Culture and Customs of Zimbabwe

Oyekan Owomoyela


  • Unknown publisher
  • Unknown city
  • 2002
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 192 pages


Zimbabwe, formerly known as Rhodesia, won its independence from Great Britain in 1980 yet continues to feel the impact of Western lifestyles and prejudices. This rich, accessible overview freshly examines Zimbabwe, evoking the contemporary ways of life in a largely homogenous and agricultural country. Students and general readers will discover an engaging narrative that ranges from an explanation of the beer culture to a powerful discussion of marriage, family, and gender roles from the Zimbabwean perspective.


Useful to students who want to put the works of Zimbabwean writers like Shimmer Chinodya, Tsitsi Dangarembga, and Chenjerai Hove into the proper social and cultural contexts. He is particularly adept at choosing examples that capture the tensions that stretch between genders and across generations. -International Journal of African Historical Studies


Professor Oyekan Owomoyela was the Ryan Professor of African Literature at the Department of English and also the Coordinator of the African American and African Studies program, at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, United States. He died in 2007.