By: Munyaradzi Zindi
Some time ago our newly born beloved nation celebrated its first heroes day celebrations since then years have passed. Today we celebrate our heroes day when our nation is in a quagmire situation, divided and most worrisome most have forgotten our heroes. Despite the various challenges that our nation faces they have remained steadfast and they continue to contribute to the nation’s advancement. Our generation may not truly understand or value the heroes’ day because sometimes the day has been abused and used as a tool to indoctrinate the young with the wrong information. A heroes day is a day in which a nation just celebrates the sons and daughters of the nation who have done good works for the nation through their lives.
Our men and women who are working in the most gruesome foreign countries at the end of the day providing for their beloved back home. We have women who have raised their kids as single moms and the kids have gone on to be the officials and representatives of the nation. Women wake up at 3am going to the market places like Mbare to hoard fruits and veggies just to get the next dollar.
Young men enter underground unprotected into dumped mines looking for the precious metal so that they can be providers to their families. Young women have chosen to be cross borders being on the road week in week out pursuing a life that is unpleasant but only for the reason of providing for their families. We have brave courageous men and women who sleep in the open at night protecting properties and institutions that provide services to the great Zimbabwean population. We have young boys and girls who walk kilometers just to have a chance with education because in their areas there no schools. Young people are working in the most difficult situations and work places just to support their tertiary education because their parents cannot afford to support their children. Today we celebrate such forgotten heroes and heroines who are not given credit but they do whatever necessary to make things work in the nation.
Our history we have so many heroes and heroines who have fought and represented us very well. Our heroes can be traced back as far as the pre 19th century era, the likes of Changamire Dombo, Nyatsimba Mutota, Nehanda Nyakasikana (Charwe), Chaminuka, Mzikikazi and Lobengula. Recent times we had the participants of the liberation war both male and females contributed in their spaces for that we are grateful. The war gave birth to the nation that we celebrate and enjoy today and we value the efforts of such courageous men and women who sacrificed everything for the greater cause. As the young generation sometimes fails to appreciate the efforts of such men and women. Now the economic situation and the social spaces are not reflecting what the war efforts promised the nation. The nation is bleeding from various ailments and we need unity of purpose to mend the lost pride in the name Zimbabwean. This heroes day should be used as a reflection for justice for the fallen men and women who sacrificed everything for this nation, we should do justice to them by making Zimbabwe great again. We owe them because we have contributed to the dying of our nation and justice should be done to restore the pride of our beloved nation Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe has been succumbed by various challenges especially starting from the turn of the millennium, we chewed what we could not swallow and as a result our country has turned from hero to zero. Despite the fact that we are suffering from various negatives we have various people who deserves recognition and praise for their actions and participation in national issues. We have young men and women and the older generations who have represented Zimbabwe on the world stage without being given anything notable. Despite contributing enormously the only thing they got is the pride of being a Zimbabwean. For that today we celebrate them. We have the likes of Muzhingi who participated in the comrades’ marathon and won a couple of times representing Zimbabwe and making us proud, the likes of the late Dr. Oliver Mutukudzi who died recently. Dr. Mutukudzi died as a celebrated national icon in the music circles and for that, we keep on celebrating his life even after his departure.
We have many other heroes and heroines like Dr. Rebecca Chisamba, Kirsty Coventry, Peter Ndlovu, Jairos Jiri, Fr Fidelis Mukonori, Prof Hope Sadza, Axil Jeffries, Tanya Muzinda Strive Masiiwa, Marvelous Nakamba, the late Dr. Richard Tsvangirai Mukudzei Mukombe and others not mentioned who have been involved in the process of building and representing our nation. We need to celebrate our heroes because we are Zimbabweans and no one will come and do that for us.
Heroism does not only benchmark on the liberation war involvement because heroism is just conducted especially as exhibited in fulfilling a high purpose or attaining a noble end. We need to unlearn and relearn certain things for us to fully harness certain things because without education people will continue downsizing their national pride which should be the backbone of every nation. When all is said and done we have various other unsung heroes and heroines who continue to be the pillars and strength of this great nation. We have mothers, fathers, young men and women, little boys, and girls who are living in the direst conditions suffering from the economic turmoil. They continue having hope in this great nation, they continue striving in the most difficult ways. Millions have fled to the Diaspora for greener pastures and they continue being heroes and heroines in foreign lands representing the beloved nation of Zimbabwe.
Being a hero is a great thing for everyone and everyone wishes to be one but because as human beings we always celebrate the most popular ones we tend to forget the unsung heroes and heroines who work tirelessly in the background just to make things work for the better. Today is a day we celebrate everyone who continues to do good for the nation of Zimbabwe. Today is the day we need to reflect on the past, what have we learned and what should we change to change the trajectory of our great nation because many heroes that have fallen are crying in their graves because of what we have made this nation. Happy heroes day to every Zimbabwean.
Munyaradzi Zindi Chikomba (0719103604 email@example.com)