Our Student Dube from Zimbabwe Describes His Country’s Beautiful Culture

Culture: Arts, customs and habits that characterize a particular society or nation. It is also a belief, values, behaviour and material objects that constitute a people’s way of life.

Being proud of his nation, Wedzeraikutenda Dube born in Zimbabwe shares the unique culture and festivals of his home country Zimbabwe.

“Zimbabwe culture is a collection of Shona, Ndebele, Xhosa, Tonga, Kalanga, Nambiya and Venda ethnic groups. Zimbabweans speak a variety of languages and to add to these languages they also use English. These languages are strong instrument of identity be it cultural or otherwise. Our cultural values, norms, rituals and religion have managed to shape us a people with own unique way of life, religion, beliefs and the way we relate to our environment. Our value systems and beliefs give us an identity as a people.

We are a diverse cultural and racial society which has co-existed for centuries peacefully owing to the respect and dignity given to various ethnic groups within our communities. Though some of our tradition, values and beliefs seem to be disappearing due to various factors like urbanization, globalism etc, promotion and preservation of our cultural heritage has become more important in the face of the above factors.

Zimbabweans have embraced a variety of religions that include Traditional religious beliefs, Christianity, Islam and many others. However, our people have always been united in this religious diversity and our policy encourages people to worship as they see fit as long they do not trample on other people’s religious beliefs.

Zimbabweans always rekindle customs, values, and those are the norms that are capable of laying a solid foundation for the resuscitation of the spirit of respect, integrity, tolerance, compassion “Unhu”/Ubuntu and also fostering natural pride. They make sure these virtues are transmitted to children and youths through our cultural education so as to promote national identity which will enable the nation to adopt those global values that they would have assessed to have meaning in their Zimbabwean lives.

The state through this instrument, promote the design and creation of national attire based on flora, fauna, monuments and other national features and symbols. The attire should bring out truly Zimbabwean Culture and identification. The state does not encourage only to dress in the national dress, but also dress in a decent manner that is accepted by our value system.

In Zimbabwe we hold festivals like

  • Intwasa festival
  • Harare Jazz Festival
  • Jikinya Traditional dance festival
  • etc

These are done to bring people from different walks of life together in an effort to promote, preserve and showcase cultural issues. The nation through relevant bodies makes a deliberate attempt to ensure Festivals and Exhibitions are vigorously employed. The state takes policy measures as are necessary to attract private sector investment in festivals as well as facilitating their commercialization in order to ensure the viability and sustainability.

Modern, western-style is the usual outfit in Zimbabwe. Fashion has ruled the culture of Zimbabweans.  There are very few people who wear tradition clothes on daily bases. These traditional clothes are worn on ceremonial and state occasions such as Independence Day and heroes’ day.

Zimbabwe has many foods. Bread and rice are eaten in some parts of the country, though maize/corn is a staple food for many Zimbabweans. Corn is sometimes grounded to maize flour for thick porridge known as sadza.  Along with Zimbabwean foods, we have some drinks made out of this grounded flour known as Maheu.

Zimbabwe has many foods. Bread and rice are eaten in some parts of the country, though maize/corn is a staple food for many Zimbabweans. Corn is sometimes grounded to maize flour for thick porridge known as sadza.  Along with Zimbabwean foods, we have some drinks made out of this grounded flour known as Maheu.

Two thirds of Zimbabweans live in rural areas while a third is located in urban areas. Culturally women take care of children at home, while men look for jobs to support their family. However, due to our unstable economic reasons, the culture tends to be vice-versa nowadays. More women are now at work places as compared to men.

Though some of our norms and culture tend to cease, due to various factors like technology, our children and youth tend to adopt new and indecent outfits, and behavior.

However what is interesting is that respect, honesty and integrity is still standing and kept practiced both by young and old and by that we stand brave and boast ourselves with that.”

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