Julia Jenjezwa, from Bikita and of Gokomere High School in Masvingo was judged this years winner of the Black History Month Essay Contest at a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Ambassador Charles Ray. Other winners are Tendai Memory Mushoweshiri of Girls High School, Harare; Thabiso Machingura of Regina Mundi High School, Gweru; Muneni Chirinda of St. Johns College in Harare and Clive Pawakwenya of St. Ignatius College in Chishawasha.
27 high schools in seven provinces participated in the contest which is in its second year and is held annually to commemorate Black History Month. The theme of the contest, Where you come from matters less than where you are going, is drawn from the title of United States Ambassador Charles Rays latest book. A panel of judges selected 10 top essays and the U.S. Ambassador decided on the top five winners who received a certificate and collection of books, cds and t-shirts.
Instead of feeling bitter and resentful over the past or our background, let us remember that many have surpassed the boundaries set by their background, wrote Jenjezwa in her winning essay. She cited the example of two female icons- Oprah Winfrey, who she noted was sexually abused when she was young; and Harriet Tubman who grew up as a slave. These two came from lowly backgrounds, but their contributions to the world have made them famous for all time, wrote Jenjezwa.Post published in: News