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07 February 2019

Dear Our Beloved Readers

We hope we find you well. It's been a long time indeed since we last blogged and we missed you. We are back and raring to go this year. There will be lots of literary news, reviews, updates, upcoming events and many other things for writers. Don’t forget the first issue of our official newsletter coming soon. Always stay tuned!


A Poet’s Birthday Celebrated With New Writers

By Beaven Tapureta

                          Albert Nyathi

Well-known poet and musician Albert Nyathi celebrated his 56th birthday online with enthusiastic members of Writers International Network Zimbabwe.
On Thursday, November 15, 2018, members in WIN’s Whatsapp group (Winzim Superclassic) had an uplifting talk with Nyathi who focused on a crucial topic “Art as a Business”.
Nyathi’s lecture was the second of WIN online lectures initiated in 2018 to promote budding writers’ growth in their knowledge in diverse literary subjects.
The first one was held in July, 2018, with US-based author Prof Emmanuel Sigauke (pictured left) taking the new writers on a journey of “The Importance of Writing Contests for Aspiring and Emerging Authors”.
Nyathi's birthday was unforgettably a very educating and joyful experience on Winzim Superclassic as he shared the brass tacks of what it means to think of art as a business.
He said artists sometimes get too ‘involved’ in their artistic passions that they forget they are in business and have families to fend for. Nyathi said art is a business, though slightly different.
“Art should be treated like any other business and should follow all other business principles for it to flourish. First and foremost, there must be issues to do with proper banking, accountability, honesty, proper delivery, and so on.  Those are some of the issues one has to think about when they are in art. Most artists do not think about what happens in the event that a tragedy occurs, like an illness or death, whether involving the artist or within his/her family. Artists tend to have not a fall-back plan. For instance, I wonder how many artists have health insurance, retirement scheme so that when you no longer have the power that you have now, you have something to fall back on,” said Nyathi.
The new writers asked if then it means an artist, a writer in this instance, should register a company and enroll for basic business lessons.
Nyathi said there are challenges with this move but he advised that working with traditional publishers or self-publishing helps although self-published books tend to be poorly edited.
Another concern expressed by the new writers was about clients who dishonor their contractual obligations. They asked what measures one can take to avoid such misunderstandings or disappointments.
“First of all negotiate with them, when that fails, look for a third party to arbitrate, and if that fails too, you can now approach the court as the last resort. Do not rush to the courts. Give the clients time to explain themselves. Courts are the last resort,” said Nyathi.
As in any business, values such as humility, honesty, integrity, punctuality, and sticking to arrangements or contracts should be respected too. The ‘birthday poet’ urged the artists not to out-price themselves when negotiating for a job.
The subject of marketing could not be left out by the upcoming poets as they wanted to know how Nyathi markets himself.
“I market myself through performance. I do it by not out-pricing my acts. I get almost 75% of my jobs through people seeing me perform and they go out to tell others,” the poet said.
In an interview, Nyathi said that the birthday online lecture was a wonderful experience but he wished more mentorship could be given to the new poets.
“I think young poets still need mentorship in the presentation of poetry on stage and in the business of arts,” he said.

2019, here we come!

20 May 2018

WIN Newsletter, Vol 2, Issue 2 Coming Soon!

On February 2, 2018, WINZIM received a book donation from the Harare City Library for the WIN Epworth Community Outreach Programme. Read about this and more of what has been happening in the background in our newsletter coming soon! 

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Thank You

19 April 2018


Dear friends,

It has been a long time indeed! We last posted on our blog a year ago but as with all genuine literary spirit, we are back. It was a hiatus that provided us with an opportunity to learn more. We are in the revival mood, and very soon we will be giving you something new, including our first newsletter for 2018 (WIN Newsletter, Vol 2, Issue No 2).

Thank you for the patience,



20 June 2017


Hope Masike 
Mbira queen Hope Masike uplifts the aura at writers’ functions and she seems to understand that her music, her voice, is a sweet bundle of deep poetry and hence she is a poet in her own way. She inspires writers/poets with her mbira music. She is pictured above ‘serenading’ at Shimmer Chinodya’s literary birthday about which is reported below with more images. WIN proudly brings you highlights from the literary evening/birthday event and the Bulawayo Book Fair. Enjoy!


Umbukiso Lengxoxo Yezingwalo KoBulawayo
Ibhalwe ngu
Tsitsi Nomsa Ngwenya

Besekwedlule iminyaka emibili umbikiso lokuxoxisana ngezingwalo ungabizelwanga abantu koBulawayo. Lonyaka mhlazana 26 kusiya ku27 Nkwenkwezi kwabalokuphithizela olukhuliu eLarge City Hall, abantwana besikolo bebuka lokuthenga ingwalo ezazichaywe ngabadindi bazo. Abathanda ingwalo labo bazozitika kungukhethutshiye, ezezikolo ezifundisa ontanga lezinye nje zonke eziyinhlonhlobo. Inhloso yalumbukiso ibihamba ngomkhankaso othi, ‘Ukwenza Ingwalo Zilethe inzunzo’. Bekulenhlelo ezitshiyeneyo, wona umbukiso wezingwalo ngabazidindayo, ukufundisana ngohlelo olutsha ulwethulwe nguNgqungquthela kwezemfundo yabantwana besibanga sangaphansi labasakhulayo uDr. Lazarus Dokora. Ube nguye njalo oyethule umkhankaso lombukiso lo ngokusemthethweni.
Abatwana besikolo saphezulu eGifford High School esisedolobheni lalko Bulawayo balibazise abalaleli ngomdlalo okhwabithekayo. Kwathi abesikolo sabancane iFusi Primary School labo batshengisa ubuntshantshu ekugideni njengewosana zisiyacela izulu elitsheni. Konke lokhu bekuphathelene lohlelo lwemfundiso olutsha lweCurriculum Development. Abalobi, izitolo zazingwalo labagcini bazo labo batshona bexoxisana ngohlelo olutsha lolu. Umlobi ohloniphekayo wezamasiko umnumzana uPathisa Nyathi wathi Uma ekhuluma esekele loluhlelo wathi, “Inzuzo yezingwalo akumelana siyibonele emalini kuphela, kodwa laselwazini esilutholayo ngokufunda ingwalo. Wagcizela wathi, “Uma uthenga ugwalo ulufunda, ulola ingqondo yakho, ngoba vele ingqondo zilolana njalo. Ingqondo idla kwezinye ingqondo, ngoba ugwalo luyimpumela yokujulisa ingqondo yalowo mlobi.” UDr. Dokora evala wabonga abalobi asebelethe izingwalo ezingwalo ezihambelana lemfundiso entsha esisehlelweni lwezemfundo.

Many thanks to Tsitsi Nomsa Ngwenya for ‘translating’ the English report.
The English version of the report can be read here, click: Bulawayo Book Fair Returns

First Day, May 26, 2017

ZIBF Executive Board Chairman Blazio Tafireyi welcomes guests at the workshop

Mrs. Makadho of Gweru-based Booklove Publishers shares a lighter moment with enquiring high school students

Writer Tsitsi Nomsa Ngwenya had an exciting moment with the students

A scene from the drama by Gifford High School

Another scene from the same drama

The Honourable Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr. Lazarus Dokora chats with an exhibitor before he officially opened the Bulawayo Book Fair

Second Day, May 27, 2017

Students enjoy browsing the books on display

Guest of Honour Pathisa Nyathi gives a speech

A Ndebele poet in action at the launch

Those who attended the launch and bought a copy of the new book made sure their copies are signed by the author, an unforgettable symbolic signature!

The author autographing

Copies of the new book were available at the launch

The images below show writer Tsitsi Nomsa Ngwenya with students from Bulawayo schools to which she donated copies of her Ndebele novel ‘Izinyawo Zayizolo’ at the Bulawayo Book Fair.

The main Zimbabwe International Book Fair have been set for 31 July – 5 August 2017  under the theme “Making the Book Pay!”.

Renowned writer Shimmer Chinodya with his birthday cake

On his birthday, Chinodya remembered aspiring or new writers and had the following words of advice for them:

“So you want to be a successful author?
Read, read, and read. Write, write, and write. Look around you and listen and learn. Open all your windows to ventilate the imagination. And be humble and persistent. Real writing is a lifetime pursuit. Welcome to an excruciating, yet glorious, career.”

The new edition of ‘Can We Talk and Other Stories’ and other books by Chinodya were available for readers to buy

Chinodya reading from ‘Harvest of Thorns’

For more information about the event, please click this link:


WIN Newsletter, Vol 2, Issue No 2 Coming Soon…

04 April 2017

WIN Newsletter, Vol 2, Issue 1


Memories: Writers Ethel Kabwato, Tinashe Mushakavanhu (WIN Board Member) and Beaven Tapureta (WIN Founder & Director) share a joke in 2014 in Harare a moment after attending a meeting with Flora Veit-Wild to discuss the Dambudzo Marechera Trust

Welcome, welcome to our first issue for this year! We hope we find you all well. We admit we have been very quiet for the past three months (January, February and March) but in the background WIN-Zimbabwe is very patient. We believe in patience and would like to thank you for patiently waiting for this first issue to come. Naturally, the three months were a period of self-scrutiny, reviewing everything that WIN-Zimbabwe has done and finding ways of how best we can improve our programs. The WIN Newsletter, Vol 2, Issue No 1 comes with information that we hope will be valuable to every concerned writer. Our regular columns ‘Voice of the Girl Child’ and ‘The Youth Perspective’ will resume in the second issue. We welcome your feedback. Please do enjoy.    


Dear Friend,

Golden Baobab is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 8th edition of the Golden Baobab Prize, Africa’s leading children’s literary award. The 2018 Golden Baobab Prize invites submissions of unpublished manuscripts and illustrations for children's stories. Entry is open to citizens of any African country.
The award categories for the 2018 Golden Baobab Prize are:

           The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books, for the best story targeting a reader audience of ages 4-8.
           The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books, for the best story targeting a reader audience of ages 9-11.
           The Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators, for the best artwork that matches illustration briefs provided, intended for children ages 4-11.

All winners will receive a cash prize of 5,000 USD and press publicity. Winners of the literature prizes are guaranteed a publishing deal. Longlisted and Shortlisted writers are connected with publishers across Africa. Finalist illustrators participate in exhibitions and have their work shared with a network of African and international publishers. The Prize submission deadline is 1st December 2017.

This 8th edition of the Prize presents a heavier focus on publishing to prioritize the production of more African children’s books. The Golden Baobab Prize now facilitates relationships between finalist writers and illustrators and a growing network of African publishers with the goal to get more African books into the hands of children all over the world.
Do share this email with writers and illustrators, as well as interested organizations in your networks. For information, visit: Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. We look forward to engaging with you!


‘7 in 1’ Destiny Sagacity 

“UNDERSTANDING destiny is an appreciation of the role you were created to play in the movie called Life. Maybe you have had a magnetic pull that was directing you to a certain place or even a person. Could that place or person be connected to your destiny?” – says Ralph Kadurira in his introduction to the book.



Amanda Ranganawa

Chapter 1 (European Kingdom)

Screams of pain filled the palace walls. With each push and sweat the woman became weaker and weaker. Her eyes had now turned dark blue, her fangs exposed with every scream. Slowly she began to lose colour. Green lines of struggle could be traced on her arms and legs. She felt a pang of vicious pain and tried to rise from the bed. The three women tending to her gently pushed her back. The agonized woman was sweating ferociously. One of the woman started damping her forehead and chest with a cold towel. She was burning. The three women were frightened. One of them ushered the other two to a corner where they started speaking in whispers.

“Her condition plays drums of fear in my heart. It is unbearable. She is too ill,” said Madeline, the grey-haired elder.

“We know that Aunt Lynn. Oh how I wish it was midnight. Then she would turn into a werewolf. It will be easier for her to give birth then,” replied an anxious Anna Mary.

The third one, Veronica, cut in, “Let’s not just stand here. Let’s inform the King. Her Majesty has been in labour for far too long. She might die.’’

They all agreed. Veronica and Anna Mary stayed with the Queen as Auntie Lynn went to inform his Highness about the condition of his wife. The King sat in his chamber while his mind was in a deep brown study. Tired of pacing up and down his room, he had decided to sit on a chair. He prayed that his wife and child come out alive. Such prolonged labour had never been heard of in the whole Kingdom. Twelve hours of labour! It must be an omen, he thought, or in a bright light, a good meaning. He wondered what the birth of this child could mean.

He got up from the chair and strolled over to the window. He stared blankly at the trees that bowed loyally beneath the Castle’s windows. As he stared at the trees he wondered what it would be like if his wife died. The thought thrashed his soul like flesh being whipped by hot iron. Shaking his head, he murmured sadly,

“Who plants a rose only to pluck it before it blossoms?
Who grants joy only to grant back sorrow?
Such is the foolish betrayal of life
That sneezes at no cold, and cries at no pain
Leaving longing and despair
At anything that was once pure and delightful…”

His thoughts were interrupted by a knock on the door. A mixture of worry and excitement filled his voice as he spoke, “Who is it?’’

A royal guard answered, ‘’Your Royal Majesty, one of the midwives begs for your presence.’’

The King’s heart pounded fast as he was thoroughly filled with apprehension. Could it be his wife has delivered? If she has, how is the child? His head danced with questions. He quickly rose and opened the door.
Beaming with a fake smile he said, “I am here.’’

Madeline stood at the entrance door, head bowed. The King looked at her and waited for her to open her mouth. The woman twitched her thumbs and bowed as she spoke, ‘’My Lord, there is no change. Her Majesty is in a lot of pain.  The baby is refusing to be birthed no matter how she pushes.’’

At the uttering of these words the King cursed his gods and hit his fist on the door. The guard and maid stepped back from him. They feared being the receivers of his outrage.

“Take me to my wife!’’ his Majesty ordered Madeline who hurriedly led the way.

The King walked down the multiple stairs led by an anxious Madeline who feared that her madam could die in child labour. They reached the door where the Queen had been admitted for her child birth. Her husband slowly opened the door and entered. His wife lay on the bed unrecognizable as she had turned green and purple. Her eyes were huge and black.  Her fangs had mercilessly bruised her lips till she began to bleed. The King felt intense pain and sadness in his heart and he went over to hold his wife’s hand to comfort her. As he lifted her right hand, he saw that her nails were a shiny deep yellow. The King froze and suddenly shook with rage.
‘’This is Theresa’s markings. That devil!’’ he screamed “Guards! Guards!’’…

(To be continued)

Amanda Ranganawa (above), author of ‘Born of Blood’


Writers/Poets Clever Simbarashe Kavenga (L) and Shingirai Manyengavana (R) seen here at the University of Zimbabwe book launch last year

Shingirai Manyengavana (SM) is a WIN-Zimbabwe voluntary freelance writer as well as a poet. He recently had the privilege to talk with Clever Simbarashe Kavenga (CK), a Mutare-based published author. Kavenga is a 2008 NAMA award nominee, a Pungwe Newspaper columnist whose first poem No peace No hope was published by Parade magazine when he was still doing his ‘O' Level. His published works include Mashiripiti Edehwe raRungano, a children's book which won him First Prize for the Zimbabwe Book Publishers Association’s Best Children's Book at the 2007 ZIBF. Kavenga is also a member of WIN-Zimbabwe and has appeared in several anthologies which include Mudengu Munei? , Visions from the Motherland, Defiled Sacredness, Gwatakwata Renhetembo, and Hodzeko Yenduri. When he was a budding writer, Kavenga was also published in magazines such as Moto, Tsotso, Writers Scroll (a BWAZ publication), New Voice Magazine, Sunday Mail Leisure, Knowtown News, and the Kwayedza newspaper. Nine f poems appeared in the anthology Ngoma Yokwedu published by BWAZ.  Kavenga’s latest children's book is titled Kare Kare Zvako published by Mambo Press (Gweru). Below are excerpts from the talk.

SM:    May you give us your brief background.

Grew up partly in Nyanga my rural area and Madziva in Shamva, Bindura. After completing my Ordinary Level I got a job in Harare. I later left Harare for Mutare where I have been based for the past sixteen years. I'm married blessed with three children two girls and a boy.

SM:    For how long have you been writing and what are some of the challenges you’ve faced as a writer?

CK:     I have been in the writing path for the past 23 years. On the writing journey I have wept more tears of pain than tears of joy. Such is life there is nothing good you can get on a silver plate. Always you have to fight for the best. Best works come from the one who always practices. Most of my works are in Shona and publishers were not really supportive when it comes to indigenous languages and yet I always found myself in the trenches fighting for my mother language. Thanks to the Kwayedza newspaper, Tsotso Magazine, the Writers Scroll, New Voices magazine and Pungwe News for promoting local languages; through them I found my footing.

SM:    So what inspired you to venture into writing?

CK:     My late mother was a story teller though not published. I think I inherited it from her. I was and still I am an avid reader and it inspired me to be a creative writer also.

What do you think are some of the urgent issues that need to be addressed in our writing industry as a whole?

CK:     Some of the challenges in the writing field are that publishers are now only interested in publishing books that have been chosen as school set books. This is killing the book industry as fewer books are being published. I think ZIMSEC should go out there on the market and get their books to consider for set books rather than waiting for publishers to hand them books. Publishers are there to put books on the market for the public. But ZIMSEC is now taking the short cuts as the norm. With the new curriculum coming up I hope something good for us is also promising. Publishers should also honour their contracts with writers. A lot of them are failing to pay royalties to writers yet this must be a business partnership. I think we also need an organization that monitors publishers to see if they are paying royalties to the writers because most of the publishers are getting away scot free.

 SM:   But have you any regrets for being a writer?

     Regrets ha-a (laughs). Even a successful man has regrets. My regrets are that I think our government is not doing enough for the creative writer. Elsewhere in the world there is life in writing industry but here you can't live on writing even as a columnist you struggle. It is really dark on the writing field. Our government should buy creative books for the public libraries and schools.

SM:    What is the important lesson that you have learnt in your life and would like to share with the young writers?

In life never give up on your talent and always have your eyes on the horizon. Your day of recognition shall come.


Men on a poetic mission: (from left)  Memory Chirere, Tinashe Muchuri and Chirikure Chirikure seen here minutes after an exciting event dubbed “poetic license” held at the University of Zimbabwe early last year


Bhutsu dzinoshevedzera mukoridho dzichiti:
Tisuwo tavhara gonhi ramanzwa.
Tisuwo tave kufambawo zvedu
Tichienda kumba kwatinoroja.
Tisuka, chinouya chinowana munhu.

A poem by Memory Chirere taken from his anthology ‘Bhuku Risina Basa Nokuti Rakanyorwa Masikati’ (Bhabhu Books, 2014)


Title: Paida – The Struggle
Author: Tatenda Charles Munyuki
Publisher: Darling Kind Publishing (Zimbabwe)
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 978 0 7974

Title: Paida – The Village Girl
Author: Tatenda Charles Munyuki
Publisher: Darling Kind Publishing (Zimbabwe)
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 978 0 7974

(The Paida books above are available under the weekly series ‘Girls Have Voices’. For more information contact: or call +263 737 283 187/ +263 773 086 545)

Title: Young Lights Arise-Let it Shine
Author: Liberty Moses Chigwenjere
Publisher: Days of my Youth Movement (Zimbabwe)
Year Published: 2017
ISBN: 978 079747582 3

Title: The Battle for Altars
Author: Apostle John Shava
Publisher: Clarion Call Books & Days of my Youth Press
Year Published: 2017
ISBN: 978 0 7974 7699 8

(Days of my Youth Press or Movement can be contacted via email or call +263 773 018 478)


Harare City Library Scores A First

Aasia Qamar Sial, a Zimbabwe-born budding writer browsing a book at the Harare City Library

Officials at Harare City Library are in happy mood after discovering exceptional writing talent in eight-year old Aasia Qamar Sial, a frequent user of the library’s Petina Gappah Children’s Library. ClickHere To Read More…


Mr. Blazio Tafireyi (above), Executive Board Chairperson of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair Association

On behalf of the Executive Board of The Zimbabwe International Book Fair Association, I wish to advise that the approved Theme for 2017 is Making the Book Pay!”. We are, therefore, pleased to announce that the dates for The Zimbabwe International Book Fair have been set for 31 July – 5 August 2017 while The Indaba Conference is slated for 31 July and 1 August. 

This Theme was selected from several possibilities that were recommended by participants through the 2016 Indaba Evaluation Forms. The ZIBFA Executive leadership concurred with the suggested theme, “Making the Book Pay” as it is topical and adequately speaks to today’s national, regional and international development agendas listed below:

 Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim Asset):

Towards an Empowered Society and a Growing Economy;

 Africa Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want; and

 The UN 2030 SDGs: Transforming Our World.

The ‘PAY’ in wealth creation connotes eradication of poverty through reading. It also enables the following:

 Inculcating the reading habit and sustaining reading skill in young people, hence it PAYS to Read so that we maintain high literacy levels;

 Reading enables people to realize their aspirations and successes through education and to advance themselves;

 Increasing food security and nutrition;

 Eradicating diseases i.e. HIV and Aids and other communicable diseases;

 Improving child immortality;

 Increasing revenue inflows for the Book Industry players thereby creating or generating wealth from, author/publisher/bookseller perspective;

 Alleviating poverty;

 Contributing towards employment creation;

 Providing equitable access to information for all; and

 Reading and access to information addresses the development agendas.

Making the Book Pay! was therefore deliberately made broad and/or not confined to any particular sector so that it allows varying viewpoints from many presenters on the above-listed possibilities.
Contributors to the 2017 Indaba are therefore urged to come up with ideas that will benefit all participants in the book value chain. The creative economy includes, among other players, the book industry that has in its book value chain: authors who are the creators of the works; publishers whose activities are to exploit intellectual property; the illustrators and designers; photographers; advertisers; booksellers or distributors; librarians who gather, process and provide wide access to reading and information materials; and the users who include school children, academics, adults, researchers, educational and training institutions, religious institutions, private and public business enterprises, universities, colleges, research institutions, and government and non-government institutions. The book industry provides income to all participants in the book value chain and earns revenue to the government in the form of taxes.

Submission Of Abstracts

Abstracts of not more than 500 words word-processed in Times New Roman script with 1.15 line spacing should be submitted by 10 April 2017 by email to with a copy to The abstracts will be reviewed by experts and authors of selected abstracts will be notified by 30 April 2017. Presenters should submit the full papers and power-point presentations of the full paper by 31 May 2017. Power-point presentations must summarise the full paper in bullet form and should enable presenters to speak to the paper within the allotted time. Please note that the topics provided below are meant to be guidelines for research areas although they may be used as research topics. Presenters are encouraged to submit their own innovative topics that address the suggested areas and which speak to the given Theme and sub-themes.

ZIBF 2017 Theme: Making The Book Pay!

(1) Creating the Africa we want through reading (Africa Agenda 2063)

a) Teaching children to read at an early age – catch them young

b) The role of the parents in reading

c) Stimulating and inculcating the reading habit

d) Narrowing the gap: new perspective in reading

e) Pros and cons of remedial reading

(2) Information Literacy Skills for the Digital Age

a) Reading, Writing and Publishing for Survival – a Global Perspective

b) Balancing e-reading and physical reading for sustainable development

c) Assimilating social media technologies

d) Technology enhancing pillars of sustainable development

e) Challenges and Opportunities for Libraries in the Digital Era

(3) Economics of the Book

a) Making academic research, writing and publishing pay

b) Innovation in book development, marketing and distribution

c) Inclusivity in research, writing, publishing and reading for vulnerable and marginalised groups

d) The author, publisher and reader dynamics

e) Making the book affordable

f) Writing for Communicable diseases and life threatening conditions

(4) The Book and Cultural Preservation, Conservation and Transmission

a) STEMitising reading for socio-economic development

b) Making the Book relevant to urban and rural children

c) Promoting Culture in the digital age

d) Challenges and opportunities of writing and publishing books in indigenous languages

e) Cultural dynamism and change

f) Culture as a foundation for building peace and social cohesion

g) Unpacking Zimbabwe’s New Education Reform

(5) Intellectual Property and Copyright

a) Exploiting Copyright as an economic resource

b) Public lending rights

c) Copyright exceptions and limitations

d) Licensing of photocopying works in Zimbabwe

e) Intellectual Property rights and relationship of publishers and libraries

f) Anti-Book piracy – other country experiences and how that can be adopted by Zimbabwe

Inserted by Mr. Blazio Tafireyi
Chair, Executive Board, Zimbabwe International Book Fair Association

Some guests at the 2015 ZIBF Indaba held at the Crown Plaza Monomotapa in Harare