HARARE – Sympathy Sibanda-Ngwenya, a rising poet and songwriter, has released an anthology 57-poem book, titled Matters of Life.
Sibanda-Ngwenya, 26, says she has an intrinsic passion for poetry, performing arts and humanitarian work.
Born and bred in the dusty streets of Chitungwiza, she is a sociology graduate from the University of Zimbabwe.
Currently, she is working for a leading faith-based humanitarian organisation in Zimbabwe.
She has worked with the writers’ organisations, including Budding Writers Association of Zimbabwe and Win Zimbabwe International.
“The anthology serves to inspire and motivate everyone,” she told the Daily News.
“Far from the demands of performing arts and my professional work, I come from a sound Christian background having been born to committed Adventist parents.”
“Much of my education was at Adventist institutions and I remain an ardent Christian to this day.
“The series is a collection of moralistic poems that aim at not only advising but entertaining as well as ensuring a positive attitude towards life.”
“It targets people from all walks of life, encompassing all aspects and facets of the physical realm. It is also targeted at empowering, thrilling, as well as educating people.”
The anthology includes love poems, those on abortion, incest and other issues.
A first-born child in a family of four, she has given a business slant to her passion.
She runs Dunamis Poetry Consultancy where she offers live poetry performances during corporate and social functions.
“I also run a special occasion small gifts business where I craft special messages for loved ones in commemoration and celebration of anniversaries, weddings and birthdays,” she said.
“The messages are either attached to gift cards or any other gifts as requested by the client.”
In addition to the poetry, Sibanda-Ngwenya wrote five gospel songs on the album In his Bossom, which were performed by Sylvia Hapazari, Marshall Gatsi, Yonnie Munyoro-Ndoro, Tryie Ngwenya and Tafadzwa Mutswakatira.
Songs on the album are 2000 years ago, Hold My Hand O Lord, On His Bossom, Come Lord Jesus and Beautiful.
“It is a direct translation of poems from my yet to be published Christian poems anthology titled On His Bosom,” she said.
“In this album, I also gave a chance to unheralded musicians to perform the songs that are a delight to listen to.”