Breaking News

Matabeleland Culture Day in the UK interesting developments

by Simingenkosi Nkala
28 May 2018 | 1231 Views

All roads lead to Hastings in East Sussex this weekend as the Matebeleland Culture Day curtains roll up. A group known as the Bambanani Association made up of folks from Matebeleland gave birth to the idea. They say here in the UK they have come to realise that they are slowly losing the strands of that which makes them who and what they are which is their culture.

They have found it prudent therefore to start in their small way with this event dubbed Matebeleland Culture Day to address this need for revival and hopefully it turns into a journey not just an event. It is an event which promises to be the ultimate curtain raiser as far as the culture of the Matebele is concerned. Saturday the 2nd of June set to be this milestone achievement day in this journey.

We caught up with the Secretary for Administration in the Association Mr Thulani Nkala who shared some interesting things with us. A lot of people tend to confuse what Ndebele or Matebeleland is so we asked him for his view. "Matebeleland is a geographic area currently situated in the South West of Zimbabwe consisting of many ethnic groups and Ndebele is not a clan, lineage or a cut out group of people bearing Ndebele surnames but an amalgamation of different ethnic groups", he said in his clarification. This day primarily zooms in the aspect of unity of all these groups and deliberately focusses on the significance of the Matebele culture.

Questioned on the current build up to this day which is now only a few days away Mr Nkala said we are so excited, everyone is excited. The build up is massive and the confirmations that we have received from people who are coming to witness this event is very encouraging. We are so grateful to have a team of people so dynamic and so talented and we are very confident that this day will be a resounding success, he added.

Mr Nkala said the rightful place for this event to be taking place at will be Matebeleland itself however quickly adding that any place that has any people from Matebeleland living, it should have this event and day. He pointed out places like South Africa, Botswana and nations surrounding Matebeleland. They as Bambanani are not only hoping for the roll out of this day to everywhere but for it to turn out to be an annual event.

Questioned on what his take was on politicians who try to cash out on the misfortunes and problems of the people in Matebeleland he said it is very unfortunate that these politicians only remember that there are people living in Matebeleland particularly during electioneering times. The reality being that they only want to hoodwink the Matebeles into believing they are genuinely interested in solving their problems when all they want is the mandate of the people to be in office.

"This misrule and misrepresentation is a result of people giving their mandate to these people", he said. In continuation he said the people of Matebeleland need to tap into that which unites them as a people. He said buying into this system which dehumanises them is an attempt to survive but they need to rise, re-organise and live despite the fact that since 1980 they have been denied opportunities of life by the government of the day.

On this day people are to look forward to a number of things ranging from cultural workshops, art workshops, sculpture workshops, speeches from extra ordinary Matebeles etc. Taking centre stage will be a play called The Rain That Washes. This play is about the experiences of a gentleman named Christopher Maphosa, it shows what transpired during the liberation struggle towards what is now called Zimbabwe particularly in the region of Matebeleland and the brutality of the government of the day in Zimbabwe post independence against innocent masses in a genocide termed Gukurahundi which saw masses of this Matebele people slaughtered. After the event there will be a communique that will be coming out to show how people are mapping out  their way forward.

dynamic cultural workshops art workshops

Source: Simingenkosi Nkala


Latest News

Will the system change if Chiwenga collapsed and died today?

by Hopewell Chin'ono | 18 August 2019 | 136 Views

Zimbabwe Constitution ignored - The Zimbabwe government has made it cl...

by Zimbabwe Vigil Diary | 18 August 2019 | 84 Views

Mnangagwa back from SADC Summit - President Emmerson Mnangagwa has arr...

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2019 | 501 Views

South African buffalo is nakéd, media goes on mute

by Zanele Lwana | 18 August 2019 | 639 Views

UZ investigating student accommodation scandal

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2019 | 556 Views

Caps United beat Bosso - Caps United 2 - 1 HighlandersCAPS took a huge...

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2019 | 406 Views

Another blow for Chamisa's MDC - POLICE in Bulawayo have banned an MDC...

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2019 | 1559 Views

SADC declares Zim solidarity day

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2019 | 1425 Views

Chamisa's MDC to appeal against demo ban

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2019 | 1453 Views

High Court dismisses application to stop MDC march - The Bulawayo High...

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2019 | 5589 Views

AU, UN to hear SADC position on sanctions, says Mnangagwa - President ...

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2019 | 1668 Views

Bad news for Mnangagwa faction

by Mary-Kate Kahari | 18 August 2019 | 14098 Views

Lumumba urges Zimbabwe political leaders to save 'this great country'

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2019 | 4183 Views

Chamisa says despot Mugabe is better than Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2019 | 2068 Views

Phelekezela Mphoko speaks on arrest saga

by Mandla Ndlovu | 18 August 2019 | 7941 Views

Jonathan Moyo calls for UN invasion of Zimbabwe

by Staff Reporter | 18 August 2019 | 8118 Views

Police set to block MDC Alliance Bulawayo demos - Indications are that...

by Staff Reporter | 18 August 2019 | 1772 Views

Obert Mpofu behind Chief Ndiweni jail sentence, claims Coltart

by Staff Reporter | 18 August 2019 | 3121 Views

BREAKING: MDC Bulawayo demonstration stopped

by Mandla Ndlovu | 18 August 2019 | 7678 Views

Fellow Zimbabweans, could you please help me find my young children wh...

by Ryton Dzimiri | 18 August 2019 | 2425 Views

Mphoko wants ZACC to arrest Mnangagwa, Mugabe

by newzimbabwe | 18 August 2019 | 4865 Views

Pastor in hot soup over ID - A Zimbabwean pastor who was recently arre...

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2019 | 1485 Views

Gukurahundi victim documents horror story

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2019 | 850 Views

Lobengula descendants want Dabengwa honoured

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2019 | 687 Views

Man accused of stealing wheelbarrow - A Bulawayo man has been arrested...

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2019 | 378 Views

Chamisa, Mnangagwa need to compromise, says Coltart

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2019 | 891 Views

Vuzu parties stoke fears of upsurge in HIV cases - The raging phenomen...

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2019 | 451 Views

Zacc probes Mupfumira prison conditions

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2019 | 1070 Views


Zimfest delivers another 'phenomenal' festival

by Tidi Kwidini | 07 August 2019 | 629 Views

Should you be betting on reality TV show outcome too?

by Staff Writer | 05 August 2019 | 82 Views

WATCH: Jah Prayzah featuring Iyasa Sadza nemuriwo song

by Mandla Ndlovu | 23 July 2019 | 5595 Views

Muvhango star Marang Phala visits Prophet Sovi's church

by Mandla Ndlovu | 22 July 2019 | 9567 Views

Pure Black set to take Africa by storm

by Mandla Ndlovu | 04 July 2019 | 997 Views

'Cook Off' movie set for UK premiere

by Agencies | 02 July 2019 | 812 Views

Zimbabwean rapper teams up with top selling American singer

by Staff Reporter | 17 June 2019 | 1319 Views

Apple Watch Teardown Reveals Unique Hardware And Replaceable Parts

The apple watch may not be fine jewelry, but bill detwiler cracks it open and shows you why he thinks it's a fine piece of tech. the apple watch may be beautiful on the outside, but how about on the inside? in this cracking open installment, we go in... Read More
Sergey 11 June 2015 ago

Five Reliable Outlook Pst File Repair Tools

Outlook pst files can become corrupted -- and when that happens, work grinds to a halt. if your organization relies on outlook, one of these tools could save the day. outlook is the industry standard groupware tool. let's take a look at five that can... Read More
ITnews 04 May 2015 ago