Throwing away the baby with bath water

MONDAY, June 25 was a big day, a day that should have been commemorated by all well-meaning Zimbabweans? Mozambique, one of the Frontline States (now Sadc regional bloc) celebrated 37 years of n...

Of villagers and Old Virginia

A FEW days’ visit last week to Makombe Building — that famous place in Harare where you are non-existent unless they have issued you with various pieces of documents including your death certifi...

Counting benefit from The Arena

“I shall pass through this world but once. If there is any kindness, therefore, that I can do for any human being or for any animal, let me do it now and not delay for I shall not pass this way ...

Everything happens for a reason?

You do not necessarily have to have visited Nigeria for you to like and/or dislike it. Eleven years ago I had a week-long working visit to Nigeria, and on return I had an interview with the then...

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...