BCMN executive director Barbara Clara Makhalisa Nkala The Barbara Clara Makhalisa Nkala literary trust (BCMN) recently concluded its writing competition for children's stories in IsiNdebele language, and the winners were announced recently. Calls for entrants to write stories for lower and upper primary were made at the beginning of the year. There was one winner in the lower primary category and four winners in the upper primary category. Meluleki Sibandaemerged as the winner in both categories. His two short stories, Iminwe Ayilingani,and Igula Lesizwe,were chosen for the Grade 1 to 3 and Grade 3 to 7 categories. In the upper primary category, there was a second-place winner, Irvin Moyo, with his story Ngixolela Mama. There was a tie for the third-place position in the same category, with Primrose Dube and Mthandazo Nyoni both securing the spot with their stories Iphutha and Iphupho Lami, respectively. Winners were rewarded with prizes ranging from US$60 to US$200. The competition allowed entrants to choose any topic connected to current life events and write a story about it. BCMN's publishing arm, Radiant Publishing, which primarily produces work written in Ndebele, will publish the selected stories. The trust has been publishing Ndebele literature from works of writers who have entered various competitions that they have sponsored in order encourage the development and publication of good Ndebele literature. Primrose Dube, a teacher at Bambadzi Secondary School in Plumtree, expressed her delight at being selected as one of the winners. “I am pleased that my work is being acknowledged and has an impact on society. It's a great honor for me; words can't express how I feel,” Dube remarked. Keep Reading Symptoms of toxicity at workplaces The Fiddler: Your days are numbered The Fiddler: Your days are numbered In the groove: Sungura music: The past, present and future Her stories are on topics that affect young people, such as drug abuse, teen pregnancy, and cyberbullying. “I am very happy and emotional at the same time as this is the third consecutive time I have won in a writing competition,” said overall winner Meluleki Sibanda. BCMN literary trust […]
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