Friday, February 5, 2010

Malawi-South Africa-World Cup 2010

APA-Lilongwe (Malawi) Malawian poet Stanley Kenani’s poem will be among the selected few poems to be displayed on billboards in
South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup starting in June.

The poem, titled "Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu" in the Zulu language, roughly translates that "We Belong To Each Other" as human beings

The 25-word poem explains that the world is a large football pitch where nobody is alone and that life is a game for all, poor or rich to win, and we have to play it as one people.

According to Megan van den Heever, a media intern at Art for Humanity (formerly Artists for Human Rights) organisers, the aim of the project was to challenge xenophobic attitudes by bringing together artistic and poetic voices from around the world into a print portfolio.

"The art and poetry portfolio will be widely exhibited throughout South Africa and internationally," Van den Heever said.

He added that the art and poetry would also be featured in a public advocacy campaign on posters, billboards and banners in public places during the World Cup and beyond.

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