Rwandan Poet and youth activist, Akimana Divine writes bold verses that speak to all young people of her nation and beyond. She exposes moral decadence and other vices that corrupt the lives and dignity of her generation. Her poetic hymns are original, genuine and emanate from inner depth pit of herself. The heart-seizing passion, the mind raving rhythm and abundant reason illustrate her love of her people and her respect to the dignity of humanity. She writes this poetry volume with the voice of a teenager, despite her being of an old, thus the collection projects her life experiences, memories and tragedies she encountered during her teenage years. Divine's SCARS THAT SHAPE US is a testimony that she is a true voice of the youth, the voiceless, the abused, the poor and the vulnerable. This poetry collection is a story that carries voices of young African people and a voice representing those suffering in the dungeons of poverty, locked in chains of deliquesces and imprisoned behind the high walls of decadence. It is prose –poetry collection of an up and coming poet. She carries the promise of Rwanda, Africa and the globe. She is a wonderful daughter of Africa using her poetry voice to speak the truth, child rights, youth freedoms, disease, evils, delinquency and more.
Jabulani Mzinyathi Ndlovu , your DNA is rimmed with gems of poetic metaphors . Your heart dances to the beat of satire. Irony was carved onto your bloodstream since the day of your birthing . A brilliant versifier, a born poet , political fortune-teller and literary -artivist . A gift to Zimbabwe and Africa but yet an unsung literary hero . I always wanted to praise my peers ,mentors , collaborators , word combatants and poetry guerrillas during their lifetime .Prowess and its cousin dexterity must be wholeheartedly praised and be awarded fully, while the bearers are still walking on this great earthJabulani Mzinyathi is one great poetry writing giant and doyen of verse. The literary giant in him is always far from the maddening crowd and as the old adage goes again silent waters runs deep. Yes ,his writings are packages of poetic fungicides disinfecting the syphilitic political gangrenes from the manhood of Africa regimes and other global establishments. The satire within is calamine lotion to heal and dry the infectious corruption eczema ridden abdomen of the state . The sarcasms' washes away decadence of cheap propaganda polished power- corridors . Your irony is a cleaning detergent smacking off the snort of zealotry high offices. Your poetic voice rattles and raves double-chinned charlatans imbibing the sweat of the POVO for breakfast and munching the freedom of the masses for dinner in the name of parliament sittings and debates - Enough.This blog profile is a special celebration of one greatest , Internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning Zimbabwean Writer , Poet and Attorney Jabulani Mzinyathi Ndlovu . I must confess that JB started with poetry writing long back .I met him in 1998 in Gweru plying his services as a magistrate at Gweru Magistrate Courts, the capital of the Midlands Province of Zimba and he had just won the STANZA Poetry Prize . It is about 23 years ago . Internet was still young in Africa and Facebook with his twin brother Twitter were not yet even concieved in the wombs of their mothers. I got inspired by the poetics of JB since then , 23years and we are here today celebrating the history , the present and future of poetry . Resilience pays thereafter . TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is prided in archiving diversity , profiling doyens and publishing giants . This golden instalment features JBs poetry , books and more. Together We Rise( Blurb by Mbizo Chirasha)
Footprints Publishing House's primary objective is to promote writing of all genres and uplift the writers' welfare by according them a platform to publish their work with ease. With an affordable set-up fee, writers of all backgrounds and ethnicity have their eBooks and paperbacks sold internationally and has since tattooed his publishing fingerprints on digital walls of Amazon and other international book stores - a wonderful and mesmerizing achievement .The publisher has since catalogued notable poets and writers from across Africa and beyond that includes Jabulani Mzinyathi Ndlovu( Zimbabwe) , Geraldine Sinyuy( Cameroon) , Chrispah Munyoro( Zimbabwe), Akimana Divine( Rwanda) , Mbizo Chirasha( Zimbabwe) ,James Coburn( USA) and more other rising writers .
JAMBIYA KAI is an undeletable and powerful South African Voice. Her diligently woven multi-genre/hybrid writings are unmatchable . Her poetry is marrow-tight revolutionary. Short stories are broken denims of sisal and torn cotton garments artistically knitted together to evoke our psychical pots with that rarity of mind-storming suspense and heart-stroking imagination. Jambiya writes hybrid essays that are tucked in straight uniforms of naked truth . Her metaphors rebukes political thuggery , economic thievery , social rot and moral decadence . Bullets from her pen slice open corrupt double-bellies of injustice and tyranny-busting saliva of her ink strangle to death devil-angels of dictatorship in Africa and abroad . Her poetry is life , tolerance and freedom, rot , decay , scars rolled in paradoxical imboza. In this mind -jamming instalment , TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC feature an amazing set of poems by a long serving , resilient member , literary arts revolutionary and revered of the land JAMBIYA KAI . Happy 2021. Together We Rise -( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA) .
GERALDINE SINYUY is a revered Cameroonian Scholar , an accomplished Writer and a prolific Storyteller . Sinyuy has recently published a sizzling , mind-boggling but blood ticking and immensely didactic collection of fairytales titled ,MUSIC IN THE WOOD AND OTHER FOLKTALES( Footprint Publishing ,Malawi, 2020). Her undertaking of this rare literary genre mesmerizes and as well boggles the mind of the modern reader. The telling or writing of fairytales by Sinyuy positively rekindles the flames of our ancient wisdom ,candles of our heritage and fires of our beautiful past. Fairytales play an integral role in retracing our African identity , wisdom , morality and ancient wisdom. The collection MUSIC IN THE WOOD AND OTHER FOLKTALES seeks to remind modern Africa of their rich cultural /moral past and as it exhibits the beauty of African traditions , identity and literary dignity . By writing this trendsetting gig of fairytales , Dr . Geraldine Sinyuy qualifies herself as an ambassadorial brand of African storytelling and cultural identity. She is our African story . Her beautiful but intriguing collection of stories is flighted on the digital walls of Amazon and other online bookshelves. I have included one story for your read in this profile exhibition . ALUTA CONTINUA- ( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
he VIRGIN OF SAROVA is a psychical -raving , emotional-rattling and fast -paced traditional narrative spiritedly penned by fast rising Kenyan storyteller , Writer , broadcaster and educationist ANNE NJENGA . The surprises , twists within turns coupled with ever -mounting conflict , decadent grip of patriarch , hypocrisy , dark romance and unmatchable humor is silver-water crystal clear indication that Njenga is undoubtedly one of the great promise of the African story . She tells the story with the drama of a rock rabbit and the verve of lightening jolt . This powerfully- packed short story reveals grim experiences under the grinding grip of patriarchy - ( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
VONGAI MONICA MUJAKACHI, Your Poetry is a mouth-watering beef-biltong dipped in soul soup of simplified verbiage , astounding wit and marrow-rattling truth. Reading through your hair- raising versifications repented me once again to realize that they are daughters of this great earth born with rays of light boxed in their hearts , Poetry DNA carved onto their blood streams and likewise the blessing of a golden pen , their sickle of truth placed onto their gifted hands . Your poetry is a thud of truth reverberating red foothills of home. It is a drumbeat- throb of reason pop and cracking the minds of dozing readers . Your poetic recollections surpass your age . You are counted among the future of African Voices of Poetry . Your diligent delving into hot -soup matters of domestic violence , internal and emotional suffering , confessional poetry , psychical/emotional testimonies and your bold chronicling of COVID19 menace is a testimony that you are generational poet we can invest our confidence as our r representative of human kind. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is prided in profiling Vongai Monica Mijakachi , a fast rising Zimbabwean based Artist based in Germany .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)
The formulae attained by your presentation as entwinned with heart- cave throbbing beat raves and cranks up my musical prone psyche AND I dance to the ritual of this mesmerizing rhythm, your lines carry the literary verve that coils us into realms of suspense , that quest to see further and discern more from a creative wonderment .Your unique and blood rippling lyrical vibe sends readers into poetic trances and as they rose from the trance , they are already transfigured . As much as your poetry is more historical and its subject matters also dips their life -hardened fingers into matters of moral decadence, political decay and economic malaise. Ukraine is a country associated with a myriad of political connotations, such name-dropping explains a more broader experiences of the geo- political- historical references of wars fought, won and lost, lives lived and lost , long journeys walked and later ended from the red earth of Zanzibar into social corridors of Ukraine up to the rich Amazon basin of Brazil. The well versed poet is a wonderful traveler, a well-versed chronicler, intelligent adventurer and prolific griot. Her knowledge of global geo-politics, world economics, cultures and historical events is extraordinary. Real poetry speaks of people and speaks to people. The poet griot has spoken and is still speaking. Eugenia Hepworth Petty ,It is a great wonderment to graze through your prolific writings. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC remains rooted in Exclusivity, dexterity and diversity. Aluta Continua- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).