Peter Mutanda waNdebele
Peter Mutanda aka wa-Ndebele is a scriptwriter, author, actor, filmmaker, theatre director and community Theatre for Development (TfD) facilitator. He has facilitated Social Inclusive Participatory Arts Workshops, directed and produced award winning theatre pieces in Africa, Europe and USA. Peter has won numerous awards, ‘The Chain’ (Best Actor and Best Theatre Play, Windybrow Centre for the Arts in Johannesburg SA), ‘Gift’ (Creative Excellence Award, Source Theatre in Washington DC, USA), Afro-Brits Award for Arts and Culture and African Achievers’ Award in the UK. On top of that, Peter is a multi-lingual humanitarian, cultural activist and sociopolitical commentator whose productions raise awareness and echo concerns about sociopolitical maladies faced by disadvantaged people. Through his writings, Mutanda wa-Ndebele also mirrors his upbringing and the experiences he has gone through in his life so far.
Peter Mutanda has published six volumes of poetry with LionheART Publishing House and had his work featured in a German anthology of African writers: Antilopenmond.
He has also co-authored a series of children's books with Karen Perkins based on Traditional African Folktales.
He is currently working on a number of academic texts about African Development and performing arts.
Peter's books are available on this site or through Amazon as both paperback and Kindle as well as Barnes & Noble (Nook), Kobo, Smashwords and most other online bookstores:
Africa Has A Future by Peter Mutanda
"As acknowledged in this book, there is no 'one size fits all' answer to the issue facing Africa. Peter's work identifies key questions that must be answered by those seeking those solutions, and makes some useful observations about possible ways forward. This book is valuable contribution to the discourse" The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu
"This book helps us engage with the question 'how did we get here in the first place?'. We are where we are because of where we are coming from, and this book is a timely reminder that the future we desire, which is achievable, is as much shaped by our dreams as it is by our reflections." Dr Julius Mugwagwa
Africa Has a Future. Many challenges lie ahead but there is a way forward. This book explores the problems and possible solutions facing Africa today.
Development activists, intellectuals, economists and academics have expressed their different views and theories about how development should be carried out in Africa and around the world. However; there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution for this cause. There have been many diagnoses, but as yet no effective remedy for the maladies faced by Africans.
As an African, I have experienced many of Africa's problems first hand, then studied and researched them academically, achieving a Master's Degree in Theatre and Global Development in 2011. 'Africa Has a Future' is my prescription for Africa, based on my own perceptions as an African.
'Africa Has a Future' has been written both for academics and the ordinary African. It lays out my thoughts clearly in a way that is easy to understand. It is my dream for every African to understand the problems Africa faces and the repercussions of current strategies.
Bullterrier dogs long muzzled,
necks manacled and shackled,
horses on courses, blinkered,
pigeonholed, birds caged.
Mentally free but imprisoned,
censorship can’t censor minds.
Free souls but disheartened,
Draconian can’t suppress brains
Muzzled but can tweet.
Caged but free in spirit.
Shackled but can speak,
can’t always be in ink.
You can’t be stopped now.
Views can’t be concealed, how?
Freely shout out loud,
opinions, present with pride.
Life is fragile, words are immortal.
Like stray bullets, no formal portal,
forever unmuted thunderous echo.
Silent voice is an endless encore.
©Peter Mutanda waNdebele 2012
Voyage Of Discovery
In cloud nine of voyage of discovery
The embarkation,both felt was hurry.
Before settling allwas cosily bonding,
feelings, emotionshurt now binding.
Our journey toGarden of Eden picnic,
I shiver, only a cooling breeze no panic.
Beautiful sunsetsailing without pilot,
against all odds, only me and you, pirate
We fly, every sense and dead cells ignite,
feelings never known to exist also light.
Moon and stars shine while birds serenade
intimacy, heart - affection packed grenade
I lie down, mirror you all-over sky written,
picture you swim in my brain, I’m smitten.
The voyage strongly moves on, won’t stop,
experience unexaggerated, far over the top
Importantly, we encountered as soul mates,
moving up a notch, progress at rapid rate.
Every moment with you is ever enjoyable,
new dawn always sweeter and pleasurable.
©Peter Mutanda waNdebele 2012