11 May 2014

SHE by Vuyokazi S Yonke


Golden sun rises with her smile
Constant as layer of blue sky high
Nurturing as Kalahari desert rains
Unmoving as Kilimanjaro plains
Grounded as ancient evergreen trees
Gentle as a tropical sea breeze
Enchanting as elusive blue moon
Beautiful as a fragile rosebud in June
Resourceful as Queen of the jungle
Challenging as an unsolved puzzle
Fierce as crashing Transvaal thunder
Strong as voices unified together
Precious as blushing pink sapphire
Warm as winter's smouldering fire
Natural as bountiful Mother Earth
Valuable as each life giving breath


High Priestess

She rises carrying the hopes of humanity
She smiles conveying joys of femininity
All her efforts encompassed with humility
The beauty within you and in me
The golden sunrise shines with her smile.

11 February 2014

Badilisha Poetry

Badilisha Poetry

You got scribbles hidden away in a book, on a page...maybe waiting for some kind of stage? Looking for a platform to showcase your work???
Well..Badilisha Badilisha Poetry X-Change plays out its vision through Badilisha Radio. The project has been created to encourage and present:

Platforms for the exposure and growth of unheard voices;

Opportunities for established and aspirant poets to engage with each other and their work for mutual benefit through networking and skills transfer;

Diverse genres of poetic expression including performance and multi-media;

Access to wider market places utilising these media; and

Spaces for discussion and debate, as a means to explore and mature the poetic form as a tool for social activism.

Read more below on how to submit!


February Newsletter 2014

Greetings friends!

A special greeting to all the wonderful lovers in the world. You may not even be in a love relationship currently, but trust, there is someone out there that loves you, wholeheartedly! Love is all around!

What’s new with the blog?

1. There is a link that shows the 3 most popular posts on the blog. Scroll down the UWWUL blog page.
2. You can also subscribe by email l to the blog so that when a new post has been made, you will be the first to receive it conveniently to your personal email address.
(Your email address will remain private; your details are secure and will not be shared.)
3. A writing contest with a prize worth $1000. More info click on this link http://uwritewhatulike.blogspot.com/2014/01/writing-contest-1000usd-prize.html
4. Original poetry by Bonnie “Bo”Petersen, it’s titled Maybe Tomorrow. Here is the link http://uwritewhatulike.blogspot.com/2014/01/maybe-tomorrow.html
5. This month we also remember the life and contribution of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe 05 December 1924-27 February 1978. Lest we forget...

What are you reading?

I’ve recently read the book The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. The book is written with such sensitivity and an understanding of our spiritual journeys. I carry this book in my bag!
“Then the gates of his heart were flung open, and his joy flew far over the sea.”
What are YOU reading? Do you have a book you would like to recommend? Share!

What are you writing?
If YOU are not reading are you atleast writing? This month’s challenge is to pen a piece that is centered around LOVE.
Make sure to check out all the poetry posted on the Facebook group wall.
If you have any literature centred news/event/project you want to spread to many, you can post it to the Facebook group wall: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=65172951976

YOU can also become a contributor to the UWWUL blog and share with multitudes,contact me for that.
Thank YOU all for the support on this blog, page views so far: 12,827. I would like to welcome home the new members of this fam!

Yours in literacy,

17 January 2014

Maybe Tomorrow

Maybe tomorrow this world will relate.
Maybe tomorrow, I pray… Be my fate!
Alone… desperate, unstoppable fear…
I won’t be without you,
All I need is you near.

Maybe tomorrow we’ll wake up embracing.
Maybe tomorrow will see us not chasing…
An instant of serendipity, a burst of sudden reason!
We’ll begin our forever.
Our love for all seasons!

Maybe tomorrow, I’ll say it again…
There’ll be no more ridicule,
God would have spoken it away
We’ll be as the universe and elements created
A love-force majestic
Untouched by their hatred!

(This was sent to me through email by Bonnie Bo Petersen)

16 January 2014

Washington Fellowship Application Information

Washington Fellowship Application Information

International Education, Youth, Africa
Due - January 27, 2014


The Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. The Washington Fellowship, which begins in 2014, will bring 500 young leaders to the United States each year for academic coursework and leadership training and will create unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries.

The online application for the Washington Fellowship is currently available. Completed applications, including all supporting documents, are due by 12:00 midnight Eastern Standard Time, January 27, 2014. All applications must be submitted via the online application system. The application instructions provide detailed information regarding the financial provisions of the fellowship, eligibility and selection criteria for the program, and details on applying. Please read the application instructions carefully prior to beginning the application. We recommend printing these instructions and referring to them while completing the application.

If you have questions about the application, please email washingtonfellowship@irex.org

Participating countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Additional Links
U.S. Department of State Young African Leaders Initiative


15 January 2014

Media Internships at Bush Radio



News has always been an important part of the stations programming. We are looking for 4 recruits for the newsroom. You do not need a formal qualification to apply but should fulfill the criteria listed below.

Are you…

Curious, adventurous, always looking for a story, willing to hunt down a source, hungry to learn, energetic, able to speak, write and read in English & Afrikaans/Xhosa, willing to explore new frontiers in media?

Would you like to…

Record sound, conduct interviews, compile bulletins, read bulletins, take pictures, record video, cover events, test your skills LIVE to a listening and online audience of over 375 000 people, build your career and profile?

If your answer to the above is yes, then a volunteer news trainee position in the Bush Radio newsroom is for you.

You will be required full-time and to work shifts (06h00 – 14h00 and 10h00 –18h00 –including weekend and public holiday shifts.)

You will not receive payment! This is a volunteer internship at Africa’s leading community radio station. Training allowance of R500 per month for 3 months (probation), increased to R 1000 thereafter, non negotiable for 9 months.

Shortlisted candidates will be put through a combination written test (for computer skills, language, general knowledge) and a voice test.


Bush Radio 89.5 FM, Africa’s oldest community radio station project is offering local internships in its programming department for 4 trainee producers.

The internship runs for 2014 and is fulltime*.

No formal qualifications are required but the candidates must be computer literate and understand, write and read English and one other indigenous language.

The internship provides opportunities for the candidates to develop skills in media with a specific focus on radio broadcasting but will include areas of new media and television.

*Fulltime is Monday to Friday, either (06h00 – 02h00, 08h00 – 16h00, 09h00 – 17h00, 10h00 – 18h00 or 11h00 – 19h00).

Job description for trainee producer:

* Generate interview ideas

* Research topics for programme

* Schedule and liaise with guests

* Assist presenter with drafting questions before and during interviews

* Research, package and present certain programme elements (community notices, updates, tips etc)

* Liaise with listeners regarding programme

* Take photographs / video

* Updating blogs/websites

* Presenting as needed / capable

* Participate in outside broadcasts or events

You will not receive payment! This is a volunteer internship at Africa’s leading community radio station. Training allowance of R500 per month for 3 months (probabtion), increased to R 1000 thereafter, non negotiable for 9 months.

Shortlisted candidates will be put through a combination written test (for computer skills, language, general knowledge) and a voice test.

How to sumbit your application:

Decide which internship you would like to apply for.

Only emailed applications will be considered.

In the subject line clearly state either:

News Internship 2014 Application + Your Name + Surname


Programming Internship 2014 Application + Your Name and Surname

Applications should include the following:

* Motivation letter (minimum 500 words)

* CV with at least 2 contactable references

* Any documentation (certificates/portfolio etc) to assist application

All applications to feedback@bushradio.co.za

Application deadline: 19 January 2014 @ 20h00

Bush Radio reserves the right not to make an appointment – Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted – No correspondence will be entered into.

10 January 2014

Writing Contest 1000USD prize


THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE 1,000 US DOLLARS Submissions to be received from January 6th to May 5th 2014 midday, East African Time. Guidelines for submissions:

• It is open to ALL African poets who will not have published a full-length collection of poetry by May 2014

• Submissions should be original, in English and not more than 40 lines. Times New Roman or Arial, single-spaced and size 12. Local languages are accepted only if English translations are sent alongside them

• Send a maximum of three poems and a minimum of one poem to bnpoetryaward@mail.com as a word attachment. DO NOT include your name or contact details on the poem itself

• The subject line should read, “BNPA 2014”

• Include your name, email address, country or birth and country of permanent residence, telephone number and the titles of your poems in the body of the email

• The submissions will be accepted from January 6th to May 5th 2014

• More details on the face book page, Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, on the blog http://bnpoetryaward.blogspot.com and website http://www.bnpoetryaward.co.ug

The judges Kgafela oa Magogodi: South African poet, director and musician. He is currently completing a co-writing project for a musical stage play, The Book Of REBELATIONS . Published books include Thy Condom Come (2000) and Outspoken (2004).

Joanne Arnott: Award-winning Canadian poet and writer. Her first book of poetry, Wiles of Girlhood (1991) won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry (1992). Her newest publication of poetry is, A Night for the Lady (Ronsdale, fall 2013)

Richard Ali: Author of City of Memories, Chief Operations Officer of Parrésia Publishers Ltd and Publicity Secretary [North] of Association of Nigerian Authors. Richard is also Editor-in-Chief of the Sentinel Nigeria Magazine and was a runner-up at the 2008 John la Rose Short Story Competition.


Manuscripts of knowledge by MPOBA KNOWLEDGE MONYEKE

Manuscripts of knowledge

Take me through a journey by a telescopic view of history
Siyavuma makhosi sa mochonoko a binela hlophe
Le 'na nkenye lenakeng la motheo
Tebisa kepi Sesothong, fepa kelello eaka ka lioelioetla
Tsa nalane hotsoa sesiung sa tsebo e manoni

Nthute sehaeso se monate ntho ena ke
Makhea monate oa eona o kena pelong
E re le 'na ke kene khabong hoea linakeling
Ke tle jare ak'a masasa ke lebe mangaung,
Ka bosiu ba lelingoana o mphe mekhabo-puo
Ke tle ke khabe ha boesa ke ithoka

Mpinele maele,tsebo e oele tsebeng tsaka
Sa marotholi a liphara a pula tsa molubela
Ha li ngobetsa the dry of soil of my land.
Ke anye e letsoele le mohasula
Ke imone monoana ka sokotso le mafura
La khomo ea lebese 'malihlofa
Khomo e sisang bese la mofuta tlhalefo

Nthute sehaeso se seke sa timela ke shebile.
Like a receptive child sitting at ifo attentively
Listening to nkhono narrating historic stories of
Ancient Basotho nation walking through the passage of Ntsoana-tsatsi;
Embarking on a journey all the way to the mountain kingdom
The kingdom in the sky, Boroa ba Afrika.

Teach me Basotho Ethics, I’m listening to you
Nthute hore; motho ke motho ka batho ba bang
Matsoho a hlatsoana, ts’oele le beta poho
Etsoe letsema ke matla,
O ka nketsang ha e hae motse
Motse ho ahoa oa morapeli- motlola thapelo!
Nthute mekhoa le maele a baholo-holo baka

Nthute sehaeso ke itsebe
Engineer words, i will write syllables
In my praise poetry and let it be carried by the wailing
Wind to recite a eulogy on top of Thaba-Bosiu
To pay homage to my forefathers
My trend-setters and my road pavers

Nthute le 'na ke tle ke tsebe hoea
Molutsoaneng ke ilo bua le Rare
Molimo o moholo Jere,Tlhatlha-macholo
A re kolobetse ka keleli tsa mariha le hlabula
Lesotho le apereloe ke nala

Thena khoroa li ehlabe ka sefea-maeba
Khobe re hlabe ka lemao, re jele poqo ka hlanaka
Unleash the proverbial manuscripts and let me learn from you
I’m a child constantly yearning for indigenous ancient knowledge

25 April 2010

05 January 2014

Fresh Year with a Fresh Blog

Greetings! Please come wioth us on a new journey on Wordpress. I have been having issues with this current blog as to the appearance of the blog posts. Join us here: http://afropoetic.wordpress.com/

04 January 2014

Music from Empress Tallowah

Hi All

Find the link to my song

This song is about how we fear to look inside ourselves yet we find it easy to to look outside ourselves. We seek answers without instead of seeking them within.....and when we do. We find wealth and life secrets.

The link to my song: http://soundcloud.com/mpresstallowah-phindile-suntsha/ungasabi-empresstallowah

Love and Light

Phindile Tallowah Suntsha

2014 Update

Greetings all!
My most sincere apologies for not updating this blog in such a long time. I will need assistance with an energetic and passionate individual to share the responsibilities of updating this blog, at least twice a month!

Update:the last update was made on the 14th of March 2012. At that stage I had started with a new job, financially rewarding and also stressful as crazy. I had since left that company and joined another company for a year. And now its 2014 and new opportunities are still presenting themselves.

In December 2011 I became a mom to an energy crammed young man, he is my life! May I please have updates from your side, to catch up?
Any new writings, events, success, and publications?? In 2013 I wrote an impressive poem, 2012 I did not produce any new material. My last original work was in July of 2011, I was pregnant at that particular time.
Work and motherhood took over, and I was scarce on social networks (twitter and facebook and this blog).

Lets revive this poetic fire and keep it burning as we start fresh and anew this year. I will post the material submitted to our email.

~Infinite Love!~

The Hall of Fame