panafrican ihraf based Voices of Africa anthology gets global readership

It is not a secret that Africa is a beautiful continent, a wonderful
global region endowed with multi-cultural humanity, a wealth
of raw indigenous accents, tribes, and clans. Africa glows with
the gleam of the ever-smiling humanity and womanity, the glory
of the ever-shining moon and sun. The face of Africa is written
unto great riverbeds of the Nile, Pongola, Zambezi and more.
The stunning tropical rainforests offer a greenbelt

that beautifies Africa like a gorgeous bride strutting in a dark green militant
wedding gown on its wedding day. Africa is a song. It is a song of
Tanganyika, Azania, Ghana, Madzimbabwe. It is a song carved
in the heart on Nzinga, Nehanda, Kinjikitile, Nefertiti, Nomvula
Madikizela, Mama Kakurukazi Mungunda, Mandela, Lumumba,
Nkurumah, Achebo, Neto, Senghor a
nd more.
Nevertheless, today Africa is a living irony, a breathing paradox. Former African liberators are now unrepentant Napoleons
drinking the rich yellow of freedom eggs. In the Sudan, children
are squashed under the grind of bullet thuds. In Kisangani, mothers drink tears of war for breakfast. In Maiduguri, lives crush
under the terrorist metal shoes like anopheles. Cameroon is a
den of voracious tigers and vivacious lions. Mali consciences are
buried in sand dunes. In Azania, South Africa, the stomach of
the gun sings more baritone than guitar strings. In Zimbabwe,
corruption is the polish to spruce up parliament tarmacs. Africa is a living paradox. It chokes dissenting voices to extinction and
thrashes freedom voices to smithereens like millet. This volume
fights back against all of that, with the pen that is mightier than
the sword.
Voices of Africa: A Call for Freedom is an exhibition of brave,
candid, and militant voices, voices calling for freedom, freedom
from autocracy, independent from manipulation, liberation from
pseudo-revolutionary movements, corruption-oiled ideological
imbeciles sniffing damning propaganda in political corridors,
turning political seats and presidential castles into butchers and
looting machines. This collection sends a powerful message to
African political, economic, and cultural leadership. The Voices
will sanitize the unrepentant legions we call leaders into morality
and sanity.
This anthology is a mix of multi-cultural African poetry of all
regions and all ages super-powered by the solidarity of an international breed.

Mbizo Chirasha
Voices of Africa: A Call for Freedom Anthology
August 2022


MBIZO CHIRASHA is the Editor/Curator of Voices of Africa: A Call
for Freedom, a Pan-African IHRAM anthology. He is the author
of A Letter to the President and Pilgrims of Zame, co-author
of Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi, and co-editor
of Street Voices: Poetry and Corpses of Unity. Chirasha is the
associate editor at Diaspora(n) online, chief editor at Time of the
Poet Republic, founding editor at WomaWords Literary Press,
publisher at Brave Voices Poetry, and curator at Africa Writers
Caravan. He is a UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist at the University of
Glasgow, 2020 Poet in Residence for Fictional Café, 2019 African
Fellow at IHRAM, 2019 Live Literature Hub and Poetry Café at
Sotambe Film Insititute (Zambia), 2020 Free-Speech Fellow of
PEN Germany’s Writers in Exile Program, 2017 Recipient of the
EU-Africa Human Rights Commission Protect Defenders Grant,
2009 UNESCO Photo-Novel Writing Fellow (France/Tanzania),
2009 Poet-in-Residence for ICACD (Ghana), 2003 Africa 100 Best
Books Delegate
to Goteborg Book Fair (Sweden), project curator
and co-editor of the Second Name of Earth is Peace (Poetry Voices
Against WAR Anthology), and a contributing essayist for Monk
Arts and Soul Magazin


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