Kolobeja- Folktales from a Ndebele past

Posted on July 26, 2010 | Category: Politics; Business, Sport


The Zimbabwean

Kolobeja- Folktales from a Ndebele Past, is a book that was published by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Zimbabwe last year.  It is a collection of twenty-eight riveting, hilarious and enchanted folktales passed down for years among the Ndebele people. 

On Thursday evening, July 29 (5.30-7pm), Harare’s Book Café will be hosting a story-telling event featuring tales from the book, in partnership with Czech Embassy.
Story-telling open mic events are held once a month at The Book Café to give story-tellers a platform for the revival of the ancient art.  This month the microphone will be reserved for two well-known Zimbabwean writers, Virginia Phiri and Barbara Nkala who will read stories from the book at an early evening event, suitable for the whole family.
The folktales in Kolobeja were researched, collected and translated from Ndebele by author Pathisa Nyathi who will also attend the event.
Nyathi was born at Sankonjana in the Kezi area of Matobo District and taught at several secondary schools before being appointed lecturer at Gweru Teacher’s College and later becoming head of Gloag High School in 1985.  He subsequently became the Deputy Provincial Education Director, a post he held until his retirement in 2004.  Presently, he works as a consultant and resource person for the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust.  Nyathi is a published poet, playwright, actor, historian and biographer.
The two readers Virginia Phiri and Barbara Nkala have extensive backgrounds in the arts. Virginia Phiri was born in Mzilikazi Township, Bulawayo and now lives and works in Harare.  She is well known for her three thought-provoking books Desperate, Destiny and Highway Queen.  
Barbara Nkala is an author, editor, translator, motivational speaker and elder in her church who holds a Master of Arts in Leadership and Management. She is the former National Director for International Bible Society Zimbabwe and currently sits on a number of humanitarian boards.
Folktales are an important component of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Non-literate societies used folktales to socialize their young; they are an important part of tradition, which is an essential aspect of the identity of every ethnic group.  They have a multifunctional role especially in African societies where for many years they have entertained, educated and brought out critical thought, world view, philosophy and values.
The story-telling event is free, and all are welcome.

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