IHRAF Books Publishes Voices of Africa, a Pan-African Poetry Blockbuster
Voices of Africa: A Call for Freedom
It is not a secret that Africa is a beautiful continent, a wonderful global region endowed with multi-cultural humanity, a wealth of raw indigenous accents, tribes, and clans. Africa glows with the gleam of the ever-smiling humanity and womanity, the glory of the ever-shining moon and sun. The face of Africa is written unto great riverbeds of the Nile, Pongola, Zambezi and more. The stunning tropical rainforests offer a greenbelt that beautifies Africa like a gorgeous bride strutting in a dark green militant wedding gown on its wedding day.
Africa is a song. It is a song of Tanganyika, Azania, Ghana, Madzimbabwe. It is a song carved in the heart on Nzinga, Nehanda, Kinjikitile, Nefertiti, Nomvula Madikizela, Mama Kakurukazi Mungunda, Mandela, Lumumba, Nkurumah, Achebo, Neto, Senghor and more.
Nevertheless, today Africa is a living irony, a breathing paradox. Former African liberators are now unrepentant Napoleons drinking the rich yellow of freedom eggs. In the Sudan, children are squashed under the grind of bullet thuds. In Kisangani, mothers drink tears of war for breakfast. In Maiduguri, lives crush under the terrorist metal shoes like anopheles. Cameroon is a den of voracious tigers and vivacious lions. Mali consciences are buried in sand dunes. In Azania, South Africa, the stomach of the gun sings more baritone than guitar strings. In Zimbabwe, corruption is the polish to spruce up parliament tarmacs.
Africa is a living paradox. It chokes dissenting voices to extinction and thrashes freedom voices to smithereens like millet. This volume fights back against all of that, with the pen that is mightier than the sword.
Voices of Africa: A Call for Freedom, published by IHRAF (International Human Rights Arts Festival) Books, is an exhibition of brave, candid, and militant voices, voices calling for freedom, freedom from autocracy, independent from manipulation, liberation from pseudo-revolutionary movements, corruption-oiled ideological imbeciles sniffing damning propaganda in political corridors, turning political seats and presidential castles into butchers and looting machines. This collection sends a powerful message to African political, economic, and cultural leadership. The Voices will sanitize the unrepentant legions we call leaders into morality and sanity. This anthology is a mix of multi-cultural African poetry of all regions and all ages super-powered by the solidarity of an international breed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 Weekly. His Profiles, Interview and Poems are featured on poesis.si in Slovenia. Founder and Chief Editor of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. Founder and Curator of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal. Co-Editor of Street Voices Poetry triluangal collection (English, African Languages and Germany) initiated by Andreas Weiland in Germany. 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 was released by Mwanaka Media and Publishing and 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. The Vice President of Poets of the WORLD, poetasdelmundo.com, African Region. Global Peace Chain Ambassador. 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.