In Safe Hands

Like a priceless heirloom, from one generation to the next, it has been passed down. My mother received it from her mother’s generation. My grandmother from her mother’s generation too. It has been so fiercely guarded and cradled – the slightest misstep could crack the delicate shell that protects this warped ideal. No one dares…

If You’re Gonna Eat Out…

Value for money. The paramount factor in purchase decisions when in Zim. You want to spend the least amount of money for the most value. Eating out, in itself, is still a luxury in Zimbabwe. In other countries, it is more commonplace and they can benefit from economies of scale. Zimbabwe is a small country…

Where You Are Is Not Who You Are

In moving back home, there are two questions which stay on the lips of others. Two questions which are highly intrusive and yet, Zimbabweans feel entitled to know the answer to them. “Unoitei?” / “What do you do?” “Uchawanikwa rini?” / “When will you be found (i.e. get married)?” Being on the constant receiving end…

Guest Post: How To Keep Fit In Harare by Robin Chaibva

  Having moved from South Africa, I took fitness for granted. Being on a student budget and having no car meant my food and walking sustained my very slim figure. Gym there wasn’t expensive at all either. Maybe an equivalent of $30 for 3 months access per facility or class. These were world class facilities…

Saving Face

Zimbabwe is known to have some of the most desirable weather in the world. Summers are hot and countered by rain during the wet season. Winters are mild with warm sunny days. Our Zim sun, however, is incredibly harsh. Especially on the skin. Unlike the more humid climates of Western and Eastern Africa which are…

How To Arrive Alive In Harare

If ‘Fast & Furious’ were to conceive a child with ‘Driving Miss Daisy’, you might get a glimpse of what Zimbabwean driving is like. On one end, you have the aggressive, speed-loving, rule breaking drivers who only care about where they are going. On the other, you have the unconfident (is that a word?), recently…

Sweeten Snack Time With Some Bomb Caramel Popcorn

I am a popcorn 🍿 fiend. I can eat it every day. I can finish a whole bowl without batting an eyelid. I don’t need fancy flavours or toppings. I’m neither here nor there about it. I don’t need microwave popcorn to make it. I make it the good ol’ fashioned way in a pot…

Our Africas Are Different

The great thing about globalisation is that it has opened up the world to us. Made it more accessible and real. As Africans (I am using the general term for this post but am very cognisant of the fact that African experiences on the continent far from homogenous), we have gotten to travel more than…

Which School Did You Go To?

The seemingly innocent question loaded in prejudice. If you’re Zimbabwean, you know. It’s been over 10 years since some of us left high school and this question still somehow holds weight. You could be hanging out with a new group of Zimbos. You’re enjoying the conversation, and then the question comes: “Which school did you…

Hair Done! Nails Done! Everything Did! (On A Budget)

“Oh, you fancy huh?” *Swizz voice* I have had a longstanding love-hate relationship with my feet. I inherited them from my father and for a girl, they ain’t pretty. In spite of that, I have come to embrace them as a part of me. The Google search for a DIY pedicure on a budget proceeded….