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A page from Wadza’s diary

Post by Wadzanai Garwe


Today is the anniversary of Zimbabwe’s Independence Day so my gratitude will be for things that independence has allowed me to be and do

I feel grateful for having been born in the beautiful country Zimbabwe
I feel grateful for the emphasis that our people put on education because education gives one freedom
I feel grateful that I was in a multi-racial school the day Rhodesia became Zimbabwe
I feel grateful that Independence allowed my parents to explore bigger goals than those that had been set by their oppressors
I feel grateful that Independence brought our family freedom from an oppressive minority
I feel grateful that I was alive to see my sister born free in Zimbabwe
I feel grateful that with independence our music, art, sculpture and culture has been exposed to the world – there is nothing more beautiful than Zimbabwean sculpture
I feel grateful for the growing pains in becoming a nation state that we continue to experience because they are bringing us closer together as a people
I feel grateful that I have met so many other Zimbabweans committed to making Zimbabwe the best place to live
I feel blessed and grateful that my son has chosen to build his business in Zimbabwe and gives us the opportunity to invest in our country

Music by Themba Ndlovu – Meet Me In Zimbabwe

Happy Independence Zimbabwe 41 years

Wadzanai Valerie Garwe is a mother of two young adults, an author, an activist, an executive coach, a mentor and a firm believer in the power of economic empowerment. The name Wadzanai means reconcile, or live in harmony in Shona. Wadzanai was born in Zimbabwe where she did all her primary and high school education, and she did her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the United States.  Professionally, Wadzanai is an economist who studied finance and community economic development. She has worked in development within Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and is currently working in the United Nations system. She has run a free-lance development consulting business, a family agricultural concern of 180 hectares, and is currently a coach and mentor, centering her coaching around workplace toxicity.  She has lived and worked in many places including the USA, Mozambique, Singapore, South Africa and currently Italy. Her passion is to ensure that she lives her best life and contributes towards making the amazing world we live in a wondrous adventure of growth and self-discovery.

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


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