Full Name: Lawrence Simatyaba
Country Represented: Zambia
Why did you enter this storytelling contest?
I have observed that there is too much moral decay in our African society, we need to promote positive behaviours. I strongly feel that my story is unique and that most young people can learn something out of it. It’s not about the money, but I really want my story to be heard in the whole of Africa.
What does storytelling mean to you?
To me, storytelling entails imparting knowledge of change in a particular society or individual. Stories told with passion can bring about positive change in either an individual or societies by learning from them. Stories can also preserve culture.
Why did you tell this story?
It’s close to my heart because it is my true personal life experience, I feel so bad and sad when I look at my missed opportunities. So I want people to learn from the mistakes which I made.
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