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...

Diaspora people, money and the broken trust

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday “After this trip, we will not come back to Zimbabwe again,” said the man who was visiting my cousin Reuben. He sounded emotional and angry. Piri and I stood at the door of R...
Most of these new churches have week-long conferences, or camps away from home. The woman is, therefore, free to camp and enjoy a certain freedom that she never had before

Men, women and their emasculation in Church

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday “AKANGODA kuti, hazvisi izvo, mudzimai anomurova neverse remuBible obva ati zii,” said Jemba, our neighbour and the one who works in our homestead garden. By this, he meant ...
These days, as we move to the city and adopt new wealth and new ways of worship, that sense of respect for tradition sometimes fails to work

Kurova guva: A disappearing tradition

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday During the dry season, like now, it has always been a tradition to practice the kurova guva ceremonies. This ceremony to bring back the spirit of the dead person is done one...

A nostalgic yearning of the village past

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday “WHY do you always write about the village as if life was so beautiful back then?” asked the guy who had recently arrived from the UK. This question was presented to me as w...
Young fathers are now spending more time with their children and even                      changing nappies

The changing role of men in parenting

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday A young couple accompanied by two children came through the arrival gate at Harare International Airport last week. They parked their luggage trolley next to us.