Wordsmith Warrior: Selby Mokoena

In 2012, a banana barn in Shabalala became Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC). Fingers replaced pencils. Screens replaced paper. And young people connected with the world.

Media Academy artist, Math’s master, and wordsmith warrior, Selby Mokoena, stops, takes a breath, and asks: “Do you still remember?”

“Do you still remember those days

Those weeks,

Those months

And years

Back in the past

Back in the first classes

Do you still remember?

 

When we first entered the H.D.L.C

When we first entered the digital world

When we first met

The first graduation

The first achievement

The first recognition

First building

Do you remember?

 

When it felt like

Living on the other side of the world,

When it felt like

Living in the world of magic,

Living in the world of technology,

The world of miracles,

The world of amusement,

The wonderland and

When it felt like living in the digital world

Do you remember?

 

Writing without a pen,

Without a pencil,

Without paint but shading and

Colouring with

Your hand,

Your flash and

Your finger

Your first touch and write

Your first point and paint

Do you still remember?”

Written by Selby Mokoena. Created by the Good Work Foundation Media Academy.

Selby Mokoena delivering his exceptional poem "Do You Still Remember?"

Selby Mokoena delivering his exceptional poem “Do You Still Remember?” at the HDLC graduation on 31 October.

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