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Errymaple poet puts Zvishavane on map

                                                         Bradley Machimula
                                                  
Exsto Makunzva

ZVISHAVANE – An 11-year-old
grade five pupil at Errymaple Junior School was named best poet after beating four
other contestants in the finals of the junior poetry category of the National
Allied Arts Speech and Drama competitions held at Harare International School
recently.
Bradley
Machimula, who all along was a day scholar, walked away with a floating trophy
before his school rewarded him with a full scholarship, meaning he will now use
boarding facilities until he finishes primary school.
Before his
exploits in Harare, Machimula had come out tops during the regional
competitions which were held at Midlands Christian College in Gweru on June 27.
The final
competitions were presided over by adjudicators from California in the United
States of America.
Allied arts is a
celebration of art and creativity where children showcase their talents across
such areas as drama, poetry, speech and theatre. Schools compete at regional
level and those that win will then meet at national level.
Bradley’s
teacher Kuzvitonga Mapfumo told TellZim News the young boy had given him more
reasons to be happy with his work.
“Dynamites come
in small packages. The boy has done extremely well. Being young as he is, I
never thought he could do better than pupils from such big names like Midlands
Christian College, Hellenics, Heritage and Springvale,” Mapfumo said.
Errymaple
directors Ashley and David Ruswa told TellZim News the school was pleased with
the boy’s performance and had decided to reward him for helping to grow the
Errymaple brand.
“We are excited
by his performance and it is quite encouraging to notice that our efforts to
make our school the best in the country are paying off. This is a school we
started to give back to the community that supports other Errymaple ventures so
we are excited that the work is bearing fruit,” said Ashley.
Her words were
supported by David who said the school was now focusing on nurturing more of
the kind of talent that Bradley exhibited.
“I accompanied
Bradley to Harare but I didn’t know that he would prove to be such a gem. We
are overjoyed by this achievement and we will now increase our efforts to do
better,” said David.

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