In a bid to highlight social issues and start dialogue, young Zimbabwean Samantha Mandiveyi has started an initiatve dubbed Digital Spaces.
The Digital Spaces is a digital skills training lab bringing together creatives such as musicians,photographers, video graphers,journalists and spoken word artists for a collaborative project.
This is the pilot project and is meant to give creatives an opportunity to use their talent for the greater good with the 10 participants residing in Borrowdale brooke till the projet is done.
For the first three days there was a crash course on content creation and indepth journalism facilitated by trainers like Leeroy Dzenga and one of Zim’s top comedians King Kandoro.
The soft spoken Mandiveyi said, ”So many people have no idea what is happening around them or to the next person so we aim to make tell the untold stories and challenging the status quo.”
The participants are currently in Chitungwiza and their theme project is ”The Economy” and this digital project will include poems,music, video and text.
The aim is getting to tell the story of the ordinary Zimbabwean and how the economy has affected focusing on sex workers and moms and children in the informal sector.
One of the participants Tinatswe Mhaka tweeted ”Today, we will continue with immersing ourself into the community, and giving people a platform to tell their stories. Aside from tackling our personal privileges, we are learning so much about different people/businesses affected by the economy.”
Samantha says she is doing this on her own for now funded by an American Organization she used to live at , called International House NYC – it’s under their Employment Innovation Fund.
Their next project will be in Matabeleland in March 2020 still bring creatives together for a collaborative project.
Samantha says she is also a creative and with her experience with the pilot project she will continue with the Digital Spaces initiative, ”I wish that the greater Zimbabwean community will have an appreciation for the arts. A lot of production houses used to come to Zimbabwe for movies like we need to revive that. We also need the relevant ministries to also invest in the industry so as to help creatives.”