By Bayan Nalubwama
Former Minister for Ethics and Integrity Miria Matembe has praised poets for using spoken word to sensitive the world on gender inequality.
This was during the launch of Ashlei Watson’s poetic tales of a beauty queen on Sunday at Latitude Hotel Makindye.
Miria who graced the event as the chief guest hailed poets Amuge Gillian Sheila and Lus the poet for speaking out on issues that appear to be complex in the society.
Amuge presented a poem ‘Toxic masculinity’ where she highlighted on the dangers of nurturing boys/men as beings who are entitled to be strong all the time. She spoke that telling a boy/man to ‘be a man’ all the time has denied them a right to show pain and this has created monstrous human beings. Those who fail to swallow pain end up committing suicide because of the depression.
Lus the poet presented ‘Total Woman’ where he highlighted the strength of a woman depicting a picture from his mother’s gradual growth during her pregnancy. Through the same poem, he reminded the world the value of women and urged both girls and women to jealously respect their bodies and souls.
Miria who was impressed by the strong messages from both poets said: “Poetry is one of the best ways of expressing these issues that can be difficult to communicate. The poem from the young Woman and young man were really great in terms of communicating the issue of Gender inequality and Empowerment.”
Poetic Tales of a beauty queen is a collection of poems composed by Black American beauty queen Ashlei Watson. She is Miss Global Uganda and also, Uganda’s representative at Miss Global World slated for February 2021.
Each poem in the book was inspired by true events that happened and some still happen in the beauty queen’s life for example in her poem ‘Who Am I?” She details how different societies address her basing on her looks and origin. She however wins racists’ challenge with answers in different stanzas of the poem.