Celebrating black women

27 September 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Swakopmund • [email protected]

Swakopmund-raised poet Frieda Mukufa (26) who goes by the stage name Damn_Etu, has embarked on a journey to have her poetic works published in an anthology.

Although it has not title yet, it will be based on celebrating black women and their emotions.

“I believe black women are often put in a box where they are limited to certain feelings and emotions. When they express how sad something has made them, they are deemed mad or primitive.”

Damn_Etu says she wants to write something that woman can relate to, written by women, perhaps for women, although not in its entirety.

According to her, the collection will comprise fifty poems. However, she has not completed writing all the pieces yet.

“It is not as easy as one would think. I’m currently going through a writer’s block and it’s frustrating, but I’m almost there,” she said.

She says the most sentimental piece of the collection is a letter she wrote to her best friend, Paulina Nduukiva Jeffrou Shikongo, who passed away in 2014.

“I say this because, only six years later was I able to put the loss into words.”

Damn_Etu started writing poetry in 2008, when she was in grade seven and after she stumbled across an anthology. She loved the pieces so much because she was going through a rough patch at the time.

“I also kept a diary then, so it was easy for me to start writing work of my own. I was literally writing while copying the style I saw in the anthology, and that’s how my journey started and I haven’t stopped since then.”

Her favourite poets include Franklin Newman, Lafewa, iRise and Ashwyn Mberi.

The outspoken poet says poetry in Namibia is growing as there are many talented authors who add value to the art.

“The poetry industry is booming and it definitely going in the right direction. I would like it if mentoring of poets was a thing. That way we’re being honest with them and it’ll help improve their art.”

She suggest that poets be given the right and adequate platform to showcase their talent.

Her favourite poetry moment was when she performed for an audience at the North West University in South Africa this year.

“Although virtually, it was beautiful.”

She has also performed at other poetry platforms like Spoken Word Namibia, One Mic Namibia, Breeze of Words and others.

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