From online television to stand-up comedy shows, female comedians are gaining notoriety and critical acclaim. Global Press Journal spoke to the stars of “The Drama Queens,” an all-female comedy show, about becoming comedians and their rise to fame.
The fad was thriving for months until December, when official memos noted it’s against the law to manufacture, sell, offer for sale or wear a military uniform or anything resembling one. Many people, among them retailers, complain about the ban, while some are relieved by a move aimed at stopping people from posing as military personnel.
Amid a crippled economy, unemployed or self-employed men find it difficult to pay the bride price, which some parents have turned into a business that has lost its original significance as a bond between two families and a way to give a woman status.
Demand is up among women who crave this peculiar dish and the number of vendors in Bulawayo is rapidly increasing. One local man, Prince Ndlovu, digs up and sells a wide assortment of colors and flavors.
Yoga, a practice that originated in ancient India, is a growing trend in Zimbabwe. The capital city, Harare, now has 12 studios. Tendai Angela Jambga is one of the nation’s youngest black female instructors. She is offering free yoga sessions to women with endometriosis and to facilitators from a children’s rehabilitation home as a way to give back to the community.
Informal tobacco sales have long provided supplemental income for residents of Makokoba, the oldest suburb of Bulawayo. However, the dismal Zimbabwean economy has driven more and more residents into the informal trade, making competition fierce, while police last year began confiscating sellers’ tobacco because of violations of health regulations that had been previously ignored.
Authorities in cash-strapped Zimbabwe are pushing for business transactions to be conducted through debit cards instead of hard currency, but the shift is causing problems for small businesses. Buying swipe machines would harm their bottom lines, customers are used to dealing only in cash and few Zimbabweans trust the local banks, vendors say.
From the economic crisis to mental illness, Zimbabweans are seeking help from a variety of apostolic sects, many of which blend Christianity with traditional beliefs. One point of difference between sects is on the appropriateness of seeking revenge.
ZBC TV is lauded for recently introducing broadcasts in more indigenous tongues, making the total 13 out of the 16 official languages. But some believe the way forward is for the government to license independent, community-based stations that would reflect broader, more diverse views and offer greater airtime to marginalized groups.