Op1

A wedding party on New Year’s Eve

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday There was a wedding on New Year’s Eve in Harare. No, I was not related to the groom or bride. In fact, I had never met them before. The groom was the son of the landlord whe...

Christmas rain and the promise of love

Sekai Nzenza Correspondent We are walking around the fields with my cousin Piri. Surrounding us are small healthy plants of germinating maize, each with four or five leaves. It was not like this four...

Memories of a village Xmas

Sekai Nzenza  on Wednesday IN this village homestead, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day we paid respect to Jesus Christ because he saved us from our sins. Then we poured beer on the ground before th...
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Days of beating up women are over

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday The young man from Nhiriri Village beat up his wife because he said she was due for disciplining. In the middle of the night, when all was quiet and only the owls and hyenas...
While Shamiso believes that bride and groom kissing during a wedding, in front of people is fine, Piri and Philemon are of the opinion that wedding or no wedding, kissing in public is in bad taste

Some embarrassing ways of loving

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday Everyone is welcome here, as long as they have hunhu, deep respect for the other person. But on the day of the kiss, Piri said hunhu was seriously under threat. The prolonge...
People mourn a departed relative at a funeral. However, the case is not the same for those in the Diaspora who often fail to travel owing to the absence of proper travelling documents

Sharing grief and easing the pain

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday The day after we buried Rowesai, we all stayed the night with her mother. At dawn, Rowesai’s mother walked around her hut calling Rowesai: “Chimuka Rowesai. Kunze kwayedza. ...

A return to the soil

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday An old woman, whose face I could not recognise because she was too far, stood counting my mother’s cattle in our kraal. We have 14 cattle, two cows, one bull and several ste...
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. “...
Op4

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