About Me:

I am a wordsmith. For as long as I can remember I have had the uncanny ability to pour the feelings and experiences of others into the malleable form we call words. I am a VOICE – one of those who refuse to be gagged by the traditions that tell me that my womanhood obscures my humanity.

Mine is a literature of deconstruction. I am preoccupied by the need to challenge the status quo, to de-construct the stereotypes and the myths about what womanhood entails, particularly in patriarchal Africa.

My literature is a woman’s interpretation of the world, and it is a human being’s critique of the beliefs and traditions that relegate one set of human beings to inferiority on the basis of their anatomy.

In a world where a woman’s voice is considered irrelevant – I choose to use words to break the silence.

So like the ironsmith wields the anvil – I too, wield words to break the chains of ideologies that enslave women and deprive them of the space to shape their own destinies, to have a say in matters that affect their lives and especially to forge their own identity; to define on their own terms – what womanhood entails.

So I write because I have failed to buy into the myth that an African woman’s silence is a sign of virtue and not cowardice.

I write because I refuse to be counted among so many of my sisterhood – those born with mouths wide open and lips sealed shut!

I write because my anatomy can not bind me, define me, confine me, restrain me or limit me…

To introduce myself in the conventional manner, perhaps a menu of the tags I’ve worn all my life will suffice and if that is not enough perhaps a catalogue of all of the labels I have picked up as I passed through the varying seasons and phases of life.

Who am I?

I am a member of the human species, an African by race, a Zimbabwean by nationality, black (perhaps brown is more accurate) by color, a woman by sex, a Venda by tribe, a Christian by religion, a feminist by choice, a journalist by profession, a writer by design and an activist by default.

And I have answered to the name Delta Law Milayo Ndou for a quarter of a century now and will do so all my days.

My Passions: Women, women, women...and yep children too! Aww what the heck - I'm sucker for the underdog and I hate social injustice in whatever form it manifests!

My Challenges: So much to do - so little time and so much less resources

My Vision for the Future: To form a woman's organisation called Phakama (Arise) advocating for women empowerment through access to education...

My Areas of Expertise: Gendaer Activism, HIV and AIDS, Human Rights, Children's Rights and Developmental issues

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Hello Delta,

Welcome to PulseWire. We are a vibrant online community with many groups and features, which I encourage you to explore.

You might like to meet the following members who are involved in empowering women through education:

LUMA, Founding President, Rural Women Center for Education and Development in the North West Region of Cameroon -http://www.worldpulse.com/user/1770

kimberleys, Information & Media Relations Manager, Campaign for Female Education - http://www.worldpulse.com/user/1994

Also, since you have a keen interest in literature, you might like to join the PulseWire Book Club: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/12087

Best wishes,

Katie

Hello!

It's exciting to have you here and to learn a bit about you. We all get a little more empowered when more voices join the choir! Please feel free to share your thoughts, stories and encouragement. Hopefully you enjoy becoming a part of this global community.

You are so passionate and engaged. Very inspiring! Having a way with words is a gift and you clearly make wonderful use of it. Keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing more of you online and hearing more of your voice.

Regards, Maria

Hi Delta,

Welcome to PulseWire! I'm so glad you found our community--it seems like you have a lot of positive things to share with us. We have a number of amazing members in Africa and all over the world and I know you will find a lot of support here. Let me know if you have any questions about PulseWire and I will help to get you started. I look forward to hearing more from you!

Welcome again,

Michelle World Pulse Technology Associate

I hear you- like a kindred spirit to my soul, indeed sister I feel you. I can't can't can't wait to read more of your writings.

Truely you are gifted and your light causes my mind and soul to stir up something extraordinary.

My best friend is Zimbabwean, teaching in Mutare. She is a Shakespearean incarnate.

I look forward to reading more about your journey as you lay it down brick by brick- or word by word rather.

Peace and Love,

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