A Flag of Many Colours – A Reflection on Zimbabwe’s Independence

This article is based on reflections I gathered at Independence Day commemorations in 2014. The early morning April sun is high and hot when I arrive at Harare’s National Sports Stadium where Zimbabwe’s annual Independence Day commemorations will shortly commence. Buses and cars jam the driveway that leads to the stadium entrances, and queues of people bend and wind with the railing that runs round … Continue reading A Flag of Many Colours – A Reflection on Zimbabwe’s Independence

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The Dream Within The ‘Dream Team’: Football As A Zimbabwean Metaphor

When Zimbabweans invoke memories of “the good old days” of the country’s rise and prosperity, a range of popular culture symbols and metaphors are often associated with this harkening to what seemed a perfect past. Witty television advertisements are reconstructed, the allegoric music of that time is replayed and incisive characters from literature and film are re-membered. Also not far from many Zimbabweans’ memories is … Continue reading The Dream Within The ‘Dream Team’: Football As A Zimbabwean Metaphor

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What Remains For Zimbabwe After Empathy?

The main traffic light that filters vehicles turning right from Harare’s Avondale Shopping Centre always seems to take an inordinate amount of time to change from red to green. And like many things requiring patience, this is a strange and testing phenomenon for motorists in a city whose worn and constricted roads are primed for daily aggressive driving and manoeuvring. For what feels like minutes, … Continue reading What Remains For Zimbabwe After Empathy?

Caine Prize Writing Workshop 2014: Interview with Publisher, Jane Morris

amaBooks holds a lot of significance for me, personally, as the first publisher to accept my work aged 22. Every time Jane Morris (amaBooks co-founder) and I meet, the exchanges are effervescent and full of laughter. Here, I interview her ahead of the currently ongoing Caine Prize for African Writing Workshop. Read an article about the workshop here. Fungai Machirori (FM): How  is business in the … Continue reading Caine Prize Writing Workshop 2014: Interview with Publisher, Jane Morris

Caine Prize Workshop 2014: Interview With Writer, Tendai Huchu

As promised, I am posting transcripts of my interviews with Zimbabwean writers and publishers as the Caine Prize for African Writing workshop happens this month in Zimbabwe. Below is an interview I conducted with Tendai Huchu, author of ‘The Hairdresser of Harare’. I reviewed this book a few years ago and you can find the review here. You can find the other interviews that I … Continue reading Caine Prize Workshop 2014: Interview With Writer, Tendai Huchu

Caine Prize Workshop 2014: Interview With Director, Lizzy Attree

Snippets of this interview appeared in an article published this week ahead of the Caine Prize for African Writing Workshop happening in Zimbabwe this year. Fungai Machirori (FM): Why is the Caine Prize returning to Zimbabwe? How was the decision arrived at? Lizzy Attree (LA): The Caine Prize has long wanted to hold a workshop in Zimbabwe and support Zimbabwean writers, but has not felt … Continue reading Caine Prize Workshop 2014: Interview With Director, Lizzy Attree

A Memorial To A Moment Of Madness

One of my best friends is Ndebele. In an ideal world, saying this should mean nothing. In fact, it shouldn’t even be said. But the world is not ideal and signifiers of difference are a way, a standard, of understanding ourselves and each other. Ndlovu. It is a surname that – if you are Zimbabwean – you will instantly recognise as not Shona, which is … Continue reading A Memorial To A Moment Of Madness