Blessing Hungwe

Playwright, Zimbabwe

Blessing Hungwe was born in 1980 and raised in the Zimbabwean Midlands province capital Gweru. He studied for a Diploma in Journalism and Creative Writing in 1996 and is currently studying for a degree in Media and Society Studies. Blessing has worked extensively in the theatre, film, and television industries, winning two National Arts Merit Awards back to back in 2011 and 2012 for Most Outstanding Theatrical Productions. Hungwe is an all-round versatile artist working as an actor, producer, writer and director.

Dogs and Pigs, An African Journey to Sexual Freedom

Dogs and Pigs: An African Journey to Sexual Freedom is a theatrical project that seeks to uncover the veil of LGBTQI rights and issues in a country and continent with strong traditional and political convictions set firmly against people who identify as LGBTQI. The project is inspired by public denouncement of LGBTQI people as UnAfrican and worse than dogs and pigs, and their persecution as they fight for recognition. Dogs and Pigs is an interrogation of the influence of  the liberated African Diaspora on the issue of sex and sexuality and homosexuality in traditional African setups.