Local poet wins

2018-07-04 06:02
Bongani Khumalo who won best male poet artist at Pusher Kleva Awards.PHOTO: supplied

Bongani Khumalo who won best male poet artist at Pusher Kleva Awards.PHOTO: supplied

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“I DON’T even know what to say. I am overwhelmed with excitement,” says Sweetwaters poet who recently won an award at the Pusher Kleva Awards that were held in Port Shepston last Saturday.

Bongani “IgaguLembongi” Khumalo was nominated in two categories - best male poet artist and best poet artist and he won best male poet artist.

Khumalo told Echo that this award does not only belong to him as he also won it for Pietermaritzburg. He said when he was announced as a winner he was excited and shocked at the same time.

“Even though I wanted to bring both awards at home, I am happy that I did not come back empty handed. The competition was very tough but I am very grateful that I represented my city well.I want to thank my fans and everyone who voted for me. They are the ones who made this possible, without them I could not have won this award. I wish that they continue and support me and my work.

This award means a lot to me it shows that I am moving in the right direction. It shows that my work is not going unnoticed,” he said. Khumalo who started writing and reciting poems in 2008 said he wants to encourage and motivate other local artists who have talent, especially in poetry, not to give up on their talent.

“They must not give up on their dreams. They need to work hard because everything that you achieve in life takes a lot of hard work. Nothing comes easy.

Artists also need to stand up for themselves and not rely on other people to feed hand them everything.”

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