Everything you need to know before you travel to Marondera -finale

The benefits of living in a small town


This is the last episode of this series 😭 I hate goodbyes but I hope you have learnt something about my hometown. Please do visit soon.


I have lived in Marondera ever since l was a toddler and I attended both junior school and high school in Marondera. If Marondera had a university for humanities I would have graduated with my Bachelor’s degree from Marondera.
Ecclesiastes chapter 3 reminds me that there is a time for everything. There was a time that Marondera did not have a food court and if you wanted fast food you had to travel to Harare. During that time pizza, fries and fried chicken were treated like gold. When Simbisa brands opened its food court in Marondera the town was elated and people would walk to the food court. When I was in high school when people travelled for sports they would return to the hostel with warm fast food.

The Marondera Children’s library which is run by the Municipality of Marondera is one of my favourite places. The library was my little heaven and I remember walking to the library with my sister and mother. I used to renew my membership every year and borrow a book every fort night. That tiny building turned me into a book worm and a creative.

Marondera is as good as a community, everyone knows everyone. It is a community where people look out for each other and have become family. It is easy to ask for directions in Marondera , if someone tells you to meet at the hopsital they are referring Marondera provincial hospital. If people were renting some space in a building and they decide to move you will bump into them or someone will direct you to their new station.


What are some of the lessons that you learnt from this series ?

Everything you need to know before you travel to Marondera -3

What to pack
*Warm clothes( stockings ,woollen hats and jackets)
*A light blanket
*Walking shoes
*Power bank
*An adventurous soul😊.            *Spending money
*The weather is unpredictable ,you can end up wearing your winter clothes in summer .

Sometime in March

Everything you need to know before you travel to Marondera

Hey my awesome readers😊 did you manage to read the first post of the series? If you didn’t you can read it Here

What to expect when you come to Marondera

Marondera does not have any skyscraper buildings and if you are used to navigating your way in town referring to these buildings you will definitely get lost. The Central Business District rarely gets congested. One can walk freely without the fear of bumping into someone’s stall but, they will surely bump into someone they know. I always refer to my hometown as a community because a lot of people have become friends just because they met at the bank or supermarket.

Most of the schools in Marondera Town were built close to each other.The siblings who are in High school can walk their younger siblings to preschool or the junior school’s entrance .

Marondera only has one branch for a particular retail outlet, pharmacy, hardware store, food outlet and bank. I would advise the visitors to create good relations with the staff members from the shops as to avoid being miserable during your stay in Marondera . The disadvantage of having one branch for most of the shops is that when they run out of stock you have to wait until they restock. This will be a inconvenience in the event of an emergency.

The world ‘downtown’ does not exist in my hometown ans a lot of the shops have been renting the same building for years.

The taxi rank is located at the same place and it you do not have to walk for a long distance to board the bus. Commuter omnibuses do not move in the CBD but the mushika shikas(Honda fit taxis) actually do.

There is so much to look forward to when you visit Marondera!

Everything you need to know before you travel to Marondera

THE HIGHLIGHTS

Hello my lovely readers, I hope you are well. This series is about my hometown . I was inspired to write about my hometown after I read Things we see in Lagos written by Tory Teller

Marondera is the provincial capital of Mashonaland East Province in Zimbabwe. The town was formerly known as Marandellas and renamed after Zimbabwe attained its independence in 1980. There are a lot of places that were named after Marondera and these include Marondera High School, Marondera country club and Marondera Hotel which was later rebranded to Hopefay Hotel. The small town is known for its cool weather in summer and is also one of the coldest towns in Zimbabwe during winter.

If one travels to Marondera mode of transport can be air but, once in Harare one will have to travel for seventy-two kilometres to Marondera by road.

Twenty kilometres away from Marondera there is the Surrey farm which has a huge billboard on the left. The encouragement: Please drop off and buy at least one or more of the mouth watering pies from the Surrey deli. I promise you, this you will not regret!

Surrey Meats , the butchery side of the corporation supplies its products to a lot of supermarkets,schools and lodges in the town and beyond.

If one was to get lost in Marondera town people will definitely laugh because the Central Business District makes up a residential area in some of the big cities. The historians will also enjoy their stay in Marondera since they can visit The Tsindi ruins which is a historical monument. To add on, one should visit the Bernard Mizeki Shrine which has a school close by named after the Christian martyr.

Marondera is also the home of The Proton Bakery which has its products served in many homes countrywide. The bread has been baked with pride since 1961 and before one leaves, one should try Proton bread,biscuits,hot cross buns,sugar buns,candy cakes and the Jumbo buns. The mini buses or the buses movement are a physical clock for some residents in Marondera because they buses move around in the residential picking up or dropping the employees.

What do you want people to also know about your city or your town?

My dear Queens

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Thank you for being there for me.
Thank you for being my teachers, friends and role models.
You are brave, loving, caring and determined .
You have taught me that it is better to fix each other’s crown than watch it fall onto the ground.

You have made a lot of sacrifices.
You do not tire from doing good.
From sunrise to sunset you always wear a beautiful smile.
A smile that makes everything beautiful.
A smile that carries hope for a better day.

Maita basa (Thank you) for being kind to yourselves.
You deserve standing ovation for being the women you are today.
Women who are willing to ask for help and admit that they are not okay.
Thank you for being true to yourselves and always following your dreams.


Whenever I look in the mirror I see your reflection and shadow.
I hope that one day I will be a role model to the generations that will come after me.

A book review:Zikora written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Hello my dear readers , I am proud to announce that I will be reviewing every book that I would have read. All thanks to @heyanci

Author : Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Cover rating :4/5
Overall rating: 5/5
Publishing date: 27 October 2020

What I loved about the book The author managed to discuss about some issues that I can relate to.

Key take aways Labour pains are subjective and the pain can be unbearable too. It is important to educate our children about sex education. Asking for help does not make you weak or inferior to the next person. Being introduced to your boyfriend’s parents does not automatically make you their daughter-in-law😂.Communication is key in every relationship.

My question to you
If Zikora’s siblings was a girl, do you think the father would have moved out?

Favourite quote
“She wanted me to meet the rush of pain with mute grinding of teeth, to endure pain with pride, to embrace pain even.When I had severe cramps as a teenager she would say bear it that is what it means to be a woman …..” N.B Strong women, can admit that they are in pain, they need help and they should be able to express their feelings and emotions.

A book review- In her words

Happy International Women’s Day, I hope you will make it your mission to put this year’s theme into action.

Book Title: In her words African women perspective on gender equality Overall rating :4.5/5
Cover rating: 3/5

I was inspired while reading this book. I particularly loved how women came together to advocate and raise awareness on feminism through storytelling. All 15 stories highlighted issues critical to feminism. The African society has a definition of the African woman and there are a lot of responsibilities that the woman has to bear.

It breaks my heart every time I realize that there are some women who actually work and prefer to bring other women down. As I read the book I loved how some families believed in gender equality, supported their spouses and daughters and managed roles so well in their homes.

MY CHALLENGE TO YOU
Society can normalize creating gender balanced and sensitive spaces and encourage men to express and verbalise emotions and feelings. It would be wonderful if each member of society can end blaming women when a marriage fail or when women want to follow their dreams or question certain cultural practices.

MY HIGHLIGHTS
Men can be feminists too. I loved how the women managed to share their personal experiences. People should never shy away from sharing life experiences because they can empower or educate the next person.There should be equal opportunities for the girls and boys. Sometimes one has to believe in themselves, words of affirmation are important.

MY FAVOURITE QUOTE FROM THE BOOK
I refuse to worship the struggles of
women who ‘make it’ as a justification for their acceptance on the walk of
fame. That we should put suffering as a badge of honour and tolerate the
humiliation, abuse, and pain experienced by women as a normal part of
the process towards success is unacceptable.-Victoria Malowa.

DO I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK?
Yes

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Minding your own business

I decided to cut my hair last year in August . When I was in high school I used to visit the barbershop a few days before schools reopened, this is because I had to abide by the school rules. Although I had previously trimmed my hair, it had never crossed my mind that I could have a bald head one day.

I really loved the girl I saw when I looked in the mirror but, the long hair didn’t fit in the picture anymore. 2020 was a difficult year for me because I had to let go of some toxic relationships and having a few sessions with the counsellor.I am grateful for the lessons I have learnt along the way. It was a indeed a great feeling being able to make decisions on my own.

The girl with the long hair

When I looked mirror I watched chunks of my hair falling on the floor. It seemed like I had conquered the world and with Baby Face’s Standing Ovation being played in the background I did not doubt the decision I had made. The adventurous child in me even believed that I was a super hero .

When I finally uploaded my new look on my WhatsApp status, one of my contacts shouted at me. Some of the comments included “who broke your heart ?”, wakagererei (why did you cut your hair ?” Some people simply want to be shareholders in our lives and force their way in matters that do not concern them.

The journey has taught me that as human beings we are quick to judge and make conclusions on our own. Some of my friends concluded that I was broke and this is why I decided to cut my own hair. If only they knew that my mother always offered to plait my hair into beautiful African threadings and that I could visit my hairdresser too. One of my WhatsApp contacts even said that I was selfish and inconsiderate because I had decided to cut my hair. Was I selfish for choosing to cut my own hair ?

I learnt that sometimes we should mind our own business and not make conclusions on our own. If some of my contacts had asked me about the reason why I chose to cut my own hair I would have gladly told them the reason why I did so.

How do we react when a member from our community files for a divorce and decides to live with her parents? I hope you do not gossip or ask her why she chose to divorce her partner when she seemed happy.

X can gain weight whereas R loses weight. Have you ever considered that these  two individuals can actually be sick ,happy or depressed?

I don’t think that I will be plaiting my hair anytime soon. I really enjoyed going the barbershop from October-December. This was a phase I had to go through and I do not have any regrets.

It is important for us to not make conclusions on our own. Whenever I struggle to mind my own business I always read this verse from my Bible. “Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your own hands, as we instructed you” -1 Thessalonians 4:11😉

Our scars

A scar is a permanent mark on the skin, sometimes caused by the healing of a wound. We all have a scar and before they were scars they were wounds. There was a time when the wounds would bleed, they were painful and the pain would make you cry. On some days the pain was unberable, it would make you feel nauseous and dizzy.

The scar is a constant reminder of the time we got injured or hurt ourselves. It reminds us of a time we felt powerless and lost all hope. Our scars will always be a part of our lives . They remind us that we are strong, brave and how far we have come.

Note to the hero in you

Happy new month my loves. I really hope that the last two months have been fruitful and that you have managed to achieve your goals. I wish you nothing but joy, laughter and a little bit of craziness in the month of March. -The Baobab❤

Take baby steps until you get there.
Do not give up, be patient with yourself and please do forgive yourself.
One day you will have the courage to tell the story that once wounded  and killed a part of you without shedding a tear.
You will have the courage tell your story with a beaming smile on your face and everyone will be proud of you.

The reason why you will be able to laugh is because you have decided to let go rather than hold on.

You will be able to laugh because you chose to be happy.
Your audience will learn that there is so much joy that comes with forgiving and letting go.

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Now that your can laugh and smile as you share your story with the world, you should be proud of the hero.
The hero chose to fight and although the hero was wounded he or she carried his wounded and defeated self home.

You are the hero because you managed to learn from your mistakes.
You have survived what could have killed you.

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