POETRY IN CONNECTION WITH GOD
By: Londiwe Gumede and Mxolisi Ntanzi
The Umlazi youth ended the electoral week in a warm and heartfelt tip with spiritual poetry and prayer inspiring those present at uMlazi on Sunday.
The event was organised by the Praying Poets, a youth group that encourages young people to have a strong bond with God.
Praying poets, a St. Augustine’s youth group, entertained the uMlazi crowd with local fresh talent, which varied from poems, acts and upbeat gospel songs.
The religious poetry accompanied by the sensual sounds brought tears to a few audience members. Amongst the lengthy yet exciting lineup, was an admirable Sthakaselo Mkhungo also known as Goo J Poet, who has represented African continent in the United States of America.
“We need to have leaders that can influence the younger generation to celebrate such events, because these are events that bring the youth to church by using different talent in worshipping rather than the normal singing and praying,” explained Mkhungo.
The organizers were excited and relieved that their second annual event has become such a success. Event organiser Aphiwe Boiboi said, “We used our talent as St Augustine church youth, for writing poems in praising God.
Although we had challenges but they were brushed off when we noticed that people came out in numbers, the poets were committed and advertising the event on social networks helped a lot.”
Phakamani Mabele, who was part of the audience, said that everything was on point, and those who did not attend missed out a whole lot. “Poetry delivers important messages, it also preaches about change in people’s lives so I also did learn a lot from this event,” Mabele continued.