Paris Journals, Choose, My Youth As A Train, Murder (Paper Press 2014), Sapodilla (Editions du Cygne-Swan World, Paris, France, 2016) and Drawing The Shade (Dos Madres Press, 2016).  Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story, was published in 2013 by Ekstasis Editions (Victoria, B.C., Canada), and in 2014 by Shabda Press (USA). A Spanish/English edition of Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story, and the poetic journal collection, Tally Ho and the Cowboy Dream/The Real and False Journals: Book 5 are scheduled for publication in 2017 by Varasek Ediciones (Madrid, Spain). His work has been published widely in literary reviews and included in anthologies such as 43 Poetas por Ayotzinapa, edited by Jesús González Alcántara and Moisés H. Cortés Cruz (Mexico), Saints of Hysteria, A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry, edited by David Trinidad and Denise Duhamel (Soft Skull Press), Hidden Agendas

AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN~ This is a Virtual Cruise -Ship of African – Word Smith , Pen-Slingers and Young Poetry Artists. The Digital Caravan carries in its insatiable belly breath taking short writings, mesmerizing essays, heart warming reflections, bone crashing poetry, marrow chilling commentary and mind spinning Hybrid by African Writers ,Poets , Essayists ,Thought leaders in Colleges , Universities and Out of School Writers. The African Caravan celebrates Literary Prowess ,Creative Diversity and Poetry Arts Scholarship. The platform also proffer regular mentor- ship and opportunities to the budding creators of words and rising Literary Artist. It is Founded and published by Literary Arts Diplomatie. UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist .FreeSPEECH Fellow at PEN-Zentrum Deutschland. Featured Poetry Artist at WorldBeyondWar.Org.2020 Poet in Residence of the Fictional Cafe .2019 African Fellow at Ihraf.org.

THE AFTERMATH (Brave Voices Poetry Journal 71).

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The Brave Voices August Edition is such an amazing platform for young but resilient poetic griots , solemnly holding on to their faith and remain composed to face the AFTERMATHS with due diligence despite the hellholes of the COVID 19 pandemic. writings boldly articulates inspirational messages of hope and courage to adapt to the new normal .In this installment , ten poems were selected; the bigger number of poems is from the hosting country Botswana and the other six from Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda As the editor for this month I would love to thank all contributing poets who responded to this great call and give salutations to those who made it to the top 10 and encourage that we hold on together in these difficult times of the COVID19 menace  as we face the realities and complexities  of  the new normal . As a poet I take it that poetry is a powerful medium to express our feelings with for attaining freedoms and that it is a formula to connect the mind, spirit, soul and other humanity realms. TOGETHER WE RISE-( Gorata Ntshwabi Brave  Voices  August Edition  Guest   Editor and  Brave Voices Botswana  Associate)

AFTERMATH
 
every night I leak dream from the 
fissure I sewn my insecurity  
the dying night is fear, is empty 
& all nights are the same, coldblooded 
night’s knife of victories & losses  
placed in the cliff of darkness 
cut to the heart in silence like bread 
the grief I ran away from 
changes shape like ocean bubbles 
it is the god I worship for favor 
for paradise & mourning avoidance 
the war has ended on the outside 
but, the killing is a river’s journey 
something is always on fire here 
open violence preordaining destinies 
the old gods in the lips of history 
might recognize these arsonists 
the fire that keeps changing its form 
the war has ended, but the ghosts 
of casualty refused to be buried 
they have mistaken what harm them 
for a scent of something delicious 
since this world only recognize 
the handiwork of villains 
every night, the grief I leak from — 
the filled, unused hope, the cracks 
I am picking up life pieces after the storm 
I would use it to cleanse my fate 

UMAR YOGIZA JR-is a poet, builder & photographer, author of three collections of poetry. He writes between Lafia & Abuja Nigeria, where God & Devil toss the coin of his life. His works appeared in Reviews & many online platforms


 

HOW CAN YOU BE SILENT
 

 
While we think we okay 
Black lives matters doesn’t matter anymore 
 
It now shaken by disease called racism 
Breaking all chains of kindness, unity and love 
 
How can I be silent 
 
While world has turn into mockery 
We as Blacks and white with fabricated faces pretending we all into one unity as one 
No more rainbow nation 
 
How  can I be silent 
 
While the is new epidemic disease 
Invaded our beloved homes 
 
While a young 3year old child is been raped, brutality murdered by her 
Protector, provider front line soldier called father 
 
How can I be silent 
 
While we sang Umkhonto We Sizwe 
Spears of our falling soldiers 
Falling heroes memorabilia of 
 
Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Govern Mbeki Oliver Thambo,Chris Hani,Mama MaDikezela Mandela 
All the metaphonical warrious, freedom 
Fighters who spilled their blood put lives on front line 
Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu his blood split 

THAMAGA DITSI, SouthAfrican Wordsmith born made with traceable experience in the entertainment industry embraced his work as Poet, Rapper, motivational speaker,event management,community developer and radio presenter .Born in Monakato Town ship(Rustenburg) SouthAfrica.He developed his love of entertainment at tender age where he began as rapper and poet in 2007,He later registered his company Kasi koncept krew brand

WRETCHED COVID
Manipulation covered by devastation  
Covid you are indeed hungry for our lives 
You feed on the lives of the most vulnerable how dare you 
I am scared of your horrid ways oh my God 
You conquer, destroy and devastate our glittering land  
You have killed hundreds and thousands of innocent human lives 
Like the elegant Nerium oleander you are so toxic  
You so wish to endanger the human species  
We can no longer predict our future as children 
For you have bid a feast of fear and panic upon us 
I still wonder where you really transpire from  
For it seams of the giant devil’s piercing claws 
I may be so scared but I still hold on my faith as a child 
I stand on behalf of the young souls covid we won’t give up 
I swear to my beloved Ancestors and the Heavens 
We shall destroy you to no trace like you have never crossed boarders of our beloved lands 
You are just nothing but a minor obstacle we need to cross while thinking and acting wisely  
We shall conquer you evil destructor 
Like we did with your monster relatives Swine Flu, Ebola and HIV/AIDS  
Children let’s unite apart and hold up our spears and arrows not forgetting our shields as we get ready to conquer  
For the future belongs to us! 

 BRUCE KAGO NTSHWABI  is an upcoming poetess and writer born in Botswana. She is a student at Nanogang Junior Secondary School. Her love for literature started with her passion for writing stories during play time and reading for her siblings. She also enjoyed reading her mum’s literary writings and helping her as well. Bruce’s 1st poem “Rain” was acknowledged in her mum’s poetry book “Exploring the Roots Poetry my Heritage,Living Arts” published in 2016.

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THE AFTERMATH
 

 
The gust of August  
Only painted our brows with dust. 
It whistled the same old tunes 
Rattling pass through grass dunes 
Unraveling the African spring life 
Clearing the chaff for the summer. 
Scattering mounds like careless charmer. 
 
Oh you noisy drummer, 
Your drums rumbled to awaken the slumber, but 
Why didn’t you warn the farmer? 
That the seeds you sow will rise no more. 
Like forgoten heroes buried underneath, 
For the heaven we call on is merely an empty store, 
That once shying sun now a scotching hearth. 
So swift its sag wilting to dry. 
 
Hope as clear as the blue sky 
We stagger to the next summer but, 
Harnessed on my thoughts and imaginations 
Are the smile musked faces  
Worn by my countryside folks, 
Kissing my soul with hope, 
Whispering to my spirit that  
The reservours of penury will fillup. 
Flash flooding our hearts of doubt 
In the aftermath of this drought. 
 

 ENERGY MAVAZA -His stage name is Poyetik enej. Energy is both a page poet and a spoken word artist  He manages various blogs and love inspiring people through poetry.


 

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YOU FOUND ME

In catastrophes you taught me balance

Now I stand, a better man I have a stand

Against the mighty wind I walk

Against the great mountain I rise

You found me

Helpless and naïve you shown me my hands

Dull now I have color

Corona, I don’t want to spell you right

Sometimes I sit with colleagues

They bite me, my name is La-Rona

Like I’m somehow responsible for Co-Rona

What an honor

If thus is me then behold I make all things new

You found me, helpless in the dark and gave me a chance to shine

I’m that black sheep, now it feels as if I’m the white in the dark

I am the balance, I am the Black Child

I am found, I rise, I shine

It is what is it is

In this cyclone, I am the eye

LARONA BARUTI is a young Motswana Poet with aspirations of making the world a better place through himself.  A Banking and Financial studies student. He practice poetry and photography

AFTER THE SHACKLES AND WHIPS.

The world faced me

with shackles and whips.

Hours of pain blended perfectly

with the course memories,

That stayed so clear.

My eyes dripped.

Vengeance and bitterness

stacked up,

Filled the air,

And I clinched onto them

To fight my way out.

But,

Two wrongs would not

clean up the mess.

I smiled,

When I meant cry.

Maybe, from the outside,

Life would slowly trickle in.

But it never worked that way.

Slowly,

I realised it was what

the stars had chosen.

Hands once cuffed,

started getting stronger.

I reached out for a cup of coffee,

And clinging onto hope,

I knew luck was still

within my reach.

Life started trickling in.

My face started beaming

and the pain,

Faded at my keyboard.

Having known

two wrongs would not

clean up the mess,

That is what I live for now.

After it all,

Hands once cuffed

are here to defy,

The malice of

the shackles and whips.

PATRICIA JACKLINE FAITH is a budding poet and writer whose ink seeks to transform lives. She is a student at Kabale School of Comprehensive Nursing, Uganda. She lives in Arua, Uganda.

AFTERMATH. 
 
Waking up from thunderstorms of life, 
With thunderbolt consequences, 
The rubbles of tormenting storm, 
And the debris of quaking tornadoes, 
 
It feels like being in a polar convulsion, 
And iceberg confusion, 
With just a slight torrent of hopes, 
 
Picking up the broken cone pieces, 
I mould them into porcelain of brave peace, 
I clay my soul into a mosaic, 
With my mindset optimistic, 
 
I surge ahead, 
With a cyclone of diligence 
And a hurricane of courage, 
Leaving behind the failures of old adage. 

Kenneth Kibet Cheruiyot is a young Kenyan Poet who hails from Molo.
In 2016, he graduated from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology.
His love for Poetry began way back during his High school studies.
His Exquisite skills in Poetry has made him get local and international recognition.He has featured in several online journals, with his work getting published and is part of the upcoming International Anthology pitting him together with the world’s best poets

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SUFFERING THE NEW STRIAN
 
Empty hearts, empty words  
We have become speechless, hopeless and helpless  
We are like a fallen tree, weeping and screaming  
The new strain has control, power over our lives  
Covid19 how can you be such ruthless?  
You have banned us from visiting our loved ones even during hard times like these you created 
Not even to give them a hug to show our love and commitment! 
Life is all complicated, 
We are losing our loved ones and can’t even say goodbye the way our ancestors taught us 
 
The less privileged are dying of hunger  
Bound in chains and cannot go around search for food  
They are trapped in their poor houses  
Business owners are running at a loss  
Well,about the economy of my beloved Botswana its crisis  
With high shortage of resources  
No petrol for our engine footing 
No food to feast our growling stomachs 
We are democrats and independent please don’t ruin our freedom i beg you 
We believe in hard work and fortitude for success  
In my mother tongue we say “Monna o ja mofufutso wa phatla ya gagwe” 
 
How could you live us in so much pain  
We are children we have the future ahead of us 
You have messed up our academics 
Left us all worried about our suspended academic schedules hanging like palls of smoke 
Our dreams are slowly shuttering and fracturing  
Each day future leaders are fading away how painful  
Oh God!stuck in the dark,eaten by the sharks  
I don’t want to lie  
Each day we live in fear of you Covid-19  
Our hearts are broken but  
Our faith in God shall never disappear though  
You must know that! 

LESANG RACHAEL NTUNYANE is a 16 years old Botswana born poetess with a mission to be the world’s great poetess Lesang is a form 4 student at Kgari Sechele Senior Secondary School  She has done poetry performances at various church and youth conferences.

THEOLOGY OF HOPE 
 
I am hopeful, yes I am 
Hopeful for today, 
Tomorrow and the future 
Whenever I sense a loss of Hope 
I raise my head and  
look up to the blue skies 
I cry my plea to the Almighty LORD 
In outer space 
Who’d never resent me 
Nor rail against me 
 
I say LORD please rescue the world 
Mother Earth is crying a bucket full 
A bucket full of tears of pain 
Because of this horrible pandemic 
The horrible pandemic called corona virus 
For it has entered the souls of the innocent and scattered them 
 
I am hopeful, yes I am 
That one day things will brighten up 
The heavens doors I’ve been long knocking upon shall eventually open and I shall rejoice 
 
Sometimes I imagine where hope is 
In my dreams whispering  
Sometimes I imagine in my dreams that my theology of Hope has finally come 
 
I am hopeful, yes I am  
Whenever I lose my sense of wonder GOD casts the theology of hope upon me and I’m indeed as grateful as I can ever be because of my Theology of Hope 
 

EUNICE BONASO SEBULA is a creative ,self driven writer, poet and teacher based in Botswana  .Her work history includes the Gender Affairs Department where she worked as an Assistant Women Sector Coodinator in 2010-2012 .Eunice had worked closely with the community on HIV/AIDS and Gender Based Violence related issues


 

 

COVID 19, ( Cruel evil bug)

Structs Chinese and mistaken for a lab error

Disguised but yet an invisible terror

   Creeped into God’s own              

      America

   Determines to drain all 

        and crush costa rica

Devilish catastrophe to mock God 

Dr Facuer made the mess more odd

    Universe shutdown in 

        awe

    Uncertain commotions

         in the air 

Undercover the whole

 world went

Thought God will react as we wept

Science and Technology has failed us

Death knows no one but dust

It’s dreadfully contagious I can’t kiss

A caregiver but cannot touch my son Kings

     He is lamed with 

          feeble ribs

    Imprisoned right inside                         

         my crib

Harry and I can no longer mingle

Had to flatten the curve for love to be be maintain

   Hunger awakes to sing              

        war song

   Hoodlums attack with  

         war gong

Terribly living for the moments

Death tolls multiples every minute

Crushed down once endowed economy

Credible nation’s cries out  as it echoes

A medical war frontline

Doctors turn soldiers 

They fought took the bullets from medical folders

     The battle fought yet 

         antidote unknown

    Revived llost hopes          

        restored felt 

            unloved

Health heroes good jobs evergreen mentors

Sands of time forever will store in anthological memoirs

Silence a powerful  scream yells the creator

Sanctioned children  out of school 

Church doors closed  as clerics are mocked

    Evil genius bug marred 

       clerics beliefs

    Symbol of religious 

        strife hostility now

           faithfuls believes

Nation’s unified 

Knitted with love dignified

Behold the new eldorado of the creator

Where unity is trusted with Realtors

     This new normal mist 

        is crazy

     A God forsaken norm 

          so crafty

A norm that denounces cultures

A world of masked face we must cultivate

Has torn families apart 

Yet a bliss in disguise.

Blows it’s trumpets of sanity as it sensitizes

     New normal slogan

          embraced us

              masked

      Hand washing 

          mandated all

               tasked

Elbow shakes over hand shakes 

A phase of erupted twist of nature

Will end with a toast of assured future.

©️ Andrea Okoye

   

ANDREA OKOYE is a Poet, a journalist and a blogger from Nigeria. She is a graduate of Statistics and Economics from University of Nigeria, Nsukka.  Andrea’ has worked with both the print and broadcasting media outfits respectively. She has written so many works in in both local and international journals. She is a Girlchild advocate and a human rights activist.

GORATA MIGHTY NTSHWABI( August Edition Guest Editor).Botswana Poet and Gender Rights Activist Gorata Ntshwabi is the August Edition Guest Editor of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal.GORATA MIGHTY NTSHWABI is a result – oriented and self-driven, Artist Poet and Activist. A registered Poetess herein as Poko Boswa Poetry my Heritage specializing in both traditional Spoken Word and Page poetry. She has since authored an English poetry book “Exploring the Roots Poetry my Heritage, Living Arts and self-published in 2016 and the collection is transcribed into brail for the visually impaired.Gorata holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences with majors in Sociology and Psychology from Central University of Technology Free State in South Africa and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education in African Languages and Literature from the University of Botswana. Her Writing and Poetry Arts career was realized since years of her childhood .She participated in Schools Arts Activities.Gorata is a member of Maruping Poetry Organization, had an opportunity to mentor young upcoming artists Tlhale jwa Phala Entertainment Group, potential youth leaders for the African Women Leadership Academy and young Karatekas for Botswana Defense Force Thebephatshwa Air Base Karate Club and some individual youth poets.Gorata’s poem ‘’My Environment my Pride’’ was selected among the best poems published in an anthology entitled ‘’Tranquil Peace/Muse’’ for the 2018 11th Guntur International Poetry Festival in India and her Poem Dear South Africa was also selected for top 10 during the Brave Voices Poetry Journal 67 in 2019.

INFLUENCER- IN CHIEF –Mbizo CHIRASHA- UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist .Freedom of Speech Fellow to PEN- Zentrum  Deutschland,Germany. Alumni  of the International Human Rights  Arts Festival in New-York, USA.Literary Arts Activism Diplomatie.  Globally Certified  Arts Mediums Curator and Influencer. Internationally Published Page and Spoken Word Poet. Writer in Residence.  Arts for Human Rights Catalyst.  Core Team Member of the Bezine Arts and Humanities Project. His illustrious poetry , hybrid writings , political commentary ,short fiction , book reviews  and Arts Features are published in more  than 400 spaces notably the Monk  Arts and Soul in  Magazine  in United Kingdom. Atunis Poetry.com in Belgium. Demer press poetry series in Netherlands. World Poetry Almanac in Mongolia.Poesia journal inSlovenia. Bezine Arts and Humanities Webzine in USA. The Poet a Day in Brooklyn ,USA. Litnet Writers Journal in South Africa. African Crayons in Nigeria. Poetry Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Pulp-pit USA.the FictionalCafe international Journal , Texas USA. Best New African Poetry series in Zimbabwe, Zimbolicious Poetry Collections in Zimbabwe. Co-edited Street Voices International Publications with Andreas Weiland  in Germany.Co-Edited  Silent Voices Anthology, a Tribute to Chinua Achebe. Co-Edited the Corpses of Unity,solidarity collection to victimized Cameroonians with Nsah Mala. Curated and Edited the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry ,Inside Digraceland speaking poetic truth to the Mugabe regime and other bad regimes.  He owns the Time of  the Poet blog zine ,MIOMBOPUBLISHING that published the #GlobalCallforPeaceProject titled the Second of EARTH is Peace.A LETTER to the PRESIDENT his experimental  resistance poetry BRAVE VOICES POETRY JOURNAL-A digital literary arts culture republic featuring Resistance Poetry and Voices  of Mass Instruction . Speaking hard truth to Abusers of Power , Telling  Transparency to greed and corrupt political leadership. Wielding Pen for the upholding of  human rights. WordSlingers  in trenches  in their struggle for Freedom of Expression and Freedom after Expression

BRAVE VOICES POETRY JOURNAL-A digital literary arts culture republic featuring Resistance Poetry and Voices  of Mass Instruction . Speaking hard truth to Abusers of Power , Telling  Transparency to greed and corrupt political leadership. Wielding Pen for the upholding of  human rights. WordSlingers  in trenches  in their struggle for Freedom of Expression and Freedom after Expression.

Nyanduri Tamutswa Muzana Kundidzora anotipakurira NDURI dzinotapira se dendende.

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Tamutswa Muzana Kundidzora  ndinyanduri wamandiriri.  Kundidzora anonyora norurimi rwechikaranga chinotapira samare  .Mukati  mukati  megunere mezvinyorwa zvake  tinobura mutakunanzwa  kubva mudendende  renhetembo. Nyanduri Mazana  anokakaradzana  achikakachurana negakachu  rinonzi hupenyu . Achitsemeterana nenyaya  dzamagariro evanhu  achiburitsa pachena  kuvanduka kwovupenyu  nokushata kwahwo pamwechete. Anotseketudza chiga  chovupenyu zvinemutsindo davirira  kumapako ehana  dzavaverengi, achitipa ruzivo hwamandiriri kuti pose patinonoona panehuchi pane mhinzwa kana zvinoruma , uye pese pachiedza paonomboita rima ,pose panoyevedza panogona kunngova zvakare nemvonga mupopoto . Kudzamisa  njere kwakadayi kunokadairisa mvura, kunodakadza ,kunonakidza ,uye kunoita pwere dzazvarwa nhasi uno dzifarire kudonongodza mutauro wedu wechivanhu chedu . Tinotenda isu ve AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN nezvinyorwa zvanyanduri Muzana zvinomwisa mvura, pamwe nokutichenjedza    pamwechete nokutidzidzisa magariro evenhu venyika ye Zimbabwe . Muzana Kundidzora unotevera kumashure kwavanyori vane chitsama  vanosanganisira VaHamutyinei Chimombe vokunyora Kusasana Kunoparira, VaChiundura Moyo  vokunyora Kuridza Ngoma nedemo navamwe vananyanduri vamandiriri munyika  yedu yeDzimbabwe-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).

KUDZIFUDZIRA PANE UFURO

Kunakirwa nenyama tenda mufudzi,

 Akadziswedza pagwenga dzinorebenuka mombe,

Huro yoreba yakatetepa,

 Nyama yacho kutodya seunotsenga makavi!

Mufudzi ane chido anodzidzoreredza,

 Netyava mumaoko yekudzora dzinorunza,

 Akasimudza wake musoro dzinodzoka,

 Rake ziso rinotaura nadzo,

Akakarira dzotyoka mapfupa

Mufudzi ane chido haaite nyaya kumafuro,

 Kugara mugurumwandira achikamba makuhwa,

 Anotsvaga pane uswa odzidzoreredza,

 Ari kwake oga pfungwa dzake dziri pamwe

Kana woitsangunya nyama yave tsamba,

 Inodonongodza machengeterwo ayo,

 Vadyi zvavo,

Kana iri hono yodyiwawo nevanodya,

 Kana iri hadzi yodyiwawo nevanodya

 MUNZWA

Munzwa Unorwadza zvemazviro kwazvo kana wakubaya,

 Unonyora tsamba yemarwadzo kumwoyo,

 Wonyungudusa mafaro ose

 Kana wayera wakuti dyuuu Wavapangwavaira!

Unofamba nerutivi segakanjwe,

 Iwo uchinyon’orana negumbo,

 Unorinzwa rovhuta nechiungu,

 Richirwadza semimba,

Unotozonyaradzwa nekuridza mhere, Rasvinwa!

Unorwadza wakubaya pakati pesango,

Seune meso unoti dyu wasimudza tsvimbo,

 Kuti upupure musoro wayo tsuro,

 Wosara wave nenhamo mbiri,

 Iyo yenhomba yenyama yabuda murutsva,

 Naiyoyi yekurwadziwa, Chiduku chapfuura!

Unorwadza zvawo wemusango,

 Asi wawakakaradza kuisa paruzhowa rwemusha unonyanya,

 Unokubaya uchidzingirira huku yemuyeni,

 Wokubaya mukusakura,

 Kana nepamafaro nehama chaipo

 Unotuma marwadzo kudehenya

DONDO

Dondo rine nhoro,

Mudyandakasungwa!

Ndiro rimwe rine rovambira,

 Chirova nhongonya!

Muzvibvukubvuku zvesango,

 Ndimo munogara tsuro nembeva!

 Ndimowo munogara Chivas, Chiseura gumbo!

Pakati paro sango,

 Ndipo panotambira mhara nemhene!

 Ndipowo panotambira mwene wesango ,

 Shumba chikakarara!

Asi iwe wada zvesango,

 Wototanhaura kutya kwose,

Wopakata bump rine rwiriko rwuneuremu,

Wototakura mbuva muwedzera simba,

 Naidzo dzako imbwa wodanidza nemiridzo,

Wasadaro wotofarira mundochicha!

TAMUTSWA MUZANA is a lawyer in Harare. where he is a legal partner and heads Criminal department. He is qualified teacher and banker. Muzana is a published Poet and a Writer

AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN EDITOR –Mbizo CHIRASHA- UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist , Freedom of Speech Fellow to PEN- Zentrum  Deutschland,Germany. Alumni  of the International Human Rights  Arts Festival in New-York, USA.Literary Arts Activism Diplomatie.  Globally Certified  Arts Mediums Curator and Influencer. Internationally Published Page and Spoken Word Poet. Writer in Residence.  Arts for Human Rights Catalyst.  Core Team Member of the Bezine Arts and Humanities Project. His illustrious poetry , hybrid writings , political commentary ,short fiction , book reviews  and Arts Features are published in more  than 400 spaces notably the Monk  Arts and Soul in  Magazine  in United Kingdom. Atunis Poetry.com in Belgium. Demer press poetry series in Netherlands. World Poetry Almanac in Mongolia.Poesia journal inSlovenia. Bezine Arts and Humanities Webzine in USA. The Poet a Day in Brooklyn ,USA. Litnet Writers Journal in South Africa. African Crayons in Nigeria. Poetry Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Pulp-pit USA.the FictionalCafe international Journal , Texas USA. Best New African Poetry series in Zimbabwe, Zimbolicious Poetry Collections in Zimbabwe. Co-edited Street Voices International Publications with Andreas Weiland  in Germany.Co-Edited  Silent Voices Anthology, a Tribute to Chinua Achebe. Co-Edited the Corpses of Unity,solidarity collection to victimized Cameroonians with Nsah Mala. Curated and Edited the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry ,Inside Digraceland speaking poetic truth to the Mugabe regime and other bad regimes.  He owns the Time of  the Poet blog zine ,MIOMBOPUBLISHING that published the #GlobalCallforPeaceProject titled the Second of EARTH is Peace.A LETTER to the PRESIDENT his experimental  resistance poetry collection was released  in August 2019 by Mwanaka and Media Publishing.. Co- Authored Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi with Sweta Vikram in India. Good Morning President his first poetry collection was published in 2011  by Zimbabwean published based in United Kingdom, Diaspora Publishers.COVID 19 Satansdeadly fart is forthcoming. Chirasha is  Founder  and the Chief Editor of Brave Voices Poetry Journal, https://bravevoicespress.home.blog/

AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN~This is a Virtual Cruise -Ship of African – Word Smith , Pen-Slingers and Young Poetry Artists. The Digital Caravan carries in its insatiable belly breath taking short writings, mesmerizing essays, heart warming reflections, bone crashing poetry, marrow chilling commentary and mind spinning Hybrid by African Writers ,Poets , Essayists ,Thought leaders in Colleges , Universities and Out of School Writers. The African Caravan celebrates Literary Prowess ,Creative Diversity and Poetry Arts Scholarship. The platform also proffer regular mentor- ship and opportunities to the budding creators of words and rising Literary Artist. It is Founded and published by Literary Arts Diplomatie. UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist .FreeSPEECH Fellow at PEN-Zentrum Deutschland. Featured Poetry Artist at WorldBeyondWar.Org.2020 Poet in Residence of the Fictional Cafe .2019 African Fellow at Ihraf.org.

Dawn Songs from Kirinyaga Anthills.

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KENYA: THE LAND OF CONTRAST AND AMAZING LANDSCAPES. Besides the varied terrain of coastal white beaches and fresh lake bodies as well as major Rivers, Kenya too, boasts of high mountains, sprawling Savannah lands teeming with wild life galore. Dry zones close to deserts are an added variety to the blessedness of the land. Its peoples are as unusual as their terrain. Hosting Forty-two tribes all royal to their tongue and cultural inclination, mild jest is the bane of jokes that unite and divide the people. Of note however is the spirit of resilience and the spirit of Harambee that unites the population whenever eternal or external wrangles threaten to rip the fabric of this society as has happened during the war of independence, during and after the coup of ’82, during the clamor for multiparty democracy and worse during the post-election violence that saw the Nation at the brink of collapse in 2007. Still, sanity prevailed though with outside help in the negotiations that followed the power sharing government. That Kenyans are a hardworking people is a fact regardless of whatever regime is in Power or weather. There is a reading culture in Kenya that has seen quite a number of public and private publishing houses doing business in the land. Quite a number of reputable authors are household names in the literally world such as Ngugi Wa-Thìongo, him of the River Between fame and many others. The last twenty, or more years seems like Kenya concentrated on writing school texts and not other literature’s for leisure. This scenario is changing now with many young people engaging in the writing craft. Of note is the re-emergence of poetry writing and recitations that are quite in Vogue now. If writing is the mouthpiece of social passage of time and chroniclers of events and incidents of a people’s life, then Kenyans need to reawaken to their responsibility of doing this battle as diligently as the writers of the past who wrote against social political vices that seems to slowly be creeping back. Social media daily commentary’s is not enough. Writing goes to capture the truth and store it to reflect on and comparisons for the future generations. To not do so, is to let down the gift that writing is to an individual on behalf of his community -(Commentary by  NANCY NDEKE- Multi-genre Writer and Writers Clinic Consultant)

 

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                          BEATRICE OTHIENO -AHERE –   He is Osiepa

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                                 JERUSHA KANANU MARETE-  Smile Again Katrina

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                       CAROL AKUI-                              Fight  for Inheritance

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                                    OMWA OMBARA-             In honor  of  Press Freedom  day( Satire)

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                          NANCY NDEKE-                     Cheaply  Expensive

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    Morning  Hymns from Kirinyaga Anthills ( Poetry)

 

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IN HONOR OF PRESS FREEDOM DAY 2020

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(Satire)

I am an armchair journalist scouting Zuckerberg’s ever busy streets for free information

Feeding off the sweat of front-line journalists and eyewitnesses

Taking credit for those who risk their lives everyday in the COVID-19 war to bring the news home.

I am an armchair journalist, I work in pajamas and bathroom slippers

I sip endless cups of coffee and hug my whiskey bottles against my protruding potbelly.

I am Media

Proclaiming freedom of speech to justify my waywardness

Scrounging for leftover news to analyze, interpret, criticize.

I steal pictures faster than they hit Facebook

Downloading, cropping, filtering.

I switch my remote control 24/7 to keep up with the latest news channels

Give me forty winks and I’ll do the trick, I sleep with the pen and notebook on my lap for tips and balance.

I am the yellow journalist

Conveniently starved from the appetite of quoting sources

Too entitled to attribute websites and pages I have stolen from.

I am an armchair journalist

I celebrate press freedom today

Can’t you see my armchair is rugged from my tired butt?

I am the press,

I hold the power of the pen.

I ‘kill’people with rumors and post their photos before they truly die.

I do not use the share button

‘Copy paste’ and ‘stolen’is my Press Plagiarism Card

I am an armchair journalist begging politicians and fans for donations to buy bundles and pay for internet.

I have not been to any COVID-19 spotlight zone

I’m so afraid to die

And leave all the news behind

Let the other journalists with spine sweat it out in the hot seat.

I am the armchair journalist

Mocking journalists in jail, those murdered for speaking truth to power and asylees

Holding my large nose high in contempt

But I have thousands of likes and followers and I must feed my fans.

Don’t you know ‘image is everything’?

@authoromwaombara

 

 

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                                          SMILE AGAIN KATRINA

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Happy was she before the news,

Laughed her heart out before her woes;

She tumbled and tossed

With her son while they played;

When will Katrina smile again?

 

How could such news pass her by?

She hadn’t gotten a wind,

She had been playing with her lad,

The breaking news broke her;

When will Katrina smile again?

 

There had been a serious attack,

In the camp where Kibby worked;

Many soldiers were feared dead,

When will Katrina smile again?

 

She checked the list,

Her eyes misty;

He was among the dead,

Her Kibby

When will Katrina smile again?

 

She broke down,

She wanted to die.

Her son thought it was a lie,

On the floor she sobbed

When will Katrina smile again?

 

She grieved mourning her sun,

And forgot her son;

She locked herself in her room,

Her life was now gloom.

Her all soaked in tears

When will you smile again Katrina?

 

Her son sank into depression,

Tried to get his mother’s attention;

Katrina never got out of her room,

Your son needs you Katrina

When will you smile again?

 

During the burial

Her eyes sunk deep into the sockets;

Her mind far away,

Her face a blank stare,

A zombie:

When will Katrina smile again?

 

She went back to her room,

Broke glasses and whisky bottles

Fighting inner battles—

She was slowly losing her son;

Smile to your son, Katrina.

 

Sam sat silently in a corner doodling,

His room messy,

He didn’t talk to anybody,

Hot tears scalding his cheeks.

Sam needed Katrina

 

She was about to do the worst:

She served whisky,

a cocktail with poison—

She was tired—

Your son is knocking, Katrina!

 

She looked at the glass;

She cried.

“Open the door, Mum;

I want to sleep next to you.

Why do you hate me, Mum?”

He was sobbing.

Come back to your senses, Katrina.

 

She went to open the door:

Her son was there, his nose bleeding,

She hadn’t known, he was sick.

It was not time to cry, her son needed her.

I’m sorry, Katrina, take heart.

 

She gave her son first aid, but she was scared,

“I’m sorry, son,” she told him.

Sam picked the poisoned glass,

He thought it was soda;

Katrina had forgotten about it—

She hit the glass off his hands.

You almost killed your son, Katrina.

 

Her son was shocked,

Mum had never been like that before.

Katrina lay on the floor, crying:

Stand up, Katrina; your son needs you.

 

Sam knelt beside her,

‘Get up, Mommy,

I am here,

All will be well.”

It’s okay, Katrina; put yourself together.

 

She looked at her son,

She tickled him, he tickled her back and they fancied the tickles

and smiles for the first time in a long time;

She stood up,

Wrapped her son in a lingering hug:

“Come here little Kibby

We will get through this together.”

She whispered

Sam imitated his late father:

“You look beautiful, Mrs Kibby.

Kibby misses you

But I love you more.”

Katrina is laughing again.

 

Adapted from

Echoes Of Military Souls  by Jerusha Kananu Marete

 

 

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                                           CHEAPLY EXPENSIVE.

 

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Exhilarating, euphoric,

Is the thrill of fat purses,

Amid the dashing cameras

and red carpets.

Higher than kites,

Soaring like eagles,

Pledges are taken and vows owned,

Tell non but the initiated says the shaman,

Pay to belong give to receive.

The high priest bathed in red water.

Drinking the ponds of purity of death.

A lost world losing more,

For the trader focuses on profits,

Like the devil on your fall.

A world of glitter doused in perfumed stench,

Building falsehoods into an empire,

One fed by the unwilling forced by the willing,

Death is cheapened for life to be expensive.

What a Shame that dust rises above it’s maker,

With it’s tutoring from a total failure.

 

 

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                                          HE IS OSIEPA

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He is Osiepa, mon ami

He is the kiss on my lips

He is food for my soul

He is everything I want

And much more

He is my friend, Rafiki yangu

Osiepa to be exact

Just know, aheri ahinya

Tightest connection ever

Ikelo kwe ichunya

He is my muse

An inspiration for my words

The catalyst for love

The release of thoughts into feelings

Feelings into words

Words into action, no holds barred

Words once lost but found again

He is the reason my heart feels warm

A splash of paint speaking to my palette

New images, new memories, new dance

Nothing like a new coat of paint for a fresh start, my canvas is ablaze

He is my new beginning

My brand new picture of life

My partner to share time with

My friend to experience life with

My friend to walk with

Walk the different series of life moments

Cutting slices of life together

Making a life together

Eating life together

Sharing the pieces both big and small

He is after all my friend

Osiepa, no other can take his place Imperfections and all but perfect for me

Osiep chunya

Rafiki yangu nakupenda

Je t’aime mon ami

Osiepa aheri

(C) Written by Beatrice Othieno-Ahere, for my special friend 28/12/2018

 

 

 

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                                  FIGHT FOR YOUR INHERITANCE

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From the deep of the wilderness of oppression

The blowing horns and the drum beats, listen

Are getting louder stirring the brave bloodline

To awaken from slumber and take back the reigns

 

From the deep state, of corruption & destitution

The murmurs are getting clearer, listen,

Urging the warriors,we ,the children of greatness

To rise up and fight for justice and fairness

 

The drum beats and the murmurs, listen

The women who birthed our warriors, listen

They have torn their garments, they’re charging

Sounding the war cry, singing war songs

 

Mekatilili Wa Menza, Wangu wa Makeri, listen!

Can you hear Mary Muthoni Nyanjiru? listen!

The prophets in the wilderness of oppression

Can you hear them, agitating for a rebellion!

 

Koitalel Arap Samoei, Lenana the laibon

Kipchomber arap Turgat, can you hear them Our ancestors, Chief Waiyaki Wa Hinga 

Luanda Magere the legend, hear them

 

Let their brave spirits invoke a revolt

Mental, spiritual & intellectual revolt

Feel the anger, in the winds of change

Let the winds feed the hunger for change

 

Let the drum beats raise our heart beat in rage

Let the murmurs fester and prompt us to fight

Fight for our inheritance, it’s only right!

Take back our country and our pride

 

©️ C Akui 2020/08/18

 

 

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                          Contributing Poets Bios

 

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BEATRICE OTHIENO -AHERE is a creative spirit, with a deep and quiet soul. She has great belief in the motherland Africa and her richness often mistaken for poverty. Her passion is working with young people and women to amplify their powerful voices to maximize their potentials and break the chains that hold us back. Words are her power tool that ensure her thoughts are not just shadows but a light to a path of change. Dismantling the status quo and the socially accepted norms that create imbalance in our lives and are deeply rooted in who we are and determine our thoughts and actions give her a reason to inhale and exhale hoping for a better today and tomorrow.

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CAROL AKUI was born and bred in Kenya. She gets inspired by the world around her, putting into words observations, feelings and her thoughts and those of others who share their experiences and feelings of what is happening around them.  Reading other poets also inspires her. She considers poetry and literature a mouth piece for the unheard and a tool for effecting necessary change where it is needed. Her poetry is a committed means to bring positive change. She is concerned about the downtrodden in society. She hopes her poetry can provide them with a voice and a platform to be heard. She also hopes that her poetry can connect people with their humanness and bring out the best in humanity.In her poetry, she is conscious of her African identity, values and culture and the need for positive advocacy. In order to flip the negative narrative of Africans and the African Continent. She is a wife and a mother of two boys.Carol is yet to be published for now. Her poetry appears on her Facebook and poetry groups such as Modern African Poetry. 

 

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JERUSHA KANANU MARETE, a Kenyan writer is the author of power-parked -package anthology of poems titled Echoes of Military Souls   that promise to keep you at the edge of your seat. She has her heart in narrative poems. Her touch on the military theme in her anthology is splendid..She graduate from University Of Nairobi with a degree in Education (English &Literature) and currently a MA student at Kenyatta University (Literature/Theatre departments).  Jerusha is a teacher, a performing artist & a film and theatre enthusiast .She is also a full time mother to Emmanuel. Her poems have been published in Best New African Poets 2019 anthology. Her work was also featured in the annual military magazine Reconnoiter.

 

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NANCY NDEKE is a multi-genre writer. She writes poetry, hybrid essays, reviews, commentary and memoir. Ndeke  is widely published with four collection of her full writings Soliama Legacy, Lola- Logue, Musical Poesy  and May the Force be With you. She has recently collaborated with a Scotland based Writer and Musical Artist  Dr. Gameli Tordzro of Glasgow University on the Poetry Collection Mazungumzo ya Shairi and  also co-authored poetry anthology, I was lost but now am found with USA Poet Renee Drummond-Brown. She contributes her writings to the Atunis  Galaxy Poetry ( Belgium),  TUJIPANGE AFRICA (Kenya, USA), Ramingo Porch, Africa Writers Caravan , WOMAWORD Literary Press, BeZine  for Arts and Humanities (USA). Andinkra Links 5. Wild Fire Publication, Williwash Press, The poet by day webzine,Writers Escape at Poetry  Different Truths, ARCS PROSE POETRY. Nancy Ndeke also works a literary arts consultant, Copyeditor and  Writers Clinics Moderator.

 

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AUTHOR OMWA OMBARA –The Editor in Chief at Tujipange Africa Media, a diaspora based Magazine in United States of America. A Consul at Large at poetasdelmundo.com /POETS OF THE WORLD .A motivational speaker. Writers Consultant with her amazing projects, Walks and Talks and Tips for Writers Show .Omwa is a political Asylee for seven years. An International investigative journalist, poet, vocalist, performing and visual artist. She is author of a Memoir, “God’s Child on The Run.” .Published in several anthologies including Our Secret Lives, Holding the Center and other journals of International acclaim. Omwa is a former Bureau Chief, The Standard Group and has published over 4000 articles in her journalism career spanning 20 years. Her passion for standing up to power and corrupt leaders in the media circles is unmatched. Her experience in journalism spans from more than two decades. She stands firm against the abuse of power, corruption and mass killings .she is an advocate of true journalism. She comes aboard with her vast understanding of global humanity issues, journalistic experiences and women rights knowledge. She holds a postgraduate diploma in journalism and mass communication and a BA degree from the University of Nairobi

 

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UNESCO-RILA  Affiliate Artist .Freedom of Speech Fellow to PEN- Zentrum  Deutschland,Germany. Alumni  of the International Human Rights  Arts Festival in New-York, USA.Literary Arts Activism Diplomatie.  Globally Certified  Arts Mediums Curator and Influencer. Internationally Published Page and Spoken Word Poet. Writer in Residence.  Arts for Human Rights Catalyst.  Core Team Member of the Bezine Arts and Humanities Project. His illustrious poetry , hybrid writings , political commentary ,short fiction , book reviews  and Arts Features are published in more  than 400 spaces notably the Monk  Arts and Soul in  Magazine  in United Kingdom. Atunis Poetry.com in Belgium. Demer press poetry series in Netherlands. World Poetry Almanac in Mongolia.Poesia journal inSlovenia. Bezine Arts and Humanities Webzine in USA. The Poet a Day in Brooklyn ,USA. Litnet Writers Journal in South Africa. African Crayons in Nigeria. Poetry Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Pulp-pit USA.the FictionalCafe international Journal , Texas USA. Best New African Poetry series in Zimbabwe, Zimbolicious Poetry Collections in Zimbabwe. Co-edited Street Voices International Publications with Andreas Weiland  in Germany.Co-Edited  Silent Voices Anthology, a Tribute to Chinua Achebe. Co-Edited the Corpses of Unity,solidarity collection to victimzed Cameroonians with Nsah Mala. Curated and Edited the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry ,Inside Digraceland speaking poetic truth to the Mugabe regime and other bad regimes.  He owns the Time of  the Poet blog zine ,MIOMBOPUBLISHING that published the #GlobalCallforPeaceProject titled the Second of EARTH is Peace.A LETTER to the PRESIDENT his experimental  resistance poetry colection was released  in August 2019 by Mwanaka and Media Publishing.. Co- Authored Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi with Sweta Vikram in India. Good Morning President his first poetry collection was published in 2011  by Zimbabwean published based in United Kingdom, Diaspora Publishers.COVID 19 Satansdeadly fart is forthcoming. Chirasha is  Founder  and the Chief Editor of Brave Voices Poetry Journal, https://bravevoicespress.home.blog/ and    WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS,https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/

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Brave Zimbabwean Poet Kayeruza pens bold verses on moral decadence in townships.

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Tendai Kayeruza is a creatively spirited Zimbabwe rising Poet.  His verses   are direct, bold and well knitted from the opening line to the thread of every poem. His verses speak into the face of a society thus plunging into dungeons of decadence due choking whiffs of poverty, human sufferance and neglect. Bizarre incidents of ghetto lifestyles, illicit drug use, sex-vending and folly are projected clearly in many of his poems.  The poet is more of a chronicler, a keen observer of his people, their deeds and their lifestyles. He is not hesitant to spit his truth/poetry into the hard-unrepentant apparitions of corruption and furthermore his real poetry interrogates family unity, societal unity and human tolerance towards other humans.  Kayeruza is fast cultivating himself to artistic prominence. AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN seeks to expose rising and established writing talent and Africa from the great land of Madzimbabwe up until to the ancient pyramids of Egypt. We owe Africa, literary consciousness and the promise to rise revolutionary voices that continue to speak truth about Africa, truth to African leadership and the truth to the African Question. Today we feature one young but great voice from the motherland Zimbabwe, Poet Tendai Kayeruza.

 

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SHOPPING CENTRE

 

An acrid stench of urine

Choking my nostrils from behind bottle stores

Heaps of garbage pilling into mounds behind shops

Vendors busy selling their goods at the market place

The garrulous of them spitting harsh words to a drunkard

Who grips the pint of beer by its neck

An almost finished cigarette loosely hanging to the lips

As he struggles to retaliate with a single word

While children troops around him excitedly

Others throwing missiles and stones at him childishly

 

Somewhere near the local lunatic is busy with his chores

As he gathers cigarette stubs and empty lids

Beware of his uncontrolled words

That might spit out of his kooky mouth

From around the corner there comes my smart sisters

Garbed in their tight fitting gorgeous apparel

Gyrating lasciviously flaunting their buttocks

To the admiration of boozing men

Who stares at them invitingly

Ready to pamper them with booze and braai

 

My brothers sat in a circle at the abandoned bus terminus

Taking turns to sip illicit beer from dirty containers

As they gamble with heaps of money on the ground

I wonder where they get it from when they are all loafers

 

I passed by

 

 

 

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THIS IS A TIME

 

Events chronicled together

Adventurous and mysterious

Joyous and horrific

Thus define a special gift called life

Fragmented into precious segments called time

Time undefined, time unlimited

 

There are times in our lives

Times we jollied and enjoyed

Times we don’t want to forget

Times that will always linger in our minds forever

Times we shall always want to remember

Times we wish to rewind and reverse

Times we cherished and enjoyed the most

Times of celebration and jubilation

Times of happiness, times of togetherness

 

There are also times

Times we wish we were never in existence

Times we denounce and shun by any means necessary

Times of sorrow and grief

Times that scribbled sad memories into our lives

Times that brought war, suffering and separation

Times of poverty, hunger and famine

Times of the struggle and disillusions

Times that sculptured unhealing wounds in our lives

Times of confusion and destruction

Times unwanted, times uncelebrated

 

Now this is a time

A time of political quarrels, squabbles and uprisings

A time of false prophets and their prophecies

A time of miracles not deliverance

A time of promises not priorities

A time of conflicts not profits

A time of dictacting not directing

A time of upheavals not upliftings

A time of accusations not motivation

A time of propaganda not principles

A time of instilling fear not favour

A time of violence not varieties

A time of corruption not recreation

A time of vandalism not construction

A time of deforms not reforms

A time of aristocracy not devolution

A time of abductions not freedom

A time of bureaucracy not democracy

A time of the rising of the rich minority and the decline of the poor majority

A time we will never want to relive

A time we want to forget in our history

A hell of a time

 

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TEACH US

 

Mom hates sister

I saw it yesterday

By the fireplace where they cooked

She never taught her how to cook well

But she shouts at her when she cooks bad

 

Papa hates brother

I witnessed it

He whipped him for mishandling the plough

This morning when they prepared the fields

He never taught him how to handle it well

Yet he punishes him for doing a mistake

 

Aunt hates Betty

She let her grow into a woman

Without telling her how a good girl behaves

Without advising her good norms

Neither teaching her to become a humble wife

But she blames her for being sent back home

Because she could not treat her husband and inlaws well

Yet none of this could have happened

Had she told her the ways before

 

I feel hated

As i grow feeling ignored

I am slowly becoming a man

But noone bothers to teach me righteous

Nor points me to the right directions

Everyday I am growing

But no one seems to take notice

Yet they pretend to love us

Because if they loved us

They should guide us and never blame us

About things they know they never taught us

 

 

 

 

 

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Tendai Kayeruza popularly known as Mcguire is a Vibrant, Versatile, Innovative and enthusiastic performing poet and writer who had stood the taste of time in his chosen genre. He has written so many poems and has won many awards and certificates. His voice and innate style on stage has propelled him to be amongst the best poets of his era. His works touches on issues about The Human rights, HIV&AIDS, love, the nature of man, the pride of African culture and some of his works border around general praise. He has performed to a recognizable audience such as journalists, diplomats, students, teachers, cultural activists, literary critics and the general public. Kayeruza is a former member of The Budding Writers Association of Zimbabwe (BWAZ) a writers organization where he attended many workshops and seminars with different established writers and poets. He had regular performances at the ZIBF Live Literature Centre, The Book Café’s open mic sessions and was an in house poet with The Zimbabwe United Nations Association (ZUNA), The United Nations Information Center (UNIC). The Zimbabwe Youth Council between 2003-2010. The poet also had a stint with The Center for Peace Initiatives in Africa (CPIA), Government ministries and various Non-Governmental Organizations. Kayeruza is a member of the “The Twin Poets” a famous duet which did a lot of successful performances and projects around Zimbabwe. In 2004 Mcguire added some icing on his poetry cake when he shared the stage with a well known Jamaican poet Mutabaruka (Allan Hope) at The ZIBF. He is also a founding member of The Young Writers Caravan (a brainchild of Mbizo CHIRASHA  ,an Internationally Acclaimed Poetry guru) a writers organization that was formed in 2003 to cater and care for the needs of young and upcoming writers. The organization did a lot of successful programs and projects around Zimbabwe. Kayeruza is currently writing his first anthology “Delusions of Grandeur”

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                 MEET THE  AFRICAN  WRITERS CARAVAN CHRONICLER

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Mbizo CHIRASHA,  UNESCO-RILA  Affiliate Artist. Freedom of Speech Fellow to PEN- Zentrum  Deutschland,Germany. Alumni  of the International Human Rights  Arts Festival in New-York, USA. Literary Arts Activism Diplomatie. Globally Certified Arts Mediums Curator and Influencer. Internationally Published Page and Spoken Word Poet. Writer in Residence.  Arts for Human Rights Catalyst. Core Team Member of the Bezine Arts and Humanities Project. His illustrious poetry, hybrid writings, political commentary, short fiction, book reviews  and Arts Features are published in more  than 400 spaces notably the Monk  Arts and Soul in  Magazine  in United Kingdom. Atunis Poetry.com in Belgium. Demer press poetry series in Netherlands. World Poetry Almanac in Mongolia. Poesia journal in Slovenia. Bezine Arts and Humanities Webzine in USA. The Poet a Day in Brooklyn, USA. Litnet Writers Journal in South Africa. African Crayons in Nigeria. Poetry Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Pulp-pit USA. The FictionalCafe international Journal, Texas USA. Best New African Poetry series in Zimbabwe, Zimbolicious Poetry Collections in Zimbabwe. Co-edited Street Voices International Publications with Andreas Weiland  in Germany. Co-Edited  Silent Voices Anthology, a Tribute to Chinua Achebe. Co-Edited the Corpses of Unity, solidarity collection to victimized Cameroonians with Nsah Mala. Curated and Edited the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry, Inside Digraceland speaking poetic truth to the Mugabe regime and other bad regimes.  He owns the Time of  the Poet blog zine, MIOMBOPUBLISHING that published the #GlobalCallforPeaceProject titled the Second of EARTH is Peace. A LETTER to the PRESIDENT his experimental  resistance poetry collection was released  in August 2019 by Mwanaka and Media Publishing. Co- Authored Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi with Sweta Vikram in India. Good Morning President his first poetry collection was published in 2011  by Zimbabwean published based in United Kingdom, Diaspora Publishers.COVID 19 Satansdeadly fart is forthcoming. Chirasha is  Founder  and the Chief Editor of Brave Voices Poetry Journal, https://bravevoicespress.home.blog/ and WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS,https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/

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AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN~ This is a Virtual Cruise -Ship of African – Word Smith , Pen-Slingers and Young Poetry Artists. The Digital Caravan carries in its insatiable belly breath taking short writings, mesmerizing essays, heart warming reflections, bone crashing poetry, marrow chilling commentary and mind spinning Hybrid by African Writers ,Poets , Essayists ,Thought leaders in Colleges , Universities and Out of School Writers. The African Caravan celebrates Literary Prowess ,Creative Diversity and Poetry Arts Scholarship. The platform also proffer regular mentor- ship and opportunities to the budding creators of words and rising Literary Artist. It is Founded and published by Literary Arts Diplomatie. UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist .FreeSPEECH Fellow at PEN-Zentrum Deutschland. Featured Poetry Artist at WorldBeyondWar.Org.2020 Poet in Residence of the Fictional Cafe .2019 African Fellow at Ihraf.org.a4poem