Balancing New Year resolutions

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday “What are your New Year’s resolutions?” I asked my sisters and other cousins sitting around the fire in the village on New Year’s day. We were looking at the sunset with gla...
Many elderly men move to the granary full time while the old ladies enjoy their freedom sleeping alone or with little grand children in the kitchen hut

The search for personal space

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday The other day, my cousin Reuben was counting the number of single mature women who live alone in Harare. This idea came up when our friend Temba, the one who lives in the US...
DIASPORA

Diaspora Zimbabweans are longing for home

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday “Hi there, kwakadii kumusha?” How is everything back home? I get this question on a WhatsApp message. I reply, “Hi there Temba. Kuno kuri right. Kwakadii ku US?” Here eve...

Protesting, celebrating hunhu in a crowd

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday At the corner of Herbert Chitepo Avenue and Seventh Street, I see masses of people, cars hooting and people singing. Two armed soldiers are directing the traffic lights. ...
November has arrived, the Month of the Goat, everyone is preparing for the summer cropping season and God has blessed us with the first rains

November, the month of refreshing rains

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday After the October and early November hot spells, the rains came pouring down in our village on Sunday. I had only just sat down in the kitchen hut near the fire when ther...
After the First World War there was an advertisement inviting people to migrate to Southern Rhodesia because there was plenty of good land and there was sunshine 365 days per year

Zimbabwe, our land of rain and sunshine

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday Long before independence when land reform was a dream, my grandmother Mbuya VaMandirowesa stopped drinking beer, singing and dancing at the end of each October. You would...
Only women were allowed at the bathing place, pachigezero chevakadzi. The grandmothers and all the village aunts, vanatete, guided us through many lessons on growing up responsibly

The disappearing wisdom of elders

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday “Kumusha kwenyu kuchine chembere here?” asked this lady who was having her hair done next to me. (Do you still have old people in your village?) The question was not directe...
In colonial Rhodesia, there were separate schools, hospitals, restaurants, toilets, hotels, buses, leisure centres, playgrounds and suburbs for whites and blacks

Mimicking the white man in the village

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday This man in the village next to ours shook people’s hands using a stick. His hand did not touch another person’s hand. No. His hand could only hold one end of the stick. ...
We cannot blame children for being fat, but we can increase education on the values of good food and exercise

The challenges of obesity

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday I USED to be skinny, dark and generally not seen as beautiful. I could handle the dark skin aspect of myself, but my self-esteem always reached rock bottom when I looked at ...
This file photo shows people taking photographs at an accident scene. The dangers of social media do not lie in social media itself. No. These problems lie in the way we use and misuse social media

The good, the bad uses of social media

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday “Did you see the video featuring one African President’s daughter in Rwanda or was it Kenya, Congo or Tanzania? It’s a bad video my friend. It is bad,” says my cousin Reuben...
As the hills celebrate new leaves, Zimbabweans wait for the first rains called Bumharutsva.

Zimbabwe and the beauty of Spring

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday Every year, when September comes to Zimbabwe, the trees welcome new leaves. You see the buds at the end of the mutondo branches. Then slowly, the buds open. Fresh, soft o...