Batswana’s top drawer griot is Gorata Mighty Ntshwabi.

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Literature is the creative imagination expressed through both written and spoken word.As a poet and an author I strongly believe that literature is an open boundary to express our feelings with much more freedom and a formula to connect the mind, spiritual being, the inner self, the physical being and the outside world.Through literature our pens grounding and word of mouth speak for us.It is very important as literature pen grounds and spoken words to voice out for the voiceless, be advocates, unearth and preserve literature from grassroots level. poetry is educational, therapeutic and recreational”  Mighty Ntshwambi.

 

 

 

 

A MOUNTAIN FULL  OF SCARS

Many years of deprivation and devastation

Surrounded by pain, fear and despair

Hopes and wishes vanished

Bound in chains in my own closet

Thinking positives no more

Surrounded by bloodshed in any way you may think of

Oceans, lakes, deltas, rivers, dams full of my endless tears gushing out

and flowing like a stream from my eyes

and yet still carried a mountain full of scars

But God why me? Many times I asked.

But then who would I wish it be besides, I frequently asked myself

Because even Jerry the brutal monster my Lord I don’t wish him any pain

 

My lips uttered no negatives all the years

Living a comfortable but untruthful life just to confuse the world

Inside me anger and bitterness rapidly deteriorating

My angry finger pointed at everyone

And guess what Jerry who stole my happiness for decades

was just everyone around

I lost trust in every human creature

And now I’m making new friends

My beloved singing birds, buzzing insects and chanting oceans around

Allow my heart to be filled with gratitude

Allow me to remember the magnificence of me

Unfold these chains so I can spread my wings and fly away

Far away from this mountain full of scars

I say no to Gender Based Violence!

Aluta Continua!

THIS POEM IS DEDICATED TO VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF GENDER BASED VIOLENCE!

 

 

 

 

A DARK CLOUD HOVERS OVER SUDAN

Volcanoes have erupted

Hurricanes have swapped away big dreams of the Sudanese

Rivers flood endless tears

Blood sheds painted their beautiful Sudan red

Young souls transformed into brutal monsters who massacre without pity

Women and girls heartlessly made to easily lose their God given treasures

All hearts bled in sorrow

African Ancestors left mother earth

Looking back

Looking back for freedom, peace and stability

Long live Sudan!

 

In a land filled with natural blessings

Berries, roots and treasures blossomed the atmosphere

All landed on the hands of selfish scavengers

Like selfish hyenas scrambled and never thought of tomorrow

In a land echoing gigantic voices of dictators

Diamond cartels and gold diggers

who never cared when hundreds and thousands

died and suffered from famine

Streets penetrated with gunfire, panic, whips and chaos

War devils who led with spears and arrows

Dictators with dark coated hearts

who smeared their horrific faces with tons and tons of oil and yet still remained shrunk

Long live Sudan!

 

Lord exalt my horn as I speak freedom

Distract my enemies as I speak nothing but truth

Today I instruct you all to stop pointing fingers at the white coats

As you must know you have brought poverty to your own people

Sudan has been transformed into racks by your own sharp dusty hands

And you go on enjoying bread and butter with your families when magnitudes of your

own blood continue to sleep with roaring empty stomachs

Your illiterate minds over controlled you shamefully

Where are the diamonds that once sparkled Sudanese motherland if one may ask?

The minerals that fertilized your mother land?

Long live Sudan!

 

It’s heartbreaking to think of a black coat exchanging feasts with same blood

Our African Ancestors have taught us that the best solution of confrontations is through negotiations

How did you miss this one?

Please allow the innocent souls to taste the sweetness sugar of freedom for the first time ever

It’s time for Sudan’s north and south poles to meet without any friction

Hence allow the prettiest flag to have meaning after decades of years

The blue, yellow and green colors to take over their descriptions,’’The Nile, the Desert and Agriculture

Long live Sudan!

 

 Composed by Gorata Mighty Ntshwabi T/A Poko Boswa!-Botswana

20 September 2019

Performed at the 6th Sotambe Film Festival-Zambia Kitwe-21-29        

September 2019

 

 

 

 

 

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The 6th Sotambe film and documentary festival is one of the most creative art industry that promote literature in both written and oral.

This is a great platform whereby artists from southern Africa network, build relations and bench mark from one another .

I take it that through this kind of festival mentorship, skills development, job creation is established most importantly for the youth.

It is very critical to note that I sincerely appreciate the fact that the festival does not have close boundaries for other art genres such as poetry and music.

I therefore kindly request that the linkage between all the art genres be recognized as just a poem can create a song, a film, dance and a creative visual image.

 

 

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GORATA’S BIOGRAPHY

  • Gorata Mighty Ntshwabi is a Botswana citizen, registered poetess here in as Poko Boswa Poetry my Heritage, Living Arts specialising in both traditional and contemporary poetry both oral and written
  • She is an author of an English poetry book ‘Exploring the Roots Poetry my Heritage, Living Arts self-published in 2016
  • Gorata holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social sciences with majors in Pociology and psychology from Central University of Technology Free State in South Africa and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education in African Languages and Literature from the University of Botswana
  • She works for the Botswana Government as a Senior Gender Officer and her goal is to advocate for the promotion of gender equality, inspire the young generation and unearth talent from grass roots level
  • She is a well-organized, goal oriented and self-driven individual who believes in hard work and fortitude for success
  • She is dedicated to the work of art and willing to contribute a lot to the growth of arts in Botswana and the world
  • Her talent originated from years of childhood where it was well realized during her participative role in school arts and culture groups
  • She is a member of Maruping Poetry Organization, and had an opportunity to mentor young upcoming artists Tlhale Jwa Phala entertainment group, potential youth leaders for the African Women and Leadership Academy and young karatekas for Botswana Defense Force Thebephatswa Air Base Karate Club and some individual youth poets
  • As Poko Boswa, her vision is to focus on building networks for various poetry works such as contemporary poetry, natural and general poetry
  • Poko Boswa’s mission is to establish a linkage of its local supply to the foreign markets
  • Gorata’s poem ‘My Environment my Pride was selected among the best poems published in an anthology entitled ‘Tranquil Peace/Muse ‘for the 2018 11thGuntur International Poetry Festival in India.
  • A number of her poems both contemporary and traditional have been shared through social media and Miombo Publishing Word Press Brave Voices Journal
  • Her English poetry book ‘Exploring the Roots Poetry my Heritage, Living Arts’ has been transcribed into brail for the visually impaired
  • She composes poems and perform in various occasions from social to corporate and has performed in big stages both locally and internationally
  • She believes that poetry is Educational, Therapeutic and Recreational.

 

 

WOMAWORDS CHIEF EDITOR

mbizo-chirasha

 

  • Mbizo Chirasha is the Poet in Residence at the Fictional Café (International publishing and literary digital space). 2019 Sotambe Festival Live Literature Hub and Poetry Café Curator. 2019 African Fellow for the International Human Rights Art Festival( ihraf.org) , Essays Contributor to Monk Art and Soul Magazine in United Kingdom .Arts Features Writer at the International Cultural Weeklyhttps://www.culturalweekly.com › poetivism-new-art-resistance-zimbabwe)Founder and Chief Editor of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/) (. Founder and Curator of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal. Poetry Contributor to AtunisPoetry.com in Belgium. African Contributor to DemerPress International Poetry Book Series in Netherlands. African Contributor to the World Poetry Almanac Poetry Series in Mongolia. His latest 2019 collection of experimental poetry A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT by Mwanaka Media and Publishing and is both in print, on Amazon.com and at is featured at African Books Collective. Mbizo Chirasha is the Originator of the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign. Founder and Creative Director of Girl Child Talent Festival and GirlChildCreativity Project. 2003 Young Literary Arts Delegate to the Goteborg International Book Fair Sweden (SIDA AFRICAN PAVILION) .2009 Poet in Residence of the International Conference of African Culture and Development (ICACD) in Ghana. 2009 Fellow to the inaugural UNESCO- Africa Photo- Novel Publishers and Writers Training in Tanzania. 2015 Artist in Residence of the Shunguna Mutitima International Film and Arts Festival in Livingstone, Zambia. A globally certified literary arts influencer, Writer in Residence and Recipient of the EU-Horn of Africa Defend Defenders Protection Fund Grant, Recipient of the Pen Deutschland Exiled Writer Grant. He is an Arts for Peace and Human Rights Catalyst, the Literary Arts Projects Curator, Poet, Writer, publicist is published in more 200 spaces in print and online.

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