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Independence Day 2016: Zimbabwe National Anthem

Zimbabwe National Anthem Independence Day … A day when the national anthem is on repeat in my head. Some of the anthem’s lyrics are yet to be realized in present-day Zimbabwe; some of the words will ring true throughout the generations. One thing is on the minds of many Zimbabweans today: 36 years after Independence Zimbabwe […]

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The Book of Memory: Book review

The Book of Memory is a humorous, insightful tale about a woman on the periphery of two cultures. It is filled with symbolism, metaphor and meaning, uncoiling itself to you like the water spirit that lurks through most of the novel.

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Weekend song 9: Nobuntu – Shosholoza

Did you know that the song “Shosholoza” originated in Zimbabwe? Although it’s now a popular South African song and sports anthem, it was a traditional miners’ song. Zimbabwean (then Rhodesian) miners would sing the call-and-response style refrain whilst on the trains to and from South Africa’s gold and diamond mines. “Shosholoza” means “Moving fast” in Ndebele, playing […]

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The Impala Collection: Homeware from Zimbabwe

I have something exciting to share with you all, especially if you live in the UK. In partnership with a Zimbabwean craft company, I’ve launched a line of homeware products, available online in the UK (and further afield soon). The products are all handmade from 100% recycled aluminium in Zimbabwe, and the results are stunning. From […]

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Iconic Zimbabwean food brands

In my office, when someone returns from holiday in, say, America, they bring back a great big bag of Hershey’s chocolate to share with everyone. If they travel to Australia, they know not to return without Tim-Tams. There are certain brands that go hand-in-hand with their countries of origin, like Guinness and Ireland. There are a […]

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Walking around Great Zimbabwe Monument: Includes interactive map

Great Zimbabwe Monument covers an area of over 7 square kilometres (nearly 3 square miles) and comprises of a number of historic archaeological sites. If you’re short on time and are a fast walker, you could see the whole site in couple of hours, but it’s best to dedicate about 4 hours to walk around, have some […]

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Great Zimbabwe Monument & Ruins travel guide: Everything you need to know

These ancient city ruins have intrigued both locals and visitors for centuries. The local name for the area was “Dzimba dza mabwe” (roughly “Houses of Stone”) or simply “Zimbabwe”. When Rhodesia became independent in 1980, the nation was named after this city, and the country itself was called Zimbabwe. The ruins of the ancient city […]

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A short history of Great Zimbabwe Monument: A cultural and historical landmark

The pyramids. Stonehenge. Machu Picchu. The Acropolis. These man-made structures point to early civilisations, some of which are still shrouded in mystery. Yet these sites have become symbols of their modern-day countries. Zimbabwe has its own such monument in the south-east of the country, and it is called Great Zimbabwe (Dzimba-dza-mabwe, Houses of Stone). When […]

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Khami Ruins: Travel journal

The Khami (Kame) Ruins is perhaps the least known of Zimbabwe’s five World Heritage sites. Situated just 22km (14 miles) outside of Bulawayo, Khami was the capital of the Torwa state between 1450 and around 1650, after the capital at Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo was abandoned. It was a trading centre, as attested by the […]

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Matopos sunset: Full photo post

After a fantastic few days in Victoria Falls, we drove south to Bulawayo. Our first night in Bulawayo would also be the last night with our friends from Oxford – they were going back to the UK after our two-week Zimbabwean road trip. We wanted to go somewhere memorable for their last night in Zimbabwe, […]

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Weekend Song 8: Taps Mugadza’s Beautiful Life – A Tribute to Nelson Mandela

There are few words to express how I feel about the passing of a man who has changed the course of history. Nelson Mandela was a man of stirring words, but his actions were far more powerful. He was no saint: he was merely someone who worked to put peace and equality before his own […]

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A tribute to Doris Lessing, Zimbabwean writer

Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and author of The Grass is Singing, has recently died, and it would be amiss not to mark it here. Lessing was, in my eyes, one of Rhodiesia’s (and now Zimbabwe’s) literary greats. The Grass is Singing was Lessing’s debut novel, set in 1940s Rhodesia, about […]

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Britain-Zimbabwe Society Event: Zimbabwe and Culture

I have also published this article on TheSouthAfrican.com here. Living in Oxford means that I sometimes feel disconnected from what’s happening in Zimbabwe – but not this weekend. On Saturday there was a Zimbabwean event happening right here in Oxford, which I was able to attend – hooray! I listened to key players in Zimbabwe’s cultural […]

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