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.

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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.

Working together


Many people from my village are hardworking, caring and united. Love is like a seed we sow in our hearts, wait for it to to grow and watch it bear fruit.

The women are singing and I really wish I could join in and dance too. If I decide to leave the spot where my mother forced me to sit and walk to the field and dance I will be disturbing everyone. My actions will definitely attract a beating when Mhai (mother) and I go back home.

The villagers are always there for one another during the good and the bad times.Mhai told me that we should be there for our loved ones during the sunny and the stormy days.

I hope I will live to see the day when I will be able till the land with other men and women from Muwuyu village. I will join in the singing and sing this song with pride.
Ndorima musana wandirwadza .
(Whenever I till the land, my back always aches).
Pakudya ndomera manhenga .
(When it is time to harvest I never tire from eating the food).

Use the pen

The Baobab was nominated for the ZimblogAwards and I am elated .Thank you so much for appreciating my craft. Congratulations to the other nominees who happen to be amazing Creative writers too. Please do vote for The Baobab under the Creativity Writing category💃🙏😊

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Use the pen
To create stories that will brighten someone’s day and encourage them never to give up.
Tell stories that are close to you,stories about your struggles,your losses and wins .
Create characters that people can relate to.
Characters that cry,laugh,smile,fail and never give up .

Never put the pen down because your work can be someone’s light in a dark tunnel.
Your story can be a ray of sunshine.

My dear friend

I promise to be there for you.
To be someone you can confide in and look up to.
I will be there for you until the end of the race.
My dear friend, I want you to remember that it is okay to have both good and bad days.
Some days will be filled with laughter and joy.
Whereas some days will be stressful and painful.

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Although life might lose its meaning never give up .
You have to take care of yourself.
When you are having a bad day, take one day at a time and if you cannot take one day at a time, take one hour at a time.
If you cannot take one hour at a time, take thirty minutes or sixty seconds at a time.
Do whatever you can but, do not give up and keep moving.

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