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Lead SA Youth Hero using Slam Poetry to empower other young people

Written by: Sithandwa Ngwetsheni

Yomelela Enoch Mbawu is the Western Cape's Lead SA Youth for April.

The 20 year old CPUT student and poet has been paying it forward to the youth around Phillipi East, Gugulethu and Khayelitsha.

Yomelela started a slam poetry club creating a space for young poets and other artists lacking resources to voice and display their arts.

He decided to do this because he felt that young artists never get the support they need to flourish, because being an artist is always looked down upon.

I just want to go out,do poetry and teach poetry.

Yomelela Mbawu,WC April Lead SA Youth Hero

I am trying to show young people that they can use poetry as a way to express themselves

Yomelela Mbawu,WC April Lead SA Youth Hero

He is also a tutor and motivational speaker motivating his peers and younger people.

Listen to the full interview with KFM's SechabaG:




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