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Ask Takudzwa 25 – Columns


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Canadian Atheist

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2020/02/08

Takudzwa Mazwienduna is the informal leader of Zimbabwean Secular Alliance and a member of the Humanist Society of Zimbabwe. This educational series will explore secularism in Zimbabwe from an organizational perspectiveand some more.

Here we talk about written and video productions.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is the publication for Shingai Ndoro? What have been some of the themes and topics covered by him?

Takudzwa Mazwienduna: Shingai Ndoro’ s column is called Chiseling The Debris, and it is published in the country’s best selling Sunday newspaper; The Sunday Mail. It scrutinizes the accuracy of religious claims and attitudes, planting seeds of doubt into the religious establishment.

Jacobsen: What is the publication for Miriam Tose Majome? What have been some of the themes and topics covered by her?

Mazwienduna: Miriam Tose Majome contributes articles for Newsday, the biggest anti government newspaper in the country. The newspaper is always critical about the misgovernance in the country and it talks about the rule of law most of the time. Miriam writes about the constitutional importance of secularism in the same regard.

Jacobsen: How did Shingai and Miriam secure the columns in some of the largest publications in Zimbabwe?

Mazwienduna: They did so by pitching their ideas to the authorities in these publications. Miriam is a prominent lawyer in Harare while Shingai is a prominent member of the Harare business community, they both had the significant influence with the relevant authorities to land these columns.

Jacobsen: What have been the central contents developed – so far – for Prosper Mtandadzi via YouTube?

Mazwienduna: Prosper Mtandadzi has made a series of cartoons revisiting the Humanist foundation of precolonial culture. His content is usually aimed at reconstructing African values, and fostering a sense of progressive cultural pride to counter the acculturation that has made most Zimbabweans superficial Christians.

Jacobsen: Can you provide some of their resources for the audience here today, please?

Mazwienduna: Definitely, You can find Shingai’s content here:

Miriam’s content here:

And Prosper’s content:

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Takudzwa.

Mazwienduna: It’s always a pleasure Scott.


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