Solomonic features Zambia’s ex-sex worker in new play

One of the country’s English theatre groups, Solomonic Peacocks has taken a step further in its quest for theatrical advancement by featuring a former Zambian ex-sex worker, Precious Kawinga in a new play, Seal of Confession.

Apart from the play, Kawinga and Solomonic have partnered to work in a project aimed at reforming commercial sex workers and promote girl child rights.

Kawinga who was one of the contenders in Zambia’s Africa Unite Television, Ready for Marriage reality show, forged the partnership with Solomonic Peacock last month and is expected to launch her project in Malawi in September this year.

Precious Kawinga: In Seal of Confession

In a telephone interview from Zambia, Kawinga  said:“It’s not my first time to act. I have acted before and it will be my pleasure to showcase my talent to Malawians apart from promoting my project, which is my main aim of coming that side.”

Advocacy

Kawinga said apart from acting she is expected to have meeting with some of non-governmental organizations dealing with issue of HIV and Aids as well as some commercial sex workers.

She said she would use her stage performance I the Seal of Confession to civic educate people on the issue of HIV and Aids.

“This is an ongoing project and is targeting everyone. And I urge families to come to my shows so that we have discussions. I am a certified HIV and Aids counselor so I have knowledge on these issues. And being an HIV positive person myself, I would like to use that as a tool to help those infected to live positive life. And not only those infected by everyone because this is a problem affecting the whole world,” she said.

Kawinga said through the project she would have talks with political and religious leaders on how to deal with challenges resulting from the virus as well as reaching an agreement on how to mobilize resources to fight the pandemic, which has devastated the African continent.

Launch

Solomonic Director Macarthur Matukuta disclosed that Seal of Confession will be premiered on September 8 in the Capital City Lilongwe before a follow up performance at Steers Garden on September 9 in Blantyre.

“Kawinga is expected to be in the country this Friday. We are hoping that at the end of the project we will have managed to help as many sex workers as possible out of the trade, and contribute effectively to the fight against HIV and Aids pandemic,” Matukuta said.

He added: “Apart from being featured in our new 2012 production, seal of Confession, Kawinga and Solomonic will be implementing a project whose core objective is to transform sex workers into responsible citizens. I don’t think one would dream of becoming sex worker, most of them are forced into it due to various circumstances, and that is why we agreed to work on this project”.

Project

Matukuta also said the pilot phase of the project will target commercial sex workers plying their trade in townships and cites, starting with the commercial city of Blantyre before extending it to other areas.

“The project also encompasses issues of girl child. Apart from dealing with issues of HIV and Aids, we thought it right to include the subject, and we expect to work with other institutions that deal in girl child issues in order to effectively reach our goal,” he said.

While in the country Kawinga, as part of the project, will be holding pep-talk sessions and series of seminars with targeted sex workers, helping them how to realize their life goals and take leading role in the fight against the deadly pandemic.

In Malawi commercial sex working is illegal despite the fact many young girls are getting into the trade at faster rate due to poverty among other factors.

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