The devil passed by the village

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday January arrived with bad winds. Deaths, illnesses and bad things have happened, forcing people around here to reflect on what could have angered the ancestors to bring so mu...
During this time of the year, everything is green in the rural areas, and the rivers are also flowing

In praise of the ancestors’ wisdom

Dr Sekai Nzenza She has never left Zimbabwe or crossed the border into South Africa like what most women traders do. Perhaps I had been a little unfair. Sometimes this lack of sensitivity happens whe...
Wearing seat belts has often prevented fatal accidents

Importance of knowledge

Sekai Nzenza WE  are driving to the village. I have been away in Australia and other places for a whole month. As usual, my cousin Piri is in the passenger seat with her bottle of beer, her legs care...
No matter how far away one goes away from Zimbabwe, one day the longing for home will get stronger

Knowing where we came from

Dr Sekai Nzenza And so people stayed close to home and married among themselves, carefully respecting totem differences. In those days, we did not marry people with the same totem. It was taboo, zvai...

Saving Zim’s image overseas

While in Australia over the Christmas break, I tried as much as I could to avoid answering or commenting on questions about Zimbabwe. Unlike other countries in Africa, Zimbabwe is such a popular coun...
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Whither the village romance

Sekai Nzenza The idea of romance, like it used to happen back in the village, was no longer the same. In the old days, a guy chased a girl, kupfimba, for a while, before she said yes. These days, it ...

Accepting life changes

She is sitting on a rock in the middle of the bush, her head bent down, forehead touching her pregnant stomach. She is crying in hysterics.

Men’s health: A taboo subject?

Dr Sekai Nzenza WHEN the men in our village get sick, they do not go to the clinic until we force them to get into a wheel barrow or a scotch cart. By that time, they are too ill to resist. That is w...

Age and the cycle of life

Sekai Nzenza The retired policeman in the village next to ours has dementia, the disease that makes you lose your memory. He cannot remember a lot of what happened today or yesterday. MuBhunu is his ...

Lobola and the meaning of marriage

In the old days, long before the white man came, roora, lobola, dowry or bridal wealth was paid by use of a hoe made from iron smelted in the Hwedza mountains by the Mbire people. That was long befor...

A spiritual return to the soil

Sekai Nzenza My cousin Piri wants to move out of the city and work on a farm. Recently she found out that some new farmers’ wives are too busy at the office and at church. They do not have time to go...