Poets unite to fight GBV: Q Malewezi to perform at Chanco Saturday

As the battle against gender based violence continues, Chancellor Collage’s Youth Action Movement in partnership with ‘no child left behind’ have organized a poetry show at Chancellor Collage in Zomba where among other thing poets are expected to address gender based violence issues.

Q Malewezi to perform

Julius Banda

Nthanda Manduwi to be key speaker

Scheduled to start at 7 o’clock in the evening the show will take place in the little theatre on Saturday 23 September 2017.

One of the poets, who is also the founder of No child left Behind organization, Julius Jules Banda told Nyasa Times that the project is aimed at raising awareness and spark conversation that will go a long way in an efforts to fight against gender based violence on campus and Malawi at large.

“We targeted Chanco because of our first-hand experience with gender based violence where girls are harassed from time to time and because Chanco is a great environment to influence social change”, Banda said

He added “It is also homecoming event for us because Chancellor Collage is the place that has influenced our careers as artists hence it would be wise to go back and give back with an initiative that will challenge students just like it does for us the corporate world”.

Banda further said they are optimistic that the event will not only entertain but also influence a revolution that will challenge men to stand up for women and women stand up for themselves.

Performances will be made by renowned poet in the Land Qabaniso Malewezi, Julius Jules Banda and Keynote speaker will be Nthanda Manduwi (Miss Malawi first Princess) and other Supporting poets including Phindu Banda, Watipaso Nungu, Sumeya Issa and Geoffrey Kamwendo among others

In a separate Interview Qabaniso Malewezi said he is prepared enough to dish out the best performance saying it is now time to use art in the fight against Gender based violence.

“I am ready for the event. Chanco is always electric so I am looking forward to performing there again. The show has come at a very crucial time when the issue of Gender Based Violence is being discussed at various levels and I am looking forward to contributing my thoughts on the matter via spoken word “He said

Malewezi said the issue of Gender based violence needs collective efforts if the battle is to be won.

“Together we will forge ahead in fighting against gender based violence until it’s over. May not be now but we will continue to carry it forward with others too”.

To be hosted by Jacqueline Mtanthiko the show will attract an entry fee of K2 000 per head and proceeds will be used to fund campaigns against Gender Based violence.

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