What happened to the Ripe ‘n Ready girls? We all had crushes (no Mazoe) on them right? Who doesn’t remember-slash-miss, “Are you ready? I’m ready! Ripe … Continue reading Reflections on ZBC: Whatever happened to the Ripe n’ Ready Girls?
Hi, my name is Ottilia and I really don’t care about Cecil the lion. I had been thinking it for days. I’d hinted at it in conversation. I’d made some glib remarks on twitter. I wasn’t sure I’d say it “out … Continue reading ‘Cecil’ was not my beloved… but his death made me think
Induku enhle iganyulwa ezizweni Ian Palmer, a British South Africa Police reservist from East Lancashire sits in the common room of Manfred House at the University … Continue reading What if? A story untold
I used to laugh at how people speak English. I laughed because they could not pronounce English words according to how I thought they should be pronounced. Now, for me, it no longer matters how people pronounce words (even though … Continue reading In the grips of English: The language conundrum
I walked into the living room and was horrified to find that I could not watch a telenovela directed by a friend of mine because my father was … Continue reading Digitise or go dark?: But we have been in the dark!
I first came to South Africa in 2003 to study. My husband, also a Zimbabwean, moved to South Africa around the same time I did. I … Continue reading Shaping identity: Seeing the world through our children’s eyes
“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
The images and stories of violence against foreigners in South Africa remain stark. Xenophobia and its violent manifestation have taken centre stage yet again. Some Africans living in South Africa have had to re-evaluate their continued presence in the country … Continue reading Are we born to love (or hate) or do we learn it?: Education to counter hate
“All good people agree, And all good people say, All nice people, like Us, are We And every one else is They: But if you cross … Continue reading Foreigners under attack: We need new names* (or none at all)
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
“We do not inherit this land from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” Zimbabwean Landscapes, Identity and Ownership Discussions around landscapes in Zimbabwe are … Continue reading “We do not inherit this land from our ancestors”: Zimbabwean Landscapes & Identity