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Not all broken things are useless says Blessing Fire

4go10 tribe performing at Shoko Festival PIC: COURTESY OF T.MANYANGADZE

4go10 Tribe left the crowd in awe and yearning for more. The group was performing under the Jibilika slot at the ongoing Shoko Festival.

Their dance performance titled ‘Broken Pavement’, summarises  the life of Blessing Fire also know as Christyle. Blessing was born with a disability and was in a wheelchair until the age of 19. The touching performance expresses his life story in dance.

“I used to be in a wheelchair but when I turned 19, I became inspired by gymnastics. I discovered that I can walk with my hand and I kept at it, practicing all the time until I reclaimed my strength and now I don’t use the wheelchair anymore” said 26-year-old Blessing Fire.

The group consists of seven members who are filled with zest and enthusiasm. They include Sean Mumba, Sylvester Shonhiwa, Tinotenda Tsoka, Nyasha Gwari,  Blessing Nyamakawo and Tasnim Mohamed.

Being the only female member in the group, Tasnim Mohamed gave a refreshing dimension to the well choreographed performance.

“Performing here (Shoko) brought us together, we got to know and be inspired by Blessing Fire”, she said.

Blessing Nyamakawo also echoed this view and  added that the platform gave them a chance to communicate a message.

“The experience, in general, has been great. We came to spread a message and awareness about disability.”

The title of the play, ‘Broken Pavement’ is derived from the idea that when you are walking in a street and you see a broken pavement you are accustomed to skip over it or change the route. However, the case of  Blessing Fire shows the benefit of pushing through and not changing course.





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Tony Tendai Manyangadze
Tony is a Multimedia Journalist, a passionate writer, a philosopher and an avid reader. He has been to South Africa and China to enrich his mind and skills in the media meadow.
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