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May 10, 2016

Welcome to Zimbassador
– a home for Zimbabweans worldwide

“Although African governments have begun to recognise the potential contributions of the Diaspora to home country development, serious effort in terms of strategies and instruments to harness this potential is lacking.”

-Kofi Annan

What is Zimbassador? is a space, a home for Zimbabweans living either abroad wherever they are in the world and in Zimbabwe to connect, find others in their host country/region and create stronger diaspora communities. It is also a professional skills and knowledge sharing network that can then channel back to professionals, businesses, organisations and young people back home in Zimbabwe. Most importantly, Zimbassador is a [...]

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May 8, 2016

8 Best ways to Learn Shona or Ndebele

There are many advantages to living abroad including exposure to a different way of life, diversity of people and ideologies. One downside that many parents raising second generation migrants abroad is language. The same applies to many who move abroad and marry abroad. How do you teach your partner your language?

Today’s super technological world has brought us solutions to our language woes as Zimbabweans in the diaspora. This article will summarize the 12 methods that we think are the best ways to learn Shona* if you cannot be immersed in it.

Chii? Shona Language App

Paid/Free: Paid Android & iPhone Described as an interactive and colourfully illustrative [...]

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May 7, 2016

How to Marry an Alien

We all know that most of us whether we are living in Zimbabwe or in the diaspora, take ten deep breaths in preparation for every encounter with long queues and unclear direction at Zimbabwean government offices, whether it be for a National ID at sixteen years old or for a new passport. It is especially hard if you don’t have an inside connection or are unwilling to “lubricate” the situation with some incentives. Registering your marriage is no different and in my experience, trying to marry an ‘alien’, a foreigner in Zimbabwe in  2014 was one of the most gruelling experiences that took almost three weeks and was topped by extreme levels of anxiety a few days before the wedding when [...]

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