Constance van Niekerk

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Colourism is real

I wrote this poem (Black and Proud, edited by the late David Mungoshi) in 2014 during one of the worst periods of my life in SA. I was married to a South African man who physically, emotionally and verbally abused me. Home was hell for me and my kids but work was worse as the … Continue reading

Pitch black

Like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ve been reading Ways of Dying by Zakes Mda. In the book, there’s a woman who is described as pitch black. While doing the book review on air, I took the opportunity to talk about colourism. As you have read from some of my previous posts, I was a … Continue reading

Letter to my first love

Hey… It’s me again. I guess I just can’t get over you. They say after all, a girl never forgets her first love. And they also say that a father is a daughter’s first love… So true. Tomorrow, the 6th of April marks 16 years since we laid you to rest. I can’t believe it’s … Continue reading

Birthday’s Eve

Hey everyone… I hope and pray that we are all safe and sound, locked indoors where ever you are. It is indeed a trying time for all of us right now and we need to stay home, stay positive and stay calm. I have been struggling to find words to write, under these circumstances. Many … Continue reading

Celebrate Me Now

Poem by Constance van Niekerk © 2020 Celebrate me nowYour tears I won’t see when I’m goneYour wails I won’t hear when I’m no moreWhen I’ve gone before youOn a celestial trip with no companionNo guide, but never getting lostNot ever returningOnly my cold, lifeless limbs remainingCelebrate me nowThose ‘I love you’s, don’t keep them … Continue reading

What Simon Did (And I Didn’t Do)

A poem by David Mungoshi

Down the Streets of Harare

A poem by Connie V We ambled the streets of HarareMeandering aimlesslyFleeting past wide-eyes scanning us enviouslyHand in hand we walked into the restaurantLeisurely on Second StreetOur hunger awakenedOur appetites heightenedAt almost closing timeWith no one in overtime modeA signal that here we could only dine on another day Joina City was our next stopUp … Continue reading

Merry Christmas

‘Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears…’ 2019 has been a challenging year for me (and my blog). I couldn’t write for the greater part of the year, actually, for about 3yrs! But, December 2019, in the final month, an 11th hour miracle happened. I’m very grateful to all my friends and family who support my writing. … Continue reading

Tributes To Tuku

Compiled by Editor Tuku Farewell Samanyanga: Tribute from Thomas Mukanya Mapfumo, close friend and fellow Zimbabwean musician. In Zimbabwe we say Wafa Wanaka. But this is a generic phrase normally used for one whose good works are hard to put together after he has gone. With Tuku, we say matipa matitorera. We were given and … Continue reading

Tendayi Gahamadze: Zimbabwe’s Cultural Activist and Ambassador Par Excellence

David Mungoshi; Harare, Zimbabwe Equivocation is one of the most demeaning by-products of cultural syncretism and assimilation. In attempting to belong to a perceived new world people find themselves struggling, unsettled and directionless like the blind worm. This, without exception, has been the fate of all subjugated people’s the world over. That is how whole … Continue reading

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