Date:09 December 2018 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
A young, purpose-driven poet, Mulisa Nethononda, writes and recites poems that ooze life and continue to touch hundreds of lives both in the actual world and on social media.
She has just written a poetry collection, The Storm - Poems and Quotations. She states that the book, while written by a female poet, speaks to both sexes. “The Storm is dedicated to both genders, but dearly to the males in particular,” she said. “The males will read the poems in this book and get to know more about the females. This has to do with the fact that the males are fathers, brothers, boyfriends, uncles and cousins to our ladies – so they need to understand and know their deep feelings.”
This book also panders to the idea of urging males to take care of the women around them. In Mulisa's world view, it is high time that men stop abusing women and learn to love and care for them. “Women don't have to develop strength because of abuse from a male. They need to be strong on their own, not from damage of any kind,” she said. “Women should see men as their confidantes. Fathers should play their role as well in rearing the children and guiding them along the positive path of life.”
She stated that most times people would imagine the world into a better place but failed to create that better world. “We expect the world to be a better place, yet we do nothing,” she stated. “It all starts at home. Nobody is born a rapist or a thief. Parenting has nothing to do with one's financial status. You don’t need money to have knowledge of life. Your experience is all that you need.”
Mulisa believes that life has different phases, which are like a storm. “Instead of concentrating on the thunder and the floods, just picture all the beauty that is attached to the rain or the water after every storm,” she said. “The storm is water in disguise – and water connotes life. The Storm also focuses on issues of femininity, abuse, relationships, and love.”
Mulisa resides at Vuwani. Her book costs R100. She is available on Facebook and can be reached on 060 703 8855.
By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.