From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, sixteen young poets joined the #16Days16Poets campaign and used their art to stand against violence towards women and children.
Meet the poets…
1. Lindokuhle “Kuhle” Stofile @the_real_kuhle
I’m a poet from Mosselbay and have been writing since 2012. I write about social topics and my perspective of the world. I want inspire people to reach for their dreams and to be who they want to be.
2. Keegan Muller @keegan.Muller
I’m a poet and songwriter. I’ve been writing since the age of 15. I use my art as a form of expressing myself and I speak my mind. My goal is to inspire and motivate the youth. I found my purpose. I believe everyone has an inner genius waiting to be unlocked.
3. Sivile Mini @Minista021
I’m a poet, rapper, and producer. I’ve been doing this for 6 years now, from the years of high school. I use my art to talk about things us humans go through in life. I hope to inspire people out there, to make them relate and understand that they not alone in this. This is my passion and I express every hardships I’ve experienced or am experiencing in a form of art. Music and poetry is my savior; it’s where I felt like I could I express my story. We all have our own story to tell.
4. Lee-Anne Bell @lee_anne_bell
I am, because God is. I write to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.
5. Michael Elroy Khoosal @officialbreakboymikey
I’m SA champ B-boy Break-dancer, Poet/MC in context, a local actor and a Dj. I started writing at the age of 11, being inspired by Breyten Breytenbach’s mondmusiek and Antjie Krog’s Kaalvoet gedig. I use my talents to express my inner-self so that others can related to what I’m going through at that exact moment. My goal is to inspire and to encourage my people not to live in fear but to go for their dreams making it a reality. Each and every one of us has something special inside, no matter where we come from or the place we live, irrespective struggles we go through on a daily basis.
6. Thandiwe “Thandi” Nqanda @montana_vikings
I am a young lady that is very diligent in everything she does, whether it is something I know or something I’ve been taught. Poetry is my hiding place; my words comfort me and those around me. Send me to the wolves and I’ll come back leading the pack.
7. Babalwa Tyabashe @Tyabashe_bee
I am a feminist, an advocate for women and children’s rights. I write to express myself but mostly I write to liberate myself.
8. Holyanna Soares @antoniasoares3009
I am a poet, singer, and dancer. I love acting and so much more. To me poetry is like singing and dancing; there is always a story behind it. It is a way of freedom out of this world to a form that no one can explain and most of all it comes from the heart. All young people have potential just let it all out instead of hiding it.
9. Matthew “Mateo.t” Bruintjies @absolutematthew
I am a young aspiring artist. My message is to change the mindset and priorities of the youth by being a productive member of the youth and being a leader. My vision is to be a pioneer and forward Hip Hop culture in the Mother city, Cape Town.
10. Johnny Simons Dhlamini @Johnny_Chillibite
I am a Graphic Designer who Co-owns a company named Indotchi, I am bilingual which is where I found my love for words and expression comes from. It’s how I became a poet. I consider myself a creative without any bounds, there is always something new to learn.
11. Sihlesipho “sihle” Jafta @sihle_jafta
Waking up every day and consciously deciding that I am my own woman is my activism. My purpose lies in practicing that activism by creating art that defies societal standards, expectations and prescription. I’m a storyteller at heart and I write poetry that not only speaks to people, but for them.
12. Dominique Williams @main_princessza
I’m a poet. I have a passion for the art I practice. It’s my form of therapy. I’m here for a purpose: to make a difference in lives of people. We should stand for what we believe in, even if we standing alone. Art shouldn’t just be us expressing ourselves but it should be us being a voice for others as well.
13. Kelly “KayBe” Baloyi @kelly_baloyi
People ask me why I do what I do. I can never give them the answer they are looking for. How do I explain the fire that burns inside of me so strongly. It keeps me up at night. How do I explain the adrenalin rush that shoots through my body knowing that people’s lives will be changed. I thrive on seeing people succeed. I stand for justice. I just want to make my heavenly Father proud
14. Chulumanco Yiko
“I am an ambivert who uses poetry as an outlet to diffuse and recharge. I’ve been writing since the age of 14 and since then have not found a better way to express myself. My goal is to connect with the “misfits” of society and inspire people to awake from the subliminal effects that “society” has on us.
15. Lesego Maliele @king_seggo
I started holding a notepad and a pen (writing lyrics) at the age of 14. Since then poetry and rap have always been with me. I enjoy working with different individuals and I pray that God blesses all those I’ve worked with so far. May we stand together and fight against the problems we have within our communities.
16. Bradley De Bruin @bradleydebruin
I’m a poet, songwriter, and lyricist. I use poetry to express how I feel and every poem I wrote up to date is pure emotion. My goal is to motivate the youth out there to find their purpose in life and to show them how important it is to reach out and to talk about whatever problem they feel are too difficult for them to handle alone.