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I Have Something To Tell You: RUVIMBO MAKWAYENI (Vote4Me-#EssayContest)

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Has anyone noticed the rise of deaths in the adventures of being a school child and being a teenager?

Suicide has taken a major turn as a result of bullying, peer pressure, unwanted teenage pregnancies, drug abuse, poverty and prostitution. Illiteracy has led to many peers dropping out of school and engaging in various activities such as theft in which they end up getting arrested and sent to prison, after being released from prison they steal again and are sent back to prison such that it has become normal to most youngsters who call themselves ‘’GANGSTERS’’
Some girls are not getting enough pocket money from their parents due to poverty so they end up indulging in prostitution or start dating older men known as ‘’ blessers ‘’who shower them with presents and money in exchange of sexual activities these are the results of peer pressure. The after effects of prostitution or escort services are a pandemic of unwanted pregnancies, fatherless children, a whole bag of STI’s and this results to suicide and dropping out of school.
Many pupils submit to peer pressure because they want to be accepted by the ‘’cool kids ‘’. This has regrettably led to false accusations, bullying and theft. In the case of false accusations, one is forced to be a scapegoat of something they did not do. Bullying is a major school issue because you can either be bullied verbally, emotionally, physically or cyber bullied.
Due to online learning most learners are now using the internet and other social networks which makes them a target to cyber bullying. Others who are computer genius end up hacking or scamming those with little knowledge of computers
Some students are adrenaline junkies which means they are involved in heavy sports and this might lead to internal or external injuries which may cause sudden death. Others claim to be swimmers but they end up drowning and dying in swimming pools. This has risen the death rate due to sporting activities
School relationships have a new term called ‘dating’, students engage in relationships which may cause them to perform poorly in schools or getting pregnant which leads to an early marriage at a tender age. This early marriage might lead to abuse or poverty. This poverty issue leads to one being involved in prostitution in order to take care of the family
Favoritism is another factor, we have cases of teachers favoring rich pupils or teachers not liking average pupils and this creates a boundary between the two. Knowing this, other students leave school because of not being given good grades. Some pupils cheat in exams because of favoritism and this increases the rate of passing but is a disadvantage to those pursuing further studies, on the other hand learning should be fun not favored.
Each and every day a new drug is invented by our ‘unknown drug lords ‘and we have those who are adventurous in trying new things. The exploring of new drugs like ‘mutoriro ‘, ‘ngoma’ and ‘mbanje’ leads to learners hallucinating in classes, engaging in violence as this puts other learners at risk of getting hurt or may lead to abuse as well. This has led to a saddening conclusion on drug deaths due to overdoses.

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Failing in final exams may cause others to commit suicide. This is caused by parents who are very strict. Many students are afraid of disappointing their parents so they commit suicide. Some boys do not want to accept their pregnancies so they see suicide as the ultimate solution. Illegal abortion is another issue, girls are given money to have abortions in which the results are not always positive because either the mother or the unborn child die or they both die. According to researches this process involves losing a lot of blood which may have after effects of being barren or anemic.
Children who come from abusive homes will end up abusing others at schools because they are used to it. Those who are physically abused end up being afraid to face people or to get help so they will end up committing suicide. Girls who are abused sexually end up getting pregnant or with diseases and with no one to help them so some run away from homes or engage into escort services just to make a living. The girl child should be protected
‘Education is the key to success ‘I quote the late Nelson Mandela, in order for us to move forward we need to break all these barriers with the power of education.
As a proud and educated nation that we are, we need to ask ourselves; what happened to our leaders of tomorrow, what happened to our twenty first century teenagers?

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She Is An Army: SEKAI IMBAYARWO-CHIKOSI (Vote4Me-#EssayContest)

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Yes, to the normal eye she is nothing out of the ordinary. Just another middle-aged woman, struggling to bolster her waning sanity in a vicious world while grappling to strike a balance between being a good mother and devoted wife. In my eyes, and in the eyes of those who have had the
privilege to come across such a phenomenal woman, calling her ordinary would be nothing short of an insult.

She is an army. When I see my mother, I see an army. Not because she is muscular, sports ripped arms and a toned sixpack and brandishes ammunition and firearms. Neither is it because she is your typical Supergirl on a rush to save the world. Instead, it is because my mother is a fighter; ready for the war. She is all the superheroes ever created combined and more. Aged 49, my mother has successfully made it in the commercial world, emerging as one of the managers of a top-notch retail furniture shop. For a sector dominated by males, she has constantly fallen prey to chauvinistic behaviour. Instead of succumbing to the negativity, my mother has always picked herself up, trampling over her obstacles on the battlefield on her rise to the top like the fighter she is. She started from the bottom, and now she is there, at the top.

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My mother is an army, wearing her pain and experiences as her armour. Each and every scar, both emotional and physical forms part of her network of trophies, creating a record of all the battles she has ever fought and won. Having been married at a relatively young age by today’s standards, she had to shape up because she could no longer ship out. Her father’s death, the person she had been closest to in her family was another heavy blow that threatened to send her wallowing in the pits of depression. Being the optimistic and bubbly woman, she did not allow these to be setbacks in her life, she was more than geared up to get it back on track.

Thirty years later, my mother has not only levelled up to be one of the strongest women I know but has reached such a standard of greatness, a
far cry from the timid girl she was when her journey as a mother began.
Just like an army, my mother has been a shield, reminiscent of a mother hen on a bid to protect her hatchlings from the wolves in sheep’s clothing ravaging the society. In a world where girl children are most vulnerable to exploitation and manipulation, my mother has made it her top priority to keep us safe. Never a day has passed without her going out of a way to ensure not only the security but comfortability of my two sisters and I. Bluntly put across, she is the word overprotective redefined. Although we feel that she invades our privacy at times, her intentions are good and I really would not want that to change somehow.

At the end of it all, my mother is a Queen fit for royalty, a role model I adore beyond words and the epitome of love, protection, strength. Without her, my life would be a war, hectic! Although life has dealt several blows to her as a way of throwing her off-track, I can proudly say my mother has conquered. Donning a crown over her head, wearing her pain like stilettos and clad in the armour of experiences learnt throughout her life, she is an army.

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The Beauty In Me: VIMBAINASHE MUSWERA (Vote4Me-#EssayContest)

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First of all l want to try and define the word beauty .Beauty
can be defined by the character or physical appearance
of an individual. Some people think that beauty is how one
looks on the outside. However to others inner beauty is more
important than outer appearance .lt is difficult to explain the word
‘BEAUTY’ because everyone has their own opinion and views about
beauty.
I am a proud and beautiful African girl. l am fifteen years old
and l learn at Harare Girls High. l have long brown natural hair,
a pair of dark -brown eyes and smooth silky skin. l am a good friend,
good student, a good child to my parents and a kind human being .l am tall
and brown in complexion.


I am a dedicated and hard working young girl .Once l start something
I do it whole heartedly and l ought to finish it .l set goals in my life for
example l want to work hard in school and all that l do , pass and make
my family very proud .l believe God and family come first so l always
Keep the values ,culture and norms l was taught in mind .l am the kind of
Person who fulfils her promises. Whenever someone trusts me with
something l always deliver with no failure maybe that’s why l was given my
name “Vimbai”.

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I am a very competitive person,l have faith in my abilities and there
is no second place in my book but if l do not succeed l never give
Up and l tackle my difficulties .l love my family and friends. l love helping
people because l believe that its better to give than to receive and that
If one gives away with all their heart God rewards accordingly so l am
beautiful in all aspects.
In a nutshell beauty is to overcome your bias against your body ,learn to
appreciate and love what you’re naturally created with!!!

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I Have Something To Tell You: DARYL CHIBANGE (Vote4Me-#EssayContest)

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Your strength is compressed inside you. You fail to express it because someone is physically stronger, criticizing you, doubts your capability or you think you are too weak. The secret is, their strength is nothing compared to your capacity to withstand great force and pressure. You are a female lion and it’s time to unleash the greatness inside of you and let your roar be head. Strength is not only achieved by talking rather by ignoring the discrimination and walking towards your goal. The deepest fear is not that you are inadequate, rather it is that we are powerful beyond measure. The difference between a pessimist and an optimist is that a pessimist sees the difficult in every opportunity while an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficult. Argue for your limitations and sure enough they are yours. Patrol the towns with your head soaring above like an eagle and don’t let the enemy pull you down. Obstacles are what make challenges interesting therefore when an enemy lands on your back trying to pull you down, fly higher, and there will be too much oxygen for them to handle. The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. Let your silence speak for you. Too often people under estimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all which have the potential to turn a life around. Unfortunately for them, and rather fortunately for you who possesses most of these attributes, you have the capability to prove them wrong. The world might be male dominated but you are there to provide the foundation of hope, justice, wisdom, grace, power and creativity. Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one’s courage. Proud, rich and handsome. Impossible features of a men without a woman. Your motherly impact is enough to build a thousand rich man. Your will to live as a woman is enough to prove your capacity. Where there’s a will there is a way. To find your way out of a dark cave, you look for the smallest ray of sunshine. Similarly look for the smallest ray of hope and you will light a thousand more for one candle is enough to spread light. How long will you suppress your talents and keep your dreams a secret? It is time to shout out to the whole world and show your presence. When the world throws challenges at you, don’t say why me, rather try me and hear me roar.


It is time to make the women independent in all aspects of live, be it mind, thoughts or decision making. It is time to bring equality in the social circle. It is quintessential to empower women so that our country can be a better place. Women giving birth to the babies meaning they shape the future of our country and child development. Instead of being treated as victims of male chauvinism, women need to be treated equally to men. The growing conscience is to accept women as individuals with the capability to make rational, educated and important decisions in families, societies and at large, the nation. Over the years women have shown and proven their ability to bring a new twist to the society and economy. They have proven and shown their greatness in many different ways. Why are we still trying to hold them back? Food for thought. Women empowerment should not only end with giving them opportunities to speak and share ideas, rather they should be taught some martial art skills for protecting themselves in cases such as domestic violence.

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It is time to bring an interesting plot twist to the story of the world. Instead of a male dominated world, we bring in the concept of gender equality. It is time for women to live their dreams. As a women, you have what it takes. Don’t dream it, be it!

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