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MureHwa town pulsated into youthful life last weekend after teens shone in what was one of the most exciting cultural events of the year. Poetry, music, dance and drama were all present in quality and quantity at a function held at a ground opposite Chikuhwa Primary School in Katiyo area.

And of course, Cool Lifestyle was there because we had been told that teens would be the stars of the show. And we were not to be disappointed as the various offerings on show proved that Murehwa is a cultural melting pot.

Thank goodness the students from Chikuhwa Primary and Secondary Schools, Zaranyika Primary, Chitimbe Primary, Mashambanhaka, Mutawatawa and Marowa Primary School, among others, who turned up in their numbers eventually got chances to do their thing.

Besides the fun, some good things came out of the gathering.

Five students from Chikuhwa Primary School were awarded with school fees vouchers for the whole year courtesy of the area MP.

Speaking to Cool Lifestyle, 11-year-old Takunda Mauswe, who recited a poem on “Remembering Our Fallen Heroes” and also a beneficiary of the school fees voucher, said he was happy that they have been given an opportunity to showcase their talents.

“We felt honoured and humbled to perform in front of many villagers as it was our dream come true. Actually, it is not new to us but what is new are the chiefs, politicians and journalists, which made us to do more than rehearsed because we know that one day we will be recognised,” he said.

Takunda said it took him two days to write and recite the poem.

“We are always prepared and we want to demystify the notion that rural teens are not intelligent and don’t have SWAG.

“We have everything, but the challenges are opportunities and resources. We all know those things that some teenagers are boasting around,” explained Takunda.

He urged parents and stakeholders to support the child as this develops the nation.

Portia Marasha (15) from Mashambanaka Primary School said parents should accept that their children have interests and hobbies that may be different to the ones they are accustomed to.

“We should not be afraid to showcase our talents because my parents want me to be a doctor or a lawyer.

“Talent is an in-born thing while being a doctor is acquired through education. This helps to show that you are interested in what you are doing and to find ways of including these in the family-based ones that you’d like them to embrace,” she said.

Portia said we should not always blame the parents on arts but let the inner you come out.

“Prove to them that you can. Some teenagers and parents are idolising some local artists that performed here. Celebrate your child’s cultural identity and encourage them to get involved in activities that bring them into direct contact with their culture,” she said.

The mbakumba dancer said her dream was to dance at big festivals like HIFA and Chibuku Neshamwari.

“The problem is that most organisers think Harare is the only talented city. Yes, it is the capital city and backbone of Zimbabwe, but Murehwa is rich in culture.

“Given a chance I would want to dance on big shows to prove my prowess. Stop selecting children from Harare only,” she pleaded.

“We hope that this is coming straight from our mouths to the ears of the various organisers and very soon we will be seeing children from all over also performing in Harare,” she said.

Source : The Herald

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