These days, as we move to the city and adopt new wealth and new ways of worship, that sense of respect for tradition sometimes fails to work

Kurova guva: A disappearing tradition

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday During the dry season, like now, it has always been a tradition to practice the kurova guva ceremonies. This ceremony to bring back the spirit of the dead person is done one...

A nostalgic yearning of the village past

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday “WHY do you always write about the village as if life was so beautiful back then?” asked the guy who had recently arrived from the UK. This question was presented to me as w...
Young fathers are now spending more time with their children and even                      changing nappies

The changing role of men in parenting

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday A young couple accompanied by two children came through the arrival gate at Harare International Airport last week. They parked their luggage trolley next to us.
If we make books available through building bookshelves in our houses, place books on the shelves and switch off the television, our children might stop watching movies and grab a copy each

Reclaiming culture of reading

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday “Hamugute kutenga mabooks here? Tengai doro,” said my cousin Piri, meaning, don’t you ever get tired of buying books? Buy some beer.
“An arranged marriage can work between two people because you are not marrying the woman, you are marrying the whole family. We marry for different reasons”

Celebrating love in an arranged marriage

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday Our neighbour Jemba plans to marry a woman he met for the first time last week. The meeting was arranged by his niece, Mai Sinikiwe, who lives in the Resettlement areas near...
Zimbabwe has a history of world class achievements in polo. Today, South Africa is ranked number one in polo and Zimbabwe is second

Zimbabwe, horses and the game of polo

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday Long before independence, we knew a lot about donkeys and nothing about horses. We got to know about a sport called polo during the Olympics on television.
In the early 1940s, Makerere College was a centre of knowledge, with students coming from African countries as well as European countries. Makerere was known as the “Harvard of Africa”

The legacy of African universities

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday “Do you have universities in Africa?” asked a relative of my friend during a dinner party when I was on a recent visit to Australia. I did not respond immediately. My Austra...
The abuse of drugs like marijuana among youths is alarming

Global problem of illicit drugs

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday Last Friday night, I was in Richmond, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. It was 7:15pm with my friend Alison walking along Lennox Street, going to dinner.
Most Zimbabweans in the Diaspora have a home where they belong to back here in the country, where they originated from

Locals in Diaspora, the meaning of home

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday Greetings from Perth, Western Australia. I have made a stop-over here to see my niece Varaidzo, and then I will proceed to Melbourne where many of my close family members...

The quest to reclaim Matopos

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” — Chinua Achebe, renowned Nigerian author.