Did you know that the word ‘zezuru’ means ‘at a higher elevation?’
Zezuru is one of the 6 main dialects of the Shona language spoken in Zimbabwe.
By the mid 18th century, the Portuguese were beginning to refer to the people around the head of the Mazoe Valley as ‘Zezuru’. This meant people who lived in a high area (in relation to the Mazoe and other valleys). This seems to have come from ‘uzuru.’ This is a Shona word meaning ‘direction upwards.’