JACARANDA

Spring Season of the Pfumvudza

Sekai Nzenza  On Wednesday We are driving along Leopold Takawira Street in Harare, going north, to a coffee shop. With me are two friends visiting from Europe and Dubai. They both marvel at the beaut...

Looking back and celebrating age

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday THERE was a time, back in the village, when getting older was very important. We all wanted to be older than the other person. Being older also came with responsibilities. “...
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Learning to obey time

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday When we were growing up in the village, we did not worry or think about time. We did not have a clock. The sun told us what to do.
TECHNOLOGY

A slave to technology

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday This technology was supposed to set us free of the poles and wires of old-time phones. And we don’t need Samuriwo the bus conductor anymore as a messenger
Last year Elmet Mbewe and Christine Nyamupandu were jailed for pretending to be witches in Budiriro. The pair was allegedly hired by a “prophet” so that he could prove his “powers” and gain more clients

The injustice of witchcraft accusation

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday It’s a belief tied to prevailing superstitions, difficult social and economic situations, and natural disasters, lack of rain, personal rivalry or jealousies

Some of men’s strange habits

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday “My husband left me for the maid on 2 June 2006, between 8am and 10 am,” the woman having blonde tips added to her hair weave said. She was sitting right next to me and we b...

Our insatiable desire to consume

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday MANY years ago, when we lived in the village, we did not have enough clothes. One day my mother took two buckets of her newly harvested groundnuts to Mr Jack’s store. Mr Jac...
Folk tales had a moral or educational message in them

Balancing knowledge from our past

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday Each day, we rely on any knowledge coming from everywhere through various social media. At times, we are forced to select whether the medicines thrown in our faces outside s...
Man and dogs have had a love-hate relationship since time immemorial

Our love-hate relationship with dogs

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday Like most dog names around, a dog’s name is not just a dog’s name. It serves to convey a message, usually in defiance or resistance to whatever conflict was happening in ...

In praise of the village community spirit

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday We have a community crisis at the nutrition garden right next to the village bush pump. Our vegetable garden is dry and empty because people are fighting over how and who sh...

Lost brothers in the Diaspora

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday Every family has embarrassing secrets. Back in the village, we had many. But the most well-known secret was that of our uncle, Babamunini Nyika, who was an irresponsible you...