Father Gonzalo da Silveira, a Portuguese Jesuit missionary, arrived at the court of the Munhumutapa around Christmas time in 1556

Rejecting totems in praise of Jesus

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday “Hatina mutupo. Mutupo wedu ndi Jesu (We have no totem. Our totem is Jesus).” These were the words of my niece’s aunt, Mai Magumbo, when she arrived at our village around 10...
In spring trees shed old leaves for soft fresh ones magnificent with their various colours of red, yellow, green, orange and rustic brown

Beautiful Zimbabwe, the colours of spring

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday THIS time last year, I was driving to the village with my cousin Piri as usual. As we were heading towards the Hwedza Mountains at sunset. I said to her, “Have you ever been...

Balancing our love for our canine friends

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday During the dry season, the dogs in our village and those from way beyond the mountains, follow the sound of the village drum at night. It does not matter how far the drum...
The drum is inseparable from the daily lives and ritual dances of Africans

Zino Irema: The missing village drum

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday My mother’s drum called Zino Irema has disappeared. Zino Irema is loosely translated to say the tooth is a fool because it presents itself to people and is used for smiles, ...
Rhodesia’s last prime minister Ian Douglas Smith

Memories of farm life before Independence

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday Sunday afternoon, in the blistering heat, I was driving on a dusty winding road, along the Hwedza mountains going to the village. Then I saw an elderly lady flagging me t...
From the 1500s to the mid-1800s, about 12 million black slaves were shipped from Africa to the Western Hemisphere with nearly 2 million of these slaves dying on the way while about 65 percent were brought to Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, Saint Domingue (now Haiti), and other sugar colonies

Coming back home from Cuba

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday One of our relatives, a cousin called Sam, has returned home after many years living in Cuba. He brought along with him his Cuban wife and three children. They drove from...
The scenic Honde Valley is home to iconic geographical features like the Matarazi Falls

Ululating for muroora in the Honde Valley

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday IT is 11.05pm on Saturday night last week. We are all gathered in a big round hut in the Honde Valley. Except for two bright cellphone lights, it’s very dark. But we can see...
Imposing houses in the low-density suburbs are beautiful, but they are not welcoming to poor relatives

Hukama: Preserving the ties that bind us

Dr Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday BACK in the village, we used to live as one big extended family connected together by hukama, family relationships. Our behaviour or magariro edu, pahukama, was guided by...

Gupuro, a token to end marriage

Dr Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday A WOMAN in our village wants a gupuro from her husband because he has been away for five years. Her name is Mai Jasi. She says she wants to be free to meet other men befo...
Members of the Johane Marange Apostolic Church can easily be identified by their  white robes, men with shaved heads and women with white veils or doeks and worshipping in open spaces

Dilemma of living with a Muramu

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday John Marange’s followers were mainly the downtrodden poor peasants, suffering from the early problems of racism, chibaro or forced labour and land dispossession.
In 1920, Rhodesian Prime Minister Godfrey Huggins (pictured above) placed more emphasis on the superiority of the European child in Rhodesia. Legislators called for a system of education for white children, giving little attention  to Africans

Legacy of colonial education system

Dr Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday Several acts were then passed with the main purpose of limiting the education of Africans. At that time, the European settlers also believed that contact with Africans wa...