Livelihoods analysis and agrarian political economy: a new podcast

Originally posted on zimbabweland:
At the end of last year, I had a great week at PLAAS (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies) at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town discussing with a great cohort of post-grad students working on agrarian change issues in the region. The question of how ‘livelihoods…

Iva Likhishwa Ngelinye Iva

The Nguni language proverb that, it takes another thorn to remove a thorn, is as simple as it sounds. As in most sayings or culturally based maxims, there can always be multiple meanings attached to it according to the context. In the context of power relations between the elevated rulers, kings and queens and theirContinue reading “Iva Likhishwa Ngelinye Iva”

Natural Progression vs Diverse Scientific Opinions

Originally posted on Ikhambi Natural Healing :
Greetings Healers and Earth Lovers. I have been planning to write these short essays dealing with the old debates between the various schools of scientific, holistic, traditionalist/Indigenous knowledge systems/Afrikology as well as the new and old theories developed within the contexts of the Global South. This series of mini-essays…

The politics of religion in Zimbabwe: land, agriculture and citizenship

Originally posted on zimbabweland:
Religion and politics have always had a close relationship. The early European missionaries provided a platform for the establishment of the colonial state and a modernising vision, while today the Pentecostal denominations along with the prophets from indigenous African churches are influential both in national politics and in local land politics.…

Religion, agriculture and market dynamics in Zimbabwe

Originally posted on zimbabweland:
The last blog offered a brief overview of different churches across our study sites. This second blog in this series focuses on their role in agriculture and markets, and more broadly rural livelihoods. Given their different histories, forms of organisation, finance and religious beliefs different churches’ influence is quite varied. ?…

Resonant Thoughts: Haruki Murakami’s “Novelist As A Vocation” (2022)

Originally posted on brettworks:
“The key component is not the quality of the materials—what’s needed is magic. If that magic is present, the most basic daily matters and the plainest language can be turned into a device of surprising sophistication. Their only recourse is to throw open their garage doors, drag out whatever they have…

A Confluence of Ideals

“This Temple of a Million Years, whose construction is mentioned on the walls of the Temple of Karnak, must therefore, be the same as the Temple of Solomon. This has to be another historical exclusive – a first-hand account of the building of the Temple of Solomon. Once more, this gives us strong evidence thatContinue reading “A Confluence of Ideals”



Empress Tallowah

A Rastafarian Empress from Soweto shares her insights

La Nkosi Writes

Mine is to filter out the rhetoric and propaganda, so that we children of the soil can form opinions based on logic and reason. Not through those summarized and scripted tales presented to us.

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