40 Years A Slave

‘And what happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the Sun, or fester like a sore and then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it stays like a heavy load. Or does it explode?’ Harlem, Langston Hughes, 1951. […]

Trigger

another trigger… so you see madness?a brokenness visible through glazed and wandering eyesa body, suddenly inert as life glides a twitch, hysteric laughter, a shaking of the head? Do see this!a story stirred in chaosa hurt birthed by rejectionsimulation is tiresome, sodo not bother with cloying lines of sympathythe process of the violent feelings is […]

Remembering Tuku.

“Rufu Ndimadzongonyedze!” (Death Disturbs).Oliver Mtukudzi. Once upon a time (Paivepo) a great man lived among us. Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi has passed. We are a nation mourning a beloved superstar. My earliest memories of Tuku involve high waisted bell bottoms, family dinners and a classic prime time music video show. My mother once owned a beautiful […]

#ElectionsZW!

“Toto, I have a feeling we are not in Kansas anymore!” Dorothy Gale in the Wizard of Oz. This, comrades, is IT! In less than fourteen hours, Zimbabwe is heading to the polls to decide who it’s next President will be. This is the moment the country will elect who will take the coveted seat […]

Zimbabwe at 38: A dream delayed.

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the opresser, it must be demanded by the opressed.” Dr Martin Luther King. I was listening to a couple of ‘golden oldies’ reminisce about their good old days recently, when one lady said something which struck a chord within me. “Smiths’ time was far much better than now.” Her […]

DEATH OF A FATHER

ÄN ELEPHANT IS NEVER BURDENED BY ITS HORNS.”ZIMBABWEAN PROVERB I had very peculiar experiences with death recently. Two of my neighbours, from different homes, died days apart from each other. The female, a member of the ‘Mpostori'(Apostolic) church, apparently abdicated her rights to a normal funeral, which in an African setting, involves endless wailing and […]

Letter to Afro

“MY ONE! MY LOVE! MY PRECIOUS!” GOLUM, True Lord of the Ring. Darling Bvudzi, (Hair) I had to write this letter to you. After witnessing the trials and tribulations you go through and selfishly, the joy you bring me, I have come to the realisation that you, my love , are a tour de force. […]