Be Healed Zimbabwe!
By Evangelist F.Gadzikwa Nhubu
ISBN -978-0-7974 -7700-1
Published by Litho Imaging Systems (2016)
THE Berlin Conference of 1884-85, which regulated the colonisation of Africa, is a part of history that will always remind Africans about an unfair dominance by the West.
It was a gathering organised by Western nations that created social, economic and political problems for Africa that still persist to this day.
It was at this conference that ways to dominate and control minds of black people were devised.
Missionaries were sent to Africa to destroy the African way of thinking in the guise of spreading Christianity.
The book under review this week is Evangelist Gadzikwa Nhubu’s Be Healed Zimbabwe!
The book looks at the current social, economic and political situation in the country.
Written from a Christian perspective, the book urges Zimbabweans to rely on prophesy.
“The whole liberation struggle was founded on a prophecy.
Spirit mediums were the chief advisors to the traditional leaders because (of) their ability to see into the future hence they became targets of arrests and executions by white settlers,” writes Nhubu.
The book does not diminish but appreciates the role played by spirit mediums in the history of the country.
His idea is that prophets, just like the spirit mediums during the liberation war, are gifted with the powers of seeing into the future, therefore must guide people to improve their social, economic and political lives.
According to the writer, Zimbabwe boasts blessings that include possessing the highest literacy rate in Africa and being one of the richest countries in the world and having managed to defend itself from its enemies.
“In Zimbabwe’s case, our own cause was to liberate ourselves from the oppressive white minority rule and repossess our land and economic resources that had been stolen from us,” writes Evangelist Nhubu.
It is a Christian book that acknowledges that the early brand of Christianity drove a brutal and selfish agenda.
Missionaries and colonisers did not come to help or save but loot African resources.
The writer argues that the Bible is not a piece of literature written to oppress and demonise the black race but that it was wrongly used by the missionaries.
“The letter written by King Leopold of Belgium to the missionaries leaving for Africa confirms that many early white missionaries were sent as an advance party to pacify the ‘savage Africans and prepare them to accept colonial rule,” writes Evangelist Nhubu.
Nhubu stresses that for Zimbabwe to be completely ‘healed’, there is need for its citizens to be patriotic; all working for the good of Zimbabwe.
Patriotism, he says, must be at the forefront of every endeavour pursued by every citizen of the country.
The book aims at de-colonising the mind.
He stresses development steeped in technology transfer which can be achieved through self-empowerment.
“Most people of Africa regard job creation as the main benefit of foreign investment when in fact it ought to be technology transfer,” says Nhubu.
The book encourages Zimbabweans to expropriate technology and make it their own.
According to the writer, the process of ‘healing’ requires all Zimbabweans to realise that the whiteman is in no way superior.
“We need to demystify technology, gone are the days when technology was seen as the whiteman’s magic,” writes Nhubu.
Be Healed Zimbabwe! encourages Zimbabweans to continue liberating themselves through supporting each other.
The writer cites the determination of the Chinese people which contributed to the development of China from a developing to a developed country.
“We tend to look down upon the people from home industries like Siya So in Mbare and yet it is one place where the inventive genius of the people of Zimbabwe can be seen,” argues Nhubu.
Nhubu’s argument is that black empowerment must drive every agenda we set as a people.
“Now that we control resources like land, we should see black farmers buying tools and implements from black suppliers where possible, hiring black transporters to carry their produce to black processers,” says Nhubu.
According to the book, it remains the duty of every Zimbabwean to improve our social, economic and political situations.