Featured Advocate: Samantha Rumbidzai Vazhure

Updated: Apr 23

I am a writer who was born in the district of Barking and Dagenham (London) in 1981, to Zimbabwean parents who were studying in the United Kingdom and returned to Zimbabwe a couple of years after independence. I spent my childhood in Masvingo, Zimbabwe where I completed my education at Victoria Primary School and Victoria High Boarding School respectively. I returned to the United Kingdom in 1999 after completing my A levels. I studied Law and Business Administration at the University of Kent in Canterbury and proceeded to study a Postgraduate Diploma in European Politics, Business and Law at the University of Surrey. I work as a regulatory consultant within financial services in the United Kingdom. I am married to my childhood sweetheart, who lives with me and our two children in South Wales.



What excites you?

Driving positive change towards social justice.


What matters to you?

The freedom to be authentic. When I align my intuition with what I think and do, I feel complete, and that’s important to me. I advocate for social justice through my writing, and being authentic makes me reachable and relatable to my audience.

One of the ways I maintain my authenticity is by writing poetry in Shona, a Zimbabwean vernacular language, and translating it to English.

The patriarchy is an example of a system that hinders authenticity of women through inequality, and I would like to see its demise. It is the reason why so many women have lost their true identities or sense of self. The patriarchy teaches women to devalue themselves by conditioning our minds to think that sexism, misogyny, gender-based violence, and a rigid dichotomy of gender roles are normal and acceptable prejudices. Culture and religion are some of the tools employed by the patriarchy to maintain that status quo. My advocacy involves raising awareness of these issues through writing.


What drives you?

Contemplating death is probably one of my biggest drivers. It keeps fresh my awareness that our time in this world is finite and helps to clarify my purpose, priorities and values. My purpose is to write stories and poetry with the objective to shift mindsets towards social justice.


What do you stand for?

Love and kindness. Everything good in life stems from that. I hope for a world where all people experience equality, peace and respect of their human rights.


What causes are special to your heart?

I advocate:

· human equality, diversity and inclusion

· rights of women and children

· rights and welfare of immigrants

· mental health

· preservation of vernacular languages

I raise awareness of:

· abuse, with emphasis on hidden and narcissistic abuse

· bullying and its effects

I empower those weakened by:

· abuse and inequality

· static cultural and manipulative religious beliefs and practices

· systems designed to further the dominant ideology of patriarchy

What's the difference you want to make?

Martin Luther King is known to have said, “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write” and that’s exactly what I’m doing.

I write poetry and prose to raise awareness of the causes special to my heart, in the hope that the causes are realised and appreciated. Raising awareness is an important step towards change. I want to leave a mark of positive change as my legacy.



From the Collection “Uprooted” / “Zvadzugwa Musango”:

Damn it! (English) / Dhemeti (Shona) …

Damn it!

I stand here proclaiming damn it!

I am screaming for a ticket

For liberty from oppressors

I mean the wearers of waistcoats

We feel intolerant of our tightening skirts

A scorching discomfort like wearing petticoats

Due to differences in our naughty bits

Treating us like tortoises, we did not ask for shells

We are nauseated by sexual harassment

They say, “love me first, you are chocolate”

Following those insults they pay us peanuts

The burden is as heavy as a haulage truck

If you persecute us, we’ll launch a police docket

Let’s move with the times and stop tip toeing

We want equality, hear us God damn it!

Relieve us from the burdens we carry

So heavy like rocks in pails

We want to escape these little confinements

Please grant us opportunities and rights

Parents if you want a large harvest

Or promising young girls who are independent

End child marriages and all cultural girl child calamities

Teach the little girls to cough out loud

To speak their minds to reveal what’s in the folds of their hearts

To persist with reading and pursuing their education

And not to rush into marriage and having children

Encourage them to love themselves for who they are

Their bodies, spirits, minds and hearts

Oppressing us, and saying we don’t think marrow-deep

We refuse it, we are wailing, please hear us!

Parents teach your male children

Mentor them into straightforward men

Mothers do the dishes with your sons

So they don’t end up treating their wives like slaves

Counsel them about equality

Encourage them to say what’s in their hearts

To avoid releasing tension by abusing their own children

Or verbally and physically abusing their wives

Some of them raping very little girls

We refuse it, we beg you, hear what we are saying!

Down with oppression of women

Down with abuse of women

Down with disrespect of women

Down with unequal treatment of women

Down with silo mentality amongst women

Down with domestic commotion

The likes of Takesure, sit down

Even you bosses at work, hold up

It is a lamentation, hear us, damn it!

Come on, let’s go to war for equality

Men come along, you’re part of the army

Can’t win the war without you; we need you there

Soften your hearts, love is essential for this war

We are in a war of oppression

We are fed up, it’s stifling

Seriously, please stop abusing us

Unchain our hearts and our voice boxes

I’m standing here blowing a loud trumpet

We no longer want chaos, let’s remove these barriers

We’ve tampered with prickly pears, the glochids are killing us!

I’ve spread myself on the highway, must I die proclaiming damn it!

Dhemeti!

Ndakamira pano ndichiti dhemeti

Ndiri kuzhambiravo tiketi

Rekusunungugwa nevatakati

Ndoreva vanosimira zvihwasiketi

Tohwa kushinyiwa nemasiketi

Dambudziko chairo sekutsva nepitikoti

Nemhaka yokusiyana kwezviweti

Kutiita hamba, hatina kukumbira makwati

Tohwa kusemesewa neshangwiti

Dzinoti tanga wandida, uri chokoreti

Pedzezvo dzotiqhworesa mapinatsi

Mutoro wacho unorema segonyeti

Mukatinetsa tonovhurisa dhoketi

Ngatifambirane nenhambo regai toti toti

Toda kuinzaniswa, tihweivo Dhemeti

Turai yatakadengezera mitoro

Inorema semabgwe mumigomo

Toda kubuda muzvitirongo

Tipeivo mikana zvose nekodzero

Vabereki kana muchida guru goho

Rinobva muvasikana vane hunhu kwaho

Kuzvarira nezvimutsamapfihwa tinoti bodo

Dzidzisai vasikana kukosora kuti oho

Vataure zviri mufungwa nokutsi kwemoyo

Nokushinga kurava mabhuku vapedze zvikoro

Kwete kumanyira mhuri nemichato

Vakurudzirei kuzvida nezvavakazvagwa nazvo

Miviri, mweya, fungwa, nomoyo yavo

Zvekutidzvanyirira muchiti hatifungi zvine mongo

Hatichadi kuzvihwa tavungudza, tihweivo

Vabereki dzidzisai vanakomana

Vakure vari varume vakarurama

Vanamai sukai ndiro nevanakomana

Vasazobata madzimai avo sevaranda

Varairei nhau yokuinzana

Vakurudzirei kurudunura zviri muhana

Vasazopedzera shungu mukurakasha vana

Vachituka nokutaka madzimai mudzimba

Vamwe vachibhinya zvazuro zvanana

Hatichadi, tateketera, ihwaivo zvatoreva

Pasi nokudzvanyirigwa kwamadzimai

Pasi nokushungurudziwa kwamadzimai

Pasi nokusaremekedziwa kwamadzimai

Pasi nokusainzanisiwa kwamadzimai

Pasi nokusabatana kwamadzimai

Pasi nemhirizhonga mudzimba

Vana Takesure garai pasi

Nemi vana bhasa mumabasa imbomirai

Tabararadza dohwai kana tichiti Dhemeti

Handei tivone kuhondo yekodzero

Vanhurume hamusari, tinemi mumavuto

Haikundiki musipo, varume tokudaivo

Nyevenutsai hana, iyi ihondo inoda rudo

Tiri muhondo yokubatirigwa

Hatichadi hondo tiri kubitirigwa

Zvokwadi chimirai kutishungurudza

Sunugurai dzedu hana needu makurokuro

Ndimire pano ndichiridza bhosvo

Hatichadi mhirizhonga, tobvisa rukato

Tabata madhorofiya, topfidza nevunye

Ndavata mumugwagwa, ndofa here ndichiti Dhemeti


Links to Samantha's work and social media accounts are:

Author website: https://www.samantharumbidzai.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/samanthavazhure

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Personal-Blog/Samantha-Rumbidzai-Vazhure-103918008006173/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samantharumbidzaivazhure/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Samantha-Rumbidzai-Vazhure/e/B08BG7FB7C/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1



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