Lilongwe: A renowned poet, Robert Chiwamba has come up with a poetry competition dubbed The Chiwamba Challenge which will run from 6th to 8th of December, 2018.
In an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Friday, Chiwamba said the challenge which is in two categories, one for children, and another one for adults, is aimed at appreciating the support that he gets from his fans as well as to give children a platform and motivation to take part in poetry as a future generation.
I strongly believe that for poetry to continue, there has to be a proper handover between the now generation and the up and coming generation. The children’s challenge is therefore meant to inspire kids to take more interest in poetry for continuity sake.
On the other hand, the challenge for the adults is an appreciation of the support they have always been giving me and poetry in general, said Chiwamba.
He said he wants to have a close relationship with his followers while at the same time, to give five people an opportunity to witness his launch for free.
Chiwamba said people will have to follow a simple procedure to join the challenge.
For the children, it is open for the ones between five to ten years old. With adult supervision, they should send a 30 second video reciting any lines from any of my poems and then encourage people to come to my launch.
For the adult, they should recite all talk in my voice for 30 seconds whilst encouraging people to come to my launch and send to 0994806555 or via email to email@example.com, he pointed out.
Chiwamba added that after receiving the videos, they will be posted on face book. The video that will receive a lot of likes will win the first prize, and the rest will follow in that criteria.
For the children’s category, the winner will get K20,000 plus a ticket for the launch whilst the runner-up will get a ticket and a compilation of my work in CD form. Thirty more CDs will be given to thirty other participants as consolations.
For the adults, the one with more likes will win a ticket and a compilation of my CDs. The second winner will win a ticket whilst the third will get a compilation of my CDs, he disclosed.
One of Chiwamba’s fans, Mark Kwalira commended Chiwamba for coming up with the challenge saying this will give him a chance to showcase his poetry skills.
I am so excited about the challenge, I love poetry specifically Chiwamba’s and I have always been looking for an opportunity to showcase my poetry skills. I would like to win and attend the album launch, Kwalira said.
Chiwamba is set to officially launch his third album, Kuchokera ku Chanco ndi Kachirombo on 22nd December, 2018 at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe. His poems largely address diverse social issues.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA