Travel, memories of home

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday “Where are you from? Let me guess, you are from Ghana!” I shake my head. The elderly white man scratches his balding head a bit and looks at me from top to bottom. I am all ...
Christianity has made most people shy away from performing traditional rituals

Following the tradition of our people

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday Out of five of my aunts, vana mainini vangu, the uncles singled out Mainini Mildred because she is the only one who has not turned away from our traditions and still honours...
Cecil, the lion whose slaughter created a furore across the globe

Mourning beloved Cecil

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday “CECIL is dead,” announced my niece Shamiso. My cousin Piri quickly placed her beer bottle on the table and switched off the blurring noise on television. She sat up and sai...

Diaspora, wall pictures

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday “ALL our seven children live in England. We have no one left here. This one is our first born. He is teaching maths in England. This one here is our second born. She is a nu...
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...
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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 ...