#ThisFlag and student activism

Mwana Wevhu

Student activism in Zimbabwe is not a new phenomenon. Starting duringthe Second Chimurenga, student activism continued after the Independence, with studentprotests of note in the 1990s and early 2000s.

By nature, universitiesencourage young bright minds to see the realities of their society. As a student, you are being prepared to enter the wide world, and you’re toldto go out there and make a change, to serve the greater good, to be the difference. That impetus to make yourmark, coupled with the tenacity of youth, means that students have created their own formof activism, a mix of protest action and intellectual debate, which pushes for immediate change while laying foundation for long-lasting reform.

2016 has seen activism in Zimbabwe come to the forefront, with campaigns such as#OccupyAfricaSquare, #ThisFlag, #Tajamuka, and #BeatThePot. I followed each of these protests with keen interest and after I left home to come back to school, the…

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An open letter to Acie Lumumba

Mwana Wevhu

Dear Mr. Lumumba,

I debated on whether or not to write this letter. Most people have written you off as a non-entity, and in fact your celebrity has diminished over the past few weeks. Still, I think it’s important to let you know how I feel. As someone claiming to stand for and represent young Zimbabweans, it’s only fair that I, as a young Zimbabwean, give my opinion.

Unlike many, many, many people, I think you have potential. In a political sphere dominated by people aged 50 and over, it’s refreshing to have someone closer to my age and experiences. However, I understand why you rub people the wrong way. You’ve rubbed me the wrong way. You proclaim yourself as the “political maverick of this generation” – a  bold statement that makes you come across as vain. You’re pompous. You’re condescending. You’re arrogant. Cockiness and confidence in politics is not a…

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Pieces of Home: driving down Samora Machel Avenue

Mwana Wevhu

Samora Machel Avenue has to be the longest road I’ve ever driven. It cuts through suburbs, the hustle and bustle of Harare’s central business district, branching off into its many little tributaries that run through the city. It is long, straight, rarely bends, and serves as an artery to the capital city’s daily pulse.

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One Zimbabwe #ThisFlag


The Story Of One Man Who Changed A Nation With A Bible, Flag & A Smartphone BaeZel

ZimbabweFlag_Thinkstock.jpgThe first time I heard about Pastor Evan was when I heard him on radio.  You can listen in here.  I just sat on my bed and thought to myself, WOW, this man is saying nothing but the truth.  He talked about all the issues in our country that we are too afraid to speak out on.  This was nearly two months ago and since then there have been a series of events that led to yesterday.  My heart would not let me simply sit at home and do nothing, tweeting did not feel like it was enough so I dressed up and went to join the crowd outside the court.  I was part of the crowd in the evening at Rotten Row Court and the experience there was indescribable.  Never…

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Nigel: Young. Zimbabwean. Gay.

Sadly in Africa And Zimbabwe some of our people need to grow up ,we have to many people that cry they are being victimised and then go on to Victimise and oppress others once they have been freed ..

Mwana Wevhu

Nigel James has been living in South Africa since 2014, living on his own and working in Johannesburg. An independent and hardworking soul, Nigel relishes in the fast-paced life there, but he still follows events going on in Zimbabwe, with a particular investment in the resurgence of citizen movements. Despite this desire to contribute, Nigel hasn’t been back to Zimbabwe in three years. And there’s two very good reasons why.

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