After an absence of over a decade from the continent’s premier tournament, Zimbabwe’s national team, the Warriors, returned to this year’s AFCON. Fungai Machirori looks back at football’s legacy in Zimbabwe and the metaphor it inspires – that of ‘a dream deferred’
“Is this one of your daughter’s friends?” I overheard a woman I did not know ask in a language I only vaguely understand. To the woman’s relief, her interlocutor, let’s call her Auntie Ama, responded “No.”
“Good, because we do not want her kind here,” the woman said.
To answer this question, you will need to explain to your grandmother about “queer theory”and the “diffusion”of human rights and “international instruments” that hold states “accountable” to “macro obligations.” Problem is, these terms and phrases mean nothing to her.
A video of a fluent Xhosa-speaking teenager Chad “Xolani” Baling, 18, who recently successfully participated in a sacred initiation rite of passage ceremony in South Africa has set tongues wagging on social media. Baling lives with a Xhosa family in East London, and he went through the traditional Xhosa ulwaluko initiation rite to manhood. Some social media users have been applauding Chad for embracing a critical part of Xhosa culture, while others users having been critical of the custom calling it “outdated”.
More than two decades into our democracy, South Africa has come a long way in creating inclusive spaces for the diverse group of people who live here. Despite this, the story of our ‘rainbow nation’ is still told from two perspectives; white or black. We caught up with a South African organisation trying to change this.
‘What practices of self-care and love have been replicated and shared by black girls and women in the styling and braiding of their hair? What collective and individual traumas have we endured and perpetuated as a result of rejection from western hegemonic cultures, and in our own attempts to conform and survive a world in which beauty standards are dictated by Caucasian culture?’ These are some of the themes that the makers of the Salooni multi-disciplinary art project are exploring