Kudhonza (female genital practice)| When women go to great lengths for great sex

Ndaizivei’s story While attending boarding school back in 1989 at a respectable church run institution located outside Harare, Ndaizivei (not real name) was forced to stretch her labia minora at the tender age of nine. ‘I told the other girls I was not going to do so, and when the matron caught wind of the … Read more

Ukama| Use these 5 rules to get your Shona family vocabulary right

The Shona trace a person’s descent through the paternal line In Shona society, a person’s descent is traced through the paternal line. This means both males and females belong to their father’s patrilineage (rudzi) and not their mother’s.  Only the males will continue to pass their family identity to their children. Because of this, a … Read more

4 lessons for my daughter, from prior generations of Zimbabwean women

The generational relay Many of the things my mother taught me, she learned from her mother. I, in turn, teach my daughter even without intending to. To each generation, knowledge is relayed, and so is the untaught duty to prepare the next. For younger generations, the appeal of our continent continues to wane. A continent … Read more

Mitupo nezvidao| 6 interesting things about Shona totems, praise names and poetry

This post was last updated on 19 May 2020. Did you know that Shona clan poems (nhetembo dzemadzinza) which are recited in line with totems (mitupo) and praise names (zvidao) are in essence an expression of compliment recited as a reward for commendable acts? The ‘mutupo’ system is an important source of ancestral and family … Read more