Takudzwa Mazwienduna is the informal leader of Zimbabwean Secular Alliance and a member of the Humanist Society of Zimbabwe. This educational series will explore secularism in Zimbabwe from an organizational perspective, and some more.
Here we talk about written and video productions.
Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is the publication for Shingai Ndoro? What have been some of the themes and topics covered by him?
Takudzwa Mazwienduna: Shingai Ndoro’ s column is called Chiseling The Debris, and it is published in the country’s best selling Sunday newspaper; The Sunday Mail. It scrutinizes the accuracy of religious claims and attitudes, planting seeds of doubt into the religious establishment.
Jacobsen: What is the publication for Miriam Tose Majome? What have been some of the themes and topics covered by her?
Mazwienduna: Miriam Tose Majome contributes articles for Newsday, the biggest anti government newspaper in the country. The newspaper is always critical about the misgovernance in the country and it talks about the rule of law most of the time. Miriam writes about the constitutional importance of secularism in the same regard.
Jacobsen: How did Shingai and Miriam secure the columns in some of the largest publications in Zimbabwe?
Mazwienduna: They did so by pitching their ideas to the authorities in these publications. Miriam is a prominent lawyer in Harare while Shingai is a prominent member of the Harare business community, they both had the significant influence with the relevant authorities to land these columns.
Jacobsen: What have been the central contents developed – so far – for Prosper Mtandadzi via YouTube?
Mazwienduna: Prosper Mtandadzi has made a series of cartoons revisiting the Humanist foundation of precolonial culture. His content is usually aimed at reconstructing African values, and fostering a sense of progressive cultural pride to counter the acculturation that has made most Zimbabweans superficial Christians.
Jacobsen: Can you provide some of their resources for the audience here today, please?
Mazwienduna: Definitely, You can find Shingai’s content here: https://www.sundaymail.co.zw/tag/Shingai-Rukwata-Ndoro.
And Prosper’s content: https://youtu.be/rmFZ-j4U2hY.
Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Takudzwa.
Mazwienduna: It’s always a pleasure Scott.
Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. He authored/co-authored some e-books, free or low-cost. If you want to contact Scott: Scott.D.Jacobsen@Gmail.com.
Canadian Atheist Associates: Godless Mom, Nice Mangoes, Sandwalk, Brainstorm Podcast, Left at the Valley, Life, the Universe & Everything Else, The Reality Check, Bad Science Watch, British Columbia Humanist Association, Dying With Dignity Canada, Canadian Secular Alliance, Centre for Inquiry Canada, Kelowna Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists Association.
Other National/Local Resources: Association humaniste du Québec, Atheist Freethinkers, Central Ontario Humanist Association, Comox Valley Humanists, Grey Bruce Humanists, Halton-Peel Humanist Community, Hamilton Humanists, Humanist Association of London, Humanist Association of Ottawa, Humanist Association of Toronto, Humanists, Atheists and Agnostics of Manitoba, Ontario Humanist Society, Secular Connextions Seculaire, Secular Humanists in Calgary, Society of Free Thinkers (Kitchener-Waterloo/Cambridge/Guelph), Thunder Bay Humanists, Toronto Oasis, Victoria Secular Humanist Association.
Other International/Outside Canada Resources: Allianz vun Humanisten, Atheisten an Agnostiker, American Atheists,American Humanist Association, Associação Brasileira de Ateus e AgnósticoséééBrazilian Association of Atheists and Agnostics, Atheist Alliance International, Atheist Alliance of America, Atheist Centre, Atheist Foundation of Australia, The Brights Movement, Center for Inquiry (including Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science), Atheist Ireland, Camp Quest, Inc., Council for Secular Humanism, De Vrije Gedachte, European Humanist Federation, Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations, Foundation Beyond Belief, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Humanist Association of Ireland, Humanist International, Humanist Association of Germany, Humanist Association of Ireland, Humanist Society of Scotland, Humanists UK, Humanisterna/Humanists Sweden, Internet Infidels, International League of Non-Religious and Atheists, James Randi Educational Foundation, League of Militant Atheists, Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, National Secular Society, Rationalist International, Recovering From Religion, Religion News Service, Secular Coalition for America, Secular Student Alliance, The Clergy Project, The Rational Response Squad, The Satanic Temple, The Sunday Assembly, United Coalition of Reason, Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics.