BY SINDISO DUBE
SOUTH AFRICA-BASED award-winning Zimbabwean songbird, Berita Khumalo (pictured), will make use of her trip to Bulawayo to speak and inspire women at the unHeard Series to be hosted by Paper Bag Africa at the National University of Science and Technology’s American Space in Bulawayo on Saturday.
unHeard Series is a platform which offers personnel of note from different walks of life an opportunity to share their journey, inspire and collaborate with
those that love and follow their work.
The platform has hosted United States-based celebrity journalist, Makho Ndlovu, digital strategist Tendai Luwo and Forbes Magazine’s Ancillar Nombewu.
Berita will also perform at the Bulawayo Art Gallery tomorrow alongside rising songstress Mimmie Tarukwana, MJ Sings and Vuyo Brown.
The Ndicel’iKiss hit-maker, who began her music journey in 2012, has performed at festivals around Africa and shared the stage with top acts, including Salif Keita, the late Hugh Masekela, Angelique Kidjo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the late Oliver Mtukudzi, and Kenny Latimore.
“I have cherished the idea of women coming together to discuss solutions to our continent’s challenges. Because we are the defiant ones, only we hold the keys
to the future of Africa,” she said.
“As a young girl who grew up in Bulawayo, I have had the opportunity to travel and leave the country to start my own entrepreneurship journey in another
African country. I have a lot of women that look up to me.”
Khumalo said some of the women she inspired were beginning their journeys in their chosen fields and it has always been difficult to find enough time to answer
all those that reached out to her.
“Therefore, I have always wanted to talk to women from my hometown about my journey, the struggles and how it has been thus far. I love what unHeard Series is
all about; it’s about us lifting each other through our stories,” she said.
Gilmore Tee of Paper Bag Africa said the unHeard Series was meant to create inspiring conversations.
“The point of these conversations is to bridge the gap between people that we hear about on radio, watch on television and read about. We have incredible
Zimbabweans that are representing the country in various spaces across the globe, Berita is one of them,” he said.
Over 50 women have already registered for this edition of unHeard Series.