Creative people are likely to be all-rounders and a hub of ideas. Designer Sheena Namaona, who is one of the proprietors of Nzika Arts, falls under this category.
Alongside her husband Mwai, through many years of hard work, Sheena has played a significant role to raise the bar of Nzika Arts and her profession as a fashion designer. But this is not her only dream—she is also into poetry.
“I started liking spoken word as a teenager. But it is now that I have started writing small pieces of prose and poetry in my spare time,” said Sheena.
In Silence and Broken Wings are some of the pieces that Sheena has written.
“In fact, I have written so many poems, some are still sketches and some are done. But I guess it’s high time I should go serious,” she said.
Sheena’s spoken word is inspired by day to day encounters, observations and imagination.
Of late, poetry has received overwhelming response from fans, resulting in its surprise growth.
Today, music shows are even featuring poets as main supporting artists.
Sheena has joined the bandwagon of Q Malewezi, Nyamalikiti Nthiwatiwa, Benedicto Wokomaatani Malaunga, Robert Chiwamba, Yohane Pangani, just to mention a few poets.
Sheena and Mwai are two artists who pioneered Nzika Arts around 2004. That time the organisation was committed to sustaining the creative work in designing only. And since then, through their innovation, they have expanded to stage or hall designing and decoration for events such as weddings and corporate products launches.
Basically, Nzika Arts uses local themes and materials to achieve its essence as a local company. And since its inception, it has participated at many international cultural projects such as British Council in Zambia, Scotland cultural festive and Fashion for Peace in Kenya, among others.