Tambo Lives! Stories to illuminate icon’s legacy

Imbawula, the storytelling platform is back next month with an exciting new show dedicated to the freedom fighter, intellectual and inspirational leader of the struggle against Apartheid, Mr Oliver Tambo. 

The spirit of Oliver Tambo will come alive through stories in October, the month in which the late freedom fighter and leader of the African National Congress (ANC) would have turned 102. Imbawula, the storytelling platform, and the Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation, are proud to present Tambo Lives!, stories about or inspired by Oliver Tambo.

Imbawula is a platform designed to connect us to our shared humanity through storytelling. We are a nation full of stories, most of which are never told. Our stories make us feel seen and heard, in a world that ignores many voices. 

The concept – launched in 2014 – brings together different voices on stage, telling their singular stories, with intermittent musical performances. Previous storytellers include economist Mr Xhanti Payi, author and marketer Mr Khaya Dlanga, entertainers Mr Zwai Bala, Ms Unathi Nkayi, Anele Mdoda, Jason Goliath, writer and editor Kojo Baffoe, businesswoman Ms Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane and others.

These stories – told by different generations – will look into the man that was Oliver Reginald Tambo, his influence, his values, personal anecdotes and contemporary significance. The featured storytellers will be Minister of State Security Ayanda Dlodlo; journalist and activist, Ms Pilane; senior business executive, Ms  Sangweni-Siddo and Brand Africa expert, Mr Thebe Ikalafeng.  Having come of age in exile, Min. Dlodlo and Ms  had the honour of knowing personally and learning from Tambo. Ikalafeng – who recently attained the rare feat of visiting every single African country – is one of the continent’s greatest advocates. Ms Pilane, an early alumnus of the Imbawula stage, has a fine record of social justice activism and journalism in women’s rights and health, as well as in education.   

From Left: Ms Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo; Minister Ayanda Dlodlo; Ms Pontsho Pilane and Mr Thebe Ikalafeng.

The event will take place at the Market Theatre in front of a live audience. Tickets are available at R100 at Quicket. The special event will be hosted by Kaya FM MD, Mr Greg Maloka and the singer/songwriter Melo B. Jones will, as ever,  provide the soundtrack. 

Proceeds from this show will assist in the provision of rape survivor kits and sanitary pads in Tambo’s birthplace, Nkantolo, in the Eastern Cape.

Ms Zengeziwe Msimang, CEO of the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation said “It is imperative that stories that honour Tambo’s incredible legacy are kept alive in order to allow us to learn from the many valuable lessons that Tambo taught us. Tambo was a staunch patriot, ethical leader  and pan-Africanist. His indelible impact on South Africa cannot be denied and we thus seek to introduce Tambo and the values for which he stood to a younger generation of future leaders.”

The partnership with the Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation, said Imbawula Founder Siphiwe Mpye, is a natural progression “As keen students of history, we are aware of the tremendous and often under-appreciated contribution made by O.R. Tambo to the democracy we now enjoy. His values included a love for all Africans and the respect and advancement of women, values which resonate particularly deeply in our current climate.”

As a cause-based initiative, Imbawula has worked with the Quarphix Foundation: a holistic youth development NGO that helped young, poor high school students with academic and psycho-social development and in gender-based violence, in partnership with the Soul City Institute.

The recent Money Series, with Nedbank, is themed around our varied and common relationships with money, and couldn’t have come at a more opportune time, given our economic climate.

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October 8, Market Theatre

17:30 for 18:00

R100 at Quicket  —> https://www.quicket.co.za/events/85563-imbawula-tambo-lives/

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