In praise of the village community spirit

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday We have a community crisis at the nutrition garden right next to the village bush pump. Our vegetable garden is dry and empty because people are fighting over how and who sh...

Lost brothers in the Diaspora

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday Every family has embarrassing secrets. Back in the village, we had many. But the most well-known secret was that of our uncle, Babamunini Nyika, who was an irresponsible you...

Lessons from the Japanese

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday “My sister, in Uganda they used to say, if you do not speak English, you are uneducated. Now you come here to Japan and you see the way the Japanese are doing business in th...
ZIMBABWE WATER

An urban life without water

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday In  one section of Chitungwiza, an outer suburb of Harare, some children under 10 years old walk to the “toilet” at the same time.  “But that is not possible,” I tell my nie...
FOOD AID

Tragic dependency on food aid

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday “We do not have to work for food like we used to do in the old days any more. We have donors, my friend. They give us food,” says our village neighbour Jemba, rolling his ci...

Fighting for good health

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday “That old man is beating up his wife,” says my cousin Piri. Then she bursts out laughing. It is 6 am on a very misty and chilly morning. Winter seems to have come early. We ...
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The lost child

Sekai Nzena on Wednesday JUST before we drove past the “Zimbabwe Independence 1980”  monument on the way from the Harare International Airport,  my cousin Piri touched our   nephew Tinashe on the kne...

Hukama: The ties that bind all of us

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday HERE, in this village, we are bound to each other by family ties based on blood, marriages and totems. In the hierarchy of our family relationships, pahukama hwedu, we all k...
Cattle are a symbol of wealth and often our parents lied to Rhodesian authorities on how many beasts they had

The past and our culture of lying

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday During the days when this country was called Rhodesia, my mother lied to government people a lot. She was not the only one who did this. Most people in the village and all o...