LOCAL poet African kid born Tendai Maduwa has written his first poetry book which consists of 30 poems called Marry My Language to be launched soon.
The book, which is Maduwa’s personal anthology, is made up of 30 poems that talk about humanity, peace, gender and race, African politics, love and life.
Speaking to NewsDay, Maduwa said the book, which is a special dedication to some people who have helped him establish his career as a poet, was ready and he was anticipating to receive its hard copies which are being printed in China.
“Marry My Language is a book that I have dedicated to my long time mentor Ben Sibenke, popularly known as Shereni in local soap Studio 263, my friend Tinashe Muchuri aka Mutumwapavi who introduced me to the poetry performance scene and the Kistrech Poetry Festival of Kenya,” Maduwa said.
The Mutoko-bred poet said poetry which to him is inspired by his background, nature and circumstances of life is a symbolic language explosion he is willing to share with many.
“This book comes as a recipe to preserve our languages, morals, integrity and customs that is worthy to be studied by students of literature and language at all academicals levels.”
Some of the masterpieces in the book include Empty Promises, Pigmentation, Telling You, Voice of Reason, and When I Love You and Girl Child among others.
In this book Maduwa openly resists all forms of corruption in his own society including bribes, rape, prostitution, poverty, unemployment, brutality among other social issues.
Some of his poems have been published in The Enchanted World, an anthology that consists of many authors globally and he was the only Zimbabwean poet to have his poems in that book.
The 25–year–old Maduwa is an internationally celebrated poet who has participated in major events where he literary reads and performs his frank and liberal poetry in several reading poetry festivals in Africa, Asia and Europe.
An artiste by nature, gift and talent, Maduwa started performing at the tender age of seven, but professionally engaged at the age of 11 with the nurturing and mentorship by Ben Sibenke a local prominent film star.
Besides being a poet, Maduwa has featured in many local dramas and movies like the Shona production Zvirimudzimba, movies The Visit and My Lady which is making waves in America and he acted in a feature movie Goodnight General, which was screened during the 2013 Zimbabwe Film Festival among others.