Editors’ Note: June 2021

By Guest Editor Courtney Morgan We are the seeds you planted When I think of June 16th, I am always moved by the sacrifices made by young people, but also sad that perhaps the dreams of the youth of 1…

Odd artist of the month: Xavier Strydom

At 14 years old, South African Xavier Strydom is already making his mark in the performing arts scene. He is a young, enthusiastic performer with a remarkable voice taking on the world by storm.  Afte…

Odd Interview: Tyla

By Angelo de Klerk   I recently got the chance to interview Tyla, we spoke about everything that has to do with her upbringing, her music, and her plans for the future.   Angelo: It’s nice to have you…

Dignity of Labour

By Dominion Osondu– 17 Years old WINNER of the YOUTH PRIZE A collection of documentary photographs on the dignity of labour, capturing heart-warming events of people in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, …

Odd Music: Feature

Osu BlackRose – 23 years old Osu BlackRose, also known as Lungile Gugu Tshabangu, has been a music enthusiast from an incredibly young age. In 2019 she released her first single, “Soap”, earning…

#EndSARS

A Poem by Al amin Al Hassan – 21 years old Similar to the Soweto uprising in I976, The EndSARs protest in Nigeria saw youth from all over the country march against police brutality and other und…

What it Meant, What it Means

A Poem by Asanda Mdikeli – 15 years old WINNER of the YOUTH PRIZE Rising up against oppression,In their school uniforms,and their faces bright with the fire of resistance; They were talking abou…

F.T.S.

A Poem By Firdous Manjoo – 17 years old War is peace. Tell that to Palestine, as white phosphorus glitters her skies, the bombs disguising themselves as clouds that choke and strangle her people…

Free

A Poem By Thandolwethu Khumalo – 19 years old Although it is rather impossible to capture the beauty and scars of our country, I make a noble attempt to express my perception of the history, pre…

My June 16

A Poem By Yolanda Mswaka – 19 years old I heard but never saw till I believed I heard my education was fought for, that students’ blood flooded Mzantsi I heard that one by one their bodies fell …

Benisazi na ukuba ndinosana?

A Poem By Zanele Meth This is a poem written in IsiXhosa, my mother tongue. It captures the feelings I had when I realised that I could write poetry in my native language. I compared the feeling to gi…

To Be Mortal

A Short Story by A.J. Gallows He was fascinated with his own death, the young man. He’d spent many nights in restless fits of panic over the problem of mortality. Such a simple issue on paper, but so …

Delible Death

A Short Story by Devin Marais – 17 years old “I’ll die before 25,” Daniel laughed, “this party-filled purgatory is so rivetingly beautiful, why would I want to leave?” Daniel took a sip of his g…

What being a young person means to me

A Narrative Reflection by Karabo Mbusi – 18 years old What being a young person means to me? Pressure. The expectation placed upon youth yet there are few opportunities for youth to prove themse…

Sago Stew

A Short Story by Shakeelah Ismail – 22 years old INGREDIENTS 500 grams of meat  Salt to taste  Large onion diced  5 allspices 1tbsp of cooking oil  5 potatoes cut into quarters 1/2 cup of sago s…

Changing of the Guard is not real change.

An Essay By Rabhelani Mguni – 20 years old For those familiar with royal palaces, like Buckingham Palace, the changing of the guard is one of the most spectacular events of the day. But that is …

Art of November

Artwork By Jade Wilson – 17 years old I created these pieces to arouse euphoric feelings and emotions in a person and to communicate a sense of beauty from the feeling of November and of life it…

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