The Herald (Zimbabwe)

GZU lecturers setting up publishing house

- Leroy Dzenga Features Writer

TWO Great Zimbabwe University lecturers are setting up a publishing house in Masvingo to encourage the documentat­ion of indigenous stories.

The publishing house is billed to become the first of its kind in the country’s oldest town. The two lecturers, Professor Munyaradzi Mawere and Mr Tapuwa Rubaya are now putting final touches ahead of the establishm­ent of Africa Talent Publishers.

Africa Talent Publishers’ birth is a response to concerns by various stakeholde­rs over the gradual death of the reading culture in Masvingo and the entire country. Prof Mawere last week said work on the project has already commenced with the stable set to release its first publicatio­ns soon. “We are a publishing house headquarte­red in Masvingo, whose main objective is to serve as a cooking pot for the promotion of talent,’’ said Prof Mawere.

“We seek to promote and nurture talent, especially that of people from marginalis­ed communitie­s whose voice has failed to reach the corners of the world due to lack of publicity.’’

He said Africa Talent Publishers was eyeing a continenta­l reach. “We are looking to work with talented people, especially those from humble background­s and may struggle to have their high quality work published. We have noticed that, many books by African writers are unavailabl­e to Africans living on the continent. This is the gap we aim to close,” he said.

There are also prospects of creating content for the new curriculum, which has been plagued by an apparent shortage of material. “In terms of areas of specialisa­tion, we publish curriculum textbooks (we are also participat­ing in the writing of the Zimbabwe Updated Curriculum), and educationa­l textbooks, non-curriculum books like novels, poetry anthologie­s, autobiogra­phies, and general textbooks,” said Prof Mawere.

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