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International journal seeks Wokomaatani’s services

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

MALUNGA— I have relentlessly and passionately worked
hard

Veteran poet Benedicto Wokomaatani Malunga continues to attract international attention with his artistry, with the latest being an invitation by one of the international journals to be its reviewer, board member and also contribute his works.

The International Journal of Literature and Arts (IJLA), which is a peer-reviewed academic journal, providing a solid platform to all academicians, practicing managers, consultants, researchers and those who have interest in global current issues and trends in literature and arts, indicates in its letter to Malunga that they are impressed with his works hence seeking his services as a reviewer.

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“We are deeply attracted by your work When Birds Come to Roost, we warmly welcome you to submit papers and join the editorial board/reviewer panel,” reads the letter in part.

The journal further says that they have been committed to making IJLA world’s well-known journal and that reputable scholars are cordially invited to join the editorial board/ reviewers panel.

The prolific poet, who has three poetry anthologies, said he feels greatly honoured and humbled by the recognition extended to him by an international academic community whose interest in him, was triggered by his short story When Birds Come to Roost.

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This work was published in Ufahamu Journal.

“This is the case because over the past years, I have relentlessly and passionately worked hard on my craftsmanship to make it comparable with the quality of internationally acclaimed works I have read in my search for models to emulate,” Wokomaatani said.

The legendary poet said despite the fact that he has a highly stressful job, he still creates time to read widely and deeply so that he is able to appreciate the various modes of effective story telling from the masters of the creative trade.

Additionally, Wokomaatani said it is his strategy that his every new work should operate at a much higher level, than his previous ones to demonstrate growth and maturity in his craftsmanship.

He then said that with the passage of time, he has come to learn that no good education is too much for a writer, who wants to take his works to greater heights.

The poet further pointed out that in the indigenous Chinyanja poetry he is renowned for, editorial terseness and careful choice of diction mattered a lot.

Wokomaatani’s international recognition in the realm of short story writing, is coming at a time when he is at an advanced stage of editing his two poetry anthologies which will bring the total of his published books to five.

The ‘Ndidzakutengela Kunyanja Ligineti’ star intends to release more works.

As a voracious reader, Wokomaatani derives his inspiration from literary doyens like renowned writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o.

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