Paidamoyo Gerald Manomano Feature with a Children’s Competition from Zimbabwe

 

Paidamoyo Gerald Manomano.

I was born 35 years ago in Wedza, a district in Mashonaland East; a province of Zimbabwe. I am married to Netsai Mapisaunga and we are blessed with two children; Kudzi (15) and his sister Ashley (8).

I moved to Cape Town in November of 2008 with nothing to my name but faith and dreams. I lived on the streets and had to survive on food from refuse bins and on handouts from well wishers.

Faith in God and books kept me sane. I used to spend my time at Cape Town Central Library, reading books and newspapers. The will to survive and a never give up spirit moved me from the streets to shacks in the townships; to family life and living in safe suburbs.

I am a self taught writer of creative non-fiction stories and poems; my writings have a voice for women, children, the underprivileged and the marginalized. My writings are also featured on Just Church’s Facebook page and I regularly contribute to the Writers Newsletter, an online writers’ platform. I finished writing my first book, Cheap dirt dog blanket in 2017 and currently I am busy on my second book Ela Gweja. My books are based on; faith, hope, endurance and love.

I started blogging in 2015 but had been writing since 2012. My writing career was boosted in 2016 when I entered into a South African Men’s Writing Challenge and won an award. Earlier that year, I had read my writings to raise funds for charity in a Common Good initiative, That Was Different (TWD); which was followed by an invitation by the Cape Town Central Library as a guest speaker on their Diversity Festival Event.

Living on the streets of Cape Town did not make me bitter but a better person; the homeless people made me belong, loved me and made me feel special.

Today I am involved with the social justice ministry at our church; Common Ground Wynberg congregation. I am also involved in many of Common Good’s initiatives and projects. I also motivate refugees at not for profit and non governmental organizations like; The Zanokhanyo Network in Wynberg and, Scalabrini Center in Cape Town. 

Why the Competition?

“A writer is another world trapped in someone’s mind.” – Unknown.

On the 1st of February 2018, I read for school children during Nalibali reading challenge. After the read, the positive response I received from the students and the teachers left me overwhelmed and humbled at the same time; the students asked questions and had an opportunity to speak out their minds and express their views. I felt we should engage more with them but how?

Then the idea of organizing a writing competition came to mind.

With this competition I hope; to encourage a reading culture in students, to provide a platform for them to freely express themselves through writing and to discover and nurture future writers.

Here is to the Future Creative Writers!

NB: Competition runs from 01 March 2018 and closes on 31 May 2018 midnight.

Awards date and venue to be announced.

 

Paida’s Creative Story Writing Competition Entry Form

School: ……………………………………………………………………….

Student Details.

Name of Student: ………………………………………………………………………

Date Of Birth: …………………………. Gender: …………….  Grade: ……….

Favorite Subjects (max 2):

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Career path: ………………………………………………….

Why the chosen career (in brief):

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Submitting (tick applicable)

Poem

 Essay

Student Background

Who do you live with?

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Who pays your school fees?

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How many siblings do you have?

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General Questions

Who inspires you?

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What is your favorite sport?

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What is your favorite hobby?

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Who would you want to meet one day and why?

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Competition Rules

  1. Participants should be between 15 and 17 years of age.
  2. Only original work to be submitted.
  3. No plagiarism.
  4. One entry per category.
  5. Submit an essay of not less than 250 words or one poem.

 

NB: This competition is only eligible to leaners at any Zimbabwean School in Cape Town.

Prizes

  1. R500 + 1 Text book of choice.
  2. R300 + 1 Text book of choice.
  3. R200 + 1 Text book of choice.

Winning articles and author biographies will be published on the organizers’ social media platforms; blog, Facebook page, Twitter, LinkedIn.

Declaration

 

I ……………………………………………. Declare that the information given is true and correct. I hereby enter into Paida’s Creative Story Writing Competition and that the judges’ decision is final and I further declare that I won’t hold the organizers’ of the competition liable to any loss of my submitted poems/essays. I also give the organizers of the competition permission to publish my essay/poem on any of their social media platforms.

 

Signed: …………………………………………………………

T I C: ……………………………………………………………..

Principal: …………………………………………………………

Parent/Guardian: …………………………………………….

Date: ……………………………………………………………….