by Ndaba Sibanda
Few people knew she had lived in Soweto Not only had she resided in that township Of the city of Jo'burg,Mlobikazi of Mzilikazi Had lived in the core of greatness on Vilakazi Street, for Soweto is historic by virtue of heroic Struggles against apartheid that ensued there There was Mlobikazi from Bulawayo's Mzilikazi Suburb with a painting that told of a great story-- Titled Vilakazi, the pretty princess from Mzilikazi Not only exhibited the literary artistry of Dr Vilakazi It also captured how Vilakazi is the only street In the world where two Nobel Laureates once lived Perseverance, painting, passion, her mantra None could see, hear ,smell, taste or touch it A breakthrough, a beauty's brilliance and dance Mlobikazi of Mzilikazi lived on Vithikazi Street Her grit galvanized admirers to nickname her Mzilikazi's Qhawekazi or Mzilikazi's Heroine! They roared Mlobikazi of Mzilikazi, Qhawekazi! Mlobikazi of Mzilikazi had an awesome passion Her loyalty to her profession paid off in profusion And precision when her painting proudly propelled her Into prominence: they crowned her a prizewinning painter A sea of attendees, her mates, all they could see was glee!
Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and for Best of the Net, Sibanda is the author of Notes, Themes, Things And Other Things, The Gushungo Way, Sleeping Rivers, Love O’clock, The Dead Must Be Sobbing, Football of Fools, Cutting-edge Cache, Of the Saliva and the Tongue, When Inspiration Sings In Silence, The Way Forward, The Ndaba Jamela and Collectionsand Poetry Pharmacy .