Masters of the universe

This week, The Arena is about bits and bytes on continental events. Egypt’s landmark elections after Hosni Mubarak’s ouster have come and gone, the first round, at least. The run-off sees Muslim...

When pillow talk becomes an issue

Franklin Graham said in the Los Angeles Times on May 11, 2012: “The institution of marriage should not be defined by presidents or polls, governors or the media.” Ever wondered why pillow-talk i...

The death of creative writing?

The death of creative writing might sound too harsh, but the breach of copyright or intellectual property rights has reached alarming levels, and it is time drastic measures are taken.
When m...

French elections, Gaddafi factor

It’s as if this is a continuation of “State House not an illusion”, which I did a fortnight ago. But this time it is Élysée Palace not an illusion. Élysée Palace is the official residence of the...

State House not an illusion

Kwaive nerwendo, rwendo rwekufamba
Irwo rwurefu kusina nemakombi kana
Idi kuState House kure!
Kurefu iwe, kure!
KuState House kure!
Chokwadi kure!
Kurefu!
KuSt...

Ladies night at the Quill Club

To most people the Quill Club, which is a part of one of Harare’s oldest hotels, is nothing but a social space for imbibers. To others, it could be a pub, but one with a difference — a pub where...

Godly women connect

E M Forster’s novel Howards End (1910) left a lasting impression in our literature class. Not that we could identify with the English lifestyle therein, but it was for this beautiful  quote, whi...

IWD: Women connect globally

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s theme is “Connecting girls, inspiring futures”. Increasingly, the girl     child has been the target in the IWD discourse. The 2009 theme wa...

2012’s elections galore

If Time magazine declared 2011 the year of protests, then 2012 will go down in history as the year of elections and more elections — on all five continents. It is a year that is redefining the 2...

At 88, same old Robert Mugabe

President Mugabe on Tuesday celebrated his 88th birthday. Congratulations! Makorokoto! Amhlophe! The good Lord has saved him from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He has satisf...

Revolutionary legacies, José Martí

Although separated by expanses of sea waters, Zimbabwe's relations with the Republic of Cuba date back centuries, and not since Zimbabwe's liberation struggle as most of us would want to think. It is...