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BUDDING North West writer and dub poet Abueng Ntsimane, aka Abueng Jnr, believes strongly in love.
"My aim is to ignite people's faith in love and its power," says Ntsimane, who has just released a new book and CD titled In the Scheme of Things.
"My book chronicles the thoughts and emotions I felt when I experienced love and heartbreak in my own life.
"The book and CD are my way of explaining these moments and feelings," the young artist says.
The book is an anthology of his poems, while in the CD the young artist showcases his rapping and singing skills.
"Normally it is women who tend to show their emotions in matters of love," he says.
"In both my book and CD I try to dispel notions like 'men have no feelings' or 'men don't feel pain'.
"It is wrong to think men do not feel the heartbreak of a love affair gone wrong.
"The work tries to show love and heartbreak as experienced by men. The work is from a man's point of view."
Ntsimane only discovered his love for writing after studying tourism and fashion design.
The poet says video editing also contributed to his love of writing.
"I feel happy every time I write something down.
"Though poetry is my first love, writing has given me reason to find meaning in my life."
The dub poet also helped start the Ukukhanya Arts Project with University of Rochester community educator Kingdom Mufhando and immuno-pathogenesis expert Professor Clive Gray in 2005.
Ukukhanya is a nongovernmental arts project which was established in Rustenburg but is now based in Chicago in the United States.
The Ukukhanya concept raises HIV-Aids awareness through the arts and also raises funds for Aids orphans and child-headed households.
One of Ntsimane poems, titled Who am I, was the theme song at an International Aids Conference in Durban in 2005.
He says his parents are his role models.
"They were strict, but now I realise that they only wanted the best for me.
"I thank them for everything," he says.