An African Memoir

White Woman, Black Nationalists

Diana Mitchell


  • Unknown publisher
  • London
  • 2021
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 321 pages


Mwana Wevhu meaning “child of the soil”, is the Shona name given to Diana Mitchell by her great friend and Zimbabwean Nationalist, Willie Musarurwa. This was his tribute to her, recognizing her deep attachment to the country of her birth. Diana was born at the height of the Great Depression in what was then Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia and her memoirs chronicle her life as a political activist, journalist, and the first biographer of the African Nationalists who fought for Zimbabwe's Independence. She describes her poverty-stricken childhood in Southern Africa, her intellectual and political awakening in this British colony where racial prejudice and inequality were institutionalized.


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Diana Mitchell was a Zimbabwean political activist and writer, who was an outspoken critic of the governments of Ian Smith and Robert Mugabe. She died in 2016 aged 83.