Byo comics now res­i­dents at the Shoko fes­ti­val

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U40 Cul­tural Lead­er­ship Fel­lows Char­maine Mu­dau and Lisa Si­dambe, who is also U40 Cul­tural Lead­er­ship Fel­low and Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor of Global Af­fairs, par­tic­i­pated at the Women in Arts Fo­rum at the re­cently held Int­wasa Arts Fes­ti­val koBu­l­awayo.

The pair said the event was a suc­cess and opened new av­enues for women in arts.

“This year the fes­ti­val ran un­der the theme ‘re­al­i­ties and ex­pe­ri­ences’. It was in­deed all about re­al­i­ties and amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. It was an hon­our to be given a plat­form to talk pol­icy is­sues on the pro­tec­tion of the girl child in the arts. The in­dus­try tends to turn a blind eye and omit the pro­tec­tion of the girl child in the arts, yet she is an as­set in the in­dus­try.

“What stood out for me in this work­shop was the di­ver­sity in the room. It was well at­tended and al­most ev­ery genre in the cre­ative sec­tor in Bu­l­awayo was rep­re­sented. It was all about cel­e­brat­ing the women in the arts and chal­leng­ing the sta­tus quo. It felt great re­al­is­ing that in as much as I was one of the few young fe­male artistes I had so much to teach the older and le­gendary fe­male cre­atives in Bu­l­awayo. More so, I had the priv­i­lege to do this side by side with Lisa Thelma Si­dambe. I first knew Lisa when we were still stu­dents at the SPAA — Nhimbe and that was 10 years ago, then years later we are both U40 Nhimbe Cul­tural Lead­er­ship fel­lows talk­ing pol­icy and try­ing to add value to the in­dus­try as women in the arts. Thank you, Nhimbe Trust and Int­wasa Arts Fes­ti­val, for the op­por­tu­nity and plat­form to ad­dress is­sues af­fect­ing the girlchild in the arts and for let­ting the women in the arts chal­lenge the sta­tus quo. It was about time,” said Mu­dau.

“In a world where women’s voices are not as au­di­ble as they should be, it is re­ward­ing to be em­pow­ered with trans­for­ma­tive com­pe­ten­cies that would mould us into women who will dis­rupt spa­ces and chal­lenge the sta­tus quo,” said Si­dambe.

Mean­while, Nhimbe Trust has been ap­pointed to Unesco In­terim com­mit­tee. In De­cem­ber 2017 civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions in at­ten­dance at the United Na­tions in Paris met to fos­ter co-or­di­na­tion within civil so­ci­ety in the meet­ings of the gov­ern­ing bod­ies of the 2005 Unesco Con­ven­tion on the Pro­tec­tion and Pro­mo­tion of the Di­ver­sity of Cul­tural Ex­pres­sions, and its im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Next to con­sul­ta­tions on the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Civil So­ci­ety Ac­tiv­ity Re­port and on joint in­ter­ven­tions on agenda items of rel­e­vance to Civil So­ci­ety Or­gan­i­sa­tion (CSO), the nearly 50 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of CSO held dis­cus­sions how to or­gan­ise CSO co­or­di­na­tion in the fu­ture.

The assem­bly de­cided to set up an in­terim Steer­ing Com­mit­tee whose pur­pose was to pro­pose to the 2005 CSO ple­nary in De­cem­ber 2018 the vi­sion and al­ter­na­tive mod­els of gov­er­nance, codes of gov­er­nance and struc­ture for civil so­ci­ety co-or­di­na­tion to act within the THREE years in a row, Bu­l­awayo co­me­di­ans are scoop­ing prizes of com­edy in Shoko Fes­ti­val. In 2016 Shoko Fes­ti­val was cel­e­brat­ing Mandla Da Co­me­dian, in 2017 it was cel­e­brat­ing Maforty and now in 2018 it was Ckany­iso Dat Guy and that is all the proof needed in la­belling Bu­l­awayo com­edy the best.

The Shoko Fes­ti­val is Zim­babwe’s fastest grow­ing in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val and has es­tab­lished it­self as a ma­jor event on Zim­babwe’s an­nual arts cal­en­dar. Shoko is a vi­brant space that hosts ev­ery­thing from live con­certs, com­edy nights, talks and dis­cus­sions, to cut­ting edge pre­sen­ta­tions on tech and new me­dia.

This show was tough for Ckany­iso Dat guy as he was the only per­former from Bu­l­awayo and he had to make Bu­l­awayo proud like his fel­low broth­ers Maforty and Mandla Da Co­me­dian.

In all his per­for­mances that he had played he had never made jokes out of a theme most of his jokes were ran­dom and that made him ner­vous as he has to be stick­ing to a par­tic­u­lar topic and be rel­e­vant.

“The com­pe­ti­tion was tough for me be­cause when I was back stage I heard a guy per­form­ing and his piece was good and that made me doubt my­self. When I looked around the back­stage I saw that I was the only guy for com­edy from Bu­l­awayo and that made me feel out of place but in the back of my mind I told my­self that I will nail my per­for­mance and the Bu­l­awayo gov­ern­ing bod­ies of the Con­ven­tion.

A set of cri­te­ria were iden­ti­fied for the com­po­si­tion of the in­terim Steer­ing Com­mit­tee. Some of its mem­bers were ap­pointed by co-op­ta­tion dur­ing the meet­ings while oth­ers were asked or vol­un­teered to be place hold­ers with the man­date to iden­tify CSO in their re­spec­tive re­gion. The in­terim steer­ing com­mit­tee that will be in place un­til De­cem­ber 2018 is com­posed of two rep­re­sen­ta­tives of each of Unesco’s six elec­toral groups — Africa, Arab states, Asia and the Pa­cific, Europe and North Amer­ica, East­ern Europe and Latin Amer­ica — and two from in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers from Africa are Josh Nyapimbi of Nhimbe Trust and Daves Guzha/ Tojo Roko-toma­lala of Ar­te­rial Net­work.

Where pos­si­ble, in the pe­riod De­cem­ber 20172018 the in­terim CSSC will also co­or­di­nate, mon­i­tor and eval­u­ate the work of CSOs in­volved in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2005 Con­ven­tion, in or­der to pro­duce a fu­ture ac­tiv­ity re­port orally whether orally or in writ­ing fol­low up CSOs in­ter­ac­tion with the Sec­re­tar­iat and Par­ties to se­cure re­sources for the widest par­tic­i­pa­tion of civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions in fu­ture and to fol­low up civil so­ci­ety rec­om­men­da­tions within the frame­work of the 2018-2019 Ac­tion Plan of Par­ties in co­or­di­na­tion and con­sul­ta­tion with the CSO ple­nary. — Nhimbe Trust Cul­ture Lenses guys who had per­formed pre­vi­ous years had won so I had to win also,” said Ckany­iso Dat guy.

Mandla Da Co­me­dian was the first co­me­dian to open doors of win­ning for the Bu­l­awayo com­edy in the Shoko Fes­ti­val. He won his Shoko prize in 2016 and the rest of his Bu­l­awayo broth­ers fol­lowed and that made him proud of Bu­l­awayo com­edy that it has in­vaded Harare. From his view him and his com­edy broth­ers win­ning, it was a way of prov­ing that win­ning is not de­ter­mined by the city you are com­ing from as the guys from the cap­i­tal city al­ways looked down on Bu­l­awayo com­edy.


Ckany­iso Dat Guy

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