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...

Sharing humour in the Internet age

Dr Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday “MY children have the humour and laughter of English people,” said my cousin Reuben, the one who lives in Australia. “And when I tell them funny stories from the village,...
Stories abounded of murderous businessmen who killed for rituals

Bhinya, the evil rich man in our village

Dr Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday Children from the village school came shrieking down the hill and streamed through our gate. Some had fallen down in the sudden stampede and had bruised knees, bleeding t...
Most Africans believe that cremation is disrespectful to the dead, for how does one become an ancestor when all his remains are reduced to a box of ashes?

The cook, madam’s rare friendship

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday For 35 years, Zachariah Tobaiwa cooked for a white Zimbabwean couple. During his first 10 years with them, he did not eat the food he cooked for them.
THE THREE WITCHES . . . Witchcraft is a thorny issue in most societies the world over, as is depicted in William Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth”. In Africa, death, like sickness, is perceived to be linked to a supernatural third force

Death and the fear of witchcraft

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday Our cousin Laiza no longer comes back to the village because she says there are too many witches roaming around the gravesites at night looking for those who died recently.
GARDEN  OF EDEN . . . The forest is an open orchard for the rural folk and especially the young to pick wild fruit of the dry season

Pfumvudza, the Zim spring of rebirth

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday The lovers stood by the village road side. They were slightly hidden by the new leaves of the spring pfumvudza bushes. She wore a transparent red blouse and you could easily...