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News in brief - Date: 25 August 2019
Written by: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho / Viewed: 565
Two poets from Vhembe District, Matodzi Magoro and Patrick Khosa, won the Avbob Poetry Competition for poems in the Tshivenda and Xitsonga language categories respectively.
Matodzi lives in Davhana Balanganani village outside Vuwani. The Tshivenda category judge was gripped by her poem, Nga duvha langal vhufhelo.
“My love for poetry dates back to my high-school days, and since then I have never looked back,” she said. “I believe I was born a poet, as it has always come so naturally to me.”
Her motivation for entering the competition was her affinity for the Avbob brand, and she saw the competition as an opportunity to put her talent to good use and write in her mother tongue.
Khosa is a security officer and site supervisor and he hails from Shimange village, near Giyani. He has been writing for as long as he can remember and has crafted over 200 poems since 2010 – mainly written on his mobile phone – and has just finished his first novel. He won the prize for his poem Emahandzeni.
“A form of expression of my emotions,” he said. “I am able to confine myself within my emotions and it is through poetry that I get to express my feelings. I soothe my emotions through poetry.”
The Avbob Poetry Competition is the first platform he has used to express himself. He entered in the first and second year and feels the competition has reignited a spark of hope in him – and has empowered him to follow his dreams.
AVBOB CEO Frik Rademan said: “In our darkest hour, we all need upliftment and consolation. And so, we built the themes of love, hope and birth into the competition. The Avbob Poetry Competition serves to address our collective need for comfort and care."
Both winners received a R10 000 cash prize and a R2 500 book voucher.
The Avbob Poetry Competition is currently open. It runs between 1 August and 30 November 2019. For more information on entry criteria, visit www.avbobpoetry.co.za.
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Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.