Dynamite in small package

MASVINGO - Looking at the small bodied girl of Lisa Sibanda one cannot believe the loud voice and the confidence she displays on stage. Hai...

Looking at the small bodied girl of Lisa Sibanda one cannot believe the loud voice and the confidence she displays on stage. Hailing from a family of three, two girls and a boy. Lisa is the last born child of Tendekai Moyo Sibanda and Milton Sibanda. Lisa stays with her parents in Zimuto area in Tafirei Village under Chief Zimuto where she is doing form 1 at Mazambara High School.
Lisa has always been a cool and composed girl noone would have ever guessed that she would one day be the poet that she is.
Her road to fame started in 2012 when she was in grade 4 at Mutatiri Primary school where she was identified by one of the teachers Nyandoro Chivore Tichamupei Comfort. Mrs Nyandoro who was also scouting for young talent for GYPCE identified Lisa's talent.
This did not go down well with Lisa's parents as they feared pursuing poetry would affect her studies. In 2013 Lisa and four other pupils  namely Rudo Chipadza, Mirriam Mavurayi , Josiah Zungai and Decide Gono raised the Mutatiri Primary school bar as they and other 45 kids represented Masvingo province at the Independence celebrations in Harare where President Robert Mugabe was the guest of honor. This was the first time Lisa performed in front of a very large crowd. Since then she hasn't looked back.
Slowly, Lisa's parents started accepting that their child had talent.
Her mother Tendekai Sibanda even helped her with some of her poetry. In February 2016 Lisa came out number one out of 14 secondary schools in Masvingo province in poetry at the traffic safety arts gala competitions where she won $80.
At the just ended starbrite competitions held at Mamutse stadium in Masvingo, Lisa came out tops again as she battled with many people in non singing competitions which involved dancing, poetry, beat boxing just to name a few. Lisa qualified for the National competitions to be held end of September 2016.
Lisa gets most of her poems from Nyandoro who writes for her, however, she is also grooming her to write her own poems. Her mother has also been helpful in her poetry. Lisa also gets help from her secondary teachers especially Tukumbenje Mposa Chingadza and Faithful Timba Rubaba who had this to say" she has so much potential and I wish to see her soar to great heights.. The girl has real talent". The girl also has support from the school headmaster  Nemera.
Currently Lisa is the Junior councillor for ward 2, Masvingo North constituency.
Her parents also said, "Lisa had a loud voice we just thought she was noisy little did we know that it was talent. It was hard to accept however we have accepted that this could be her life. We are going to support her all the way".
With enough help, support and encouragement, the sky is the limit for this young girl.
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Dynamite in small package
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