Sweetwaters poet nominated for two PKA awards

2018-06-20 06:00
PHOTO: FACEBOOKPoet Bongani Khumalo, also known as ‘IgaguLembongi’.

PHOTO: FACEBOOKPoet Bongani Khumalo, also known as ‘IgaguLembongi’.

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SWEETWATERS poet Bongani ‘IgaguLembongi’ Khumalo will be representing Pietermaritzburg at the Pusher Kleva Awards, being held on June 23 in Port Shepstone.

Khumalo (26) is nominated in two categories — best male poet artist and best poet artist.

Speaking to Echo, Khumalo said he feels honoured and excited to be one of the nominees. He said his wish is to bring both awards home but, in order to do so, he needs the community to vote for him.

“I am urging people to please vote for me. This is something big for me and the city of Pietermaritzburg. Being nominated means a lot to me because it means that I am being recognised.

“I don’t want to go there just to add numbers, I want to get those awards because they belong here (in Pietermaritzburg). I am very grateful for the support that I have been receiving so far and I hope that people can continue to support me by voting,” he said.

Khumalo said he started writing and reciting poems in 2008 after his high school teacher told him that he had talent and he must use it.

“My love for poetry started when I was still in high school. There was this one poem that we did at school, called Mama Liphi Igama Lami (Mother where is my name), where they wanted someone to recite it but nobody wanted to do it. So, I volunteered.

As I was reciting it, I got inspired to write poems that will teach people something. I started writing then and have not stopped since.”

He said this is not the first he is nominated in these awards as he was nominated previously but withdrew.

“The app that was used was very complicated and people kept on telling me that they could not vote, because the app was giving them problems, so I decided to withdraw.”

To vote for Khumalo SMS: PKA Best Male Poet Artist Mbulazi Obhala kahle IgaguLembongi 045 to 073 297 1321 or PKA Best Poet Artist Mbulazi Obhala kahle IgaguLembongi 039 to 073 297 1321.

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