22 Poems for 22 years of Freedom.

Africa Unite in partnership with four local young poets from different backgrounds held a poetry performance on Freedom Day under the theme Dear Mr President- 22 poems for 22 years of Freedom.

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The four poets on stage.. from left Kyle Louw, Akhona Sidlai, Siphokazi Jonas and Sipho Ndebele.

These poets showcased their inspiring poems based on social cohesion and political conversations that have been happening in South Africa about our Presidents, past and present, our government, and where the people of South Africa stand- conversations most of which are fuelled by anger and disappointment towards the government for selling the people empty promises. The event was held at the Center for the Book in Cape Town.

Africa Unite’s young opera singer and flute player also entertained the audience in line with theme of day. The 22 poems were accompanied by background live music by a solo singer and a guitarist.

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Malibongwe Mati Africa Unite peer educator playing the flute.

The event attracted more than 200 people from all walks of life in Cape Town.

The audience was electrified by the manner in which the message was put across by young people through poetry on how they view racism, service delivery, South African Constitution, xenophobia, land issues, power dynamics, fees must fall, white supremacy, corruption, tax evasions, failing of the impeachment of the president in Parliament etc.

Looking at how the audience constantly stood up to applaud the performers, we concluded that our young people managed to pass the message across and such initiatives should be extended to various communities.

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