Tora Gidi Uzvitonge

It’s rather unfortunate that the only visual reference that most Africans have of their history mostly come from colonial documents, and old...

Ambuya Nehanda In All Her Glory

I want my art to explore the fantasy of what if we treated women the same way we treated men. Would ambuya...

Desires And Archetypes

The image of Nehanda Charwe Nyakasikana is bitterly etched into the collective consciousness of Zimbabwe. It comes from a photograph that was...

Handikanganwe Mbuya Nehanda 

POVO Afrika · Pauline - Handikanganwe Mbuya Nehanda Just a girl in the world and you had to be...

Women Speak!

African Women African Bodies

The 21st century has seen the increase of organisations, activists and individuals rising up against the society...

Culture

A time to Project and Pro-Act new images, sounds and Narratives? Black Detroit

I come from a school of thought that people gravitate towards that which is constantly projected before them. The Zezuru people in...

Kuchava riniko…?

Nguva zhinji ndinozvibvunza kuti, “Kuchava rini kuti uvaranomwe hweShona huwane kusununguka”. Mukuramba ndichizvibvunza mubvunzo uyu, ndinoona kuti handisini ndoga ndine dambudziko rimwe...

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Introduction to Nehanda Re-magined

The Nehanda Re-Imagined initiative is a project to revive and re-imagine depictions and the legacy of Mbuya Nehanda in their plurality and...

Let The Dead Die

That’s it, that’s my take on the Nehanda statue fallout or fall-in. Let’s let the dead die. Let me illustrate something, to...

Wigi yaMbuya Nehanda

Vamwe mai nemwanasikana wavo vasvika pandiri naSamora naNyerere Vanditarisa vachizvitora mapikicha, mai vati, “Nehanda bho here?” 

Charwe Nyakasikana (C. 1840 – 1898)

Charwe Nyakasikana is a Zezuru spirit medium who was born in 1840, in the Chishawasha District of Central Mashonaland. She was a...

Chii Chamuri Kuona? 

When l was creating the artwork l faced this problem- l didn’t know what Nehanda looked like. So l tried to find...

POVOKonvo

Tinodiwa Makoni – ComExposed, a new platform for comic books

What is ComExposedEM: ComExposed is an organisation we founded together to promote comic books and help out the...

Black Bird – Hip Hop Beef in Zimbabwe

What is the main motivation of beef in Zimbabwe I think a lot of...

The State of the Nation – POVOKonvo with Masimba Hwati

We are stitting at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe where we will be talking to Masimba Hwati...

Nqobizitha Mlilo – A Passion for African Content

Tafadzwa Tarumbwa speaks to Google's Africa Connected finalist Nqobizitha Mlilo (Enqore) Nqo: I am an...

Outspoken – The future of Zimbabwe

POVO: what are your thoughts on the state of the nation and the future?OUT: I don't know where...

Finton – Taking on Europe with his Guitar

Tell us about your background and how you entered into the music business?I grew up in Mutare,...

Tinotenda Mawoyo – Zimbabwe crickets opening batsmen

We had the privelege of talking to Tinotenda Mawoyo, Zimbabwe crickets' opening batsmen. He agreed to answer...

Kuda Musasiwa – Whats Beef?

What is the main motivation of beef in Zimbabwe? Nil. There is no real...

Art Residency in Zimbabwe – POVOKonvo with Xavier Robles de Medina

Xavier Robles de Medina is a Surinamese artist working in painting and sculpture. His sensibilities are deeply...

Nqobizitha Mlilo – Music is in my blood

POVO: Tell us about Nqobizitha the musician
NQO: I started my music career in form 3 with a rap...
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An aesthetically pleasing city

Every time I go through the Forbes list of cleanest cities in the world, I come across a common trait. They are...

Nehanda Spirit Medium Typeface

Whenever we think of visualising Nehanda what comes to our minds immediately is the image of her standing with Sekuru Kaguvi just...

My Beautiful Home / Comba Indlu Ngobuciko

In 2014, Amagugu Heritage Trust in partnership with Veronique Attala and John Knight initiated the My Beautiful Home (MBH) hut painting competition...

Finding Myself

I am at a stage in my life when I need more meaning. The statement that my life has to be worth...

Zimbabwe Must Legalise Abortion

Should abortion be legalised? This question is always sure to spark a heated argument in contemporary Zimbabwe. However, I think the answer...

God Bless Our Men a prayer for Afrika’s Sons

Let God grant us freedom from pecuniary chainsLest our children thirst though this land is fatLet God shine her generosity and help...

Music

#16WomenVoices – Mary Anibal

Who are you and Where are you from I'm Mary Anibal born and Bread in Harare, Zimbabwe on the 30th of January 2000. I am a student at Music Crossroads Academy Zimbabwe studying music,...

The Place Of Women Musicians In Zimbabwe

After a recent debate sparked by Tinashe Mutero’s article, “Is there a place for women among Zimbabwe’s Big Five,” this question may...

Handikanganwe Mbuya Nehanda 

POVO Afrika · Pauline - Handikanganwe Mbuya Nehanda Just a girl in the world and you had to be...

Thoughts on Zimbabwe – POVOKonvo with Hope Masike

What do you think of the current state of Zimbabwe?Hmmm I know my name is Hope and the album is even titled...

A discourse on Hip Hop in Africa

Living in London, I suppose my view of hip hop is skewed differently. The way hip hop was born in the Bronx...

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The Language of Our Story

My grandmother used to tell stories. I remember how my family visits to the rural areas were enriched by the experiences of...

Relationship Compatibility

Before I delve into this delicate, great subject I need you as the reader to make sure that you have an open...

Nyakasikana T-shirts

The concept of the Tshirt design series shows Ambuya Nehanda Nyakasikana in bold and colourful style to fit in the ever-changing and...

Forever Young

Why is it hard for women to tell the truth about their weight, age and size? Recently I went to a photo...

Design Education in Zimbabwe 1980 – 2000

Design education in Zimbabwe is the nucleus for the development of design in Zimbabwe. The more educated the community and designers are...

Finding Myself

I am at a stage in my life when I need more meaning. The statement that my life has to be worth...
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Music

Hope The Musician – POVOKonvo with Hope Masike

Give us a bit of background about yourself, your music genre and how it all started.We began as a group of four...

Time to harvest the low-hanging fruit in Zimbabwe

THIS time last year, our agency, The Peoples Hub had been engaged to cater media and publicity work for a modelling event...

Nehanda (Song)

POVO Afrika · Black Afro - Nehanda Zvakatangira pana Nyamhita, mwanasikana waMutapaMazuva avo ohushe waivazadza nemasimba kaKusvikira pana Charwe...

The Place Of Women Musicians In Zimbabwe

After a recent debate sparked by Tinashe Mutero’s article, “Is there a place for women among Zimbabwe’s Big Five,” this question may...

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Discovering my life’s purpose and calling

Life doesn’t always turn out the way one envisions it. Sometimes it turns out for the best and sometimes, well not so...

A Trap called Blackness: The albatross of an Identity built on Reaction

What were we before we were black?Blackness was constructed as an Antithesis to whiteness. Should we be studying blackness, should we be...

Daughter of a Sangoma

For many in Africa, traditional healers are trusted advisors on matters of the body, mind and spirit although in most parts are...
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Coping with widowhood

Being a housewife – a fact I am proud of and grateful for– the death of a husband is a traumatic affair,...

Tinodiwa Makoni – ComExposed, a new platform for comic books

What is ComExposedEM: ComExposed is an organisation we founded together to promote comic books and help out the comic book artists, and bring...

Charwe Was Not A Medium

It was only much later when I was an adult did I come to the knowledge that Mbuya Nehanda was actually a...

Creating platforms and the R- Effect

I began my hobby as a writer in high school. My earliest attempts were mostly characterized by religious musings and samples of...

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Zimbabwean ceramic designer

Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and studied at Michealis School of Fine Art in Cape Town. Taught in various schools and the Harare...

In Memory of Paul Brickhill (1958 – 2014)

Paul Brickhill had accepted an invitation and was excited to contribute to the Anniversary issue of the POVO Journal, and this was...

Transforming real-life moments in Johannesburg into a visual language of introspection

Everyday moments, like getting dressed, going to work, making coffee or waiting for a lift, are seemingly forgettable. For most of us,...

Woman of Note

For a long time, women in the entertainment industry have been sidelined. Some believe that their lack of progress could be mainly...