Burial customs and rituals in Zimbabwe

THE journey to the world of the dead has many twist and turns. According to Zimbabwean traditions, if the correct funeral rites are not observed,...

The legacy of Timbuktu, Africa’s oldest university

WE began the study of old universities by looking at African universities built in the colonial era. In the first two parts of this column,...

Mountains and Zimbabwe’s indigenous culture

By Elliott Siamonga MOUNTAINS have played a central role in Zimbabwe’s indigenous culture and the armed struggle. The mountains are sacred places; chiefs live on...

Effects of colonisation of Zimbabwean women

BEFORE colonialism, a Zimbabwean woman was responsible for her home, the field, harvest, pottery-making and many other activities that she knew from childhood. She...

The Berlin Conference and the colonial treaties that followed

By Maidei Jenny Magirosa BETWEEN 1870 and 1900, Africa faced European imperialist aggression, diplomatic pressures, military invasions and eventual conquest and colonisation. But the Africans...

Closer look at the Zimbabwean lion dog

DOGS have always had a close link to mankind.  This is greatly owed to their intelligence. 

Traditional forms of marriage…. when Western values eroded our ways

LONG before the coming of whites in Africa, Africans had their ways and systems that ensured communities thrived. Unfortunately, though Africa has been liberated from...

‘A’ Level Literature in English …distinguishing between ‘seen’ and ‘unseen’ passages

By Dr Augustine Tirivangana WE have come far as far as ‘A’ Level Literature Paper One (Comment and Appreciation) is concerned. We have explored...

Reflections on Chaminuka’s prophecy to Lobengula

CHAMINUKA is a most revered spirit in Shona traditions but hardly mentioned in modern Shona history. In fact Chaminuka receives more mention, as an...

Zimbabwean women in UK take over…as more money brings it power

AFTER three years of nursing school, Agnes Makwara was poised to attain her dream – a job, not in her native Goromonzi, but some...
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