In my 13×15 room, I have everything that defines me. It is cluttered with little trinkets and accessories that portray the girl that I am, the girl that I would like the world to see me as. I have my initial, which I decorated with my favorite colors and flowers, hanging up on my door. My bookshelf is filled with at least five creative coloring books and 10 or so children’s books that I have yet to donate. I have my navy blue covered Bible with crisp, white pages sitting in the corner and, last but not least, a quote my mother gave me that I posted above my vanity mirror as soon as she gave it to me. In the bold, cursive, black letters it reads: “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful.” And how true those six little words are. 

In a society where pretty girls are continually praised for their looks, young women are raised on unrealistic body standards due to social media, and all the perfect, tiny figures created in Photoshop, it is no wonder why many women struggle to find their inner beauty. Shows like “The Bachelor,” where only the “hottest” women are contestants, or even a throwback to “America’s Next Top Model,” are wasted minutes of women defining beautiful in the wrong way. Magazine covers have titles like, “33 Smoking Hot Women of the Year” instead of “33 Times You Loved Yourself.” Society pushes women to look absolutely perfect, whereas perfect does not even exist.

You have heard it before, and I am going to tell you again. Beauty is not defined by your smoky eye makeup on Saturday night or the 352,248 crunches you did to impress the boy next door. Beauty is expressed by what is in your heart and what makes you happy. I am a big believer of letting your true colors show and not judging a book by its cover. Not all pretty faces are genuine, and not all people are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. Sometimes, people just suck as good human beings and lack the capability of being sincere and kind, no matter how stunning they appear to be.

Sometimes, women are not genetically gifted with a flawlessly symmetrical face with perfect complexion, long tan legs, and Angelina Jolie hair. However, she is a perfect example of my message. Again, and again, I’ve seen Jolie get bashed for her supposed 20-plus surgeries to get her amazing features. However, how many times does she repeat how happy she is now? She has become her own kind of beautiful and did not let the hate of society change herself or her inner beauty. And that is all you can really ask for. 

We may not have the Hollywood-described perfect look all the time – maybe not even at all – and we may not be the perfect tens or knockouts society idolizes, but trash all that. It all comes down to your heart and what you are willing to let people see from within. Be your own kind of beautiful, flaws and all. Have your own sense of style without caring what other people think about those rad-colored jeans. Don’t pressure yourself by setting 21st century unrealistic standards for yourself.

Ultimately, be happy in your own skin and proudly be the strong woman you are. We only get one life, so start doing what makes you happy right now now – whatever it might be, instead of worrying about what society thinks of you. Be your own kind of beautiful. I think that the most amazing thing you can be, is yourself.

In my 13×15 room, I have everything that defines me. It is cluttered with little trinkets and accessories that portray the girl that I am, the girl that I would like the world to see me as. I have my initial, which I decorated with my favorite colors and flowers, hanging up on my door. My bookshelf is filled with at least five creative coloring books and 10 or so children’s books that I have yet to donate. I have my navy blue covered Bible with crisp, white pages sitting in the corner and, last but not least, a quote my mother gave me that I posted above my vanity mirror as soon as she gave it to me. In the bold, cursive, black letters it reads: “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful.” And how true those six little words are. 

In a society where pretty girls are continually praised for their looks, young women are raised on unrealistic body standards due to social media, and all the perfect, tiny figures created in Photoshop, it is no wonder why many women struggle to find their inner beauty. Shows like “The Bachelor,” where only the “hottest” women are contestants, or even a throwback to “America’s Next Top Model,” are wasted minutes of women defining beautiful in the wrong way. Magazine covers have titles like, “33 Smoking Hot Women of the Year” instead of “33 Times You Loved Yourself.” Society pushes women to look absolutely perfect, whereas perfect does not even exist.

You have heard it before, and I am going to tell you again. Beauty is not defined by your smoky eye makeup on Saturday night or the 352,248 crunches you did to impress the boy next door. Beauty is expressed by what is in your heart and what makes you happy. I am a big believer of letting your true colors show and not judging a book by its cover. Not all pretty faces are genuine, and not all people are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. Sometimes, people just suck as good human beings and lack the capability of being sincere and kind, no matter how stunning they appear to be.

Sometimes, women are not genetically gifted with a flawlessly symmetrical face with perfect complexion, long tan legs, and Angelina Jolie hair. However, she is a perfect example of my message. Again, and again, I’ve seen Jolie get bashed for her supposed 20-plus surgeries to get her amazing features. However, how many times does she repeat how happy she is now? She has become her own kind of beautiful and did not let the hate of society change herself or her inner beauty. And that is all you can really ask for. 

We may not have the Hollywood-described perfect look all the time – maybe not even at all – and we may not be the perfect tens or knockouts society idolizes, but trash all that. It all comes down to your heart and what you are willing to let people see from within. Be your own kind of beautiful, flaws and all. Have your own sense of style without caring what other people think about those rad-colored jeans. Don’t pressure yourself by setting 21st century unrealistic standards for yourself.

Ultimately, be happy in your own skin and proudly be the strong woman you are. We only get one life, so start doing what makes you happy right now now – whatever it might be, instead of worrying about what society thinks of you. Be your own kind of beautiful. I think that the most amazing thing you can be, is yourself.

Staff writer Krislynn Tapley encourages girls everywhere to be themselves.


If you are truly concerned about your skin’s health, you need to make sure that you choose the right kind of natural makeup products.

The natural products for the skin and face are made from the plants, roots, herbs, and minerals and not made from the chemicals. All these products are also made from nature’s resources and increase not just the outer beauty of an individual but healthy as well. It not just reflects the entire physical beauty of a person but it increases the spirituality and is psychologically and physically healthy. The natural skin care products are not harmful to the skin at all but play a significant role in just healing skin ailments.

Importance of the natural products

When you make a significant decision to just switch to the natural cosmetics over the ones you are presently using, you are basically making the proper decision to treat the body and skin along with the safer products. Using these natural products, you come across a lot of benefits for sure. But whenever you are using the products, you will have to make sure that it is suitable for your skin and health. Eventually, there is ample amount of Looking Younger Cream available, which helps you to make your skin look beautiful and soft.

Oil-Free makeup remover– If you are opting for the Looking Younger Cream, you will have to make sure that you choose the right kind of product. This is one of the excellent products, which helps your skin to look younger and better. One benefit of the natural ingredients found in this natural cosmetics is that they are often much cheaper than creating the chemical ingredients in other kinds of cosmetics.

Botanical cleansing lotion– While opting for another amazing natural product, this is one of the excellent products, which come along with the great popularity. The cleansing lotion comes along with the excellent productivity. Using this product on a daily basis, you will not get any harm to your skin. Along with making your skin look younger, it also makes you look wonderful. It has been made from the sheer natural products and that makes the product stand better than the others. It comes at an affordable price rate and advertises the equal benefit to your skin as well. In a long run, you will be the witness of a healthy, glowing and beautiful skin with the assistance of natural makeup products.

Chamomile facial wash– Face wash is a part of your daily lives and your morning cannot get started with the best and skin-friendly face wash. But while seeking for the natural face wash, you have to make sure that you choose the right one, which contains some of the amazing natural ingredients such as Red Clover, Elderflower Extract, Chamomile and White Willow Bark Extract. The entire natural ingredients make the product stand out better than the others. The face wash is absolute light foam and a pure gentle gel, which is actually suitable for all the skin types too. One of the main and leading advantages of using the specific product is that it decreases the likelihood of skin breakouts.



I need to let all you all know what my struggle is as I introduce my sports column here in this magazine.

How and who will carry the torch for all that we are wanting to achieve for Zimbabwe sport worldwide. Thats what i am struggling with.

Should there be a consortium, perhaps an independent association, or maybe a ‘chow line’ where everything comes though this magazine?

How wonderful would it be if we would have people that can help, give advice, look at contracts, promote and advertise for our Zimbabwean sports persons of all ages.

Now to serve you the main course

Mastermind.

Allow me to start by honouring an individual i think deserves to open this column.

We have had great sportsman in Rhodesia and Nyasaland and later we became Southern Rhodesia, then under (UDI) United declaration of Independence in 1963 we were then Rhodesia up till an independent sovereign Zimbabwe in 1980.

One sportsman i think needs mention above all is George Shaya nicknamed ‘Mastermind’ a soccer player of the best calibre since Rhodesia and later when the country became Zimbabwe.

He is worthy of mention in this column with the utmost respect, adoration and National pride.

We had Mike Proctor, Flower Brothers Andy and Grant, Heath Streak all cricketers, we had Moses Chunga, Peter Ndlovu, Bruce Grobblaar all soccer, Nick Price for golf who was ranked number one in the world for 13 years, Byron and Wayne Black with sister Cara for tennis, Tracey Cox for Diving, Kirsty Coventry Olympic gold medalist in swimming, Langton ‘schoolboy’ Tinago in boxing, John Love in motor racing, and many many more that deserved all the accolades and fame.

But Shaya had the Nation behind him. Nicknamed ‘Mastermind’ by the fans when in his prime he could mesmerise the opponents with his dribbling skill and passing vision, topped up by fantastic shooting ability as he entertained the Nation.

Born 1948, Shaya played for popular Dynamos from 1967 after a stint with Saint Pauls Musami from 1963 where he was coached by jesuit priest Father Andrew Davis during St Pauls school/college romance with the top league in Rhodesia.

Shaya was voted soccer star of the year five times between 1969 / 77 in Rhodesia then while with Dynamos.

He made the National Team (Rhodesia) at the age of 21 even though the country was banned from competing on the international scene. Rhodesia did play though against Australia in the world cup qualifiers and friendlies against South Africa.

Listening to football commentator Webster Shamu going on and on about Shaya every time Dynamos played, the Mastermind became planted in our brain even though we had never seen him play. You heard of Pele’ (soccer) or Mohamed Ali (boxer) from the press and media but we knew our George.

He symbolised hope during a period of segregation in Rhodesia that if you can focus no matter the odds you can accomplish a lot.

Football was one of the most popular and simplest of sports and was available to 6 million indigenous people. Being deprived of upperclass sport, no wonder we had love for football.

Playing in the dusty streets with a ball made of paper stuffed in a ‘Roller Meal’ plastic packet, strung and laced and tightened but half the size of a football, even the great Shaya enjoyed playing barefoot in his youth street football.

Buying a football was expensive in those days.

Playing barefoot had its health and safety issues. We scraped our toes now and again and stopped the bleeding by applying dust. When you got home to shower you cleansed the dust and later plug vaseline or in some cases apply on the sore some gentian violet lotion and if affordable a plaster.

Next day it was on again.

Thats why Shaya was tough, athletic and skilled. A proper school of hard knocks in our days of street football.

I met him after he had retired and must say “what a humble man, whose health is a bit poorly but still an icon.”



From the beginning of time before the spoken or written word music was used to communicate… love, sadness joy, hate, fear, religious belief, folklore, traditions etc.

 “I think there’s only one truly universal language and it is music. You don’t have to understand it, you just feel it, though if you find understanding in it then the pleasure you get from it is enhanced[1]

This quote and the above title resonate with me personally because even though we may listen to the same song or play the same instrument we will each feel something different and play it in our own unique way. For instance different people listening to the same piece of music can elicit different emotions and interpretations. An example of this is the song “BAPA “by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu an Australian Aboriginal Musician.

People listening to this particular song will have their own views or feelings. Knowing the background to this song, as I do, I will hear and feel something different to what they do. The same can be said of any musical piece or instrument, some people may like a certain type of music, some may like the sound of a particular instrument and some may not. This is how its supposed to be its what makes each of us unique.

 “Do YOU Hear What I Hear” for me also means that call to play the Saxophone as opposed to the Guitar or Piano. I have often been asked why I chose the Saxophone and my reply to that has been, “the Sax chose me”. I wonder if anyone else can relate to this experience? Whether you are listening or expressing yourself through any medium be it your voice or tangible instrument, music is a very personal experience. With the help and open mindedness of my parents I was given the opportunity to decide, through experimentation with many instruments, what my instrument of choice would be. The saxophone was mine because of the way it allowed me to express myself and the range of emotions I could bring to those listening. Likewise, as a musician you not only have the ability to express yourself but give others the opportunity to express themselves through your music.

Here are 10 reasons you should consider when taking up and instrument[2]

  1. Playing an instrument makes you smarterLearning to play an instrument stimulates the brain, improving functions like memory and abstract reasoning skills, which are essential for maths and science.
  2. Your social life will improveJoining a musical group at any age encourages you to develop relationships with new kinds of people. It also builds skills in leadership and team-building, as well as showing you the rewards of working with others.
  3. Playing an instrument relieves stress – Music keeps you calm. It has a unique effect on our emotions and has even been proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure. Listening to music and or playing an instrument can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies. slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones[3]
  4. Playing an instrument gives you a sense of achievement – Playing and succeeding at a musical instrument gives you a huge sense of pride and achievement, especially when you manage to perfect a passage you’ve been struggling with for weeks.
  5. It builds your confidence – Playing an instrument helps you get comfortable with self-expression. As you begin to master your instrument, you will probably end up playing to a few audiences, starting with your music teacher or family, and branching out to groups of other pupils and concert audiences or community events.
  6. Practising a musical instrument improves patience – It’s an important lesson to learn that the more effort you put into something, the better the result will be. There are no shortcuts to learning an instrument.
  7. It helps improve your memoryResearchers have found that learning to play a musical instrument can enhance verbal memory, spatial reasoning and literacy skills. Playing an instrument makes you use both sides of your brain, which strengthens memory power.
  8. Playing music makes you more creative – Practising and perfecting a piece of music does wonders for the creative side of your brain. No matter how much a composer annotates their composition, they cannot fully express how a piece of music should be played. So it is up to the player to put their own stamp on a piece, to inject some of their personality into the music.
  9. It increases discipline and time management skills – Unless you’re an out-of-this-world child prodigy, learning to play an instrument isn’t a skill you can master overnight. Learning music takes time and effort, and helps children understand that if they want to be good at something, they’ll need to put in the hours and organise their time effectively.
  10. Playing music is fun! Especially in a Band – We can harp on about all the scientifically accurate benefits to learning a musical instrument – but what matters most is that it’s enjoyable for the player. While other hobbies like watching TV or flicking through social media are passive, playing music actively engages and stimulates the brain, making you feel happy and occupied.

In conclusion I would hope that this article will open up a discussion and I would welcome any questions, feedback and further topics for us to explore.




Listening to music is every Zimbabweans favourite pastime but the weekends especially a Saturday night needed to be extra special and one man, in particular, made this possible and entertaining at the same time, step forward Peter Johns lovingly known as “The radio driver” because of his popular show on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Radio 3.

As the minutes’ tick to hours and your mind turns to the “outfit” that you will be wearing tonight you are interrupted by the introductory music from ZBCs Sounds On Saturday (SOS) and the unmistakable voice of Peter Johns ready to fill the next hour with all the latest and upcoming music videos of the songs that you had listened to on the radio during the week and now you were now intrigued to watch. The hour would race by with all the good music videos played, which has now only heightened the excitement for the “gig.” Having finally gotten the chance to change into your “outfit” you and your friends pile into the car and make your way across Harare to the event, it may only be a 20 -30-minute drive, but you need “tunes” to cruise to so you tune into Radio 3 and are greeted by none other than Peter Johns playing the weekly chart countdown, how convenient as well as confusing because he is on the radio. Yet, you are currently on your way to his event, whether it is an “Open Air gig” at Bucks courts or an event at CalliesSports Club. You knew you had to be there because quite simply everyone will be there, such was the pull of this iconic DJ.  

A typical Peter Johns night out was expertly put by one of his peers, and close friend Kelvin ‘Soul Supreme’ Sifelani in his tribute.  This was posted up on ZimLive.com.  He went on to write that some of the protagonists in this display of indiscipline on a night out were Vincent Musewe, Robson, and Pius Matambanadzo. Also in attendance were a young Carlos Max, Keith Sharpe, Shaun Charters, Ahmed Rahman, and others deemed to have come from the hood (Arcadia). All round, folks that were never ever to weary to party. Peter was claimed by all ethnic groupings: white, black, and coloureds (mixed race). In the end, however, one particular group made sure that he was predominantly theirs and guarded him jealously and understandingly so because if he wasn’t the best, he was definitely second to none.

I myself had left Zimbabwe in 1990 when PJ was still at the top of his trade and I never for one minute expected to grace the same turntables as him, but fortunately, in 2012 myself and Mercy Hinze put together a Reunion event in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom in which PJ was the headline DJ, the crowds came in their hundreds, and he didn’t disappoint even though already then he was showing signs of poor health. Unfortunately, his health continued to deteriorate over the coming years, and sadly his body succumbed to it. 

The social media website Facebook was lit up with wave after wave of newsfeeds paying tribute and homage to this legendary DJ with everyone sharing their countless memories, experiences, and the music that a Peter Johns radio show, a hosted event or gig had given them. I spoke at length to his protégé Terry James and he stated that during PJs final hours he had asked that he be remembered by the Zimbabwean community as a whole in one final farewell event, unfortunately, due to the current global coronavirus pandemic, this is not possible however I have personally spoken to fifteen DJs from across the community and beyond who have all offered their services to a night that will commemorate this legend of the Zimbabwe DJs fraternity, so when this pandemic has come to pass watch this space.

Peter Johns was unique in the sense that he never allowed himself to be pigeonholed to serve one community he was a DJ for all of the Zimbabweans and we loved him for it, his passing was felt globally by the large Zimbabwean community now residing in diaspora and showed just how far his reach was. 

With heavy hearts, we say goodbye to a Zimbabwean icon Rest in Eternal Peace Peter Johns “The radio driver” thank you for the memories.     

   



By Patricia Buhl

She pervaded the whole of creation and lives on southern soilsFrom where she follows the path of her ancestors who taught her to walk like them, Tall & brave – hence her nameHer red soil was blessed with treasures and abundance, Africa…She is the cradle of mankind and dwells in the enclave of the Earth,Where her heart beats in even rhythm & tranquillity;Like limpid waters of a mountain stream flowing quietly in reflect of her steady wisdom,Revealing secrets of an ancient civilisation that came to be, right before her eyes.She is humility & compassion and her beauty is beyond all external form. And sometimes silence is her only voice,She wears the cloak of serenity & her inner essence radiates the entire earth, Even as many trials continue to challenge her.She is the sky and the light, the earth and the very root of humanity, She is unique and singular and she possesses all earthly riches, For it was upon her that wealth was destined.She is of astounding beauty in the light of the first sun rays of day, She’s the break of dawn, the unique sunset, and she possesses the riches of human culture,She is love and was destined to carry the world in her heart like a Mother, Even as she bleeds & weeps – her forefathers named her Africa. Long before her primal cry, there was only darkness and when she took her first breath,The stars, sun & the moon came to be;Thunder and Lightning were the first to dwell in her land before she banished them from her territory and sent them back to the high heavens from where they still rebuke in loud rumbling, Every now & again…

As far back as I can remember, I have always had a strong sentiment that there is a whole wide world beyond my eyes… So long as that world continues to inspire me,I will never be lost for words nor language that boils in the heath of my very soul.

Wajia Patricia Bühl. Born and educated in Zimbabwe and currently living in Switzerland, Europe for the past 47 years.

by Wajia-Patricia Bühl (Switzerland)

Art by Carol



THE MEANING OF DIASPORA

Cambridge Dictionary

Diaspora Noun

1. A group of people who spread from one original country to other countries, or the act of spreading in this way

Example: Nearly two-fifths of Spain’s foreign residents come from the Latin diaspora – mostly from Ecuador and Colombia.

2. The Jews living in different parts of the world outside Israel, or the various places outside Israel in which they live

Example: They regulated the social and religious affairs of all the Jews in the diaspora. 

American Dictionary

Diaspora Noun

1. The scattering of people from their original country to other places

2. Diaspora is the forced movement of Jews from Israel.

3. The Diaspora is also the Jews who live outside of Israel.

Collins Dictionary

Diaspora Singular

People who come from a particular nation, or whose ancestors came from it, but who now live in many different parts of the world are sometimes referred to as the diaspora.

Example:

…the history of peoples from the African diaspora.

…the Jews of the diaspora.

Our Dictionary?

The Diaspora (n)

How do we define “The Diaspora (n)?

I can’t wait to hear your suggestions J

Please send all your definitions and meanings to me by completing our comments page.


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