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Connie V

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a South African-based Zimbabwean-born creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. She is also Editor at ZimOnlineNews. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.
Connie V has written 341 posts for Afrique Beat

SeSotho Musical Icon Kori Moraba Passes On

It is a poignant time in the world right now and South Africa is not being spared as giants keep falling one at a time. The celebrations of a new year have since been dampened as we mourn legends such as Dorah Sitole and Sesotho musical icon, Kori Moraba. Isaac Kori Moraba was born on … Continue reading

SOUTH AFRICA MOURNS THE DEATH OF A MASTERCHEF DORAH SITOLE

South Africa has lost yet another icon, so early in the new year, author and chef Dorah Sitole. She was 67 years old. The eminent food editor who worked for True Love was also a noteworthy food stylist, recipe developer, and a trained Cordon Bleu chef.  Mme Dorah Sitole had a prestigious career traversing forty … Continue reading

#SANDF member, hijack or arrest?

Photos of a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) member who seems to be an unfortunate victim of a daylight car hijack are trending on Twitter, with others reporting that it is indeed a hijack and putting the blame on foreigners, Zimbabweans in particular. Apparently, just by looking at the armed man, some can tell that … Continue reading

I AM ALSO A WOMAN – A BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: I Am Also A WomanAuthor: Zeripah Amoni PhiriPublished: 2020Available in print & e-bookHELP-U-PUBLISH. I Am Also A Woman. Middelburg: 2020. ISBN 978-1-77626-078-2 Review by Constance van Niekerk I Am Also A Woman is a book written by a woman residing in the South African province of Mpumalanga by the name, Zeripah Amoni Phiri. … Continue reading

Louis Mhlanga – Artist Bio

Born in Zimbabwe in 1956, Louis Mhlanga is one of the most esteemed guitarplayers in Southern Africa. He started playing the guitar at the age of 10, imitatingthe likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purpleand other rock stars from the 60s and 70s. He also studied both Southern and … Continue reading

Prince Okwu releases ‘My Hiding Days Are Over’.

11 months ago, South African-based Nigerian Gospel superstar, Ambassador Prince Okwu announced his 4th album, ‘My Hiding Days Are Over’. The album was set for release at the beginning of March, unfortunately, Covid19 struck and almost the entire world went into ‘hiding’. So, the Ambassador, with the entire nation went into ‘hiding’ as if it … Continue reading

Chronicles of a Fatherless Son – a book review

Book Title: Chronicles of a Fatherless Son Author: Patrick Neo Mabiletsa Published: 2019 Available in print and electronic formats (epub & kindle) Review by Constance van NiekerkMabiletsa, Patrick N. Chronicles of a Fatherless Son. Johannesburg: 2019. ISBN 978-0-6398020-9-1 Patrick Neo Mabiletsa is a South African Entrepreneur, Life Coach and Author of Chronicles of a Fatherless … Continue reading

IPDC celebrates 40 years.

Today, Zukiswa Potye, Chief Executive Officer, Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) was one of the keynote speakers at the 40th Anniversary of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) event held virtually on the UNESCO YouTube channel. The theme of the event was ‘The future of media development‘. The event Master of … Continue reading

Launch of the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign

The Premier of Limpopo Province, South Africa, Chupu Stanley Mathabatha is set to launch a virtual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign tomorrow. The 16 Days of Activism is an annual initiative that runs from the 25th of November to the 10th of December. The campaign is an effort … Continue reading

Some more moments with the demented scribe

This week on Monday Morements, Edward Dzonze talks to writer and academic Temba Munsaka – a golden writer and master of verse. A distinguished writer poised for greater heights . E.D :Firstly, who is Temba Munsaka in brief. T.M :Temba is the demented scribe, a simple enough Zimbabwean who loves anything literary! My background is … Continue reading

PAWA MOURNS THE PASSING OF FORMER GHANAIAN PRESIDENT, JERRY JOHN RAWLINGS

Yesterday, Africa received quite sad and unexpected news. The former President of Ghana, His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings passed away after a short illness. He died at  Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana. Mr. Rawlings was born on the 22th of June 1947. He was the president of Ghana from 1981 to 2001 and also … Continue reading

The Foul Mouthed Grub

Spilling stinking raw sewage and a foul mouthed politician have everything in common;The churlish and kraken weasel who is foul mouthed spewed raw sewage,he spouted feces from his venom,his mouth never knew a damn rhyme.His mouth had a virus,that stopped a verseA hubris and an atheist,whose mouth spoke sewer to spill excrement,like the ghetto in … Continue reading

Writers and Freedom of Expression in Africa

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the state murder of Kenule Beeson “Ken” Saro-Wiwa the Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF) and the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) has just held a virtual event: LITERATURE & HUMAN RIGHTS, to reflect on the state of affairs in Africa, exploring the various ways writers can protect their integrity at … Continue reading

It was a business transaction with Ginimbi- says Mutumwa Mawere

In December 2018, Mutumwa Mawere was quoted by iHarare saying, “I paid R340,000 for gas which gas was supplied to his company, Pioneer Gas and delivered to Zimbabwe and sold. After selling, the profit was supposed to be shared with the principal being used to buy new gas. Little did I know I was converted … Continue reading

Happy Birthday PAWA

In 1991, the Conference of African Ministers of Education and Culture, meeting in Cotonou, Benin, resolved to establish 7 November, the day on which Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) was founded, as International African Writers’ Day. In the past, for instance, five years ago, more than 300 writers and scholars gathered to commemorate the 22nd International African … Continue reading

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Connie V

Connie V

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a South African-based Zimbabwean-born creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. She is also Editor at ZimOnlineNews. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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