Leonard Ncube, Victoria Falls reporter
Award-winning poet Obert Dube recently charmed the entire continent when he recently performed at the Pan-African Youth Conference held at the Desmond Tutu Conference Center in Nairobi, Kenya.
As a Pan-African poet and reveling in the popularity of his Africa Day poem Africa, Dube said the trip to Kenya had marked his eyes in many ways.
“I was invited to interpret the poem Africa during the conference attended by young influencers from all over the continent. I was supposed to act twice but they realized I could do comedy too and I ended up acting six times throughout the conference. They loved the performance and it was a worthwhile trip as I learned a lot from the conference proceedings, ”said Dube whose actions attracted more international than local attention.
All Africa Churches, a parent organization of all traditional churches headquartered in Kenya, hosted the conference.
The theme was: “Africa my home, Africa my future” and took place from 25 to 29 October.
Emphasis was placed on how young people can play a role in ending child marriage and the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, among other challenges on the continent.
Dube said some of the concerns voiced at the conference included the refusal of young people to participate in decision-making in their communities, especially in politics, where they prefer to take an out of the way approach by saying politics is for adults only. .
It was recommended that young people be active in politics and decision-making to help develop and develop their regions.
The conferences also expressed concern about certain abuses committed by the so-called “Man of God” and how the faithful protect church leaders at the expense of the victims.
Meanwhile, Dube said he had the opportunity to meet and chat with Kenyan Pan-Africanist Professor Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba who drove to the conference venue to pick him up from his home.
“He took me to his home where we talked about a lot of things as he advised me to write a book of my work so that he could enter academic institutions. Everyone in his family bought my CDs, ”Dube said. @ncubeleon