Poetry finalist Mambondiani promises fireworks at CRAFT festival

THE Creative Reproductive health Arts For Transformation (CRAFT) festival poetry finalist Bridgetti Mambondiani has promised a stellar performance when she takes to the stage on October 22 at the SAYWHAT organised finals to be hosted in Harare.

The CRAFT festival is running under the theme: “Amplifying Young People’s Voices on Sexual Reproductive Health and Gender Based Violence through Art.”

Mambondiani who is a third-year law student at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) has been involved in written poetry for years, with The CHASE Competition providing her with a platform to try out performing it.

Her triumph will see her battling it out for the coveted top title against some of the most talented youths in the country.

“The thing that moves me more in life and makes me put more effort is from my siblings because they look up to their sister, so I send that image that they have to be go-getters.

“You should expect fireworks because I am all in, I am all prepared, I am sure you are also preparing your fire presentations. Yes it is a competition but let us have fun, enjoy and network,” said Mambondiani.

Born in Mutare, she lost her mother to stomach cancer at a young age and was brought up by her uncle in Chitungwiza.

A decorated and academically gifted student, she was head girl at Jonasi secondary school at form three, junior parliamentarian and later senator for Seke rural.

“Bridgetti lost her mother to stomach cancer at a very early age, it was a painful thing for her, you could tell then,” said her uncle in conversation with SAYWHAT.

“You can choose to be affected by that sort of event in two ways, you can let it crumble you and collapse to its effect of take strength from it.

“She has got a certain drive and she has had it from a young age. She drew strength from that calamity in her life.

“Once she sets her mind to something she would definitely be successful, even at a young age she was like that.”

This is the first edition of The CRAFT festival which will be bring together provincial CHASE winners in music, poetry, drama and public speaking.

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