Paul Pindani in Banket

MAFRIQUE co-founder, Pauline Gundidza, says she is now in a better space after winning her battle against drug and substance abuse.

She opened up to H-Metro during a graduation party held in Banket over the weekend.

“Many things were happening after we took a sabbatical from the local musical scene.

“I have been heavily involved in activism and community development work.

“Right now I am engaged in the fight against drug abuse,” she said.

To spearhead the campaign, said Pauline,  she has recorded songs against drug and substance abuse.

“We have songs that we perform in the communities advocating a drug-free environment.

“I am fighting my way up, hence the fight against the scourge.

“I am already in the process of getting 100 percent back on my feet. It’s a journey,” she said.

Pauline attributed her path to recovery to a robust supporting system.

“I have got support from my family, fellow artists who know my story and others encouraging me positively.

“I also want to say to some other people out there that if you are struggling with drug abuse, you are not alone. Don’t be afraid to say that you have a problem. 

“That’s the only way to get  help.”

Added Pauline:

“Many people who knew my story gave me access to information to understand more about mental health,  bipolar and depression.

“These are conditions in people.

“Some people might have an inclination towards drugs but it all starts in the head.

“So I got a lot of information.”

She is now a member of Alcoholics Anonymous( AA), a movement that denounces drug and substance abuse.

She urged communities to work together in terms of rehabilitation.

Musically, she is back in the studio and some of the songs to look forward to include Ndibatsirei, Ndamuwana , Higher and Makuwerere.

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