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06 November 2015

A Week Of Literature and History

Renowned writer and publisher Barbara Nkala at the follow-up workshop on curriculum review organized by ZIBF and held at the Holiday Inn, Harare, on Saturday, Oct 31.

The past week was for rumination about our languages, literature and history, with three literary events happening at very close intervals. On Wednesday, October 28, the former education minister, Aeneas Chigwedere, launched his three books at the Maestro Restaurant in Highlands, Harare.
The books, published by Mutapa Publishing House, are "The Mutasa Manyika Dynasty (1695-2000)", "Shona Chieftainships -- Principles of Succession", and "Chimurenga 1 -- The Anti-Portuguese War (1675-1695)".
On Saturday, October 31, writers and publishers from different provinces converged at Holiday Inn in Harare for a follow-up workshop on the current curriculum review process. The day-long workshop, held courtesy of ZIBF and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, was under the theme "The Impact of Curriculum Review in Writing and Publishing".
Late afternoon the same Saturday, various artists proceeded to another event at Queensdale Sports Club, to celebrate the life and works of iconic writer Chenjerai Hove who passed on in July this year.
While the book launch and the commemoration of the late Chenjerai Hove lived up to expectation, the workshop also had its own exciting and tense moments. (Adapted from The Herald)

Click here/Read on for more about the follow-up workshop on curriculum review. Below, WIN brings you images from two of the three events.


Historian Mr. Aeneas Chigwedere

 The books that were being launched

 Chief Charumbira, also President of the Traditional Chiefs Council

 Mr. Chigwedere speaking

 Celebrated writer Dr Thompson Tsodzo

 Culture Fund Director, Mr. Farai Mupfunya

 Poet Linda Gabriel performing

 Poet Mbizo Chirasha performing


Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr. SJ Utete Masango presenting

Authors Eresina Hwede (centre) and Isabel Bandason (far right) enjoying the workshop

Writer Aaron Chiundura Moyo mingling with other participants

Spirit medium and author Luta Shuba talking about spirituality and hunhu/ubuntu

Writer Elisha Ndanga, a member of Zimbabwe Academic and Non-fiction Authors (ZANA)

NAMA-award winning author Memory Chirere listening attentively

Bulawayo-based veteran playwright Cont Mhlanga contributing during open discussion

Upcoming writer David Major from Harare (left) and published author Clever Kavenga from Mutare, both members of WIN

Author of 'A Fine Madness' Mashingaidze Gomo talking about hunhu/ubuntu in fiction writing

The Elders, the gurus: Writers Pathisa Nyathi (left) and Thompson Tsodzo (right)

WIN members pose for a group photo with the veterans Stephen Chifunyise (standing, third from left) and Pathisa Nyathi (standing, far right)

Prof. Rosemary Moyana presenting on Literature in Indigenous Languages and Identity

Poet Sharon Ngomani (left) and publisher Emmanuel Makhado busy with workshop proceedings

Author Virginia Phiri (in black top) busy taking notes



Thank you!



  1. Thanks Tapureta for the very useful update. I missed the event because of a friend's wedding and now I have realised it was such a great event.

  2. Great, Bev. Keep the nation and the whole world informed!

  3. Thanks for the heads up, too bad I didn't attend. Would you have contacts for the Mutapa Publishing House.