When we were young we used to dance and sing joyously in the rain in anticipation of a bumper harvest

The year of hunger

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday The big black dog with four eyes and no tail walked into Bokina’s kitchen hut. Bokina said he was the first one to see it. Then his wife also saw it and told the three child...
Cecil John Rhodes. . . Europeans come from all over the world to pay homage to him at Matopos

Rhodes’ legacy in Zim’s history

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday In the Eastern Highlands, the Rhodes Nyanga Hotel is a beautiful place where you can enjoy an English type lunch, visit the museum and see some of Rhodes’ personal items. Yo...
“When we moved to the city and learnt about Valentine’s Day, our expressions of love and romance became so English, so Western, so commercial and so foreign”

Expressing love on Valentine’s Day

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday “Say I love you with flowers on Valentine’s Day,” said the message on television. There was a picture of red roses and a red heart symbol with an arrow going through it. Sha...
It is tough looking after the elderly in London when you are also getting old

Getting old, caring for the old in London

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday On New Year’s Eve, when we were all in the village and still celebrating after 2am, we saw Mainini Maggie disappear with her phone behind the kitchen hut. Piri whispered to ...
The art of Zimbabwe, as expressed in the clay pots of our mothers and grandmothers, is under assault by new religious movements

Reclaiming the clay pots of our memory

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday On New Year’s Day, some women from around here woke up very early to smash their traditional household clay pots. “I no longer want to be associated with you because I am a ...
Christians in Africa are growing in numbers more than anywhere else in the world. During the past 10 years, Zimbabwe has witnessed the mushrooming of Pentecostal churches as well as numerous other African Apostolic indigenous churches

Celebrating Christmas

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday Robert Moffat, the great missionary, came to this country and opened up the first mission at Inyati near Bulawayo on December 26, 1859, more than 160 years ago.

The secret to a long lasting marriage

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday “Village marriages last longer than urban ones,” says my cousin Piri, wistfully looking at a couple sharing soft drinks and fresh buns at Muzorori & Sons store. We ha...

A visit to South Africa

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday On the plane, Piri sits quietly in the window seat. Her excitement is beyond bounds. She is not speaking but is twiddling her fingers and taking short breaths. I let her ...
JEALOUS

A tale of women and the pain of jealousy

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday Mai Joseph and Mai Ruth laughed together and drank their tea. Taking turns to speak, they said their lives were what they were and once married, their commitment was to t...

Celebrating, the fullness of life

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday I HAVE a few grey hairs on the side of my head and a couple at the front. And maybe more on my head and elsewhere. Maybe. So I mention this to my cousin Piri, just in passin...
The gonyeti was Spencer’s true love. Women and children came second

The truck driver from the Eastern Highlands

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday At Spencer’S funeral last week, it was the girlfriend in the red dress who cried more than his two wives and the five children. We stood on a rocky outcrop in the blister...
Queen Nzinga

The legacy of Africa’s unsung women warriors

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday “SAKA, Sis, makazowana ma equal rights aya?” Piri asked, meaning, did I ever achieve equal rights with men. “Is that what Sis wanted?” my niece Shamiso asked, not looking...