POVOAfrika Trust, presents its latest project Mbuya Nehanda Re-imagined, a collection of curated essays, academic articles, drawings, photographs, short stories, poetry, music, paintings, prints and other depictions of Mbuya Nehanda.
Mbuya Nehanda reimagined is an attempt to write back into Zimbabwean modern memory one of the most influential female protagonists.
Charwe Nyakasikana, the spirit medium of Mbuya Nehanda is a prominent female voice in history, often lionized for her unwavering political fervour, and cast as a central figure in a national narrative that privileges her as one of the de-facto protagonists of anti-colonial Zimbabwean history.
This anthology weaves through a delicate tapestry of historical accounts of Charwe Nyakasikana’s story through generations, who from hindsight reflect on hagiographies mounted in the medium’s name to re-imagine the part she played in fostering a now contested national identity.
Contemporary mediums of expression are not only necessary to capture the hearts and minds of the younger generation but also give them the agency to reimagine the legend of Mbuya Nehanda, to carve a new niche for themselves using the spiritual realm as a frame of reference.
From this milieu, the ever-present link between past and present is re-evaluated, interrogated and repurposed to fit the aspirations of a new generation, without overestimating the role she played nor diminishing it for a narrow agenda.
POVOAfrika Trust is Zimbabwe’s leading platform for amplifying voices denied access to mainstream media. We empower marginalized people to articulate themselves through the most relevant tools and creative techniques to tell the most compelling stories. Our organization is at the forefront of promoting new insights and collaboration amongst creatives in the arts, culture and sustainable development space.
Introduction to Nehanda Re-Imagined
Ambuya Nehanda In All Her Glory by Mudiwa Marasa
Charwe Was Not A Medium by Baynham Goredema
Chii Chamuri Kuona? by Patrick Pearson Mugadura
Holy? By Johnson Mugabe
Interrogated And Tortured by Tinashe Katandawa
Nehanda | Kaguvi by Babusi Nyoni
Nehanda On Wall by Calvin Chimutuwah
Nehanda Rock Of Ages by Eugene Mapondera
Nyakasikana by Anesu Gavaza
Nyakasikana Icon by Yemurai Mafi
Nyakasikana T-Shirt by Erhuardt Muchenwa
The Calling Of A Warrior by Paul Maposa
The Gidi (Gun) Uprising by Nyasha Mutamba
The Heroine Footprints by Keith Zenda
Tora Gidi Uzvitonge by Tafadzwa Tarumbwa
Mai Vemwana by Valerie Tendai Chatindo
Mai Vemwana by Barbra Breeze
Mapfupa Angu by Tendekai Tati
She Rises by Cynthia Marangwanda
Wigi yaMbuya Nehanda by Ignatius Mabasa
Words In The Wind by Aurra Kawanzaruwa
Charwe Nyakasikana (C. 1840 – 1898) by Archibald Mathibela
Deified: Charwe Nyakasikana by Chiratidzo Chiweshe-Saruro
Desires And Archetypes by Nyadzombe Nyampenza
How Mbuya Nehanda Became Privileged As The Icon Of Our Collective Ethnic Spiritual Identity by Archibald Mathibela
Let The Dead Die by Ryan Chokuvera
Mother Of A Nation by Valerie Tendai Chatindo
Nehanda: What Next For This Neglected Matriach? by Elton Mjanana
The Sacred Matriarchy Of Mbuya Nehanda by Cynthia Marangwanda
Why Don’t We Hear From Nehanda Today? by Tanganyika
The Woman Who Refused To Change Her Name by Thelma Goronga
Charwe Typeface by Tapiwanashe Sebastian Garikayi
Nehanda Spirit Medium Typeface by Baynham Goredema