Tag: TWSC Submissions

  • TWSC Submission: Surviving the Loss of my Baby

    The loss of a loved one is a very painful and heartbreaking ordeal, especially when the loved one is your child. No one should ever bury their child, but due to life’s vicissitudes, this occurs more often than it should. Thobekile Moyo narrated to The Weight She Carries how she lost her precious baby girl in 2014. My name is Thobekile Moyo. I grew up in Gwanda but later relocated to Harare where l finished my education at Waddilove School. I am 43 and currently have three kids aged 20,12 and 15 months old. Although it is difficult to talk about, l will share my story just to help someone out there. In 2013, l fell pregnant and in 2014… Continue reading "TWSC Submission: Surviving the Loss of my Baby"

  • TWSC Submission: How Believing in Myself Made my Dreams Come True

    Patience Samantha Tshuma is a 26-year-old woman who lives in Harare, Zimbabwe. As she narrated to The Weight She Carries, her interest in modelling began when she was young. I grew up with a passion for modelling. I remember when I was doing my primary school, I would take part in modelling competitions and would model for people at home. They never took me seriously. My parents would discourage me from modelling, saying that it is for prostitutes. They would tell me to focus on school and not be one of the prostitutes. As I grew older, I realized that I was more into the beauty industry than anything else. I made it a point to prove to my parents… Continue reading "TWSC Submission: How Believing in Myself Made my Dreams Come True"

  • TWSC Submission: How Discrimination Nearly Derailed My Success

    My name is Tanunurwa Wellwisher Mangava. I am a married mother of two children. I live in Harare, Zimbabwe in a house which my husband and I built. I am a full-time editor at Zimbabwe Open University (same grade as lecturer).  I am also a part-time tutor at the same institution.  I am a counsellor on a part-time basis and I am the leader of the Social Welfare Committee of Budiriro North AFM Church Assembly. I started work as a copy typist at the University of Zimbabwe and was promoted to the post of secretary in the public law department in 1990.  I was then further promoted in 1995 to the post of senior secretary at the University of Zimbabwe… Continue reading "TWSC Submission: How Discrimination Nearly Derailed My Success"

  • I Survived

    Sean Kingston in his song “Beautiful Girls” sang a line, “all these beautiful girls, they only wanna do you dirt; they’ll have you suicidal, suicidal when they say it’s over….” Adults and kids sang along, oblivious to what they were singing, myself included. It is only when it hit closer to home than l could ever imagine that l understood what it truly meant to be suicidal. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, suicide is “the act or an instance of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally.” For me, it had been a gradual build-up of situations and circumstances that led me to that dark and messy place. A place where an impulsive moment could not have been reversed if… Continue reading "I Survived"

  • TWSC Submission: Traumatized By My Own Family

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    The following story was narrated to TWSC Contributor Celine Njoki: My name is Flora Nkatha Mugao. I was born and raised in Tharaka, Kenya. I attended Gekondi Primary School. I was a bubbly kid and had a normal childhood in a closely-knit family. My parents were both teachers. My mum taught in a primary school while my dad taught in a high school. We had neither too much nor too little. One thing that my mother always said whenever we lacked food, shoes, etc. was that God will always provide. And sure enough, He did provide. As far as I can remember, my journey with emotional abuse and emotional and physical trauma goes back to the age of three. There… Continue reading "TWSC Submission: Traumatized By My Own Family"