BY TENDAI SAUTA
LOCAL poet and founder of Africa Immortal Orators (AIO) Langton Munyaradzi Chemhere, popularly known as Advocate Poet, said he was using art to fight social ills such as violation of human rights.
In an interview with NewsDay Life & Style, Advocate Poet said he founded AIO to identify natural talent.
“I founded Africa Immortal Orators in 2016. It is an organisation for poets, writers, and other forms of art where people preach advocacy through poetry, writing or other art disciplines.
“We are also involved in a number of projects such as awareness workshops for the young people fighting social ills like drug abuse,” he said.
“Africa Immortal Orators has grown big such that we are now covering all African countries as we seek to inspire the world positively and deliver edutainment through poetry.”
He said his desire was to take advocacy poetry across the globe.
“I seek to change many lives through my art, uplifting young poets so that poetry will have a chance to be aired on television as well as giving back to my community,” he said.
“My dream is also to work with non-governmental organisations to identify young poets in rural areas and ghettos as well as collaborate with poets and musicians.”
Advocate Poet, who is also Muka Arts Africa’s brand ambassador, said he was working on his second poetry album to be released next year.
“My advocacy poetry is life, when it hits one’s ear you feel no pain, poetry with a meaning, poetry with a teaching, poetry with a feeling and poetry with a healing,” he said.
“I have performed COVID-19 awareness poems on different digital platforms and also worked as a volunteer at Norton COVID-19 call centre alongside councillors and local Member of Parliament Temba Mliswa during a COVID-19 community awareness campaign,” he said.
As a word of advice, he said up-and-coming poets should believe in themselves, in God, work hard and never give up as the world is waiting for them.
“Do not worry, why you did not achieve this, but someone else did. Not everyone walking fast has an appointment, some have a running stomach, so do not compete because you become bitter,” he said.
“Be strong and patient with life, your time will come. Move at your own pace and become better.”
Advocate Poet describes himself as a humble and hardworking Christian.
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