Writers’ association celebrates 30 years

2015-10-15 06:00
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Renowned author and artist Zakhele Hlatshwayo who has designed a new emblem for Usiba Writers association to mark 30 years since it was established.

PHOTO:nokulunga ngobese Renowned author and artist Zakhele Hlatshwayo who has designed a new emblem for Usiba Writers association to mark 30 years since it was established.

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CELEBRATING the richness of African languages, the Usiba Writers’ Association will next month celebrate its 30th birthday.

The association for African writers will host a glitz and glamour event at the Lay Ecunemical Centre on 21 November­.

Marking the celebration, renowned author, artist and choral music composer Zakhele Hlatshwayo has designed a new emblem for the organisation to symbolise the milestone.

Hlatshwayo said he has changed the black and white emblem, which has been used since 1985, to mark a new era.

“The motive to unite African writers remains the same but I have added new colours to signify a new era. I have used the colour blue to say the sky’s the limit.

“I want to say, let there be no limit when it comes to writing as it should be across colour, religion and creed. I have also drawn an elliptical shape because according to the Bible the Earth is round. The whole world is supported by writings.

“There is an orange colour which is a complimentary colour that brings harmony and encourages unity. Lastly I have included yellow which stands for wealth.

“I’m not talking about material wealth but wealth acquired through writings and indigenous knowledge.”

Hlatshwayo has composed a song titled Ingoma yenhlangano yababhali, which tells about the achievements of the association and will be sung by Eyesizwe Adult Choir

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