Author: Martha Mutomba

Mukiwa by Peter Godwin

An awe-inspiring read about growing up white in Zimbabwe.

I very much enjoyed reading Peter Godwin’s Mukiwa. Though a memoir, this book reads like a novel. I found myself captivated by the plot, and had to constantly remind myself that what I was reading was an account of someone’s life. Peter

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African Laughter by Doris Lessing

Poignant memoir of an author’s visits to a country that holds her childhood home.
In African Laughter, Doris Lessing’s nostalgia for a country she left behind is palpable. Even though the main focus of the book is to give an account of the author’s visits to Zimbabwe between 1982 and 1992,

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The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing

Family drama in colonial Southern Rhodesia.
Doris Lessing’s The Grass is Singing tells an ageless story of characters moving through life in what I would call absolute unconsciousness. The portrayal of Mary and her husband Dick, white farmers in Southern Rhodesia, capture the era of white supremacy over indigenous Africans. Unfortunately,

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

 Things do fall apart when tribal beliefs clash with a foreign religion.
Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is a classic masterpiece. It is an engrossing tale—from the colorful descriptions of tribal life in a Nigerian village before Christianity to the inevitable clashes as the new religion takes root.
Through the life of

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

A classic still relevant in today’s world.

Like many people, I read Animal Farm as part of my high school curriculum and understood its meaning even at that young age. I just recently read it again—a few decades later—after I came across a review that made me want to revisit the

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The Synchronicity Key by David Wilcock

A fascinating read that harmoniously intermarries science and spirituality … at least in my mind.
The Synchronicity Key is a fascinating read. As a scientist by training and profession, I started getting disillusioned by science not very long ago, and have been moving toward spirituality—until I came across this book. The

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A Promise To Keep

I met with Mandi, one of our Munhu students, during my recent trip to Zimbabwe in December 2015.
“Without the help I received from your organization, I would have no hope for a decent life. Now, I wake up each morning excited about my future.”
My heart soared when I heard those

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Munhu, the name of our organization, means a person—a human being—in the local Shona language that is spoken by most people in Zimbabwe (over 75%). In Ndebele, the other major local language spoken in Zimbabwe, Munhu translates to umuntu.
Munhu/umuntu points to the Bantu people’s spirit of Ubuntu that Nelson Mandela not only embodied, but taught to

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