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...

Our disappearing traditional food

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday AT  the village primary school before independence, we did not just learn how to speak English; we were introduced to English food even though it was not there. The food ...
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The dearth of creativeness

Once, there was a lazy man who lived across the river from us. His name was Isaya. He sat on his hands or used them for scratching or eating.
Today’s fathers have tough choices to make: be with the family all the time or look for food for the family. National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) has named Dwayne Wade a recipient of a 2011 Fatherhood Award for his dedication to his two sons

Fatherhood and traditional marriage

Dr Sekai Nzenza Beaming with the joy, Philemon held his baby and announced that his Shona name was Nhamo, meaning poverty and his Christian name, rechiKristu, was Claudius. “Both these names belong t...

Love portions for a good marriage

Dr Sekai Nzenza When we were growing up in the village, we hardly saw a married couple walking, laughing, working or even eating together. My grandmother, Mbuya VaMandirowesa, said it was not natural...
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Village secrets, love affairs

Sekai Nzenza One time, in my mother’s village, my maternal grandfather fell in love with a woman from another village not so far away. That was in the late 1930’s, long before Christianity came to my...

Memories of love on Valentine’s Day

“It’s valentine’s day on Friday,” I told my cousin Piri. She frowned and said, “So?” “You may get flowers from a lover,” I said. We were drinking tea with corn bread, chimondi mwii, in Mbare, not too...

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...