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What inspires you? A dialogue with author Ndaba Sibanda

ASEI Arts is pleased to feature a series of inspiring Q&A interviews with the authors and producers featured in our Anthology House book. All profits from the sale of the book will benefit Habitat for Humanity’s "Habitat Hammers Back" initiative. This week, we feature Ndaba Sibanda who contributed the poems entitled "From City to Rusticity","Fish Fizzling Out" and "Cultural Center" to Anthology House.

ASEI: What inspires you each day?

Being alive, but more importantly being alive with ideas, visions and creative solutions to my personal and professional challenges. I always strive to wake up on the right note, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Listening to the right music at the right time does set my day on the right note. Everyday l am always looking forward to a better tomorrow, and doing something about it.

ASEI: How has your creativity helped you to navigate a change in your circumstances for the better? This can be a feeling or an intangible effect, or it can be a physical change.

I think it has helped me on countless occasions, though at times it is not easy to quantify the result. Human beings are emotional creatures, and the navigation of transitions on its own is an emotional experience. I think creativity helps one because it seeks to strike a balance between thoughts and emotions, inspiration and confusion, spirituality and creativity. Creativity enables one to be the subject rather than the object of one's circumstances.

ASEI: What advice would you give to another person seeking to improve their circumstances through finding satisfaction in their creative journey?

Always try to discover your voice, and to develop it to your best ability. Let it sing and denote your personality and originality and be accepted as such. Listen to it. Refine it. Be the first person to accept and respect it. Find joy in your humble efforts and talent. Keep on working on your writing career, there is always room for managing one change at a time. You are the driver, not the passenger. Drive on.

ASEI: Thank you Ndaba! To read Ndaba's poems "From City to Rusticity","Fish Fizzling Out" and "Cultural Center" you can purchase Anthology House by requesting it from your local bookseller or by purchasing here:

All profits from this anthology will be donated to Habitat for Humanity's Habitat Hammers Back initiative to rebuild hurricane-hit areas in the Southern United States and Caribbean.

Ndaba Sibanda's forthcoming poetry anthology is When Inspiration Sings In Silence (United P.C.) You can follow him on Twitter at

To read more interviews in our "Inspiration" series, please click through the ASEI Arts blog.

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