Mala boldly interrogates the present day African with a poetic whip in his hand. his pen is his whipping sjmbok. The poem “Refugees” reflects the rot that stinks in African rondavels: “Out of their abodes, something pulled them: natural – earthquake, flood, eruption, tsunami… man-made – strike, coup, war, terrorism… War and terror are the worst of them all.” The poem grapples with pain, displacement, identity crisis and lack of belongingness. And these are contemporary African crises, which have become generational, even after the calamities of slavery and colonialism. These tragic crises mainly come from within; they are perpetuated by warlords, poor governance, terrorism, banditry, despotism and corruption by the post-independent African leadership. In the same poem, the poet also points out how the angry finger of God contributes to nature-caused tragedies: earthquakes, floods, eruptions and tsunamis. These natural tragedies are not only threatening the African child but also go beyond African borders
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Digital Bonfire Conversations with Iconic IHRAFs Thomas Block.
IHRAF or the International Human Rights Art Festival is an iconic art for human rights platform. A Haven of freedom voices. The global Human Rights and Arts Culture Activism brand is endowed with creative excellence, artistic diversity, versatility and organizational prowess. On the 23rd of April 2020, before the beloved earth got dressed in night gowns and before owls began to announce their deathly anthems. Mbizo Chirasha, the Editor of the New Brave Voices Press and the IHRAF 2019 Fellow and The Iconic Artistic Curator and Iconic Producer Thomas Block of IHRAF sat beside the digital bonfire, somewhere near the fontanel of the Internet jungle. Thomas Block brought with him ripe IHRAF berries ,a jug of fermented literary gin and an artistic lantern . Mbizo Chirasha wielded a pen, a green-leaf writing pad and of course a poetry waxed voice box. It is encouraging to discuss and archive Excellence. Thank you, Thomas Block, and the IHRAF Team for the good work and for affording us this great opportunity to enjoy the ripening IHRAF berries. EXCLUSIVE -* BRAVE VOICES PRESS, Editor*