Celebrating Zimbabwes Independence In South Africa

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How exactly did you Celebrate Zimbabwe’s Independence

As Zimbabweans in South Africa celebrate Independence

By Charlotte Chatukuta

27 April 2012

Zimbabwean Chimurenga songs playing in the background. Hands waving up and down, Bodies swaying to and fro. Alcohol flowing and the smell of food reaches your nostrils. The music stops suddenly and a voice shouts in the microphone, “Are you ready to party?” The crowd goes wild with shouts, “Yes!”And “Hey put the music back on!”Welcome to the independence party.

Attaining 32 years of independence is a big deal right? Now my question as a curious observer becomes,” How exactly do you celebrate the birth of your country? Do you get drunk and forget why you came to the celebrations in the first place? Or do you do scandalous things in the name of celebrating your countries milestone? Sleep around and act like nothing happened the next morning? Or rather lazy it up in your house after all its just another lazy day? Or just, just maybe spend it with your family and friends educating each other on the importance of independence and celebrating this hard earned privilege. Monash students celebrating Zimbabwean Independence

My second question then becomes, “How do you celebrate your countries independence day in a foreign country?”Do you cower in the background and let it pass because it is not a national holiday where you are? Or do you go about partying through the place because you want to show people where you come from? Or rather do you show other people how it is done at home, spend some quality time with the family and some of those dear close friends? Or just rather celebrate Mzansi style and call your friends and family for a loud noise fully party where you get down and dirty to wake up the next morning with a hangover?

Scores of Monash Zimbabwean students came together on Saturday the twenty-first to celebrate a post-independence party. Screensavers with the country’s flag, court of arms and the president’s face popped up on everyone’s phone as everyone suddenly became patriotic for a moment. The party started off on an educational note as the history of the countries struggle was narrated to the fun waiting students who looked impatient and bored and ready to hit the dance floor.

The night was a night of fun as talents were show cased with Jah Bee giving the crowd a reggae number, “Zimbabwe my Zimbabwe.”

That made the dance floor a contest for those with the right moves. Everyone went wild with shouts of, ”Jah Bee! Jah Bee!”And Fortune a poet was not to be left out in the fun he gave the crowd a heart touching piece of how blood and toil was shed for everyone to enjoy the special day called independence.

Miss Stabiso Ndlovu a Monash student said that she really enjoyed herself for the night, “At least it was different from my boring Saturdays and every country’s independence has to be celebrated, that’s who we are as a person. History made us who we are!” Michael Mapfunde a Monash student who resides in resident 6 said, Independence was all about having fun to him and his boys. “So we bought beer had a drink up at my house and me and my boys drank up a storm. I don’t really care much about the history stories that are told”

And not only Monash celebrated others did too Mr Shadreck Muyenga a Zimbabwean national who stays at Askari lodge in Maghaliesburg

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said he and all other Zimbabweans workers who work at the lodge took a day off and had a braai in the back yard, “We even spoiled ourselves to a game drive. “He went on to say, “Independence always reminds me of how we suffered so we commemorate those who gave it to us each year, it is very important for me and my family.”

Mr Thando Matanhire a security guard who works for Top Security Company said that he took his family out on a family day as independence is very important to him and his children have to know about his countries struggles even if they do not stay in Zimbabwe.”Me and my wife took the children out to an amusement party where we had fun as a family even told them what this holiday means to me.”He went on to say, “Later on, of course without the children me and my buddies went out and got soaked in alcohol. After all Independence Day happens once a year and being here in South Africa meant more fun.”

And so it seems that everyone had their own unique way of celebrating being independent. Braais, drink-ups, family gatherings, and hook-ups I came to the final conclusion that It always gets down to one word after all, partying! Seems everyone finally got to one thing in the end.A party!

 

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