FRANCISCA MANDEYA affectionately known as Franzi also Ndaiziweyi, was born in Wedza, Zimbabwe .Mandeya lives in Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic.Mandeya is a resilient and multi- gifted personality.Ndaiziweyi is a one of the victims that suffered the brunt of Zimbabwe's economic woes of hyperinflation , retrenchments and untold moral decadence before relocating into the diaspora to join a human rights , social justice and peace-building organization as well as advancing her writing , artistry , music and advocacy for gender equity . Mandeya contributed two chapters to books by Dr. David Kaulem with opinion articles that were published in Zimbabwean newspapers and journals. Mandeya is a double winner of the Nunavut Qulliit Status of Women gender equality competition held in 2015. Trailblazing Mandeya was recognized as one of (57) mobilizers for gender equality .She represented Canada at the Women Deliver 2019 Vancouver Conference. 'Mother Behold Thy Son' is her first book offing . Mandeya plays Mbira(thumb piano) and speaks highly of its therapeutic quality .Her writings and music is meant to transform undesired social, economic and political realities. She bringing together a scorcher(book) on gender equality Takaenzana, We are Equal.
Kabedoopong Piddo Ddibe’st , your poetry are footprints dipped onto the dew beaten village path during ancient country dawns. Your verses are metaphors inscribed on the back of rainbows new and old. Your poems speak time, are timeless and they seize hearts that lived and thumped through long struggles and unfounded freedoms. Your words are fingerprints of long gone matriarchs and departed patriarchs that imbibed wisdom from ancient millet gourds of home. You are a voice crying in the wilderness of beautiful Uganda and must be collected to be carved onto the literary DNA of this African poetry generation for the present and future of educational instruction .You remind me of pioneers of traditional poetry , revolutionary griots Agostino Neto , Frank Chipasula , Jack Mapange , Niyi Osundare , Chenjerai Hove , Carlos Chombo aka Thomas Sukutai Bvuma, Okot BibiTek , the Ugandan- African grandmaster of African traditional verse . The beat in your poetry tinkers on to the roof my heart cave like a village drum throbbing from a distance, its echoes reverberating beyond red hills of home. The aroma of your mature, heavily fermented poesy attracts the poetry famished nostrils in academic walls, reading rooms, university lecture –rooms and those yet to be born. Aluta Continua! (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
As do the souls of Men reflected on their actions and words in this arena of the incessant flow of the River of life that answers to humanity. From the land of the Brave (USA) and other accolades from history, comes James Coburn, a world acclaimed master story teller in verse. From the heart of Africa, the cradle of man, is the great griot black poet Mbizo Chirasha who has remained a fugitive from his home country of Zimbabwe for his courage and bravery in daring to question the leaderships in office about corruption and human rights abuse. What a twosome!! To read through their incredible book, METAPHORS OF THE RAINBOW, is to be invited to a surgical room where injustice is being addressed by un-apologetic poetic surgeons with no visible anesthesia, with microscopic detail. Sharp metaphors, drilling imageries and the prowess of a river smooth, sure and guaranteed knowledge of its power, delve deep into the social tumors of injustice as it’s stared at and condemned in classical hyperbolic phrases that ring into the readers ears long after putting the book down. Experience in the field of fighting injustices in human rights related situations, has birthed incredible verses that resonate with each man’s wordsmith excellent recital. That this book is dedicated to world poets of resilience, resistance, human rights crusaders and social justice advocates goes to showcase art rising to the fore of leadership in writing to right the wrongs that plague societies and individuals in our world. Come sample the awesomeness of the rainbow rich in its bitter sweet array of verses. A must read for all (Nancy Ndeke Author of A Bridge to a Bridge Through a Bridge)
Samuella Conteh is a highly spirited literary voice in Africa . She is a well-polished gem and creative representative of her great land of Sierra-Leone. Conteh has grown from being a human rights activist into a globally respected and powerful literary voice. She has taken activism, truth and advocacy onto the page for purposes of freeing humanity through the word. And as you know in the beginning was the word. Amazingly, the Conteh is both a spoken -word artist and a page poet. Her writings are dipped in misery, dishonesty , betrayals ,negating personal experiences .Her versifications are mirrors exposing hypocrisy , life realities and complexities and hardships humanity face in the daily lives .The griot in her sanitizes the corrupt –ridden earth with truth. Most of her writings boldly voice for human freedoms, human rights, social justice and freedom of expression. The earth – shaking rhythm, the lyrical prowess and reason are a testimony of her literary greatness. Prolific is her first name, dexterity is her identity and truth is her surname. Conteh is a widely published and multi-award-winning author. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is dipped in diversity of ideas, dialogue among civilizations, togetherness, networking and connectivity among communities. We are grateful to exhibit the extraordinaire talent in the person of high ranking human rights activist, acclaimed poet and distinguished literary arts curator, SAMUELLAH CONTEH – (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Viviana Fiorentino is a versatile migrant literary bird born and bred in Italy and now living in Belfast, Ireland . The griot in Fiorentino has mastered the art of word activism. He subject lines are deep with both sense of belonging and miseries related to nostalgia. Her rhythm packed and lyrically correct versifications are tensely confessional. Confessional poetry is the usual soul food to the audience and is closely linked to psychical and spiritual matters, something to do with memories, experiences, identity, history, traditions, realities and complexities of life, with a clear assertion that life experiences can be both rosy and gloomy. After reading more carefully and listening attentively to her voice, you pick her love for humanity, her quest for the rain of freedom, her passion for those thrashed by lashes of poverty under the steel yoke of racial hegemony , shrieking in dust ridden hovels of stigma, choking in dungeons of rejection , those roasted in hot pans of abject sufferance by toxic politics and those with souls stewing dumping sites of moral decadence. Every verse carries rain clouds, promise, sunrays of hope and sometimes gloom, paradox raises its ugly and beautiful head in most of her versifications. This set of poems is a testament of belonging , the beauty of life, the ugliness of it thereof ,nostalgia and the love for human freedoms by the distinguished poet using artivism to for and about the plight of refugees ,exiles and other vulnerable human communities. Viviana Fiorentino is a distinguished scholar, acclaimed humanitarian, advocate for human freedoms and hallowed poet. Greetings to all Scholars, Poets and human freedoms in Italy and Belfast. Together We Rise-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Ambily Omanakuttan, India is land of plenty .It is the Canaan of words . It is blessed with beauty , talent , creativity and promise. Your poetry touches on a myriad of matters and thus extraordinary . You are the golden gift to the writing and creative community .As I drink from your calabash frothing the literary richness , reason , meaning and life . I was fulfilled and am energized to continue carrying the torch of resilience. Your verses got me cranked up and zoomed into seeing the need for global tolerance . Thus the essence of humanity and living .Your poetry is an interdict against purveyors of death , killers of our co-existence and wanton stranglers of our ecosystem .we are charged to know that , we are creators of our own suffering from the damning effects of climate change , environmental degradation , hate speech , disease , droughts and moral decadence . TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC sings with you and is holding your hand to continue purveying messages of peace and tolerance. India ,you are the best . Together We Rise-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Jennifer Juneau,I grazed through your amazing poetry, reading your verses is like drinking the best matured and diligently brewed grape wine. It is like walking in a wonderland where the metaphors of the moon shine to the land tormented by the horror of death , where the moon-light wipe tears off grief broken faces , your writings are the milk tightened udders of a well fed cows, the imagery is the illumination of sunlight to the earth once strangled by pandemic, racial stigma and lack . Your dexterity is mesmerizing. Your literary exhibition is a marvel. Your lyrical prowess is prolific. Iam yet to read such wonder, your dictionary is both scholarly and organic. I believe fellow writers, editors and publishers also contend with my conclusions. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is profoundly mesmerized to celebrate prowess, dexterity and excellence. This is extraordinary talent. Dear world drink from the literary rich- land of this godly gifted personality accomplished poet, acclaimed writer and high-ranking artist. Salute- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Nothing attracts me more than prowess and dexterity. For with these critical and creative ingredients. We are profoundly psyched up AND our literary consciousness is re-wired. WORLD PLAY IN A WHIRLPOOL is an all-powerful, sweet but infectious read, it haunts the reader forever. It tastes mature like red wine in old wineskins. It smells seasons like first drops of the first rain. Thus, is a scorcher, it strikes the nerves like the giant tongs of the sun during the dry season. It’s a metaphoric blast furnace that blazes and fires up iron hearted earthly dwellers into a repentant humanity of pure steel, we are baptized by the intriguing imagery as we are ritualized by the smoking waters of satire. We are born again. WORLDPLAY IN A WHIRLPOOL is heavy with subject matters that transcends from hope, death, disease, ecosystem, cultural anthropologies, biblical allusions, psychical exercises, climate change, menacing pandemics, positive change, race and perception change. WORLD PLAY IN A WHIRLPOOL is poetry that coils your heart caves and you vomit the bile of sins. It blows up your mental boxes, you shiver and weep. It rips off satans doeks to expose zealots, charlatans and political maggots corrupting and rotting the beauty of this our beloved earth. It fumigates the pandemic infested air as the earth fails to breathe due to unbridled human cruelty and wanton sin. It exposes the now sorrowful baldheaded landscapes, once shining with the verve of flora and fauna. The whirlpool arouses the skeletal sandy riverbeds that were once upon havens of laughing hippos, cackling water hens and dancing fish. it is poetry that weeps and as such wiping tears of bereaved mothers that lost so many lives during the menacing seasons of the cantankerous corona virus. It is a beautiful but heart-rending epitaph to black lives lost in barbaric racial battles, a touching eulogy to the earth succumbing to the dramatic effects of climate change, heatwaves and hurricanes. This Wordplay is an embodiment of promise, lost hope, love, loss, pain, sunset and moonshine. It is a spiritual whirlpool to transfigure ill minded political goblins and evil-minded war devils to repent from terrorism and warlords. The lyrical dexterity is superbly concocted with reason , history , spirituality ,identity and more WORD PLAY IN A WHIRLPOOL is a collaborative venture of Kenyan Poetry Tigress Nancy Ndeke and the Colorado Rockies Poetry Lioness Susan Joyner-Stumpf (Review by Mbizo CHIRASHA
Patience Chiyangwa, I got stewed in your sizzling pot hot with nerve -jamming imagery and psyche-wrecking metaphor . Real poetry smacks your dozing mind and then you are re-awakened to see images that seemed invisible of late .It is when each verse beat drums inside your heart- caves . The reality of real poetry sits steadily onto readers belly , the pangs and the pain are ingredients of the consciousness abound . Real poetry bulldozes through uncollected rubbish dumps on the bottoms of cities and exposes the wretchedness within . It dives its way through cholera infested drinking water holes and beat with the frail hearts of dying communities . It smacks heavily on the corruption hardened faces of unrepentant charlatans and double- chinned zealots. Patience Chiyangwa brings a new dose of literary consciousness. Her poetry taste both maturity and prowess. Chiyangwa is an advocate of the hungry , the poor , the raped , the orphaned and the rejected. She is one of the prolific pioneers of Zimbabwean spoken word and page poetry. We are proud to publish creativity , diversity and dexterity in the person of Legendary
All Africa Poetry Symposium in Celebration of 100 Thousand Poets for Change 10 year Anniversary. You're welcome and we look forward to have a exciting , dynamic and vibrant Poetry Symposium ,where Africa speaks of itself through poetry .100 Thousand Poets for Change Movement was founded 10 years ago by Editors , Poets , internationally acclaimed Artists Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion to speak change , to speak truth against racial injustice , wars , poverty , corruption , demise of human rights and gagging of human freedoms through Literary arts activism and Social Change Arts . Participating Poets are from Seira Leone , Kenya , Nigeria , South Africa , Botswana, Zambia ,Egypt and Zimbabwe .The Poetry Fete is hosted by Acclaimed Poet , Distinguished literary arts scholar and internationally renowned Jerusalem based Poetry Michael Dickel. Mbizo Chirasha has worked tirelessly with the 100 Thousand Poets for change since ints inception , a decade ago through literary arts projects GirlChildCreativity Project and the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign. This mega event will be stream-lived on several digital platforms. ALUTA CONTINUA-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA-Resident Coordinator).