The long distance love WhatsApp and the mahinde-kinde dance (Happy women’s day!)

Dudziro Nhengu
Posted March 8, 2016 from Zimbabwe
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My sweetheart WhatsApped a long distance love letter

The most romantic one since our love cycle

[3/7, 23.30] Mylover: Babe, 'Planet [email protected]

[3/7, 23.31] Mylover: Babe, So many miles away and you’re still right here – in my heart

[3/7, 23.32] Dudzi: Babe, missing someone isn’t easy, but having someone to miss is revolutionary love

My lover is amazing, once he starts WhatsApping he won’t stop

[3/7, 23.33] Mylover: Babe, Happy women’s day. When I come back, I want us to dance a belated dance, the mahinde-kinde dance, to celebrate all women of the globe. I want us to gyrate to the mahinde-kinde song rhythm all night long. Until, as you always say, “Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka ululates.”

My lover always gets me in the mood of laughter and happiness

[3/7, 23.34] Dudzi: Kkkk kkkkk kkkkk, kkkkk

[3/7, 23.35] Mylover: Babe, on this night, I want to dance and feel the woman-power in you.

My lover has ignited the woman in me, and I am typing with the speed of Yaa Asentawa

[3/7, 23.36] Dudzi: Listen to me babe, before I commit, you must pass the mahinde-kinde dance

scorecard quiz. Seven easy questions, and we are done, then I will sign the deal.

[3/7, 23.37] Mylover: Babe, shoot! For I want us to sign the mahinde-kinde dance deal.

[3/7, 23.38] Dudzi: Babe, this person is full of courage, works 24/7, carries household burdens on their head, produces more and eats less, tell me their name?

[3/7, 23.39]Mylover: It’s a woman, Chin is her name, from Beijing

[3/7, 23.40] Dudzi: Babe, this one is strong, cries with a smile, returns praises for curses, and stays when they are supposed to leave, for the sake of posterity. Name this person.

[3/7, 23.41]Mylover: Her name is woman babe, and I name her Thando, from KwaZulu Natal.

[3/7, 23.42] Dudzi: Correct babe. And this one is carrying a baby inside them, a toddler on their back, a bucket of water on their head, and a basket of vegetables, and a hoe in their hand. Name?’

[3/7, 23.43]Mylover: I know her, it’s a woman, I name her Chido, from Zimbabwe.

[3/7, 23.44] Dudzi: This one died a miserable death, yes murdered, murdered by the partner for serving vegetables instead of meat.

[3/7, 23.45Mylover: Babe its crazy. It’s Neema, she is from Kenya.

[3/7, 23.46] Dudzi: This one organized underground, provided space for the organizing vanguard. Communism was overthrown, many positions of power were created, but this one could not fit.

[3/7, 23.47Mylover: Again a woman, it was Gorky’s Mother, from Russia.

[3/7, 23.48] Dudzi: This one is sentenced to death, for breaking religious law, uncovering their head.

[3/7, 23.49]Mylover: I know the woman, her name is Daima, from Somalia.

[3/7, 23.50] Dudzi: Babe, you passed the scorecard quiz. Deal!

[3/7, 23.51] Dudzi: Shona warrior, when you are back, I will face the moon, and you will plunge the spear into mother earth, and together we will gyrate to the mahinde-kinde song rhythm.

[3/7, 23.52] Dudzi: We will dance it the way they dance it in my village, my eyes to the moon, yours to the ground, your spear into mother earth, mahinde-kinde dance. Your eyes to the ground, mine to the moon, your spear into mother earth, mahinde-kinde dance. We will gyrate to the mahinde-kinde song rhythm, until Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka ulutates

[3/7, 23.53] Mylover: Your eyes to the moon, mine to the ground, my spear into mother earth, mahinde-kinde dance. My eyes to the ground, yours to the moon, my spear into mother earth, mahinde-kinde dance. We will gyrate to the mahinde-kinde song rhythm, until Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka ulutates.

[3/7, 23.54] Dudzi: And then we will genderise spaces, align laws to Constitution, establish the women’s bank, castrate child molesters – my eyes to the moon, yours to the ground, your spear into mother earth, mahinde-kinde dance. Your eyes to the ground, mine to the moon, your spear into mother earth, mahinde-kinde dance. We will gyrate to the mahinde-kinde song rhythm until Phumzile Ngcuka-Mlambo ululates.

[3/7, 23.55] Mylover: Yes babe, genderise spaces, align laws to Constitution, establish the women’s bank, castrate child molesters – your eyes to the moon, mine to the ground, my spear into mother earth, mahinde-kinde dance. My eyes to the ground, yours to the moon, my spear into mother earth, mahinde-kinde dance. We will gyrate to the mahinde-kinde song rhythm until Phumzile Ngcuka-Mlambo ululates

Mahinde-kindee kinde mahinde kinde

Aya mahinde-kindee kinde mahinde-kinde

Aya mahinde-kindee kinde

Hinde, hinde, hinde, hinde

Aya mahinde-kindee kinde

Mahinde-kinde

Happy women’s day women of the globe!

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Tamarack Verrall
Mar 23, 2016
Mar 23, 2016

Dear Dudziro,

As always happens when I read a story from you, I read and am so moved, and read again to take your news, your message, your poetry into my heart. I am always given strength, hope, determination. What an honouring of all that women do. What beauty in the respect and depth and true meaning of shared commitment between you and your partner. What an inspiration for all that is possible.

Happy women's day to you, global sister,

With love in sisterhood,

Tam

Dudziro Nhengu
Mar 29, 2016
Mar 29, 2016

Thanks team mate!

Sherna Alexander Benjamin
Mar 23, 2016
Mar 23, 2016

This is a moving piece and it shows so many things about how individuals look at GBV and how partners can have a bond which is very strong once there is support, respect, communication and understanding.

Continue using your voice in the group.

Sherna

Dudziro Nhengu
Mar 29, 2016
Mar 29, 2016

Thanks team mate!

Dudziro Nhengu
Mar 29, 2016
Mar 29, 2016

Thanks my team! Onward and upward!