#WinterABC2020 #day7 #afrobloggerswinterchallenge
Zimbabwe has countless writers and bloggers whose pieces always give me copious amounts of reflections. The works consist of a myriad of different subjects ranging from analysis of our Socio Micro and Macro conditions to inspiration about Art and Culture and sometimes good old fashioned opinion pieces.
I love the work by these masters because it is always so meticulously thought out following persuasive threads that carry me along to the intended purposes and always leave me breathless . Some of the pieces are totally unapologetic and unassuming with writing machismo and amazonian attributes flowing through the intricate patterns of writing , some plain nostalgic reflection on long gone by eras that illicit beautiful memories in my soul. Some are brutal analysis of a system in decay prophesying of an apocalyptic harsh reality that some times our minds as Zimbabweans cannot fathom and begin to comprehand. Some are just timeous reports on the ongoing daily grind that is life. Such are the feelings l encounter when l read the works of Alex T Magaisa bigsr.co.uk in his Big Saturday Read (BSR) every Saturday and Thandekile Moyo in her pieces for the Daily Maverick and other publications and Larry kwirirayi in Three Men on a Boat ( 3-Mob.com).
The one person though who made me think about seriously putting my thoughts in a blog is Tinatswe Mhaka of the Black Legal Narrative when l met her at a workshop , speaking passionately about her work as a legal fundi in trying to speak about issues pertaining to young women from both a feminist position and a legal perspective. She spoke so fondly of her blogging experience that l was catapulted into that world instantly. When l met Mbizo Chirasha at the invitation of our Arts organisation to help teach rural girls to use poetry as a tool for learning his understanding of social media and how to use it for social justice impressed me. l like his work that he showcases under (MIOMBOPUBLISHING.COM) and in his manifold sites with his unrelenting push for poetic justice and short stories resonating with the ambience of African life. Not only is he a passionate writer but a prolific spoken word smith with his booming voice and beautiful character matching this discourse.
All these writers in my world are passionate, unrelenting, purposeful and beautifully imaginative and represent my country well in the fight for a more just and equitable world and their works deserve to be read and reread. l think that in our life time we might not truly understand their value and place in our history only for future generations to peruse and ruminate on their every word and wonder if we knew how beautiful gifts to the literary world there were but such is our dilemma as Zimbabweans ,we want to celebrate our heroes when there are long gone. l however choose to celebrate this literary genuineness now , able to bring out written fonder day-in and day out , week one-week out. You are scribes exhibiting constant excellence and my writing heroes and heroines.