Do Zimbabweans Exist?

Trajectories of Nationalism, National Identity Formation & Crisis in a Postcolonial State

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni



This book examines the triumphs and tribulations of the Zimbabwean national project, providing a radical and critical analysis of the fossilisation of Zimbabwean nationalism against the wider context of African nationalism in general. The book departs radically from the common ‘praise-texts’ in seriously engaging with the darker aspects of nationalism, including its failure to create the nation-as-people, and to install democracy and a culture of human rights. The author examines how the various people inhabiting the lands between the Limpopo and Zambezi Rivers entered history.


An exciting theoretical-historiographical exploration of Zimbabwean history from the pre-colonial to the contemporary period. - Brian Raftopoulos, University of the Western Cape


Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni is Research professor and Director of Scholarship in the Department of Leadership and Transformation (DLT) in the Principal and Vice-Chancellor's Office at the University of South Africa.