The emergency of so – called modern industrial production in Africa , which is the processing mostly of raw minerals , raw timber , raw materials into finished consumable products , the coming of missionary churches and the teachings of Christ and the holy spirit. The invention of auto mobiles , breweries , cosmetics , schools and medicine was misunderstood by Africans and they deemed their traditions and customs in their rawness as satanic , ancient ,archaic and backward forgetting that our roots and traditions can define our identity and can be solutions to our daily life and healthy complications.
Africans forgot about the use of African medicine, food and beverage as well as cosmetics and rendered them devilish while they concentrated much on Western medicines and other materials which brought a lot of problems in the modern day generation ,problems that include tissue and skin complications from using synthetic cosmetics that contain dangerous properties like oxidants and carcinogens. The modern junk foods sometimes lack the necessary minerals which defend the our lives from diseases , most of the foods are genetically modified and are not organic and original – a lot of our people are dying due to cancers , tumors , diabetes and heart complications , while health professionals advise people to eat their organic food now to save their lives. So the idea of organic products and foods for skin , healthy care and wellness is a life saving idea.
Black African Organics pty Ltd is a new wholesale and retail business that has since opened in South Africa , the company was founded by South African young business Entrepreneur and Analyst Mondli Magwaza and it is run by a team skilled young persons coming from a diverse technical and professional backgrounds , with great passion on the use of African organics mainly by women for their skin care and beauty. Black African Organics pty Ltd has since imported and distributed organic skin care and healthy products across South Africa and Africa. Their customer base is usually women from the tender age of 6 to the age of 75 years . The responses from their clientele and society at large have been refreshing and promising. They are working with a number of retailers that include pharmacies and Spas across South Africa , their suppliers are mainly from West Africa , Ghana and the Caribbeans.
The Vision of the Black African Organics pty Ltd is to establish a just, sustainable and enriching market for African organic products throughout its value chain while affording customers suitable , healthy and natural cosmetics originated from Mother Africa. Some of their useful and reliable products include -⦁
African Black Soap is revered for having skin nourishing benefits due to an abundance of antioxidants. The soap is made from the ashes of plantain skin, cocoa pod, and palm leaves, and palm oil from leaves or kernels. Some additional ingredients, depending on what makers want to add in the soap, it could be honey to soften the skin or shea butter and cocoa butter for extra moisturizing properties.
⦁ Liquid African Black Soap has a number of uses including removing makeup, treating acne and healing rough and dry skin. This Fairtrade soap can be used for bathing, showering and washing your hair, hands and feet. An additional plus is the soap has the ability to gently fight the effects of aging and soothe the effects of sun damage.
⦁ Shea Butter is an off-white or ivory-colored fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. Shea butter is a triglyceride derived mainly from stearic acid and oleic acid. It is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer, salve or lotion. Shea butter is edible and is used in food preparation in Africa.
⦁ Jamaican Castor Oil is rich in Omega-9 fatty acids that moisturize the scalp, which prevents your hair from drying out. Applying castor oil regularly can help moisturize your roots and scalp to prevent dry air, as well as promote hair growth.
⦁ Cocoa Butter is a natural fat extracted from the cacao bean. It has been used for years as a moisturizer. It has vitamins A and E to fight against environmental damage and therefore the signs of aging. It helps the skin retain moisture and improves elasticity. Cocoa butter is said to improve the appearance of stretch marks. It is also used to ease skin conditions like rashes, eczema, and psoriasis.
⦁ Tea Tree oil is well known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds. Tea tree oil (TTO), the volatile essential oil derived mainly from the Australian native plant Melaleuca alternifoliate has been widely used throughout Australia for at least the past 100 years. And for over seven decades, it’s been documented in numerous medical studies to kill many strains of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It is making homemade cleaning products, diffusing it in the air to kill mould, applying it topically to heal skin issues and taking it internally to treat viral infections. It’s becoming an increasingly popular ⦁ active ingredient in a variety of household and cosmetic products, including face wash, shampoos, massage oils, skin and nail creams and laundry detergents. Tea tree’s natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory actions make it an ⦁ essential oil that should truly be part of everyone’s natural medicine cabinet.
⦁ Argan oil is an organic product extracted from the kernels of the ⦁ argan tree, which is native to Morocco. It is extremely rich in beneficial nutrients including fatty acids and vitamin E. Its properties make it particularly beneficial for the hair and skin, which makes it a popular cosmetic choice for many celebrities. It is not just for the rich and famous, though – anyone can reap the argan oil benefits for their body.
Most of mainly South African Women seem to have embraced these products and even the reliability of the e-commerce shops and other retail shops where these useful and original products are sold from .
These are some of the sentiments from the clientele-
April 18, 2017-Nomfundo Fufu Vilakazi
thank youmuch for your quick response to messages and for your service delivery. Ordered my products on Thursday afternoon. Paid Friday evening and it’s Tuesday afternoon and I have shea butter and black soap. Thank you.
Where can I find ur products in Gauteng.
Sihluphekile Zuze -June 2 at 10:45pm
Great service, just received mine today, can’t wait for the results!
Siphelele Zizikarzi Dlamini- May 26 at 9:47pm
Oh my gosh I cannot stop telling people about the face renewal combo 😭🙏. It has changed my life.
Marumo Mmathepa Marumo–Which one is the Face range?
These sentiments are a proof beyond the shadow of clear doubt that Black African Organics Pty Ltd has gained a strong back up from the South African girls , mothers and grandmothers. The sentiments proof that the sales people of this company are reliable and the products are highly recommendable.
The Entrepreneur in Chief of the Black African organics is confident that by 2020 , the whole of South Africa and Africa as a whole will return back to the use of the original , natural and organic food and products for their skin care , beauty and healthy care..
Find more information of the Company and products on the following links-
I always call the month of June , month of resilience, the month of resistance . It is when we feature some industrious and unique personalities in our blog journal. We profile individuals who are exceptional in their talents , potentials and professions. It is un-usual of us to feature a male personality on our blog-site, in this journal we give our beloved readers a special blog profile of a high rising , mesmerizing , progressive and versatile South African born Entrepreneur ,Business Analyst and Founder of a fast growing wholesale and retail beauty and healthy care Company, Black African Organics [Pty} Ltd Mondli Magwaza.
Mondli Magwaza is a unique young man who grew up under the guidance of a poor grandmother , who could not afford him fees , food and proper shelter in Mandeni , South Africa. Mondli spent many nights with an empty stomach, he trudged for long hours to school . He and his grandmother would sleep in darkness due to lack of money and acute poverty. The young Mondli grew up suffering this brunt of poverty and swinging penury . The pangs of poverty pushed him to the edges that he hatched big dreams for his life and career. Stings of poverty unleashed the lion of greatness that was hidden in his hard rough ,black tough skin to roar and shake the tough world . He pursued his education despite unending family hardships.
After completing high school . Mondli left his poverty stricken family for greener pastures to Durban, he spent most times hoping from one menial job to another. It never rained but continued to pour for Magwaza for he will spent most of his nights in the streets .PAINFUL. These experiences molded the the Entrepreneurship skills in Mondli who has since become an iconic national , if not a global youthful entrepreneurial personality.
After years of resilience and hard work , Mondli excelled in his studies , profession and Career. Magwaza is presently a renowned youthful and Entrepreneur who founded and owns a company that contribute to the GDP of South Africa , a company that is creating employment for a lot of young people across Africa, the Black African Organics Pty Ltd – which is a one stop whole sale and retail business importing and distributing African organic products for skin , beauty , healthy care and Wellness. It is mesmerizing , unique and ironic that a male personality venture into such industry and get successful, Magwaza is fast growing in his business that boast of partners in both West Africa and South Africa.
Mondli has also invested much of his time in knowledge , education and skills development . He has acquired for himself qualifications in business marketing , insurance , Quality control , Digital and computer science, Business science and Data /information management with reputable South African Institutes.
Currently Mondli Magwaza is a private contracting Systems Analyst and Business Analyst at Standard Bank South Africa (Pty) Ltd with 14 years hands on experience in Project initiation and analysis, Enterprise Application development, Integration, Database Design and Maintenance, SharePoint implementation and full life cycle software design and development experience. He has played a development, lead and analysis role in complex projects with clients such as Eskom, South African Revenue Services, eThekwini Municipality, Impala Platinum, Anglo American, Standard Bank, Liberty Life, Exxaro Mines and Santam Insurance Group etc.
Mondli Magwaza is a leading and mesmerizing inspiration toi the growing generation in South Africa and the entire Africa.
For more information find Mondli Magwaza at the following-
Compiled by Mbizo Chirasha- Blogger/Publisher.
POI- Tatenda Murigo is a fair rising poetess from Zimbabwe and She is currently residing in East African Country of Tanzania. The Poetess is unique in her voice and she is in her tender years .CATCH THEM YOUNG. The norm in creative and talent development. Tatenda is a 17 year old already inking her verse with brevity and wit. She yearns for better world of women and girls . Tender might be the voice ,brave are verses.Tatenda is an avid reader , an aspiring photographer. The poetess also want to become both an author and a practicising medical doctor. Go Tatenda Go!
This is not a call out to feminism
Or any prism of a one-sided vision.
This is a mission, a conviction:
Coalition of a nature we call “women”
For this day I’ve been waiting.
Waiting for no more self-esteem
To be lost in the realm
Of human perception
When you, woman, are divine creation
Why then be dependent
On the words resonant
I’m waiting and hoping
That you’ll find
Your true beauty where it does not wither
I pray you daren’t compare your beauty to another sister
Because you are customly made into perfection
Far more worth than a rare collection
Let your heart be fruitful
And expand to the breathtaking features
You were blessed with.
Your being is not a myth.
I pray that your body may be a temple
Of your heart,
Guarded, protected and never led apart
From your worth and value
Women, to you I salute:
Leaders and inspirers
Mothers and sisters
Dreamers and wishers
And friends, the list never ends.
You are beautiful
You are woman.
MAN oh MAN
Man oh man,
You brute of a man
Because another man
Was caught killing a wo-man
Was she such a woe to man
That that man had to kill the woman?
Explain to me man
Why are all of man one?
Man oh man,
You brute of a man
Because another man
Raped a wo-man
Is it his failure to woo, man
That he had to force the woman
Explain to me man
Why are all of man one?
Man oh man,
You brute of a man,
Because another man
Beat his wo-man
Can’t he realize she’s woven from man
That he had to slash the woman
Explain to me man
Why are all of man one?
Man oh man,
Some brutes of a man
Because another man
Cannot treat a wo-man.
In all attempts they just wound, man
And add salt to the woman
Explain to me man
Why not all of man are one?
I. AM. WOMAN.
Living in a world where
Segregation is not classified by color
We’re living in a world where
Gender determines your fate.
“Cursed be the girls!”
They are ranting silently,
Not to the mouth
But in the way they move,
Order and instruct.
In the way they choose,
Filter and conduct
Acts of discrimination;
That just because I have a pair of breasts
I have a lower entitlement
We fear for the girl child, yes,
But why are men seemingly greater?
If you could remove his manhood
Would we then be equal?
What is so valiant, so brave about him that…
Woman are the sequel
To inferiority and weakness?
That women are the definition of fragile and meekness?
And then we question humanity when feminism starts to arise,
And we say, “Oh that’s not right, they’re just spreading lies.”
Yet we cower in the truth
That women are underestimated,
It’s a world where mistakes are not compensated
Even though they admit in making them,
They’re still making more.
That because the blood that can sustain life
Is seeping out of my skirts.
And that I don’t want to be a housewife
And sometimes I do get hurt.
Now I am a no one.
Or in fact, I’m just a someone.
I want them to know that
I’m more than a woman.
I’m more than the curves I possess,
I’m more than the way I dress.
I’m more than the weave I buy,
I’m more than my heels – so high.
I’m more than just a mother,
Sister, friend, wife.
I do more than just give life.
I am more than stretch marks
Thunderbolts and lightning
On my thunder thighs.
I am more than my chubby cheeks,
I am more than my mallow face.
I’m as good as any other believer.
I. Am. Woman
And you should respect that.
And her mother told her to smile
Because that’s what gentleladies do.
And she said it would be worthwhile
To not let others know what you’re going through.
And she told her to not treat her life
Like an open book.
Where anyone or anything was free to look;
‘Cause once she got her life back,
Lurkers would effortlessly stab
At her past
And here she’ll be thinking that she could trust
“Don’t do that baby girl”.
And her mother told her to always curtsey
Because she’d never the possibility of danger
In her future.
“So just be kind, one day they’ll pardon you from torture”.
And she listened.
And she smiles
Everything around her is going down
Or up; she daren’t frown
Because she’s always gotta keep up her little crown.
Compiled and Edited by Mbizo Chirasha, POI would like to invite comments , likes and ideas on how we can develop our blog journal . We also are interested in more articles ,poetry , stories , opinions and profiles. Contact us at email@example.com
POI- This great month of May – sometimes endowed with cloudy mist dawns while evenings are dressed in shadows in a journey to black pitch caves of savana nights. May ,the month of hooting owls , laughing hyenas and regretting baboons, WINTER is knocking our dizzy brains and quite a tough and a musical festival in African jungles . The Tenor of the evening chilly winds, the soprano of hooting birds , the baritone of barking baboons and the tempo of laughing hyenas. POI affords to bring to you our readers , followers and personalities , an inspiring personality Poet , Performer, Published Writer and Creative arts activist Rebaone K. Motsumi. The Poet and artist is proof beyond the shadow of clear doubt , the princess blessed with verbal dexterity and syntactical thoroughness . Her poetry is a must READ. Rebaone is a fast rising poet based in BATSWANALAND present day Botswana. She boasts of her magical choice of words. POI presents Motsumi to you enjoy her heart-beating and soul-ticking poems.
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I WRITE BECAUSE…
This blood running in my veins… has got excess reserves measured in gallons confounding even the most astute As sternums heave and strain under duress of words hidden and decompressing in a heart much too small to contain them
Veins pulsate with surplus crimson Ruptured syntax convene with scattered semantics As I bleed cerise ink from pen No choice have I but to pour myself out Lest the air becomes privy to thoughts solemnly promised to paper In fervent presuppositions of adultery kept at bay
I write because no choice have I been given But to pour myself out To pour myself out Pour myself out…
Only I know the colour of my rainbow Dark hues, soul coloured of black crow Blue blackish innuendos tarnish immaculate tendencies Turning them into grey overcast skies Screams of delight screech over smiles of red painted lips as slowly you uncover the hues of my soul Meanwhile increasingly uncovering your perfect will in me
Only I know the colour of my rainbow But then there is you having gently insinuated your hallowed dominion over my earthly abode You are arrived… I’m nowhere near your rapturous flawlessness Ha! Royalty has always been the bane of my existence
How fitting that I be privy to kingdom secrets! Secretly secreted away in unknown places I have rendezvoused with angels They equipped me with royal priestly etiquette Singing praises to Him who declares freedoms from the entirety of His benign heart Light beckoning to souls galumphing in inky darkness
Trudging through the muddy alleys of life Feet cracked, cracks caked with fine dusted filth Sandstorms not withholding their bludgeoning… in contentment not found My palms were always meant to massage love into feet having traipsed forlornly through heartache The kaleidoscopic colours bursting forth are my rainbow let loose
I cannot hold on to the colourful constellations circling Circles in-cased in my mere existence let them colourfully attack your senses as I let go and create another rainbow Whose colours will only be known to me
Burrowing in a deepening gorge In decadent self-indulgent orgies Mourning like a virgin in sackcloth Grieving for the beloved of her youth Daughter disregarding her mother’s words For straying and decaying worlds Of prostituting selves In clothes spelling expensive yet screaming cheap Matrimonial beds defiled beforehand Culmination found in sin Consummation profound, premarital Soundless and keening groans that cannot be uttered The Spirit’s place taken By the unworthy given token Of appreciation undeserved Avenging angels of sensuality reign Sackcloth cover where in lace ‘twas supposed to be adorned Virgins wear black for men lost Given to the world at no cost Husbands given the worst In brides having long given the best To scavenging birds of prey Gorges don’t spew the burrowers Who deepen the caves of hades For themselves and demons hate While we cry for our betrothed Who now in decadence stand clothed Dead in spirit to the heavens Leaving the mourning virgins widows Whose husbands live in dead-like daily obscenities
Hearken unto my stricken cry You heaven Because in all I had I did try Though life I did not leaven Still forces I could not control In everything set me off And my life became unbound as a roll My chest heaving with cough Ailments I could not overcome Though I fought With this I could not love Could not dare dream to be bought All I do will be in the fight Till this one takes flight
WITCH DOCTORED MASQUERADE
Beady eyes punctuate groans uttered Careening off limits from shrines cluttered with debris resultant of avid fanatics disillusionment Their growls Their howls Sending chilly spine tingling sensations to ears long deprived of sticky sweetness Sweetness doctored with an after-taste of bitterness
Beady eyes punctuate groans uttered Careening off limits from shrines cluttered with debris from screeches of witches thrown down caves They crow They hoot As owls respond with wide eyed speculation as water flows down to create a dam reputed to have healing powers powers doctored with a crafty astuteness of vulnerabilities availed for extortion
Beady eyes punctuate groans uttered Careening off limits from shrines cluttered with debris from souls and spirits having found a saviour discovering destinies long lost to misty and belligerent enemies Whose sole aim was to derail and detain destiny To the horror of a benevolent creator who gently guides in a quest to supremacy
Beady eyes punctuate groans uttered Careening off limits from shrines cluttered with debris Of shirked irresponsibility Of exorcised demons which had masqueraded as angels of light Now keening in distress As souls discover destinies And wrench themselves from witch doctored masquerades
Rebaone K. Motsumi -is a young lady from Radisele, Botswana. She is a missionary working with Urban Rhythm Youth Center in Lobatse. she also is a writer with a published book; a poetry anthology called Letters to my Beaux. She performs poetry under the stage name Soetik. She also sings and dances as well.
POI is published by Mbizo Chirasha – the Founder of the GirlChildCreativityProject , Writer , Acclaimed Poet and WordPress Publisher.
Writers across the world tend to think that they just need to write and relax until a publisher passes through their work. It’s quite stereotypical thinking, it’s really ancient and more traditional and even more opressionalitic in nature especially by those who might have designed such mentality . If it’s not complacence , laziness and ignorance.
The Pre -colonial writer , poet and artist was more dependent on the publisher and the bookshop. His or her success was more hinched on his ability to impress a certain class of society as well as the marketing and sales acumen- ship of the publisher. By then book fairs were a lifeline of many writers around the world. The writers community suffers a great deal as many book festival fell apart mostly in Africa were economies are falling apart. Life became and become tough especially for those who have failed to clinch the golden opportunity of the social media/digital revolution. Many who are keen, resilient and disciplined have quite social media as a instrumental tool to popularize their writings, skills and talents. A lot of social media tools are at the writers , story tellers disposal and are spaces supposed to be used by writers to familiarize their voices and exchange more with the global community. Platforms like blogger , word press, myspace ,yookos , twitter , tumblr,facebook , linkedin , instagram , pinterest and many other social media spaces have popularized a lot of both serious and undisciplined writers . Though most profoundly the positive advantages of social media have been highly proven. Writers can exchange with their publishers, agents, other writers ,festivals , book centres , online amazons of today without much sweat and difficulty. A lot of opportunities are opened by these spaces. We need also to bear in mind that social media spaces have their own disadvantages but then we can strive to bring the best out of the digital revolution.
One of the best example of writers who are digitally disciplined is Creative Writer , Award-winning Story teller , Creative Writing and Social Entrepreneur Tsitsi Tsopotsa, the Author has left no stone unturned in popularizing her creative writing brand. Her books and stories are popularized on various book marketing social media platforms and she never stopped working towards the familiarization of her voice through these spaces . She is one among African young women writers to create a book trailer of her story Zebra crossings and most of her vlogs are trending on YouTube and Google. Her stories can be also found on kindle direct and Amazon.
Recently she launched a creativity project meant to mentor women writers on writing short stories– Setseno Short Story Women Mentorship Club , the project is still in its infancy but it gaining its popularity and some amount respect among writers ,poets , filmmakers and story tellers in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa, Africa and the World.
Towards the close of the great year of God 2016 – the author clinched an international prize through her satire-comic story on Zimbabwe , DIARY OF THE USAH. Such a hardworking and disciplined personality. She is rightly using social media and digital spaces to tell her story , the Zimbabwean story , the African story our story.
Writers should emulate this mesmerizing bundle of talent .
By Mbizo Chirasha- Creative Communities Expert, Writer , acclaimed Poet and Publisher.
POI– We at POI we are greatly humbled to feature this great social media and marketing titan. Who is poised for greater heights in changing both the mindset of stereotypical communities and the negative perceptions of us Africa towards our own craft prophets and theispians. Valeria Lemani is a life changing , mindset transformation and Community awareness guru. She dives into Exposure exhibitions from Art and Craft into Art Marketing diplomacy to Social media communications and relations. Such a bundle of Creativity.
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What is your greatest life, artistic, academic and creative achievements?
I wouldn’t want to say that I have reached my peak in personal and career accomplishments but am consistently working towards improving myself so that I can impart a positive change in my community.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management with IMM South Africa.
I started as a banker and my career in the industry spanned for more than 7 years. I have always been a people person, passionate, out of the box thinker and highly opinionated. The desire to expand my horizons inspired me to leave the banking sector at my own will, a radical move to my peers and my superiors who considered me to possess great potential for career advancement in the banking sector. I joined the auctioneering industry and that ironically was a platform to flourish and expose my real talents ……
I am currently employed with Hammer and Tongues Africa Holdings in the digital marketing department as a Social Media Guru and Blogger.
What roles are you playing in transforming communities?
I am passionate about my country and its people! I am Afrocentric, I live and breathe Art. Art as expressed in writing, in images, in sculptures and in craft. This inspired me to start a part time solo project which I began working on since 2015.I want to be the change and inspire the change that we want for our continent Africa. I believe in the untapped potential of local artists especially women and youth and it is a personal calling to expose their strengths through art and craft. I use my digital skills in social media and electronic media to expose our unique talent to the international markets. This year we have sent a donation in the form of a postcard to an international exhibition in London (Twitrartexhibit) so as to raise brand awareness of our project. I also participate in local fairs and international festivals. We had a very wonderful experience last year at the Jameson Victoriafalls Carnival during New Year’s Eve where we held an exhibition. They were thousands of tourists and indigenes who attended the event and it was mesmerizing exposure!
I am also an advocate for art and craft awareness by our local community. Some Zimbabweans often shun our own art and craft labelling it ancestral worship. There is a need to mindset transformation and help people appreciate our own unique beautiful work instead of buying the same products that have been exported overseas when they visit those destinations. I am quite excited about the new Art and Craft Awareness curriculum in ECD and Primary Schools which has exposed parents and teachers to the need to embrace our own culture.
What are your future prospects in your career and in your life?
Contribution to the growth of the Zimbabwean Economy.
Sustainable Development and growth of the local marginalised artists especially women and youth.
Forging of long term mutually beneficial relationships with international markets.
Boosting the tourism industry of Zimbabwe.
What is your parting shot to fellow women and girls?
Being a first born in a family of four girls I was disparaged at one point or another by the community because I was a girl child, my viewpoints were insignificant even though my opinion would have done a lot of difference. I would feel the pain my mother got from the stigma perpetrated by some family members for not bearing a male child to carry the family patriarch.
However I did not let that pull me down. At one point or another despite your background or your position in society you will definitely experience stereo typical judgements from the community, let not that hinder you from being the lioness that you were meant to be. You have the potential to soar higher, there is no limit to what you can do. You are your own limitation!
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I experienced my first inter-racial friendship at the dawn of South Africa’s democracy in 1994.
I was a 6-year-old black girl who was finally allowed to enroll in a white school following apartheid’s demise. I befriended Francis, who was a white girl my age, and we got along like a house on fire. She obviously spoke about me to her parents, because after a few weeks of friendship, she dropped the bomb on me by telling me that we couldn’t be friends anymore.
At first, she never gave me a reason for our break up, and after bugging her for an explanation, she told me that her mom disapproved of me because I was black. I was heartbroken and confused by this, but it wasn’t long before I found new friends from diverse cultures to play with.
I’ve always enjoyed being in diverse social groups, learning from different cultures, beliefs and lifestyles. I felt like this opened up my mind to the world as I exposed myself to things outside of my world.
But growing up, those in my world, both black and white, weren’t so accepting of my liberal approach to friendships.
In my teen years, I was often labeled as a coconut by black people who believed that my befriending of predominantly white people was my attempt at becoming white and removing myself from my black culture and heritage.
I was told that I was betraying my own people by my association with white people, as if I was not aware of the atrocities they had committed under apartheid.
All the above made me angry because it was a reflection of toxic impact of segregation. Instead of embracing our different cultures and heritages, we were taught to fight against each other. Apartheid also caused havoc on black heritage, rendering it inferior while aiming to destroy it.
I had to explain that befriending anyone who wasn’t black had nothing to do with running away from being black or being ashamed, but rather everything to do with forming relationships, regardless of people’s race or ethnicity.
My hand in friendship was often rejected by my white counterparts who often told me that friendship wouldn’t be possible because of the “vast” cultural differences, and that understanding each other would prove too difficult.
Sure, we have different cultures, but if you really want to get to know someone, you will. Segregation has long used differences to keep people apart, exaggerating them as if they were formidable.
As an adult, I’m not oblivious to racism’s causality of reducing people’s understanding that we’re all equal because we’re all human, but I am certain of the fact that friendship is a choice. You enter into that relationship not because someone is of a certain race, but because of their character as a person.
And I’m quite aware of society’s racist attitudes to diverse friendships because of the conditioning of segregation, but society won’t dictate how I live my life, and I certainly won’t change so that it remains comfortable with its ignorance.
I’ll continue to enjoy my multiracial and multi-ethnic friendships because I’m in relationships with great people that enrich my life.
*image from They BF.
Lebo Matshego is a Johannesburg-based journalist and writer. She graduated with an Honours Degree from Wits University, and has worked in the social media space with popular radio station YFM. She currently works as a writer for Africa.com, and has her own blog called LadyLebz.
Diary of the USAH for me is a not only a long story or short story . It is a soap opera of the the Zimbabwean political , social ,cultural , economic and moral decadence . It is an allegory that reflects the hypocrisy of the Zimbabwean government regime that they seem to reject anything anglo-saxonic or american while they enjoy and loot the same currency , build houses , abuse young girls and booze in expense of the masses wailing and grinding in abject poverty. This story ,Diary of the USAH is a Zimbabwean story and it is very prophetic to the Zimbabwean past and present . It is timeless . I think thus why it won an international award. Animal Farm by George is a satire written as a fable and the novel is also n very timeless. It resonates with pseudo- pan African , nationalistic , socialistic and communistic bureaucracies which graduates into unfair , unjust , tyrant , autocratic , political titans. This story is a both a must READ and a must BUY story.
Diary of a USAH – The Zimbabwe US Dollar is a comedy-satire short story about Zimbabwe’s currency situation conceived and written by Tsitsi Tsopotsa.
The story depicts a mythical journey of a United States Dollar Note through various hands and scenarios. The setting is present day Zimbabwe where many different currencies replaced the Zimbabwe dollar following its collapse.
The cover was painted by Barry Lungu.
This ebookis the first product from Setseno which will soon be selling short stories from developing countries. Setseno works with writers to develop their skills and encourages collaboration with artists so that together they can raise their profiles to sell their work to wider audiences in the rest of the world.
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POI DrumBeat– In this special journal of the special unique month of women. Poetry and books we feature a unique and a resilient personality. Whose personality tally with our editorial policy of POI and the journal subject matter. The personality who has become a mesmerizing brand has refused to fall from the ladder of creativity , art and inspiration. The star sings Conscious and soul reggae- her music will always massage your ticking heart and the warmth that comes with the lyrical wax of her voice detains you in the musical Jacuzzi merriment. She is a philanthropist, a beauty queen, a well-travelled artist, an event organizer, a branding specialist and a celebrity socialite. The star is highly humble. She is a versatile, great woman who boasts of tremendous commitment and amazing talent. She has really defied all negatives and odds. Take a stroll through her artistic garden. Beware to meet musical bees waxing lyrical nectar from the violets in this creative artistic bliss.
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1.artistic achievements – Four time National Arts Merit award winner, a YEZI award winner , a Ngoma award winner – creative achievements -working with top music producers locally and abroad , having my music on rotation in Europe , across Africa , and the Caribbean and Americas , just rolling out complete quality music projects Education achievements – still studying medical aesthetics you are never to old to learn … Life achievements – formulating my own fragrance and cosmetics line and being able to support my folks of it .
2.I’m a philanthropist and my philanthropic work has motivated other musicians and artists to follow suit and raise awareness and fundraise in the communities.
3.Future – To become a mother … Release my DVD album , grow Eyahra beauty workshop live a peaceful life .
4.Have faith in God, educate yourself , support each other in this mans world, respect yourself ,believe you can and assert yourself with confidence
5. Eyahra -meaning “daughter of the sun and moon” Eyahra was born to Portuguese and Zimbabwean parents and grew up listening to conscious reggae music ,her parents being members of the Zimbabwean Caribbean association. At the age of 4 she was invited to accompany Joseph hill on stage during Cultures Tour. To his delight she was comfortable and confident ,singing “Jah set I n I as watch men around Babylonian walls” She attended key board and voice training lessons from the age of 8 with Antiguan music tutor Anna Cato at Siana sounds and uses the key board when composing . When she was 11 years old she entered a prestigious singing competition ,the two Macabee covers she performed won her first prize affording her and her sister appearances on the Joy Tv billboard. At school she scooped both the music and drama trophies . In high school the range and depth of her singing expanded as she performed with choirs and began singing back up for an eclectic range on southern African musicians ,Paul Sila,Ernest Sando,Edgar langervelt,Barney de Sousa,Jonas Gwangwa,mbongeni Ngema and suthukazi Arosi. When she felt ready to step out on her own she founded the reggae jazz orchestra KIBO. Kibo ,comprising a group of talented young musicians caused a stir . Their album “The calling” has been described as reggazz ( reggae jazz) due to the high standard of musicianship and the excellent solos in this reggae jazz album which was produced by Sethu studios in South Africa in 2009 and is a ten track album featuring vocals of Eyahra,billy mo and Madbwoyy Khaki. Kibo although being an orchestra ,was also a music training program for school leavers in which they would learn to read and write music . Eyahras honeyed voice was sampled by a Jamaican producer who fell in love with her sound and this merger afforded her a second album “Jah Worx ” which has 15 tracks and was produced ,engineered and mixed by Jamaican producer Everton “dr caveman” Moore of Caveman Studios International in 2012 in 2013 he flew to Zimbabwe from Jamaica and worked on her third album Mirror Mirror . Both albums were written by Eyahra with input from dub poet XAPA and are a conscious and positive social commentary. In 2014 she produced ,wrote and recorded her fourth album “A Simple Thank You ” at Empress entertainment ,with producers Caveman, Shayzar,Stotter,Xfecta,Blackstarliner studios,audiophiles,chil4real and Cymplex of solid records, the album was mastered by Mix Masters international. This album and her subsequent recordings reflect deeper emotions as her personal experiences and feelings come through enhancing her music. Her music is well received all round and can be heard from Ghana to Jamaica,Kenya to Germany,Swaziland to Sierra Leone . Her fifth album is almost complete ,she alternates Reggae ,dancehall and lovers tracks including singing in Portuguese . Whatever style she embraces ,Eyahra insists on being conscious and pushing herself to give her fans the best she can. Between studio time ,she performs at concerts , handles her own beauty range called Eyahra Beauty Workshop and fragrance range called Eyahra by Eyahra . Eyahra is dedicated to charity work and has been recognized by the institute of Philanthropy who have awarded her an honorary award in philanthropy. She has won 4 National Arts and Merits Awards (NAMAS) for Best television and film actress and Best theatre actress ,Best work in HIV /aids Awareness and Best television talk show . Yezi award Best actress . Her acting career has taken her.