Coming Home

Olley Maruma



Coming Home is about the return of one Simon Nyamadzawo to Zimbabwe Rhodesia after an eight-year exile in the United Kingdom. It is set during the last few months before the attainment of Zimbabwe’s independence. Maruma has chosen a subject and circumstances that he understands very well because he went through more or less the same experiences as his major character.


[Maruma] employs a laid back narrative, not hurrying to prescribe or taking obvious sides. In many ways this is a filmaker’s novel. The narrator has the eagle’s eye, seeing without being seen. - Memory Chirere, KwaChirere


Olley Maruma was one of Zimbabwe’s pioneer filmmakers. He also worked as a journalist, broadcaster, lawyer and socio-political commentator. He died in 2010.