She wears a contorted face and writhes in pain at least once every month; that time of the month. For her, it all began at the age of 11; she is 28 now but still, she doesn’t get used to how it feels. Yes, she has gone through this routine that marks her womanhood for 17 years, 12 times each year and five days a month – a whole 204 menstrual cycles in her life – and yet this ‘visitor’ still feels like a stranger within her body.
So I have been natural for a full two years now and I am still pretty much in love with my hair. Unfortunately, like all great love affairs, we are no longer in the honeymoon phase! Yes, I love my hair au naturel but sometimes I just don’t like it.
So why am I not in like with my hair at the moment, you ask?
Seven years ago, I was going through life; you know, the stuff you wish was over as soon as it began. But as you probably know, as some seasons go, things gets worse before they get better.
I had an experience a few weeks back which made me livid. It's not the first time it's happened, and it most likely won't be the last. I'm sure countless women, (and a few unfortunate men!), can identify with this story. It may have been done to you by some creepy uncle, family friend, or not-so-secret admirer.
I'm talking, of course, about the never-ending handshake!
The United Nations estimates that 2 500 000 people are trafficked each year. And as this article will show, cases of human trafficking are happening in Zimbabwe. However, our country does not have an Anti-Trafficking Act to curb this crime. This series will give you guidance on some of the basic issues around human trafficking; and hopefully, empower you with knowledge to help yourself as well as others who may be victims, or potential victims, of human trafficking.
In the interest of full disclosure, I will let you know that I am a Shona girl who loves her sadza. In fact, I will confess to loving sadza so much that I freeze whatever is left in the pot and save it for the days when waiting 30 minutes for a pot to cook is simply out of the question.
Unfortunately, my beloved staple is constantly blamed for a slew of health problems. In boarding school, it was the girls who claimed sadza gave them “ulcers”. They avoided it but as provisions dwindled and hunger struck, ulcers were healed. Today, it is the weight-watchers who blame sadza for weight regained after following a strict diet. It is the diabetics choosing to sustain themselves on meat and vegetables for fear of increased blood sugars.
So I was having drinks with a hopeful who had so much potential of winning the heart of this stubborn woman. In my head, as I laughed with this guy, thoughts were reeling to a point where I even convinced myself that he was the funniest, most intelligent, most handsome, sweetest man left on earth… but that was until he asked me a question that led to the penning of this article.
Looking for a fresh and simple way to improve your diet? Well The Smoothie Life is something to consider. No, scratch that! It’s something you MUST try! Smoothies are a quick and easy way to make sure you get your required intake of fruits or vegetables, so not only are they are healthy choice they are delicious!
MY NAME is Gladys Fainoza. I am 43 years old and live in Guruve where I am a teacher. This story is about my personal journey towards overcoming breast cancer.
I first felt the lump in the top of my left breast when I was lying on the bed. I told my husband that I didn’t want to think about it because I didn’t want to disturb my lectures as I was a student at a teachers’ college.
I HAVE been meaning to write this letter to you for a long time now, but have never really known what to say in the past.
I have known you all my life and yet still, I did not know whether to define our tempestuous relationship as one of love or hate.