Thandokuhle Sibanda famously known as Thandoe was born on the 24th of September and is from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She is the last born in a family of four and was raised by a single parent, Her mother. Growing up, she was a very shy person and was kind of a solitary dove. After battling with feelings of not fitting in she found solace in writing which became her companion.
Poetry has literally become a way of life to me. I wouldn’t have become the person that I am today if it wasn’t for God and the people that have been there for me, my family, my friends, my fans. I am because they make me.
During the second year of her secondary education (form two), the entire school had assembled and her Accounts teacher, who was a poet, was doing a piece. After that experience she was really moved and decided it was time for her to start Speaking. Her accounts teacher was kind enough to usher her through the basics and mentored her quite well. The following year she decided to sign up for a National Talent show program called Starbrite. Though it was tough, she had fun and most importantly it developed her artistically. She made it to the finals. She went back for the program in the next season. This time it was tougher, “layers of skin were peeled off of me and I became not only a better artist but a better person as well” she reminisces. She made it to the finals again, and this time it meant much more than just being in the finals, “I did justice to my poetry and it was fulfilling.”
After 2017 she spread her wings and decided to put out awesome art. So she gained more confidence in her poetry and began challenging herself. So she signed up for the Lafarge Poetry slam in which she was crowned the winner. She started performing on big stages like the Bulawayo Arts Awards and the recent, Women, Wine and Words during the Intwasa festival. She was also crowned 2018 Intwasa Poetry Slam Champion.
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