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The Other side of history: A review of Ellen Kuzwayo’s book – Call Me Woman

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Ellen Kuzwayo on the cover of 1996 5th Edition of ‘Call Me Woman’

How I got the book

Last week I began reading Ellen Kuzwayo autobiography – ‘Call Me Woman’ – at the suggestion of my PhD supervisor. I suspect it  was her sneaky way of encouraging me to include my personal story in my project. I reckon she thought Mme Kuzwayo could inspire me into a more personal writing direction; she could not have imagined the consequential effect the book has had on me.

I admit that my idea of Mme Kuzwayo has always been that of an African National Congress (the majority party in South Africa) stalwart, an anti-apartheid campaigner and close friend of Audre Lorde. You will forgive my ignorance but the few bits that I had on her life were gathered by watching South African news or by YouTube coincidence  . None of those encounters prepared me well to fully appreciate her story and life. Continue reading “The Other side of history: A review of Ellen Kuzwayo’s book – Call Me Woman”


When Schools say…’We bought a bus!’

Pic courtesy of Masvingo Mirror Online
Pic courtesy of Masvingo Mirror Online

Upon my return from graduate school I was very keen to reconnect with the schools that I had worked with before just to touch base and chart ways for our joined future work. In casual chat, school officials would ask me about my time away and I (in return) would ask about major school changes/developments in my absence. At every school, without fail, they would mention – we bought a bus – excitedly. I heard it so often that I began to wonder if there was something about this bus issue that I was missing. Even conversations with parents and students yielded the same excited sentiments. The more I asked and read around the more I found  that there was indeed a growing trend at that time [August 2014] for schools to invest in ‘state-of-the-art’ buses. A newspaper article reported how one school in Chivi district bought a bus worth US$110 000 and this was hailed as an empowerment to the school.

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A woman who cuts her hair…..

Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel

Most of us (women) have  umbilical-like bond with our hair. Our hair is a physical manifestation of the internal conversations we have with ourselves. Many times the state of our hair –  whether purchased or home grown – also serves as a barometer of our internal disposition. Note the statement ‘bad hair day’. For the uninitiated a bad hair day is just one of those days that try as you may your hair never sits quite right even in the face of a dozen hair products (both imported and concocted by your local Rastafarian). Needless to say hair is important to us women.

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A time for the water goddess to die!

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Mamvura – the water goddess

If you grew up in a home like mine, in a country like the one on my passport then you will know of the mystical, mythical,  eternally strong creature that I am about to share with you. She is  one of those creatures that if Warner Brothers or Disney were to hear about they scramble to put her in one of their movies. She can be found in history, in religion (for even Jesus met her at well in some place) and is still alive to this day. She goes by so many different names and auspices, so for political correctness I will call her Mamvura – the water goddess. An emblem of rural livelihood, her skills are foundational in the rites of passage into womanhood. Although long revered in our communities today I put my neck out and say death to her! Continue reading “A time for the water goddess to die!”

Bev, Beyonce, Bootie: a challenge for Christian feminism

Bev (one in a split pose) with dance crew - The Sexy Angels
Bev (one in a split pose) with dance crew – The Sexy Angels

During the wind-down of a friend’s party this weekend I was introduced to Zimbabwean contemporary sensual dance star Bev Sibanda. While I had heard of her before I had never seen any of her routines. I must say I was blown away to say the least but the conversation that ensued was more stimulating than the video itself.

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6 Weeks and counting!


Those closest to me will concur that I have a memory span of a five year old. My mind often works live a dysfunctional sieve that lets out the good with the bad leaving me with gaping holes were my memory should be. That said though, I have come to know that if an event of historical occurrence is retained in my head it is due to its magnitude or enormity that the sieve just can’t help itself but retain. One of such occurrences is the interview that Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma gave on Morning Live days before leaving for for her new post as the African union commission chair. Continue reading “6 Weeks and counting!”

Depictions of women in media

Branded WomenOne of my daily indulgences is to go through the news every evening before I sleep. I like the sense of ease that I have at the end of it all (work, assignments, meetings, engagements, phone calls) to take some time for myself and delve into the day’s news scourging for any delectable news that I had missed in my morning media rummage. Today my indulgence was disrupted by a piece that evoked such emotions in me that I have come back to my blog which I had sworn off indefinitely. Continue reading “Depictions of women in media”



Saartjie (pronounced Sahr ‘kie) Baartman (1790?-1815) was an African slave taken from the Cape colony to London in 1810 under false pretenses. Her steatopygia (enlarged buttocks), small facial features and elongated labia were intriguing to westerners not familiar with her type of body.  Continue reading “AFRICAN FEMINISM: AN ODE TO SAARTJIE BARTMAN”


Image courtesy of Dunia Magazine
Image courtesy of Dunia Magazine

Wangu anoshanda a’skana ~ Mine is hard working girls

Wangu anoda zvekungodya ~ Mine loves eating (too much)

Wangu ndiri kumudzinga next week, mama vachingo svika nemumwe kumusha ~ I’m dismissing mine next week as soon as my mother comes with another from the rural areas

Such is the maid related rhetoric in Zimbabwe. When women speak about ‘their’ maids there is a sense of strong ownership which transcends the permissible employer-employee category into a sort of slave-slaver owner category. Continue reading “MAID FOR WHO?”

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