We have an interesting history when it comes to names in Zimbabwe and the death of American singer Prince last week will lead to many naming their sons Prince or evoke sadness to those who have already named their sons Prince

Our desire to find meaning in a name

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday “PRINCE afa,” says our niece Shamiso, meaning, Prince is dead. She stands in front of the television set in the sitting room in Warren Park. Tears pour down her cheeks. H...
Rapper Nicki Minaj is one of the many African American celebrities believed  to have used skin lightening creams to enhance their “beauty” and status

The Choices we make to look beautiful

Dr Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday “Culture must not stop us from whatever we want to look like. Life is all about personal choices. But people need to be informed about using cosmetics that are harmful to...
Hope Masike is one of the artistes who continue to revive mbira music and uphold it on the national platform where it belongs

Dancing joyously to the mbira tune

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday It was full moon on Saturday last week when we danced to mbira music in the village. Among the guests dancing with us were Mbuya Gambiza and Mbuya Chizanga, the sisters w...
In bountiful years, it was normal for rural folk to eat sadza for breakfast or munya, sadza for lunch and sadza for dinner

Longing for sadza in the year of El Nino

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday That warm weather called El Nino has come to Zimbabwe and to the rest of Southern Africa, causing the current drought. This is why you see the maize falling before it ripens...
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 ...