Getting widowed in Zimbabwe is life altering, not just the trauma of losing a spouse, but the treatment from those still alive that comes with it. … Continue reading Until your death do me apart: The widow’s lament
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[Originally posted on Huffington Post] It started in early January this year (not really, more like in 1652 or thereabouts). The one neighbour who acknowledges my presence and existence as her neighbour asked if… Continue reading South African Suburbia: The Neighbours They All Pretend Don’t Live There
This piece was originally posted on Tina-Michelle’s blog, The Dimpled One So this morning I woke up to this interesting discussion on Twitter. ZiFM asked why it … Continue reading Why modern women allegedly can not submit to their husbands…
Hey, you! Yes, you. Stop slut shaming. I recently read about the “top 50 Harare naughty girls” list while catching up on what was then the … Continue reading Slut-shamers, sit down, it’s not your vagina
When I was in law school, we debated the acceptability or otherwise of corporal punishment and I recall students from Zimbabwe, Kenya and Zambia voicing their support. The South African students were mortified. Further discussions with peers from countries where … Continue reading Spare the rod and spoil the child…or is it?
Rape is a horrendous act whose destructive effects can plague the survivor for the rest of their life. It is an experience that most survivors can … Continue reading The aftermath of rape: The untold story
“What does it mean to be Zimbabwean, to be African?” A question I frequently grapple with. As a child of the diaspora, my relationship with Zimbabwe is a complicated one. I am an American. I was born in the United States, … Continue reading The road less traveled: Bringing gender issues home
I moved back home a couple of months ago. I had spent the last two years yearning to return, but I have found my short time … Continue reading Beneath the surface: In search of Afrikan knowledge & greatness
Over the past month, violence against foreigners in South Africa has topped the headlines. Conversation Zimbabwe contributors have written on various aspects of the scourge. Eleph Gula-Ndebele … Continue reading If we don’t act, we’ll soon flog the dead horse of hunhu
After all the weeping and wailing is done, we need to be objective about the events in South Africa that are affecting non-South African Africans. The on-going xenophobic crisis has consumed the lives of relatives, friends, workmates, neighbours and fellow … Continue reading We brought xenophobia upon ourselves: Letter to Zimbabwe & South Africa
Xenophobia is bad. I would like to think that most people think this. Yet for some strange reason, people are still getting necklaced and or beaten … Continue reading What is it with people?: Xenophobia in South Africa
“But tete, why are they charging so much?” “Because we value you.” It should be a simple answer, but it wasn’t. The 3rd wave, pan- African, liberal, mixed bag feminist wheels in my head, heart and stomach all turned at … Continue reading Pricing the priceless: My lobola story
Ndiri mukaranga saka ndinodhura. It’s a statement, not a question. I hail from the south-eastern part of Zimbabwe, just south of the majestic Great Zimbabwe that … Continue reading Bride “price”: Pay back whose money?
*Generalisations abound* “We need to be clear that there is no such thing as giving up one’s privilege to be ‘outside’ the system. One is always in the system. The only question is whether one is part of the system … Continue reading Don’t get it twisted, (white) privilege is totally a thing
PachiShona “tsika” means two things. As with many Shona words, depending on context and how you pronounce it, it can mean, “to trample, tread or step … Continue reading Tsika tsika: Puritanism, moral decay and fingering in Zimbabwe