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 ...
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...
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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...
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A good woman must stay in the village

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday THE WhatsApp message from my niece Shamiso said, “Hello Tete, it stopped raining here in Bocha on the 5th of February and then it has not rained ever since. There will be no...
Jesus on the cross

The cleansing of sin on Good Friday

Sekai Nzenza  on Wednesday As Good Friday approaches, I am reminded of the suffering of Christ more than any other time during the year. And I feel guilty of sin. And yet, before knowing about Christ...
Zimbabwe is caught up in the Victorian era, of uniforms, race and class segregation in as far as maids are concerned

The legacy of the Zim house maid

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday Today, it is unusual to walk into a big house in Zimbabwe and not see a maid in uniform. There is also a standard design for a maid’s uniform. It must be long and the hem mu...