Tuesday, 30 December 2014
Peggie Shangwa known as Umind! is a writer, singer, speaker and spoken word artist who thrives on word passion and speaks her mind in connection with her spirit, laying down heart issues on any platform. She is a performance poet as well as a Slam poet. She started performing poetry in October 2012 at Book Cafe / House of Hunger Poetry Slam. The poet graced local, regional, educational, festival and diplomatic functions.
Umind is creative dynamite who needs no introduction in Slam poetry circles and other artistic platforms. The Poetess represents a serious and dynamic dimension of new young poetry generation destined for dizzy heights. In a short space of time, this artistic dynamite have grown into full fledged creative keg having been featured and performed at and in notable platforms that include the following, Opening for Grammy nominated artist Da’ TRUTH at his Love ,Hope and War tour Africa in 2014. Has been a guest poet on the first Zimbabwean edition of Woman Scream Poetry International 2014. Her work has been featured on Badilisha Poetry exchange program an online radio/podcast in the African continent and Indie feed Online radio/podcast station in the U.S, been published in a poetry exchange Nigerian anthology called Silent Voices and in local Christian Magazine The Voice. And has been honored to present an award at the Christian Hip Hop Awards in Harare in 2014 and she is currently a free lance writer and Entertainment Editor for Groove Magazine Zimbabwe.
The Poetess is a devoted Christian who draws her inspiration from her Christian beliefs and God.
Her parting shot to older women would be that they should never stop dreaming and chasing their passions its never too late to live on purpose that way achieve a purpose driven life regardless of age.
To younger women always have a value system that you live by and chase your dreams learning to be comfortable in your own skin? Anything is possible God specialises in molding dreams so dream!
Monday, 20 October 2014
‘If I win Nobel Peace Prize, it would be a great opportunity for me, but if I don't get it, it's not important because my goal is not to get Nobel Peace Prize, my goal is to get peace and my goal is to see the education of every child.’
Pakistan is the land of contradictions. It is the country in political intensive care. The faces , the terrains , the marshes are wounded and scarred by guns and unending terrorism ,international and political rifts. 2014 the year of change , a ray of hope bringing a new wave of storytelling , a sudden twist in the Pakistan political , international image brought through by a Damsel of Peace, Malala Yousafzai. She received a prestigious accolade , the Nobel Peace Prize.
Malala is an advocate of Peace par excellence, judging from her merciless attack by the Taliban, her resistance to suffering. Her defiance in fight for peace and justice.
It is heartening that today Malala dances to the tunes of the Nobel.
Malala Yousafzai was born in Mingora, Pakistan, located in the country's Swat Valley. The winner was born on 12th of July 1997. Her hometown was once a popular tourist spot, before the emergence of the Taliban terrorists.
Malala got initiated into activism in the early years of her school days . This was the time when the Taliban were attacking young girls in schools, disrupting their educational rights. She bravely gave a speech in September 2008 titled , "How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?"
At a tender age , she blogged for BBC and she never cease to amaze this scribe and others, the Young winner was a nominee of International Children Peace Prize in 2011 and wore another amazing girdle in the same Pakistan National Youth Peace Prize.
At the tender age of 14 , the heroine was already a threat and target of the Taliban. The Taliban terrorist tracked her and shot her instantly in the left side of the head her on the 12th of October 2012. Such a grave attack of the innocent girlchild who needs life and grow to lead and save the save the world and her country- barbarism.
After the grievous attack, Malala remained determined she continued advocating for her rights and other girls rights. She gave heart rending speeches on International platforms and continue to pocket prestigious awards with such baffling clout ,confidence and maturity.
Malala gave a powerful speech at the United Nations in 2013 and she wrote her own autobiography irrespective of her young age, the autobiography is titled I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban,. In that same year the European Parliament awarded her with Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought
In October 2014, Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. At age 17, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. In congratulating Yousafzai, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said: “She is (the) pride of Pakistan, she has made her countrymen proud. Her achievement is unparalleled and unequalled. Girls and boys of the world should take lead from her struggle and commitment." U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described her as "a brave and gentle advocate of peace who through the simple act of going to school became a global teacher.”
As the October golden sun rays filtered through the world social terrains and political landscapes with its golden smile , it carried the golden news of the Damsel of Peace dancing to the tunes of Nobel.
Dance Malala Dance!
Monday, 29 September 2014
GirlchildVoices Fiesta/100 Tpc-Zimbabwe 27th September2014.
The Creative /Literary Arts impact on the 27th of September 2014 was made possible by Chicken Hut Harare, Girlchildcreativity Project, Vision College and participants from the Arts community, participating colleges that included Good news College, Vision College and students from Pace College all from Harare.
Participants were treated from reggae strings and lyrics from upcoming reggae conscious music Maxwell Katewere- who gave his 3 heart rending songs, touching on the equality of humanity and the need to respect one another. Participants who included vibrant poets Orator , Nzonze and Mwana Wa Afrika who also presented strong spoken word artistry and performance that left Master Class Creative Lab in awe and salivating for more . The Poets inspired with their amount of creativity.
Not to be outdone was versatile actor , film maker and creative Artist Dereck Nziyakwi , who brought in brought in a Master Class Theatre and Performance presentation through unique games on stage focus ,concentration and coordination. The Event venue came down when students were engaged in this serious artistic theatre model that left them well cultivated and motivated.
Young poets , speakers , writers gave their positive views on the for responsible creativity and Mbizo Chirasha talk about the link between Diet , food tastes and creative/artistic tastes complimenting the role Chicken Hut had played in this initiative and program.
Highly creative students from Pace College who included Pamela Munemo were serious in their presentations of Performance Poetry and gospel Music , Pamela Munemo prove to be the force to reckon in the future of Zimbabwean Poetry if not Africa- Go Girl Child GO! The sister is confident, versatile, creative and sharp.
Participants were also treated to a mix pot of poetry and acoustics which brought resonance and rhythm to the whole program. Participants later engaged in serious creative moment as were given a very impromptu creative writing session on the importance of food through short stories and poetry.
Before final closure of the day Master Class Participants got engaged in a panel discussion with the presenters who included Mwana Wa Afrika , Dereck Nziyakwi , Maxwell Katewere , The Orator and Edward Nzonze.
The poems and stories will be judged with the help of poets, writers, Chicken hut and the GirlchldCreativity Project .
The 27th of September Poetry/Literary Arts Impact will be followed a serious motivational , literacy project dubbed Schools Research and Public Speaking Seminar that also compliments the 100 Thousand Poets for change , a program coordinated by GirlchildCreativity Project in Zimbabwe . The public Speaking seminar will see participants researching on various topics transcending from political , social , creative , historical , geographical areas and then present them before adjudicators who have vast knowledge on the researched subject matters.
In Mid October the judged stories , poetry and speeches will be awarded prizes through an Award Ceremony that will be graced by schools , Media and business as well creative arts activists.
By Mbizo Chirasha, Curator of GirlchildVoices Fiesta and Zimbabwe Resident Coordinator/100TPC-global
Friday, 26 September 2014
Main Event- 27th September 2014
Mwana Wa Afrika-talk about his writing .He is more concerned about African culture, identity and other.
The Orator- a mesmerizing shone poet. He is a trendsetter of this generation through shone lyrical prowess.
Edward Nzonze- a Teacher , a lyricist , a determined artist . He is a published poet, recently published in an anthology by Diaspora Publishers in the UK. Nzonze is also a vibrant Slam poet and a strong member of Zimbabwe Poets for Human rights.
Derek Nziyakwi- a renowned stand up theatre artist, filmmaker. The Artist worked strongly in many films and productions.
Maxwell Kataware- Upcoming Reggae Musician. He is a serious Member of Bocapa Exposure. He sings heartrending conscious and culture Music. Maxwell is a graduate of Economics from the University of Zimbabwe.
Chenjerayi Mazambani/Vasadza- a strong and resilient shone lyricist . Most of his poems are published in Shona Collections and he has graced a number state functions and events. He will talk about the importance of using indigenous languages in expressing ourselves as well in communicating our Art.
Wanisayi Chigwendere-The sister has organized a number of Props in most film productions in Zimbabwe. She will inspire children with a Master Class film Talk.
Tinashe Chikoko - He is an academic Expert , social media fan , He is a graduate of Soil Science from the University of Zimbabwe.
Mbizo Chirasha-Convener of the Event and organizer of the Girl child Voices Fiesta. Will share on the importance of proper and natural diets courtesy of Chicken Hut Joina City , children will write short stories that will be awarded basing on the subject matter of Diet.
You will be given the Public Speaking Forum and Programme on Monday
Compiled by Mbizo Chirasha- Curator/Coordinator of the GirlChildVoices Fiesta
Resident Coordinator/Zimbabwe- 100Thousand for Change-Global