On one of my sporadic twitter recaps this morning I scrolled upon this from @FannuelMabhugu who by handle and profile is an educationist (sic). Sir, I salute you, I am also a teacher. My immediate thoughts turned to the numbers; all 10 of the teachers are qualified?!, the teacher to student ratio must be high (lucky […]Read More This Grass Hut.
Can we ever really be defined by more than just our politically driven socio economic failures? What does it mean to be Zimbabwean? The answer to this single question is complex and at the same time obviously simple and clear. We are diverse, colourful, industrious, resilient and hopeful. Our adaptability and resilience is based on […]Read More What does it mean to be Zimbabwean?
When the first lady asked ‘Why shouldn’t I be president?’ what she was really saying, loud and proud, was “Turn down for what?” and boy did it set the chattering Zimbosphere alight. The phrase has toured the internet, television and radio, and rarely is it posed as a question to be answered. So, perhaps we […]Read More Amazing First Lady Grace
Dear Scotland, As a member of the Zimbabwean diaspora living amongst you, I am addressing you on the day of the referendum on whether to remain in the United Kingdom in union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The decision to stay in or leave the union is absolutely yours alone but I cannot with […]Read More An open letter to the people of Scotland
Zvinhu Zvirikufaya. Is it a celebration of the Zimbabwean industrious capacity to find humour in all situations? Or is it perhaps an indication of something altogether more disturbing? How else are we to interpret the show of pride as muzukuru demonstrates how he has succeeded in his effort to make homemade garlic bread or the […]Read More It’s all about money
The state control of the media and suppression of the free press form part of the battle in the on-going war for a democratic Zimbabwe. This is a battle of wills between those who believe in democratic values and those who believe democracy is an enemy of the state and that its values belong to […]Read More Battle of wills for control of media
We will never know if the ruling party foresaw the post-2000 crisis, marked by mass migration or indeed the continued social decay and exodus of the second wave in 2008. We will probably also never know if they anticipated the influx of cash returning to the country via remittances. We can debate the level […]Read More Diaspora remittances fall
Despite widespread corruption, pestilence and death, sub-Saharan Africa has remained largely unaffected by the Arab Spring. So unaffected that you would be forgiven for thinking Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt were not rock and soil on the African continent. That isn’t to say Zimbabweans didn’t dare to dream, think or talk about revolution – they did, […]Read More We are all Baba Jukwa