By Angelbert Wamambo
Each passing day brings more & more reason to believe that Bulawayo indeed is a creative hub. Not a week passes by where the the city isn’t in dialogue under a creative banner like fashion, tech, music, film, poetry, dance, etc. Filled with youths who are eager to uplift the once major industrial hub, the collaborative space they are filling up cannot go unnoticed.
Next week will see the kick start of the TechFest, a collection of tech related events celebrating the existing start-ups that are working on emerging technologies, and acknowledging young innovators working on potentially disruptive ideas. Few days after the festival will be followed by the YALI Creatives ‘jump-start’ workshops which will also bring together creatives from different sectors to dialogue & share knowledge in the same space. As if to act as an after-party to the workshops, the Bulawayo Bloggers are set to meet at Amagugu Heritage for networking and synergising the working formulas in relation to the creative space. You can already feel the knowledge going around in just 2 weeks! Blessed are those who will manage to attend all events.
Now for the Bulawayo bloggers meet up:
Over the past few years blogging has been generally accepted as an efficient means of robust information dissemination, opinion sharing and general musing. In the case of Bulawayo, it has covered a lot of media gaps which otherwise the official media curators wouldn’t have been able to cover either intentionally or otherwise. Those who have mastered the art of blogging are already making money off the trade whilst the others have built good portfolios for their businesses. The Bulawayo Bloggers forum has come at a rather quite opportune time to try and get all the individual talent together under one roof and speak many languages in one voice. The media can be quite ignorant about particular topics and trending issues especially if the custodians are quiet with the ‘truth’ or truer version so to speak. As a result, the Bulawayo Bloggers seek to contribute to the image of Zimbabwe by painting the Bulawayo portion of the picture with one brush. It was sad to see the city rated 60th among best and worst cities in Africa, leaving most questioning the criteria used. These are some of the reasons it is time to own our stories and document them online as archives for present & future reference.
Like I mentioned before, as a first step, the Bulawayo bloggers are meeting up at Amagugu International Heritage Centre for networking and dialogue through socialising on the 11th of March. Some of the most celebrated bloggers, creatives, and brands will be there to share their success stories and working formulas so it’s really a good platform to meet and greet. Here is another cool thing: the here mentioned bloggers aren’t limited to people with blogspots and wordpress accounts only, no! All creatives, emerging, established, and aspiring are invited to come and spend the day with like-minded creatives.
Amagugu International Heritage Centre was strategically chosen seeing it is grounded in culture and offers a much needed refreshing atmosphere. Among the partners are Bulawayo Bloggers, Curate Bulawayo, Urban Culxure magazine, TV Yangu, and the hosts Amagugu International Heritage Centre. Of course the event wouldn’t be complete without braai on the rocks, traditional games, mountain walks, and exhibitions!
For more information follow @ByoBlogger and @curatebyo on their social media accounts as they build up to the day.