Archaeology and oral traditions…..a case for Zimbabwe

ARCHAEOLOGY, in simplistic terms, can be defined as the study of man’s past by the scientific analysis of the material remains of his cultures. In...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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,...

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...

Class and social status in Ndebele state: Part One

NDEBELE society was characterised by different classes. There were the powerful royals and the weak, captives and non-captives, senior and junior, old and young,...

Tracing the Shona back to Great Lakes: Part Six

IN the last article we identified the Shona as belonging to three primary totem groups, Shava, Soko and Moyo. We pointed out that the...
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