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Shephard Chidima and his family 

…puts Bikita in the limelight through creative visual poetry

Believe Mpofu

BIKITA – A Duma Primary School teacher and avid poet is rocking the airwaves with his latest production ‘Bonda Nderei’ which talks about Gender Based Violence (GBV).

Shephard Chidima (31), a novelist and filmmaker, is also leader of Simukai Arts Production drama group which is based at Nyika growth point.

His latest offering was released recently on national television broadcaster ZBC-TV as part of his own efforts to educate people on the corrosive effects of GBV.

The father of two is also known for his other hilarious poem ‘Hevoi’ which is dedicated to Hevoi FM but which celebrates the culture of local Shona people.

His latest poetry production, which is accompanied by visuals, advocates for the rights of women and urges them to resist domestic violence.

Speaking to TellZim News, Chidima said he worked on the poem since January but was now happy that it was launched on the national television broadcaster.

The producer and script writer said the poem was an admonition against abuse of women by their husbands as well as a lamentation of the suffering that children go through due to irresponsible fathers.

He said he penned the poem after realizing that many families were torn apart by physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuses of women by men.

“I grew up in an environment where women were abused by their husbands. I have seen many men in my neighborhood changing into abusers after marrying their beautiful wives. My message to married couples out there is that they should preserve what they used to do during the infancy of their marriages.

“As young film-makers, we thought it was important to teach all couples out there that misunderstandings and disagreements are not solved by violence,” said Chidima.

The short ‘visual poem’ features three cast members namely Charity Munhuwei who plays the victim, Farai Hunde the perpetrator and Chidima the story writer. 

Bonda Nderei was shot and edited by Terrence Marume of T&T Productions and the audio was recorded by Simbarasahe Chagwiza of KwaSimba Studios in Duma, Bikita.

At production stage, the team faced monetary challenges, with everything reliant on Chidima’s own meagre earnings for progress.

“We had no money for the production and this led us to take a long time before we could produce what we had in mind. We also had very little time to spare since I had to focus on my daily job as a school teacher.

“I have other finished books and videos which I am struggling to publish since I do not have enough resources to get them published as urgently as I would want,” said Chidima.

Chidima contributed immensely to three anthologies called Dopiro Renhetembo which was published in 2018 as well as Zimbabwe Online Authors and Hwasvisvi Hwenhetembo which were both published in 2019.


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