Getting Over The Bullying Years by Ruvimbo Janet Tuwe

We were on a family holiday in the Eastern Highlands in December of 1998 when my father received a call that was redirected from his office in Bulawayo. It was pretty urgent since it was a prestigious school in Bulawayo calling to confirm that I had been accepted to start my Form 2 studies with them at the beginning of the new year. To say that … Continue reading Getting Over The Bullying Years by Ruvimbo Janet Tuwe

Here Is My Body – For The 234 Missing Nigerian Girls

Here is my body, I’m giving it you to weigh on your market scales, to tell me the value of each pound of flesh; each coil and cuticle and cell of hair, skin, bone. You tell me you are making subtractions for my sex my colour my continent, recalculating the weight of my worth as the needle of your measure rotates backwards like a delirious … Continue reading Here Is My Body – For The 234 Missing Nigerian Girls

African Feminisms and Grant-Making: In Conversation with Amina Doherty

I had the great privilege this week to meet some powerful women from across Africa, and the world, at a meeting convened by Just Associates (JASS) to discuss among other things, feminist movement building across southern Africa. What I found most refreshing was the openness of the space, and those involved within it. I also had the fortune to finally meet Amina Doherty, who brings a young, … Continue reading African Feminisms and Grant-Making: In Conversation with Amina Doherty

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

The problem with hating Pokello

I am still recovering from the disbelief I experienced earlier today when I read an opinion piece forthrightly titled ‘Why women Hate Pokello’. An anonymous writer, a Zimbabwean woman I presume, enters into a long narrative about why ‘we’ Zimbabwean women HATE Pokello Nare, one of the Zimbabwean representatives in the Big Brother House this year. We hate her because she is full of herself … Continue reading The problem with hating Pokello