An Igby Prize for Nonfiction on Unclear Memories by Zimbabwean Joyline Maenzanise
Now, the shredded heart beats to a different rhythm
It has long been said that everything happens for a reason and if you are a Christian, you are taught to believe that that reason is for your good. You learn to find the good in the bad, the ugly or the grim. Ask Christians and several will probably tell you that during those times of hardships, they swear by Jeremiah 29:11 as a source of exhortation and consol...
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Written by Joyline Maenzanise
Technology – it is helpful and it is also dangerous. On the upside, we can – among many other benefits – easily access information. On the downside, there is the risk of having various forms of information retrieved and/or disseminated without the consent ...
To His Excellency, Cde Mnangagwa
Mr President, I am writing this letter to express my views being fully cognizant of my constitutional right to do so and not be treated in any unfair manner on the grounds of my opinion.
I have been trying to pay very close attention to your utterances, be it at your inauguration, the Harare meeting with youth before your trip to Davos, your interview in Davos and so on. I must say, much of what you say gives many hope that there is a possibility that we may d...
Afterthoughts on H&M’s Racist Hoodie: A Lesson for the Other Capitalists
As an entity doing business in times of racial turbulence, I wonder what drove H&M to think that an advertisement with a BLACK boy – Liam Mango – wearing a garment which read ‘coolest MONKEY in the jungle’ would not stir up a storm. As a capitalist entity motivated to increase the bottom-line, I wonder why H&M thought such a tacky garment would help boost sales, especially from the black community. This fiasco served to ...
Yesterday, I was shocked to find out that there is a primary school which - in 2018 - used the previous year's marks to shuffle kids. The obvious result is that the ones with the highest results - those who are subsequently deemed to be the brightest or the cream of the crop - were all placed in one class. While that may feel good because who doesn't want to be recognised as smart, the imminent competition for top position may serve to have adverse effects on the kids' physical and emotional ...
For reasons, reason knows nothing of
I have taken a strong liking to you.
I swoon over you with reckless abandon.
Hypnotic thoughts of you are a torment.
Your friends, your family,
Your hobbies, your sexual prowess,
Ravaging kisses that rush lust though me,
Oh my! My mind does ponder upon a lot.
Tell me – Do you even notice me?
I wonder – Do you even like me?
Why do I allow you to have a strong hold on me?
How dare you stir my primal needs?
How dare you tamper with my sanity?
How dare you sto...
So, we are only a few days away from Christmas. During this time, many people will be closing up shop and preparing to go home to be with their loved ones. Indeed, the holidays are an exciting time for some but for others, this period can be terrifying and anxiety-provoking. I am sure some folks in the LGBT+ community will nod their heads in approval. For many LGBT+ people, going home only means crawling back into the closet because, for various reasons, their family members or relatives do n...
What is your name, band name, pen name, alias, etc?
Where are you from?
Zimbabwe, Southern Africa
What kind of work do you create?
I write and most of my work tends to focus on LGBT+ issues as well as mental health and socio-economic justice.
What do you define yourself as (visual artist, poet, theatre maker, etc)? Or do you not? Why/Why not?
I am a writer and poet
How long have you been practising?
Not very long. I have only been serious about my writing for close to a yea...
This article looks at the continued need for feminism. It reminds people - especially women who dismiss feminism - of the sexism that is still rife in our society.
I know that for quite a lot of us, this tweet really hits close to home. Sad to say! In both instances, it seems our families have this unwholesome need to “save face” and protect the family name from being tarn...
Despite the Ousting of the Champion of Anti-Gay Policies, the Fight is Far from Over for Zimbabwe’s LGBT+ Community
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Zimbabwe’s newly sworn in and interim President, Cde Emmerson “the Crocodile” Mnangagwa has a very tough job of reviving the economy. His inauguration speech raised a lot of hope which – for some – ...
I used to be a Christian at some point. I have since dissociated myself from religion and right now I am not entirely sure about the existence (and omnipotence) of deities. It’s interesting how the way one looks at and experiences the world changes when they are no longer religious. I even think back to some of the things that I experienced but deemed them ‘acceptable’ because religion teaches one to accept them as such. I went to a Christian boarding school and there, no woman stood at the p...
A Facebook friend posted on his wall about how he had been watching a film in which there appeared two men kissing. This had happened on a public transport and a woman who was sitting close to him saw this scene, much to her repulsion. “Lord have mercy on you”, those were the lady’s departing words to him.
We had an interesting conversation around this. Some of the responses to the post made me think about how, we, queer folks seem to be so desperate to garner the tolerance of heterosexual fo...
Yes, we all want to feel like we are paying it forward, playing a part in effecting change in another’s life or grooming the leaders of today and tomorrow. In college, it was a curriculum requirement that we mentor a student during our second year of the degree program. One thing I learnt is that mentorship is no walk in the park. If you are already swamped with your own work, it is a challenge to juggle another responsibility. And the personality types of the parties involved must be compati...