Daniel Musiitwa Interviews Tendai Huchu, Author of The Hairdresser of Harare
Daniel Musiitwa of Africa Book Club recently spoke to Tendai Huchu, author of The Hairdresser of Harare, about growing up in Zimbabwe and developing as a writer:
What was it like growing up in post-independence Zimbabwe?
It was great for the few of us whose parents climbed into the middle class. We went to great schools, took holidays, had maids and gardeners, essentially enjoyed the perks of our former colonial rulers and pretended this was normal. People like to say how great post-independence Zimbabwe was, that’s nonsense, it depends on which side of the fence you found yourself on. Whilst the lucky few enjoyed these advantages, we were surrounded by a sea of poverty, so essentially were Rhodesia-lite. Those advantages however were not passed down to the next generation, thank God for that, and we now find ourselves worse off than our parents were. I won’t bore you with the politics of it all which is well known.
- The Hairdresser of Harare: by Tendai Huchu
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