POI- September is the month of PEACE and we all know mothers, sisters and daughters are doyens of peace. POI presents to you a creative and literary arts genius in the person of Grace Tafadzwa Mutandwa- princess of Zimbabwean creativity and literati. Mutandwa is a professional media expert, a mother of substance and a Pen – Slinger of note who enjoys digging through books to attain knowledge. While every day, she chisels her way through the thesauruses and encyclopedias to harvest that type of honey we call WISDOM.
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- My greatest life achievement was to be able to raise and nurture three children into useful members of society, into adults who are politically aware and who respect and promote human rights. Although I have been widely published I see myself as still growing and my first novel first published under the title; Whose Daughter my Child? (Now on Amazon under Oh Daniel!) Is my pride and joy because it is a creative story that speaks to many women on so many levels.
- I returned to freelance work a few years ago. With enough free time on my hands I have been involved with mentoring young female journalists through a US embassy programme. One of the young women is now an editor of a magazine, another was applying for a Chevening Scholarship in our last communication while others are also pursuing other professional and academic opportunities. I wrote my memoirs, The Power and The Glory, through a Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Zimbabwe) journalist in residence programme. Through the memoirs I shared my experiences in a male dominated industry and also explored the country’s political terrain and what we could have done better as journalists of that era. When the opportunity to revive Pen Zimbabwe arose I took on the role of interim Chairperson – it helped me steer programmes directed at young women and the community in general to revive literature and encourage the nurturing of new voices – Feb 2016- August 2017.
- I believe in the importance of education. But, as a woman who had to work and raise her children, my formal education took a backseat. I am in the process of applying to universities because now I can focus on my own academic growth. I also believe in learning from life’s experiences and my time raising and educating my children has not been wasted. I have acquired great knowledge from the university of life which has enriched my writing.
- We are limited only by the breadth and depth of our dreams. We grow by holding each other up and acknowledging and exploiting our diversity.
Grace Tafadzwa Mutandwa: Literary Arts Accomplishments
- Africans on Africa 2000 (Contributed a chapter on Zimbabwe)
- Sui Generis – Zimbabwe’s Genetic Inheritance 2002
- Visions of Zimbabwe – Manchester Gallery exhibition on Zimbabwe 2004(Contributed a chapter)
- Whose Daughter my Child? – a novel on Gender and HIV/AIDS Amerdon Media 2006 (Now published on Amazon under the title; Oh Daniel)
- The Power and The Glory – a media book that discusses the permanent realties of journalism – MISA-Zimbabwe 2011
BIO – DATA
–Grace Tafadzwa Mutandwa is a trained journalist with almost three decades of experience in both print and electronic media. Mutandwa is a prolific writer with sound editing and social media skills. The expert has a good command of English, strong strategic communication, and analytical skills. The writer has worked with diplomatic, media, cultural, religious, educational and political entities in Zimbabwe and abroad.
Over the years Tafadzwa has worked first as a junior reporter with the Sunday mail Newspaper in 1984 and later became a senior reporter in 1985 . In 1986 was appointed the Zimbabwe Inter-Africa News Agency (ZIANA) as a senior parliamentary reporter, later on in 1988 she joined the Inter Press Service(IPS) Africa Women Features Service as an Anglophone Coordinator, while in 1990 her star continued to shine as became the journalist/editor for the Ecumenical Documentation and Information Centre monthly Economic and political Newsletter. . She later worked as a Freelance journalist until the late 90s; she also worked as a senior reporter for Chitungwiza Express. Mutandwa worked as a political reporter and lifestyle editor of the Financial Gazette,before joining the Communications sections of the British Embassy in Zimbabwe as the section Deputy Director for almost 10 years . After her retirement from the British Embassy , she expanded her networking by sharing her writing and creativity with the growing writing and creative communities . She had a stint with MISA as a Media -Expert in- residence while also worked with the United States Public Affairs in Harare t training young female journalists in Zimbabwe (Young Female Journalist Mentorship program). Grace Tafadzwa is passionate with the rights and the education of girls and women.
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