ISBN 9789956790821
Pages 72
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 2013
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Memoirs of an Unsung Legend: Nemeso

by Munyaradzi Mawere, Cosmas M. Mukombe, Christopher M. Mabeza

Nemeso – a four eyed man–lived in southeastern Zimbabwe in the mid-17th century. Stories about him are widely known by the Duma in southeastern Zimbabwe as he left a legacy, a delicious dish – of edible stinkbugs locally named harurwa. These insects, believed to be a gift to Nemeso by the ancestors, thrive in a grove (jiri) where no one has been allowed to meddle since the time of Nemeso, the medium through whom the stinkbugs were gifted to the living by the living-dead. The insects are a source of livelihood for the Duma people and for people beyond, and serve as a drive for forest conservation in the area. The wealthy stories of Nemeso’s life have been passed on through oral tradition. This book, generated from an ethnographic reconstitution in southeastern Zimbabwe, documents the stories in a lively and fascinating thirst quenching manner.

Book Preview

Available from these stores

Don't see your favourite store? Our eBooks are available from many more retailers, simply search with the ISBN to find it somewhere else.

About the Authors

Munyaradzi Mawere

Munyaradzi Mawere is a Professor in the Simon Muzenda School of Arts, Culture and Heritage Studies at Great Zimbabwe University. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology; a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology; a second Master’s Degree in Philosophy; a third Master’s Degree in Development Studies; BA (Hons) Degree in Philosophy; Certificate in Tertiary and Higher Learning; Certificate in Information Technology; and a Certificate in Diplomacy, Negotiation and Bargaining. He is an author of more than 50 books and over 200 academic publications straddling the following areas: poverty and development studies, African philosophy, cultural philosophy, democracy, politics of food production, humanitarianism and civil society organisations, urban anthropology, existential anthropology, environmental anthropology, society and politics, religion, decoloniality and African studies.

Cosmas M. Mukombe

Cosmas M. Mukombe was born in the Norumedzo area in Bikita in Zimbabwe and is one of the grandsons of Nemeso. He earned Builders’ Instructors Diploma from the Institute of Penhalonga Technical College, Zimbabwe. Besides spending time building, Mukombe is a wonderful storyteller who enjoys reading.

Christopher M. Mabeza

Christopher M. Mabeza is a PhD researcher in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. At an environmental organization in Harare, Zimbabwe he spearheaded environmental education around the country. He has published on adaptation to climate by smallholder farmers in rural Zimbabwe and is researching water harvesting techniques in semi-arid southern Zimbabwe.

Related Books