Art is very influential in society as it can break the communication barrier between the authorities and the public.
Though most artists do not have confidence in their work, it has been very influential in transforming the lives of people as well as communicating their views to the authorities.
This week, comedian Prosper Ngomashi, popularly known as Comic Pastor, met Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister Patrick Zhuwao at his offices. The minister’s call came after the comedian released a skit “Zvichemo Zvamayouths” that received a warm reception from the public. In the 1:30 minutes skit, the comedian talks about infrastructure development in the community.
“Isusu ndingatiwo taane four years takamboenda kuoffice kwaMP, vakati tiende kuoffice kwavaMinister of Youth and Child Welfare. Chichemo chedu change chiri cheinstrafructure. Taane four years bridge redu raenda hapana arikuya kuzoona kuti paonekwe kuti pangatorwa matanho api.
“Chiri kuitika ndechekuti isusu semayouths ndopa bridge pataiswera tichi discusser nyaya dzakaita sekuti ndiyani ane mari ana Genius Kadungure nana Philip Chiyangwa. Manje izvezvi takutoshaya pekuswera sema youths. Tikada kuti tiswere pamba . . . Saka tanga tichida kuti mabridge iwaya agadzirwe tiwane pekuswera,” he says in the skit.
Ngomashi said he was shocked to hear that the minister was willing to meet him and map a way forward.
“When we do some of these skits we think it will be a joke. I was shocked to hear that the minister was looking for me after that skit,” he said.
He said the meeting was very successful and was pleased that the minister was eager to address the plight of the youth in the country.
“I have seen that he is very eager to solve the problems of the youths. From the meeting he even asked what could be the way forward to solve some of these problems we as youths are facing today,” he said.
Efforts to get comment from the minister were fruitless yesterday. He, however, posted the clip on his Facebook page.
“Hero basa randapihwa nemaYouth in line with the ‘Instrafructure’ Cluster on ZimASSET. Iwe neni tine basa,” reads the post.