BY CHIEDZA MAZHANGARA
POET and writer Takaedza Godfrey Mandinyenya says he has embarked on a project on the theme African Poetry Lounge aimed at restoring the “true” African culture and its beauty.
Mandinyenya said NewsDay Life & Style that the main objective of the project was to bring together different poetry writers across Africa to tell their story without bias that is not tainted by Western culture.
“The full view of Africa Poetry Fair is not only about poetry, but it is a movement where we try to say what Africa represents, the beauty of Africa, the beauty of African culture and not only the falls”, a- he declared.
“Through Africa Poetry Fair, we also want to express our identity as Africans and why it scares people. We also need to express how important our culture as Africans is.
The project will be launched next month.
Mandinyenya said Africa has many amazing untold stories that remain hidden unless one visits the continent.
“The only story you will hear about Africa is mainly about political tensions, corruption, dictatorship, but there is the other beautiful side of Africa which has remained colonized and biased by Western culture” , did he declare.
“We have natural resources and I think only in Africa do you see animals in their natural habitats without being disturbed by humans. I believe poetry will drive this home because it can explain the intended message in a simple and artistic way that can be easy to grasp.
Mandinyenya added: “So our goal as Africa Poetry Fair is to drive the beauty of Africa through poetry so those who love poetry can really see what we mean when we say Africa is beautiful.
“It is important for African culture to spread among Africans so that they can learn and adopt their own culture without praising foreign cultures. It is sad that sometimes you find that as Africans, especially in Zimbabwe, we might mirror what the Americans are doing.
Mandinyenya believes that the Africa Poetry Fair project will bring positive results.
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