Connie V

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a South African-based Zimbabwean-born creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. She is also Editor at ZimOnlineNews. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.
Connie V has written 191 posts for Afrique Beat


I don’t usually do this WCW thing, but today, I found myself thinking about some strong women who are making it despite of challenges. One of these women is Egyptian-born model, Anok Yai. She is the first black model to open Prada’s show since Naomi Campbell in 1997…. She made history!

Tuku music: the legacy lives on

It’s sad when a person dies with his/her calling. It doesn’t matter whether it’s in the music industry, acting or even religious circle, having someone carry on the legacy is very important and comforting to those left behind. Zimbabwe’s multi-talented songstress, actress and heiress to the Tuku Music legacy, Selmor Mtukudzi is surely keeping her … Continue reading

Naked black Jesus hitch hikes in Johannesburg

There’s never a dull moment in our beloved rainbow nation! From grown men in diapers on their knees sucking pacifiers, to grown man naked on the streets, hitch hiking to Northcliff, Johannesburg, claiming to be Jesus. Yes, Jesus…. I will not add ‘Christ’ there…. Because Christ would never hitch hike naked in Johannesburg!

Proudly old school!

Every picture tells a story and more often than not, it will not be the intended story. I stumbled upon the above picture on a friend’s Facebook Timeline. It’s great that everyone thought this was incredible artwork, unfortunately I beg to differ. I’m an art lover, believe me, I love all things creative, but, I … Continue reading

To kill or not to kill

A pleasant afternoon from South Africa. The weather is excruciatingly hot. But, I don’t know if I should be grateful or I should wish I was in the snow in England. Today I have a question for you. Are you using your tongue to give life or to kill? Proverbs 18: 21 Death and life … Continue reading

What Simon Did (And I Didn't Do)

A poem by David Mungoshi

Black and Proud

Living in a country like South Africa is very challenging for people with dark complexion. Many have been called names because they are dark. I wrote this poem for everyone who has ever been called Shangane, ‘umnyama’ ‘baie swart’ ‘motso’ ‘mashale’ or any other derogatory names or belittled just because of their complexion or race. This is how God made us, this is how we’ll die. We are black and proud. Never bleach your skin to please other people. Be proud of your uniqueness… Your originality. Be black and proud!

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Monday Motivation

Thank God it’s Monday! Yeaaah…. 😁How you view is Monday entirely upto you. You can view Monday as an opportunity for new beginnings. A new week, a chance to try again, a chance to make the wrongs right and to start again. Every new week brings new hope, dreams and goals. What is Monday for … Continue reading


A poem by Mumu da poet, Mpumalanga, SA I would be happy if you marry meI would be honoured to wake up next to you for eternity Serenaded by the sound of a heart that loves me,I would love to spend every second of my breath with you. I do not know how much lives … Continue reading


I was in the library a few days ago and stumbled information I thought was too interesting to not share. Did you know that the Sunday following Easter Day is known as Low Sunday? Which one is Easter Day, you might wonder. Easter Day is Easter Sunday. Easter happens to derive its name from a … Continue reading

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Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection by Constance van Niekerk