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Women’s Day Post: In Conversation with Tsitsi Dangarembga

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AriseTsitsi Dangarembga
Filmaker / Playwright / Poet / Activist
Photo Cred: Davina Jogi

This Women’s Month, my team and I really wanted to celebrate black African women (bAw) each day on our social media pages. To celebrate God’s gift of women who are making waves as activists, artists, and go-getters but also to celebrate our everyday sisters, friends, mothers and daughters. To be able to capture the essence of who the bAw truly is as formed by God.

I remember watching the movie “Neria” as a young girl and being moved by the plight of the widow Neria. That movie was ahead of its time and clearly highlighted the struggle of the black African woman in a patriarchal society. And so, it was a life-changing moment when my sister Rumbi reached out to the author of “Neria”, Tsitsi Dangarembga, and she agreed to engage in a conversation about…

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Dealing With Disappointment When We Move In Faith

I am a thinker, a wonderer. When I am overwhelmed with thoughts and emotions, I find writing helps relieve the pressure like an acupuncture of the soul. I ‘recently’ took a step in faith. Well, it has been a journey of 20 odd months in the making with each stage requiring that I move in […]

via Guest Post: Dealing With Disappointment When We Move In Faith by Rumbidzayi Dube — black African woman

Guest Post: “Speak Your Mind… Except To Me” by Rumbidzayi Dube

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I am my father’s daughter.

Opinionated. Headstrong. Vocal. I speak my mind. A reflection of our patriarch. Qualities that my father himself has admired in me yet struggled to embrace since I was a child.

I’ve had numerous conversations with my father where I have voiced my views and opinions. After all, we were sent to school to understand the world and learn to develop cohesive arguments from what we saw. School taught me so much that goes beyond the classroom. It taught me to believe I had a voice and a valuable opinion. Joining debate teams, Toastmasters and public speaking competitions all helped me fine tune my natural disposition.

You will thus understand why it came to me as a great shock when, a few years ago, a young cousin fell pregnant out of wedlock and the advice from our fathers in this instance was “Boys…

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B.I.G. Forevah

I’m not referring to Christopher ‘Notorius B.I.G.’ Wallace. Nope, this is no ode to him.

This is an ode to sisterhood, specifically that which I share with my big sister, Sonia Dee, AKA Noneni (thanks to my little bro).

She is turning the big 3-0 tomorrow and thought it only right to show love. I think too often, sisterhood is undermined. I have been fortunate to have my blood sister as one of my closest friends. It hasn’t always been this way – we used to fight the heck. But one thing always remained constant. No matter how much we fought, I admired her. She could do no wrong in my eyes and I used to brag to all my friends about how cool my big sister was. Obviously, we’re grown and do correct one another where the need is, but my admiration for her has only grown stronger.

Over the course of time, we went our separate ways – me to boarding school and then to different varsities. 2011 saw us coming back together when I moved to Johannesburg and ours is a relationship that has developed and strengthened over time. It hasn’t always been easy, but I salute you today Sonie AKA my B.I.G. These are but a few reasons why I love you girlaaaah 🙂

30 Reasons I Am Thankful For Sonia Dee

  1. Thank you for telling me my dress sense was whack when I was in high school (coz it really was) and helping me evolve into who I am today
  2. Thank you for being so cool
  3. Thank you for teaching me the true meaning of knowing and loving God
  4. Thank you for praying with me
  5. Thank you for praying for me
  6. Thank you for laughing with me
  7. Thank you for advising me
  8. Thank you for experiencing life with me
  9. Thank you for caring for me
  10. Thank you for fighting for me when I had no fight left in me
  11. Thank you for having my back (ride-but-no-need-to-die)
  12. Thank you for tolerating my million questions
  13. Thank you for being a shoulder to cry on
  14. Thank you for pursuing your passion relentlessly (check her awesomeness out at blackafricanwoman.org)
  15. Thank you for inspiring so many people to want to be the best they can be
  16. Thank you for always lending an ear
  17. Thank you for being the glue in our family
  18. Thank you for challenging us all
  19. Thank you for truly embracing the role of big sis with no complaints
  20. Thank you for tolerating my cray
  21. Thank you for the whack humour you bring
  22. Thank you for thinking your gee when you really ain’t (it validates my gee :P)
  23. Thank you for being one of my greatest cheerleaders
  24. Thank you for keeping me in check
  25. Thank you for helping me see my worth
  26. Thank you for seeing things in me that I can’t always see in myself
  27. Thank you for caring about others
  28. Thank you for your passion for people
  29. Thank you for loving God
  30. Thank you for being you

xo

Your little sis.