June 7, 2013

Patsime casts writing net wide

Filed under: Arts,Social scene — Nhaudzenyu @ 2:32 pm
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Face of a winner... Obriel Mupokosa showing off his certificate

Face of a winner… Obriel Mupokosa showing off his certificate

By Nhau Mangirazi
Karoi-Obriel Mupokosa of Chiedza Karoi is the winner of Patsime Trust’s Buddyz for Luv essay writing competition in Karoi as they cast their net wide in promoting writing culture in youths.
The school situated in the outskirts of Karoi’s new suburb of Chiedza was established as a satellite school in 2007 with an enrolment of 700 pupils and it is proving that there is future on writers like Mupokosa.
The Form Two student says writing is a passion and is happy to write stories on social issues.
‘’I must admit that the story is a personal creation to reflect the reality of our society. Some people are not opening up on their HIV status and are moody. Some are dying in silence. People must open up and they must be assisted at all costs. Health issues must not be secretive’’ Mupokosa explains.
In his essay, he explores a story of an aunt who failed to tell him that she was HIV positive and did not want him to know that she was taking on Anti retroviral drugs, a situation pushed by stigmatization.
Later he discovered that the tablets she always kept as a secret were being distributed at a local clinic monthly.
He confronted her and she wept forcing him to write the essay ending words …’’that is how I discovered that my aunt was HIV positive’’
The writers’ club patron Mr. Luckson Handiseni says they formed the club two years ago with twelve participants.
‘’I am glad that Patsime Trust is assisting us in nurturing talent especially on writing. Obriel story proved that talents are natural and his story was well written and is understood easily’’ says Handiseni who is an English language teacher.
Though the school is among several of satellite schools in farms where they transformed tobacco barns as classroom blocks, with students like Mupokosa there is hope that talented writers will soon grace our newspapers and books from Karoi.
Skumbuzo Sibanda who gave the prizes says Patsime Trust is empowering the youths through writing skills.
‘’If the youths can write on social issues like health, divorcees, education among others, then they are empowered to guard themselves against abuses by relatives or any one. We are grateful on Patsime gesture’’ says Sibanda who is Karoi based Baptism of Fire theater group director.


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