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    Starbrite Queen shines at Dzimbabwe Arts Festival


    – Lisa Sithole, the pint-sized form one pupil at Mazambara High School in Zimuto who beat 50 other contestants to land the first position at the Starbrite Competitions in Masvingo four weeks ago was a big toast at the Dzimbabwe Arts Festival held at Mamutse Stadium in Masvingo on Saturday.
    She performed her poem called Terera unzwe mwana wangu and she received standing ovation from the crowd.
    "Terera unzwe mwana wangu………wakubaira zani ndewako…………kumhunga hakuna ipwa………mune mazhenje here emoto murogwe mako mausingagoni kubwandira zvinoita vamwe…………………………"she took her voice high, lowered it, rubbed her hand, held her chest and the crowd was thrilled.
    Lisa who is coached by her teacher Tichamupei Comfort Nyandoro was accompanied by five other pupils from Mutatiri Primary School who also performed at the competitions. The pupils from the primary school were Vimbiso Dewa, Gift Sedeya,Rutendo Mandishe, Tapiwa Masivanyika and Wilma Mapanzure.
    Sithole is undoubtedly a star, one of the best to emerge out of Masvingo.
    She started perfoming arts when she was just in Grade four and has performed on national platforms including before President Robert Mugabe at the Independence Celebrations in 2013 when she was just in grade five and again her poem received standing ovation and was shown on national television.
    In 2015 she beat 14 other schools in arts competitions that were sponsored by the Traffic Safety Board and the organisation paid her fees for coming out first. At the Starbribrite Competitions she won $100 that was sponsored by then
     Lisa was accidentally discovered by her teacher Nyandoro as a good performer when she recited a poem at the school's culture day when she was in Grade 4. From then on, Nyandoro has nurtured and kept a keen eye on the girl who has since left Mutatiri Primary and is now at Mazambara which is in the neighbourhood.
    Nyandoro is a member of several writers' organisations and has been active in arts both at provincial and national level. She sees herself getting involved in a role where she promotes arts in primary schools as she has done with Lisa who she has taken to dizzy heights by performing at national platforms.
    One of Sithole's inspiration is her motherTendekai Moyo who also writes poems for her daughter. Moyo is just a housewife but she has wrote poems that has caught the nation's attention.
    Sithole was born in a family of three and she being the last born. The eldest, Dominic stays with his father Milton Sibanda who works in Zaka. The second born, Nobuhle is doing form two at Mazambara.
    Sithole does not suffer any stage fright despite her age.
    "Maybe it's because I was born like that. I don't experience any stage frights. My best subject is not necessarily Shona but the sciences although it is the Shona poems that have made a name for me," said Sithole.
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