It’s World Poetry Day & We’re Up To Some Poetic Justice

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Happy World Poetry Day 2017! Which poets are being celebrated and why is it held?

World Poetry Day is celebrated once a year in honour of poets across the world and their work

SOME people see poetry as fitting rhyming words together and a subject your are forced to study at school.

But to others it is one of the greatest ways to express feelings and emotions in a way to bring people together.

And with that in mind, once a year, people mark World Poetry Day to celebrate its contribution to the world. Here’s all you need to know…

World Poetry Day is held year on March 21 after UN body UNESCO adopted the date after an agreement in Paris in 1999.

In the proclamation, UNESCO agreed that poetry can meet a social role as it ‘arouses and expresses awareness’ of a range of issues.

It also added that poetry can help young people reconnect with their roots and change the way they look at their place in the world.

World Poetry Day is celebrated globally, but in the UK, schools instead mark National Poetry Day.

This will take place on Thursday, September 28, 2017 and the theme of this year’s event will be ‘freedom’.

World Poetry Day is held to celebrate cultural expression and identity that comes through poetry.

According to UNESCO, every culture on every continent on earth enjoys poetry as it speaks to our ‘common humanity and shared values.’

During World Poetry Day, poets are honoured, recitals take place and schools promote the reading and writing of poetry.

It is hoped that by celebrating poetry, people will see it as a treasured art form and something that should be considered as important.

And organisers hope this will dismiss poetry’s image as being out of date and boring.

All poets are being celebrated on World Poetry Day, but UNESCO have chosen three with significant importance.

The first is Nikoloz Baratashvili from Georgia with 2017 marking the 200th anniversary of his birth.

He only had a short body of work due to his untimely death at the age of 26 but is often referred to as the ‘Georgian Byron.

Also being celebrated is Molla Panah Vagif, with 2017 also being the 300th anniversary of her birth.

An Azerbaijani poet, he was the founder of the realism genre and was also a popular statesman and diplomat.

While the final poet being remembered is Sayyid ‘Imād-ad-Dīn on the 600th anniversary of his death.

Also known as Nasimi, he lived in 14th century Azerbaijian and Turkey and created most of his work in Arabic.

It is believed he was convicted of apostasy and was executed by being skinned alive. His tomb in modern day Aleppo in Syria, remains a place of pilgrimage.

Would you move back to Zimbabwe?

So we will call this the BIG SATURDAY READ! A blog on a very good question that we would like to hear more Zimbos studying abroad  answer!!!

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A significant proportion of the Zimbabwean population has emigrated to other parts of the world over the years. The reasons are multiple, one of the main ones being economic. The situation in Zimbabwe has proven difficult for people to get a job and earn a decent wage to cater to their personal and family needs.

Since I returned to Zim in 2014, a question I have received quite a bit was, “why did you come home?” The short answer is that I wanted to give Zimbabwe a chance, I wanted to see what I could do to contribute to the growth and development of my country. At the time I moved back I was 24 years old, had the luxury of living at home with no dependents to take care of so it was move I was able to take.

Fast forward two and a bit years later and I…

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ATHLETES WARNED AGAINST DRUG USE AT 2017 ZUSA GAMES IN BULAWAYO

17352013_1260776263990989_9058926058624757565_nMATABELELAND Hockey Board president Kalpesh Parshotam warned athletes participating at the cluster one games of the 2017 Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association (ZUSA) against drug use to enhance performance.

Parshotam who was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the games hosted by the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) in Bulawayo on Friday 17 March 2017 urged student athletes to promote and practice fair play which is the mainstay of sportsmanship.

“Participation is not only about winning, but also for passion, love, mental and physical health,” said Parshotam.-Chronicle

3 DAYS, 5 DISCIPLINES, 9 UNIVERSITIES, 

The 2017 sports extravaganza which kicked off  on Friday 17 March will run through to  Sunday 19 March 2017, with Nust, Africa University (AU), Catholic University in Zimbabwe, Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), Lupane State University (LSU), Midlands State University (MSU), Reformed Church University (RCU), Women’s University in Africa and Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University vying for gold in  athletics, cricket, handball, hockey and volleyball.

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“WORK HARD & MAKE ZUSA GAMES AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE”- Prof Samson Sibanda, Acting Vice Chancelor- Nust.

Hockey things #ZUSA games #bulawayo #women's_university_in_africa

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BUILDING A NATIONAL TEAM FOR INTERNATIONAL GAMES 

ZUSA president, Life Chemhere said their dream is to have at least 10% of athletes participating in elite competitions and in national teams.

The competition is used to select teams for upcoming national and international  assignments.

12 universities are taking part in the games that are being used to come up with a team for the ZTISU games and the International Federation of University Sports set for Taipei, China from the 17th to the 30th of August.

The second cluster will comprise football, netball, basketball, rugby and swimming and will take place from March the 31st to April the 2nd at the University of Zimbabwe.

The final cluster featuring chess, karate, darts, table tennis and pool will be conducted at the Great Zimbabwe University from the 7th to the 9th of April.

Calls have been made for the enactment of a policy that allows students with lower academic points but who excel in sports to enroll at universities to pursue their sporting exploits.- Zbc

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Talent: A stepping stone to career success

Thando Nkomo| Nust-zw

University or college is probably one of the best places to interact with the great minds of our time.

In fact, nothing refreshes and tickles the mind than rubbing shoulders with professors and lecturers who’ve done it all and written it all.

As you rush from one class to another, you find yourself caught up and lost in academic chivalry.

Inspired to be the next Albert Einstein or Marie Curie, you see yourself contributing to national and even global transformation through new ideas and new inventions.

But hold your horses.

Let’s get back to basics.

Surely university can’t be all about reading, scoring good grades and living up to the expectation of over achieving professors.

And the sooner you grasp this, the earlier you’ll find yourself on the path to career success.

To put it succinctly, it is those students who learn to develop their talent and use education as a spring board, who emerge truly successful in their career pursuits.

At the core of career success is talent identification and utilization. When you identify and start tapping into your talent, career success will be at your fingertips.

Whether you are interested in main stream business, academia, the arts and entertainment, sport and even non-profit making industries, developing your talent will enable you to be a cut above the rest.

Focusing on talent will enable you to leave a lasting impression – after all, we are all uniquely talented.

“those who neglect to make right choices to release and maximize their talent continually underperform”. – John Maxwell

It is talent that has enabled Oprah Winfrey to be one of the most influential personalities in the world. Starting out as a television news anchor to become one of the most memorable television personalities in the world, she wouldn’t have achieved such success without identifying her talents, working on them and perfecting her ability to use those talents.

It is talent that has enabled Tyler Perry to emerge as one of the best film producers of our time. Talent is also the foundation of the great motor-vehicle designs displayed by cars such as Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, Chevrolet and many more.

Even in architecture, we see the work of talent – structural designs that are simply not by chance, but a reflection of brilliant talented minds. In fact, every act of brilliance, and every material design that captures the minds of humanity across the board is a reflection of talent that has been painstaking developed over time.

However, as author and international speaker, John Maxwell observes in his book A Talent Is Never Enough, there are millions of people who have ability [or talent] but who never get to use it and never reach their potential.

He observes that “those who neglect to make right choices to release and maximize their talent continually under-perform”.

Perhaps this is why businesses and economies in Zimbabwe and Africa are struggling. We have students and graduates who are continually under-performing because they may not be using their talents or simply misplaced.

Unfortunately university may not teach you how to identify and use your talents. But that will never be a good enough excuse for failure. You must identify your talent and tap into it.

This simply begins by you understanding your strengths and your interests. Think about those things that you enjoy doing, or those tasks that you do very well and much better than others.

Once you have identified those, focus on them. Use education to position yourself to be in the industries where you can do what you are good at and before long, you will be smiling all the way to the bank.

Thando Nkomo is a Public Relations Lecturer, Researcher and strategist. He is also the Director of Career Factory, a Career Management Consultancy. Contact him on email: careerfactoryzw@gmail.com; Follow him on twitter @careerfactoryzw & facebook @careerfactoryzw or Whatsapp (0774013988)

Nust Student in gun suicide after accident

by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Mar 12, 2017

A 28-year-old National University of Science and Technology (Nust) student allegedly shot himself and died at his Hillside suburb lodgings in Bulawayo after being involved in a road accident in the early hours of Saturday. The student, Tapiwa Zhanje, a relative of Bulawayo businessman and former Zanu-PF Bulawayo provincial youth league secretary for finance Cde Davies Muhambi, was reportedly driving Mr Muhambi’s Mercedes Benz S600 to Kumalo where he wanted to drop friends after attending a party.

He is said to have lost control of the car and rammed into a gate and precast wall opposite the Hockey Stadium in Kumalo suburb. Cde Muhambi confirmed the incident. “He is my nephew and I was staying with him in Burnside.

It is unfortunate I was in Harare when it happened. I received a call at around 5AM today (yesterday) and I was told that he had been involved in an accident. I asked if people were injured and they did confirm that there were injured people. I then tried to call Tapiwa but his number was not being answered. I called back home and I was told he came and said he had come to take money from the safe to pay for a cab he had hired at around 6AM,” he said.

Added Cde Muhambi, “I understand Tapiwa said he came home with a cab because he had locked the car keys inside the car and could not open the car. That is when I am sure he took the gun and left my house.” According to Cde Muhambi, he was staying with Tapiwa but learnt that he also had another apartment that he was renting at Hillside suburb. “After he took the money from the safe he went to the apartment along Weir Avenue in Hillside where he took his life with the gun and the firearm belongs to me. The car he was using is also my car. I had asked him to pick it up from Tristar (garage) as I was not around, so he took the car and some friends and I do not know where they were going to when they had the accident.” Cde Muhambi said he had not received full details of what really transpired during the accident. The six other passengers, also Nust students, were immediately taken to the United Bulawayo Hospitals where they are  receiving medical attention.

The owner of the house where the car crashed into, Mrs Debra Mweke said she was asleep when the accident occurred. “I was asleep when l was awaken by the impact of the car, l thought thieves were trying to break into the house and when l came out l saw the car burning in our yard, the gate had also fallen,” she said. Mrs Mweke revealed that the car had caught fire after the impact and neighbours had to assist to put it out using water. “There were three women and three men in the car who said their families were in Harare and only one lady who identified herself as Nozie was from Bulawayo.

The driver ran to the gate and stood there in shock while we were trying to help the people who were in the car.” Mrs Mweke said she suspected that the driver thought the passengers had died as he immediately fled from the scene. “From what I heard from the police, the guy went to Hillside and shot himself, we don’t know exactly the place but that’s what we got from the police,” she said. One of the residents who witnessed the accident Mr Anglistone Sibanda said they struggled to remove the trapped students from the car. Contacted for a comment, Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango said she had not received details of the accident and shooting.

21st February Movement Inspires Nust Students: Video

by Costa Nkomo | Nust-ZW | @costahcostah

MORE than 250 National University of Science and Technology (NUST) students joined their Chancellor President Robert Mugabe in Matopo on the 25thof February 2017 to commemorate President Mugabe’s 93rd birthday.  It was the 31st 21st movement celebration held in Matebeleland South province for the first time in history.

Cover image credit: AP

2017 Zimbabwe Girl Leadership Summit, Nust Zimbabwe

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Date: 8th March 2017, Venue : Nust- ZW

The Cradles of Influence Leadership Institute in partnership with Nust is inviting 50 student girl leaders from the university to participate as delegates and 3 top female student leaders to be facilitators and speakers at the event. More than 2000 girl leaders will converge at Nust-ZW for leadership and training on the day which coincides with International Women’s Day Celebrations.

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