Zimbabwe crisis: African women commentators you should be following

Has there been a coup in Zimbabwe? Was it all Grace Mugabe’s fault? Here are seven Zimbabwean women who are commenting on events as they unfold in the southern African nation

15 November 2017 // Eliza Ayangwe

Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, may have become a meme king after he tripped in 2015, but no one could have foreseen the day the nation’s 93-year-old leader would eventually fall.

Is this the end of Mugabe’s 37-year rule? The events of the past 24 hours are anything but clear. In fact, for the past 10 days, since Mugabe fired his vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, commentators have been trying to make sense of what is happening in Zimbabwe, and explain the domestic and international implications.

As is often the case with African stories, those commentators have been mostly white men: foreign correspondents, security or academic experts. The voice of Zimbabweans has been sorely lacking in the international coverage, and even more so, the voices of Zimbabwean women, who equally are knowledgeable and active in the online discourse.

After a call out on Twitter, here are seven women our community has recommended as worth following for their take on the unfolding events. We are not endorsing their views, just ensuring that the opinions considered valid are as broad as possible.

Fudzayi Mahere, expert in Zimbabwean constitutional law


Chipo Dendere, visiting assistant professor in Africana studies


Everjoice Win, international programmes director, Action Aid


Zoe Samudzi, PhD student in medical sociology at the University of California, San Francisco

Fungai Machirori, media consultant


Teldah Mawarire, Civicus policy and research officer


Mari-Anne Chiromo, founder of Positive Afritude

Editor’s note: Many more women (and men) were recommended to us, but we have gone with those sharing their own views as opposed to those sharing articles written by others or retweeting other people’s comments. Still, who is missing from the list? Tweet us!

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