Challenging the Stereotypes

Robert Mshengu Kavanagh


  • Unknown publisher
  • Unknown city
  • 2014
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 508 pages


Zimbabwe: Challenging the Stereotypes brings the story of Zimbabwe up-to-date in a dramatic, readable, first-hand description of thirty four years of Zimbabwe’s history by a South African academic, writer and arts educationist who went through it all – from Independence to the present. While it confirms some of the West’s criticisms, it offers a unique alternative viewpoint and questions a number of long-held and seldom challenged beliefs, including the almost universal cliché that at Independence Zimbabwe had everything going for it and threw it all away through bad government. It offers a fresh assessment of Robert Mugabe.


Refreshingly daring, original, inventive and captivating...highly controversial and likely to stir heated debate. — Prof. Micere Githae Mugo, Syracuse University


Robert McLaren (aka Robert Mshengu Kavanagh) is an arts educator, practitioner and writer in South Africa, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. Educated in Cape Town, Oxford (Rhodes Scholar) and Leeds. Co-founded/chaired university Theatre Arts Departments at Addis Ababa and Zimbabwe.