THE PHANTOM MENACE. . . Do ghosts really exist or they are just fantasies of the supernatural anchored in our imagination?

Village ghosts and the mind

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday “I SAW a ghost,” said my cousin Piri as she climbed back into the car, frantically closing the door and telling me to drive off quickly. I obeyed the order and drove fast al...
There are many widows in Afican communities that midlife aged man can marry instead of 12-year-olds

Looking for village love

OUR neighbour Jemba, the one who is always hunting, is looking for a wife. He is tired of living alone. He left the village many years ago to work at a Safari lodge in Hwange as a waiter. While over ...
A scene captured from the video clip showing a spoilt Zimbabwean child that has gone viral on WhatsApp

The lost Diaspora child

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday Gone are the days when we lived in the village and any adult could discipline us. When we were growing up in the village, my mother hardly ever used the stick on us.
BUMPER HARVEST. . . The Government’s land reform policies have gone a long way in correcting land imbalances brought about by colonialism and championed by whites in the mould of Chisadza

Our struggle for land

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday Although Chisadza had no right to give or take away land, we still obey the boundaries he pegged. We cannot undo history. We will hand over the half an acre that we took fro...
dembo

The lost fantasies of the love letter

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday THE elders used to say, a man who is incapable of lying will never marry (Zirume risinganyepi hariwani). In those days, the elders meant that a young man looking for a wife ...
While taking a lot of sugar was once viewed as a sign of affluence, the practice has many health challenges

Sweet tooth: Our longing for sugar

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday When our Mapositori relatives were leaving my house after a few days, they asked for the remaining two packets of sugar. Since I did not eat sugar anymore, I willingly and g...
farming

A visit from new relatives

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday MY aunt, or Tete from Gutu and her Apostolic group of women friends clad in white robes were coming to stay for one night on their way to all-night prayers outside Harare la...

Village celebrations

Dr Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday Welcome to a rainy Independence Day celebration reporting directly from our kitchen hut right here on the foothills of the Hwedza mountains along Save River. Thirty-five ...

The tragic world we live in

“Every time you read the news, you get to know that someone has been killed mercilessly,” said my cousin Reuben, moving away from the computer where he had been sitting and reading the news and catch...