Nyathi champions gender balance

POPULAR musician, writer and poet Albert Nyathi has revealed that he will soon publish a book targeting the boy child in a bid to create gender balance since his previous publications were more biased towards the girl child.

ALLIEWAY NYONI
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Speaking at a World Aids Day commemoration at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane, Nyathi announced that he was working together with journalist and writer Ignatius Mabasa on a book called My Son aimed at equipping the boy child with advice in a world being threatened by the deadly HIV and Aids pandemic.

Albert Nyathi

Albert Nyathi

“I know most of you think I am biased towards the girl child, but I am pleased to announce to you that I, together with Ignatius, are writing a book entitled My Son that I believe will achieve greatness in educating the boy child on the social norms of life,” said Nyathi.

Nyathi recited a few lines from My Son in his trademark booming and rich poetic voice leaving the crowd clamouring for more.

“My son Shakespeare/ Do not shake your spear everywhere/ Remember there are grieving impalas, duikers and animals that you left wounded because of your spear Shakespeare,” Nyathi recited from one poem.

The veteran poet said poetry and music were a key component in educating people over the pandemic; hence people must take time to listen to and understand the lyrics instead of just enjoying his performances.

“I believe music and poetry have power in teaching society on various ills; hence people must take time to listen to it and be equipped for socioeconomic challenges,” he said.

Nyathi gave some of his books to children and took the opportunity to recite his popular poem My Daughter.

“My daughter, when I demand that you be home before dark everyday/ I, my daughter, do not hate you dear/ I am merely trying to protect you from the claws of tigers that love to feast in the dark,” recited Nyathi in part.

This year’s World Aids Day commemoration was marked under the theme “Getting to Zero in Africa/Africa Responsibility, Everyone’s Responsibility”.

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