A decade of economic meltdown, massive company closures, retrenchments and unemployment Zimbabwe is yet to learn from the mistakes that put it into this mess. Inconsistent and populist policy pronouncements, corruption and political interference are some of the major challenges affecting economic growth and development in Zimbabwe.
Agriculture remains one of the best alternatives for the economic growth in Sub Saharan Africa. In Zimbabwe where the economy is continuously falling down, the opportunities for young people lie under their ability to invest in skills that add value to the home grown produce and local markets.
The ongoing provincial Youth Interface rallies currently being held by President Mugabe ahead of the 2018 harmonized election are a mere platform to take youths for granted by the ZANU PF party and a waste of the meager national resources.
The immensity of youth in Africa in terms of population has been a subject of discourse among many forums in different contexts. The youth demographic has been lauded by some as a resource that needs to be tapped into for the benefit of the continent and discredited by others as a strain on available resources and a source of the ills faced in their respective communities such as high crime rates and radicalization by terrorist groups among others.
In this piece, I will use Zimbabwean songs to trace the direction and asses the journey the country’s ‘liberation’ has traversed from colonial times to the present day. I will use ordinary music and a lay citizen’s lens to make observations and reflections of the lived realities of independence in Zimbabwe. My piece seeks to flag the lyrical prowess of some of Zimbabwe’s music greats and how this capture and define certain key historical moments in the independence journey traversed so far.