Bulawayo’s upcoming author Njabulo Moyo last week captivated literature enthusiasts when he presented his Transcend Bulawayo Project (TBP) at the National University of Science and Technology (Nust).
(TBP) is a mentorship platform for young people with an interest in becoming authors and agents of transformation through the use of motivational speaking.
It seeks to promote a culture of writing and publishing of books by local writers as a means of enhancing the literacy standards in Zimbabwe and Africa as a whole.
The platform is aimed at helping writers to understand the processes involved in book publishing and push for the establishment of a Bulawayo Writers Association.
“This initiative comes against a background of a limited number of local authors in bookshops and public libraries as opposed to the influx of foreign authors,” Moyo said.
“The initiative shall focused of working in partnership with schools, libraries, universities and the general public.
“Many young people have the passion for writing, they have a story, a poem or an article but lack the means of publishing their work in a professional manner.”
Moyo (27) said a series of motivational sessions would be conducted and strengthened through the transformational tools.
“ This event follows a successful first attempt that was done in partnership with the Bulawayo Public Library and Ko-Maseko Art and Ceramics Publishers the AWYO Country,” he said.
“I have scaled up efforts in the literature fraternity through advancing, promoting a culture of reading and writing of books.
“I have done this by partnering with the Nust Alumni Association.”
Moyo said the response was overwhelming.
“ Among the participants were lecturers from the Department of Publishing and I got a good number of people who will be part of the writers association that includes the lecturers and students ,” he said.
Moyo’s literary work reflects the modern African psyche and brings a fresh force in motivational poetry apart from tackling contemporary issues such as religion, love and the identity crisis.
The Bulawayo-born author has performed at Intwasa Arts Festival KoBulawayo since 2009.
He has featured as a performing poet in the Action Youth’s Listen to Youth project.
His zeal in poetry has also taken him overseas to represent Zimbabwe in literary works.
His IS set to release a new motivational television series called Moments with Njabulo Moyo which is an Uhuru ZW production.