Saturday, 23 April 2016

The Belle of Words- Janet Nkiwane!- Special blog.






THE PHOENIX
 
As the first rays of dawn lick the dusty streets of Makokoba township
Noise already fills the atmosphere
Stench from the blocked sewers fills the air
As i stand on the veranda of my match box home,
Clad in a thread bare attire, with an empty stomach
I look over the horizon
The rising sun rejuvenates my inner being
In the midst of poverty
I still stand my head held up high
Though my inner being has withered
My zeal to live has departed
I still stand
I stand against the obstacles in my path
All of these my determined self shall bravely brush away
Like a phoenix I will rise from the ashes
Fly away so high
Dance in the air like a bird
For I have chosen freedom
In the midst of poverty Education is my priority
Education shall wash away my poverty
It shall be a shield that once attained, will forever
Shield my hide from the scorching rays of the sun
From the storms and hunger
That awaits to devour my inner being
I shall stand against poverty
And you my fellow Brother
Climb a hill at daybreak and look on
As the first rays of the sun lick the ground
As it rises over the horizon
You know there is still hope
Just fly high
Like an eagle and stand against it all – BY Jane Nkiwane




 Meet the Wordsmith

Jane Nkiwane is a young writer   , who is passionate of poetry, rugby  and chess. She likes playing around with words. Jane resides in Bulawayo, the second Capital of Zimbabwe. Her poem Phoenix brings a touching message of complexities of life especially to the young people. She gives a symbolic example of life in one of the oldest suburbs of Makokoba. Jane will be also a contributor of Poets for Water journal that will be published next week in ClimateDiariesofAfrica, www.climatediariesafrica.timblr.com. She is a member and contributor to the 100 Thousand Poets for Peace-Zimbabwe.

Clean water and Sanitation- What about women and girls in war zones?

For more than three decades Africa  has been in serious  war challenges  due  to various  political  , social and economic reasons. Many people have died in the whole  war and  cheap military drama . Have we ever thought as a continent   about the plight of women and girls in war zones? Women due to the nature of their creation    require a maximum  of two times bath a day . I don’t imagine a war situation giving such  a  chance to our women running away  with their lives  from war zones. They will be no time and even that dirty water to bath what more of toilets and sanitary pads in   war bases and bushes.


This article is written by Mbizo Chirasha

 women and girls in war zones
Picture by nairaland.
It had been a tough time for Chibok girls in Nigeria , those   kidnapped by the BokO haram, Sudan and DRC are other examples  of such   challenges .
Women are human species that require maximum hygiene and care.
In Sudan they travel miles and miles through stretching deserts to Algeria and other countries to seek refugees and peaceful lives . Some do not reach the intended destinations due to the challenges mentioned above. Most of them will use bush leaves as  sanitary pads during their menstrual cycle  and wash  their  with  long-time stagnant water  resulting into serious diseases like cervical cancer  , bilharzia and other . Some of these   water bodies contain poisonous gases emitted by industry during peaceful times. The health of women is  at stake  and some die because of  thirstiness , dehydration and heat waves because of changes in climatic patterns that have been caused by various negative effects in  the atmosphere that  also  include deforestation and the use of   fossil fuels and impact  on the ozone layer hence  climatic  and weather problems. Other war refugees are flooded by   raging   floods due cyclones, especially when they flee from war during the rainy season. Climate might also be   one most affecting challenge or  major factor in  the situations of war , because most people will be always travelling and mostly outdoors because their shelters would have  been destroyed by war.
Several young girls and women in Chad and Central died because of various water borne diseases, dehydration     and other  ailments . Diseases  like dysentery ,  cholera , diarrhoea , tuberculosis  and cervical cancer are   endemic in  these war zones due to air pollution, poor water  and the absence  decent  sanitation facilities.
In  Beitbridge , the border capital of Zimbabwe . Young women and girls running away  from the  sweating economy also suffer the same fate  as  their counterparts  in warzones of west , east and central Africa. The women in gold panning communities of  Zimbabwe like kadoma , shurugwi  , kwekwe and bindura suffer the same brunt as well as others. The water they use in severely polluted by chemicals used in sifting gold . Thus the water they bath and drink   . Sanitation pads are rare in such areas for those areas do not have proper infrastructure for health  of well being . Zimbabwe is in  an economic war that even vendors  in cities and mothers /girls  in villages  do not afford sanitary pads. So imagine if this happens   in such at least better areas what about areas in critical war conditions. Unicef  and International  Migration Organization are always at  a difficult spot  because they cannot catch up with  everyone especially deserters who run away  from  both political , religious and economic wars. So the victims will die without any help   and unknown and we loose precious lives.
Its time  to think  how we need to stop  and eradicate  war zones forever and mostly these wars are perpetrated by fossil fuel barons , mostly oil barons who cash  with oil  and invoke  wars that are endless. The United Nations Assembly should move a step forward in taking these concerns seriously.  We have a Women body in the United Nations which should be able to find measures to protect women and girls  in political , military, religious and economic warzones.
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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Artistic Dynamite-Umind!



 
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

Dance to the tunes of Nobel Malala!





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.’
Malala Yousafzai.

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!