Awake Zimbabwe Trust executive director Tendai Maduwa, who is a performing artiste, motivational speaker, actor, writer and poet, will from August 1 to August 5 represent Zimbabwe at the first ever Kistreach Poetry Festival in Kenya.
Report by Tinashe Sibanda
“I am very happy and proud to be part of this wonderful event. To me, it’s going to be a life-changing opportunity. I will get a chance to show case my talent and skills. I will also share my ideas with regional and well-established international poets,” said Maduwe.
According the festival’s outline, the poets will have a feel of the people’s culture, customs, practices and wisdom so that it is not only poetry, as isolated as it has been at international festivals, but the whole experience of life.
Maduwa said he was also happy that he would be in the company of other powerful local poets namely Gerald Mugwenhi aka Synik, Joel Zilala, Mbizo Chirasha and Tswarelo Mothobe.
Other participating poets will be from countries such as Egypt, Nigeria, Philippines, India, Lithuania and El Salvador.
“I am ready to learn cultural values and norms of other countries through this festival and as a leader of a youth organisation that deals with youths and vulnerable children, it will capacitate my leadership skills,” added Maduwa.
He is currently working on a poetry recording project in partnership with a South African renowned poet, Lungile Lithola, which will be released soon.
Maduwa said as part of his plans he was also looking forward to publishing an African Poetry Anthology with all the artistes who will represent various countries in the poetry event.
Maduwa has taken part in various performances at national and regional festivals.
Kistreach Poetry Festival will bring together poets from Africa and abroad who will recite their poems, present papers and share experiences in creative writing.