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Look at the children of the land leaving in droves, leaving their own land with bleeding wounds on their bodies and shock on their faces and blood in their hearts and hunger in their stomachs and grief in their footsteps. Leaving their mothers and fathers and children behind, leaving their umbilical cords underneath the soil, leaving the bones of their ancestors in the earth, leaving everything that makes them who and what they are, leaving because it is no longer possible to stay. They will never be the same again because you cannot be the same once you leave behind who and what you are, you just cannot be the same.
NoViolet Bulawayo, "We Need New Names".

CHAN2014 Semi-Finals: Ghana and Libya advance to the finals.

Both Libya and Ghana headed into penalties to secure their position in the CHAN2014 finals. Libya beat first-time finals hopefuls Zimbabwe a narrow 5-4 and after Nigeria missed two penalties, Ghana took their place alongside Libya with a 4-1 win. 

(images via CAF FB)

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#CHAN2014 Updates: who’s through to the semi-finals?

After being down 0-3 againnst the Lions of the Atlas Mountains, Nigeria beat Morocco 4-3, scoring 3 goals in the second half and their winning goal in extra time, to make it through to the semi-finals of the tournament.

Zimbabwe made history for qualifying for the semi-finals round for the first time ever in the team’s history after beating Mali 2-1.

The heated match between Libya and Gabon saw the former team qualified by beating Gabon 4-2 in penalties.

Ghana’s 1-0 win, with a goal that came about as a result of a penalty kick, was regarded with a lot of controversy by many DR Congo fans on twitter who claim the ref did not handle the game fairly.

Upcoming matches: Semi-Finals (Weds. 25th Jan)

  • Libya vs Zimbabwe - 5pm CAT
  • Nigeria vs Ghana - 8:30 CAT

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Zimbabwe and Morocco join Nigeria and Mali as both teams progressed to next stage of CAF / Africa Cup of Nations after defeating Burkina Faso and Uganda respectively. 

Nigeria beat hosts South Africa 3-1 on Sunday whilst Mali ousted Mozambique with a 2-1 defeat on the same day.

These four teams will meet each other at the quarter finals.

Flowers that grow
out of upside down skulls
‘Dead things coming to life’
Things that time hides
Hope quietly blooming into
Fear not rebirth.
Your new crown will be
more glorious

dead things coming to life - Tapiwa Mugabe, tapiwamugabe.tumblr.com

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Tell them what I did to you…
both judge and jury
Petals of your innocence
a witness to the floor.
Tiles on that fall of Spring in leaves-
pages of life rewritten
in the absence of the presence-
a blossom, au naturel like the
naked features of your face…

Doors closed in open spaces.
Take off your shoes,
tonight we set footprints
in seconds too short to remember-yet experienced
so long and lasting…
taste but do not savor instructions-
that good kind of bad, amber October.

Cracking and hissing firewood, a melting pot
of passion pulsing on her wrist-
Tired pleasure, hanging on that last moment
the promise of a tattoo.
Warm laughs like the oven of sunset…
let me Watch the coals in your eyes,
that lava-manna from the heaven below the 7th
A poem by a young Zimbabwean writer who goes by the pen name Adonis Young.

The first Zimbabwean to be featured on the Man Booker prize shortlist, the BBC’s Alan Kasujja speaks to NoViolet Bulawayo about the inspiration behind her coming-of-age novel We Need New Names, the writing culture and publishing industry in Zimbabwe, and the sociopolitical consciousness burden that often comes with being an African writer.

Zimbabwean model Nyasha Matonhodze in a spread titled “New Urban Army” for South China Morning Post Style Magazine September 2013 

WOMEN’S MONTH ESSENTIAL VIEWING: Zimbabwean filmmaker Tapiwa Chipfupa has been living in exile in neighbouring South Africa since 2006, far away from her family and her birthplace. Born three years before Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain in 1980, from early on in her life Chipfupa has had to deal with the grief of being separated from those she loves most. As time progressed and as the redistribution of land in the country became a polarizing source of antagonism in the country, bringing on social and political turmoil in Zimbabwe, Chipfupa’s family as she knew it slowly began to disintegrate. Since the early 2000s, with the members of her family spread out across the globe, the harsh realities of immigration laws have kept, and continue to keep, her and her family apart from each other for over a decade, reinforcing the burden of pain her family is forced to carry from the past into the present.

Making her return to Zimbabwe after seven years away, this autobiographical film, The Bag on My Back, traces the personal pain and suffering of a woman whose life was turned upside down by the rippling political policies of a leader and a government who once promised reform and prosperity to many, tied mostly to the question of land reform in the country, that is yet to be realized in the lives of families like Chipfupa’s.

Tapiwa’s Chipfupa’s story mirrors the lives of many African immigrants and migrant workers around the world who, for reasons usually related to political, social and economic turmoil in their home countries, have been forced to relocate to other parts of the world in search of greener pastures - a struggle that, for many, carries with it a constant sense of grief, loss and longing.

"My family’s gradual decline and disintegration mirrored that of our country. My family left not because they wanted to or just because they could, but because the circumstances left them with no other choice." - Tapiwa Chipfupa

AUGUST: Highlighting African Women

And these days it is worse, with the poverty of blackness on one side and the weight of womanhood on the other. Aiwa! What will help you, my child, is to learn to carry your burdens with strength.

Intersectionality and womanism in Tsitsi Dangarembga's novel Nervous Conditions.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

…condemning Nyasha to whoredom, making her a victim of her femaleness, just as I had felt victimised at home in the days when Nhamo went to school and I grew my maize. The victimisation, I saw, was universal. It didn’t depend on poverty, on lack of education or on tradition. It didn’t depend on any of the things I had thought it depended on. Men took it everywhere with them. Even heroes like Babamukuru did it. And that was the problem…all conflicts came back to the question of femaleness. Femaleness as opposed and inferior to maleness.

A quote from Zimbabwean writer Tsitsi Dangarembga's debut novel Nervous Conditions, book I love more and more every time it’s brought up in conversation.

So many of the words in this book, and both Nyasha and Tambu’s lives, resonate so deeply with my experiences.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

Our daughters are prepared
to run where your sons
are taught to never go.
for men raised by women -Tapiwa Mugabe, tapiwamugabe.tumblr.com (via tapiwamugabe)

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On July 24th this year, the world unexpectedly lost a wonderful artist and fierce advocate, Zimbabwean singer and mbira queen Chiwoniso ‘Chi’ Maraire.

Whilst awaiting a lung biopsy, Maraire unexpectedly passed away at the age of 37, ten days after being admitted to hospital.

In this video, long-time friend and fellow Zimbabwean musician Rina Mushonga shares some fond and intimate memories of her late friend, and performs a heart-wrenching song in her memory and honor.

Thank you to Serginho Roosblaad of Radio Netherlands Worldwide for bringing this to my attention and letting me share it with the readers of this blog.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women


Major Flaws in Zimbabwe’s Elections

Zimbabweans are waiting for official results from yesterday’s presidential elections but President Robert Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party seems confident of victory. We’ve spent weeks investigating the run-up to the poll as well as informally watching the voting, and what we saw supports wider concerns raised today by local monitors. They report that a high number of “ghost” or duplicate voters were present on the voters’ roll and that large numbers of people were unfairly turned away from polling stations.

In the run-up to election day, we documented major flaws in the electoral process, including highly partisan statements by high-ranking members of the security forces, restrictions on and intimidation of journalists and civil society activists, and a skewed voter registration process that made it difficult for those perceived to be opposition supporters to register.

These flaws and irregularities call into question the credibility and fairness of the election. Serious allegations like these should be fully and independently investigated before the electoral authorities declare an outcome.

Photo: People wait to cast their votes in Mbare township outside Harare on July 31, 2013. © 2013 Reuters


Legendary Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi with the Black Spirits performing at Summerstage, Central Park NYC.

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Fans of Tuku should definitely take a listen to this intimate interview about he’s 61st album.