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What would you do if you are given a chance to perform in front of the country’s President? How would you feel if dignitaries applaud your performance?

And if you are at the party with the President, what do you do when the DJ starts playing your favourite tune? Yes, you let it go and start to dance.

But with limited time you have to prove your best from the rest.

This was the case last weekend at the pre-Independence Day Children’s Party held at City Sports Centre when pupils and students were tasked to perform their act in three minutes.

The party, hosted by President Mugabe, ran under the theme “Defending Our Sovereignty and Providing an Enabling Environment for Sustainable Economic Empowerment and Social Transformation”.

President Mugabe took the opportunity to meet and greet children. School representatives from 10 provinces, including the Junior Parliament, assembled at the City Sports Centre to showcase their talents.

Indeed it was minutes of fame and an opportunity to let it shine.

Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces had representatives from different schools who performed music, dance and poetry, among other things.

Though they were each introduced by the host with the schools giving a war-cry or dance, the guests were amazed by how each province gave an account of themselves.

Just like last year, Masvingo province was the crowd favourite as they chanted their slogan in Karanga, leaving many in stitches. “Gushungo . . . Masvingo netara” goes the war cry.

The students put up a scintillating performance, even in the limited time. The crowd was left in awe as the children presented their talent.

St James Primary from Mashonaland East was the best of them all as they had dancers from the age of 10 whose energetic moves left the guests speechless.

Even President Mugabe could be seen nodding his head in appreciation of the talent showcased by the youngsters. Children were treated to some snack packs, printed white t-shirts, flags, caps, music and dance.

Guest artiste Shinsoman drove the crowd into wild mood with his hit songs such as Mawaya-waya, Ndakupenga and Bata Panorwadza.

The situation got worse but good when the students had to ask Shinsoman for more before singing-along with the dancehall chanter.

Child President Ntandoyenkosi Moyo said the most important thing for Independence is to observe your freedom.

“Freedom is not just being free but it is also to use the opportunities that surround you.

“We are just lucky that we are born-frees and we are the chosen generation. I congratulate Zimbabwe for turning 34 years of Independence and let us help each other in developing it,” he said. Miss Harare Junior 2014 Yolanda Chimbarami, who came with her sisters to the party, said Independence Day celebrations are a special event on the country’s calendar that needs to be respected.

“To celebrate our country’s independence shows the unity that is among us as Zimbabweans and it should be something that we will always cherish. It is a day that resembles the birth of our country and that should forever be treasured,” she said.

A student representing Matabeleland North province, Nqobile Mawoyo, said Independence Day was a reminder of what the heroes went through during the liberation struggle.

“We have come all the way from Matabeleland to join the rest of the country in celebrating our independence.

“This is a day when all our tribulations came to an end after we successfully fought for our freedom from Britain,” he said.

The party is an annual occasion. Zimbabwe celebrated its 34th Independence anniversary last week, having attained independence from colonial rule in 1980.

Source : The Herald