Local journalist and budding author Tendai Makaripe signaled his entrance into the elite world of writing by launching his debut book, “Bleeding Hearts” at a colorful ceremony held in Harare over the weekend.
The book which discusses a plethora of romantic relationship issues among youths was officially launched by Pastor Albert Mangwende, Seventh Day Adventist church North Zimbabwe Conference president.
Mangwende described the book as a mandatory manual for every young person as it offers realistic solutions to practical issues affecting youths.
“We are continuously fed with lies by some of the literature we read that purport to deal with romantic relationship issues,” he said and added “but here Makaripe did a thorough job in painting a the realities of life in this book and should be commended.”
Mangwende’s sentiments were echoed by the event’s invited guests who included Humanitarians Takemore and Sympathy Mazuruse, speakers Daphine Jena, Simba Nyamadzawo and Ralph Kadurira.
The speakers acknowledged the book’s deep research with kadurira pointing out that it is not only good for youths but a handy guide for parents as well.
Makaripe, who has written for a number of local, regional and international media outlets said he discovered his talent for writing in high school and has worked on developing it ever since.
“I am working on two projects concurrently and I am expecting to have them published around August next year,” said Makaripe.
Also in attendance was award winning poet Tinashe Muchuri whose electric performances were the toast of the evening.
Local musician Best Mukundi Masinire, who was doubling up as the Master of Ceremony also dished out some songs from his upcoming singles collection.