Because I’m a woman

They say I should have known better or I should have seen it coming because I’m a woman.

They say I trusted too soon. They say I should have given it time because Im a woman .

Im not told about second chances and learning from my mistakes. I should do everything by the book because I’m a woman.

I have mastered how to cry behind closed doors and at night when everyone is asleep because I’m a woman

I can’t tell my story and share my experiences because I might be seen as loose and “munhu asina kurairwa”.

I should contain my feelings they say. They say I can’t tell my story because I will chase away possible suitors.

Yet again Im shoved in the dark with my tears only, so that the possible suitor can bring cows home to satisfy “them”. Yet my misery in the first place was brought by a man.

Just because I’m a woman in a world run by men Im supposed to take it all in. Sit at tables with my tormentor, have intellectual discussions with him because I’m a woman. How do I win the intellectual debates in front of an audience when he has already conquered my soul when noone was looking. Yet I continue to fight because Im a woman

When I tell my story they say I’m bitter. They say I should move on. They say Im crazy. Because Im a woman I should sit in silence and watch him tormenting other victims.

Koze kube nini ngithule. Inga vakuru vanoti mwana asinga chemi anofira mumbereko.

How Im i supposed to raise a powerful generation and birth warriors when I cant fight for my own justice.

Because I’m a woman and I have power in me, I want to spread my wings, sharpen “umkhonto wami” and fight for my dreams. Im tired of being silenced

I will speak about how he hurt me, I will speak about how he beat me. I will speak on how he forced himself onto me. I will speak about how I wanted out and he forced me to stay. I will talk about how he brought other women into our matrimonial home and my aunts told me to stay.

Because I have the power in me to raise a generation I will speak. I know they will want to silence me inorder to protect him but I will speak. They say I will ruin his reputation but what about mine?

Because I’m a woman I will stand tall and speak. I will speak on behalf of the woman in the asylum. Whom they said she was crazy because she stood against him, instead of listening to her they protected the perpetrator.

Because Im a strong woman I will tell my story. Gone are the days I was afraid of being judged. I’m a warrior ngizothwala umkhonto wami till I conquer.

You are in heaven

I never met you. I never saw the blue lines. I never knew that you existed deep inside me.

Stomach cramps and blood oozing out that is how you said hello and goodbye. The heavy clots was a way of you letting me know you lived inside me for a month.

When the doctor said sorry for your loss, I was in shock. Then she realised I didn’t know what was happening. I felt pain in my heart, and so hopeless. I wished I could take back all the blood into my womb and save you.

If for four weeks I had known of your existence I would have done things differently. Or I would have cherished those four weeks of your existence.

Were you a boy or a girl? Only heavens knows. The day I knew of your existence is encrypted in my heart and every month I remember it.

If you had lived, I would have loved you unconditionally. Provided for you, told you stories and read for you. I wouldn’t have thought twice of keeping you.

How could I have said no to an opportunity of having my own family. You alone would have been my family.

We never met but I love you and I’m not ashamed to grieve for you. I would have loved to hold you and kiss you goodnight. But God had other plans for us.

I sit and imagine how you would have looked like. How I would have raised you, things I would have taught you. But the heavens knew better.

You are the angel that decided not to walk on this earth. You turned that down and opted for heaven. You will always be loved and cherished.

Each day I learn to accept what happened. Your mama is a warrior, each time she falls she rises and conquers. Im rising from this and continuing with the struggle.

Happy women’s Day

Happy Women’s Day? Who is it directed to? You stab me behind closed doors and in the eyes of the world you say “happy women’s day”.

How am I supposed to be happy when inside I am bleeding. I cant clearly read the message “happy women’s day” on my phone because of the blue eye you gave me last night.

Im supposed to go with the flow you say. My soul is stagnant, everything inside me is dead. The rivers inside me have dried up and nothing flows out of me.

I’m supposed to stand besides you and attest to the whole world that you know the meaning of “women’s day”, because you are eloquent. Yet my body and soul bears evidence that you have no clue of what it means.

Shouldn’t you be saying happy brutality day? This day reminds me of the woman I was before our paths clashed. A happy soul, I was. Now I’m the greatest actor of all times, I can fake a life, a smile and happiness and be the epitome of womanhood yet deep down Im wounded and screaming in pain.

On paper you understand the value of women. Yet in reality, your anger and childhood fury is quenched by crushing and tearing my soul.

Happy Women’s Day you say to me. These words have lost their meaning to me. What is there to celebrate when I’m a wounded soldiers and you continue to pour lemon juice on them wounds.

I’m supposed to support your every dream yet you are breaking me down. I fail to understand how you can stand firm on a broken foundation. Maybe you gain your strength from crushing my soul.

Happy women’s day the world says. Im supposed to be happy to hear this but these words have lost their essence in my life.

Maybe I should celebrate this day because that’s the only day Im exempted from your brutality.

Happy women’s day, maybe happy remembrance day. A day to remember the woman I was once. To remember all the dreams you crushed. To remember all the wasted years in your hands. Once I was an eagle now Im fragile and wounded. The sound of “happy women’s day” from him sounds like an insult.

If you truly knew the meaning of these words, you would have reciprocated my love. You would have protected me until my wounded wings could fly again and be the eagle that I am. But when you saw my wounded wings and you saw an easy prey. Yet you tell the world you understand the importance of women.

“Happy women’s day” he says with a smile and my heart sinks and deep down I pray that one day he might understand the meaning of these words.

The "Public figure in South Africa"

This a difficult story or experience to share with the world, mostly because our African society judges the girl child. We are supposed to act in a so called way which they name “the dignified way”, failure to do so you are judged and given different names. This has left many women vulnerable and afraid to tell their stories and this has given many men ammunition for their actions towards innocent women. These two women from Masvingo feel that they cannot be shoved into a wall of silence and in so doing, protecting a man who is out to destroy women unapologetically. Today we will tell our story, of two Zimbabwean ladies who met through a so called “public figure” as he termed himself and this is what matters to him, (how the world sees him and rub his ego) . This story is to tell the world a story about the real Blessing Ivan Vava. Blessing Vava claims to be an activists who stand for human rights, women rights and against oppression of human kind. As many may know Blessing is a second born in a family of four boys, who grew up in Mtapa, Gweru and his rural home is Shekwa in Chipinge Zimbabwe.

We are telling this story so that we can be our sisters’ keeper, we believe we are not his only victims and if we keep quiet this circle will grow. We believe so because Blessing highlighted to one of us that there is a lady who texted a lady named Gugu (his cde) asking for help to write a story about Blessing and how he uses women. Unfortunately the so called lady cde told Blessing all this information, we hope this lady will also reach out to us and share her experience. One of us decided to be anonymous. The first lady will be called June because that is the month she started dating Blessing, the second lady is named July for the same reason as well.

June started dating Blessing in June 2018, she was led to believe that Blessing was single, never married with no child. She only found about the child a few weeks back and our dear “public figure” claimed that it was his late sister’s child whom he adopted (the child’s name will not be mentioned in order to protect the child). June has been financially supporting Blessing since he always claims to be broke and not getting much salary from crisiszimbabwe.org and that it comes late. No one in Blessing’s circles thought of warning her of his marital status and character. Blessing had always used his background and his relationship with his father to act as a victim to June. He claims to have grown up in extreme poverty with an unsupportive father. This has been his excuse for the narcissistic behaviour towards her.

In July 2019, Blessing started to date July, because July knew a few people in his circle so Blessing opened up about his child and baby mama. He claimed they had separated with no hope of working out things and his main focus was his son. Blessing never told July he was dating someone else. He also used his childhood to cover for his narcissistic behaviour. He played a victim of his previous marriage where he claimed that the ex-wife was abusive and would tell him hurtful words, in his words “munhu anokupa chikafu negumbo, wonzi unonhuwa mumukanwa”. He claimed that his ex-wife was heartless and she broke up with him over a text. He stated that the separation/divorce was mainly because he was broke and struggling and the baby mama lost her respect for him as a human. It seems his strength on women (June and July) was to act as a victim of his past.

Blessing also complained about his salary delay and being broke to July who also helped him financially. He used to do video calls with his son to July. In the relationship with July, Blessing forced his way into not using protection against July’s will. Unfortunately July got pregnant and had a miscarriage, (she only learnt about the pregnancy during the miscarriage). Blessing accepted the miscarriage and did not doubt the pregnancy was his, sorry July during the pregnancy she developed ovarian cysts. Blessing never pitched on the medical bills and he claimed he was broke and he will reimburse but alas that is yet to happen. Emotionally during this period he was hardly available and physically he claimed to be tied up with work and was available here and there.

All hell broke loose when July asked for Blessing’s help on bills because July is due for an operation she was diagnosed with multiple cysts. This is when July’s family found out and culturally in the Shona culture, her family had to engage with his family, he blocked any attempt of her failing to do so and he claimed that he has communicated with his family not to engage with her family. He even blackmailed her to say he will only help with the bills if July’s family doesn’t engage with him and blamed July for never using morning after pills. In publishing this article July loses the chances of getting the so called medical help from Blessing.

In both the relationships Blessing was a narcissist boyfriend, where the meeting and everything was done on his terms. He blamed everything on his busy career, or that he grew up in the ghetto or because he was traumatised in jail when he was arrested by the ZRP for activism. If confronted about anything in both relationships he would go quiet for days, an attempt to break up with him he would appear the next day acting like nothing happened. On 25 March 2020, the two girls confronted Blessing about his two timing behaviour and he went violent on them, threatening to beat them up.

His behaviour comes shocking for an individual who says he stands for women’ rights and protects women. It seems like young single independent women are his prey. What he fails to fathom is these women are economic migrants from Zimbabwe who are here in South Africa to bring a change to their livelihoods and their lives. These women run away from the economic challenges and poverty in Zimbabwe only to be embraced by activists who claim to be fighting for their rights. One wonders, what is the difference between the government they say they are fighting against and them. How can one say they stand for women rights and fails to help his woman to get the right medication or expose them to sexually transmitted diseases. As we speak Blessing owes these women money, It seems that this women’s rights activist lives off from the support of his prey. To June and July’s knowledge Blessing is in the midst of trying to get his baby mama back. Both June and July are willing to talk further and get into details about his narcissistic behaviour during their relationship with him.

Deep in my thoughts

I have a lot of unanswered questions? Questions that I keep to myself. Is it a sign that maybe I should let go, is it hormonal, are my instincts right or its the fear of the unknown. Am I looking for signs that are not there. If this is right why do I feel so hollow inside, why am I afraid to let my guard down. I wish there was a guide, I wish I could read minds, I wish I could tell the future see everything before it begins but Alas am not psychic nor am I a fortune teller. Am I reading well the signs? Or am being clouded by my emotions. Well, all I can do is scribble my thoughts down, this the only way I know how to deal with my doubts. How do I tell if this is not deceipt galvanised in what my heart yearns for? They say the heart wants what it wants but I have learnt that at times the heart only choose to see the roses yet I still get pricked by the thorns. Yes, I still carry the wounds and the scars from the last I got pricked. Am I clouded by the pain of the thorns that I can not see the beautiful petals and I fail to breathe the sweet aroma?
But whose judgment can I trust if not mine? Do we learn from past pain or it clouds us from seeing the beauty of the present and the future. It is hard to take another leap without knowing what’s ahead. What if there is a dungeon? What if there is everything that I have longed for. Do I go blindly or question everything, but where is the joy in questioning everything? Do I believe everything I am being told or I just seal my ears with wax? I need a guide or shouldn’t my heart be the one to guide me? What if all I hear are lies? Trying to entice me with lies..but wait what if it is the truth? Here I am again asking questions with no one to answer. I cant not answer myself.

Are these warning signs or just me impatiently waiting for the other shoe to drop? So I wonder, is it left or right, above or beneath? Well, I have learnt a long time ago to confide in my little paper and pen. Well, this is the only happy land that I go to, my happy land since I was a little girl. What would be a perfect escape land for a little girl who got teased because of her stuttering, who lisped? My pen and paper were my Lala land, not stuttering or lisping can be tracked on paper and yes this is still my perfect. When words fail me, the pen and paper got me. Growing up, I learnt to write short stories, letters about what I am feeling or when I need to express myself to people. Today I don’t want a short story or a letter, I just want to scribble. No, this is not addressed, anyone.
This feeling of uncertainty, I loathe with a passion, I hate this opaque wall in front of me worsened everything. How did I get here, or rather how do I get out of this, is it a ladder that I need or a flashlight. Well you know, I like to be in charge, to know when I take the next step, how I take the next and why I should take the next step. I’m that girl with a perfectly written list, the list I follow religiously. Well here I am looking for my list to guide me, I cant find it. How did I get here without my list? Do I take a step, or let the flow lead me or do I take time out to jot another list. They say time waits for no man, what if my train leaves whilst am taking time out to jot my list. But they also say what is yours will always find its way back to you, so maybe yes and yes indeed I can take the time out so I can tread on familiar grounds. Oh boy, here I am again asking a lot of questions. Should I take a leap or wait for my hand to be held and led? How did I even get here? Feels like when am trying to go backward am stumbling and well it’s the same when I am trying to go forward. So should I just freeze the moment?

How do I freeze this moment? Freeze my emotions, freeze everything around me? Should I close my eyes just for a few minutes maybe when I open them I will see clearer? What if I am only hearing what I want to hear or I am only being told what they think I want to hear? How fo I validate the truth? Am I too trusting? Am I too analytical? Am I uptight? Are these good or bad traits?

Well, Lala land this is where I put my pen down and feel happy that I have asked all these questions.

At the end of the day I remember that He who created me neither sleeps nor slumbers, He will guide me. He will perfect all that concerns me. He is the one who gave me the gift of my little paper n pen where I find solace when I start stuttering..

From Ashes to Beauty: my life your miracle workshop.

Me against it all

I have tried to keep my mind busy today but I have failed.Today has taken me back to the 9th of April 2014. The day before Ntombi had me to prepare a meal for her and I brought it to her in the hospital on the 9th of April. We went for a scan and on our way back God . I took your last breath after I had fed you the meal you had requested. I asked you why you were rolling your eyes and you said you not going to leave me alone but God had his own way. You left me all alone sis and those vanotaurisa (those who talk a lot) when they give examples of people without siblings vano nongedzera ini (they point at me). Ntombizodwa Eugene Matina I miss you sis. You ask me to promise you that I will take care of the kids and Im trying. There’s is a lot i would want to tell you if only i cld get one more day with you. We had accepted Bridgette’s death and said ts u n me against all but now its only me agnst it all.

I do not mourn only you but everyone that I have lost, Mom, Dad, Bridgette and You.

My thesis on waitrons was my own crazy way to honour. Till we meet again sis.

Thank you for the children that you gave me.

Still I rise

From Ashes to beauty

My diaries

4:33 am is the time. I want to sleep but I am failing to. I go through my diaries looking for what to share on this blog. Yes there will be many extracts from my diaries I owned from a young age. Before I go any further, I am a keeper, I struggle with throwing away stuff. And above all since I was a teen I made a choice I would write a book about my life. So here I am blogging, my baby steps to the book. As a young child I had faith that whatever was occurring at the moment was a passing phase. This blog is not an easy step for an introvert but well I have never settled for dry grass, I love my grass green. Green grass has to be watered frequently, so here I am watering mine.

So am reading through the diary I wrote at 14. When Dad had just passed on. When my life had changed. As I go through the pages, I start crying. I feel sorry for this little girl, I close my eyes and all the events unroll before me. I am like little girl its gonna get worse than this, brace yourself this is the beginning. Oh you are saying Bridgette is your pillar, just four more years she will be gone and Ntombi too. Little did I know then that losing dad was not going to be the last time I lose a loved one.

One thing that I wish when I open these pages in my diary, in my heart, in my memories, is if I was a time traveller. The now me would have been able to encourage the hopeless me who thought the future was bleak. I would have said to the younger me that,”It does stop raining little Tina and the sun will shine so beautiful on you.” But Alas, am no time traveller.

I realise that am not yet ready to share the hurts and the pains yet. Yes its too soon. Let me unfold step by step where it all began. Everything has its genesis. We even say God is the beginning and the end. He who made me beautiful and wonderful also made my beginning. Oh yes, the beginning of how it all started. A beginning that is made from my human memory and what I have gathered through my family members. Yes I did research as well of who I am, where I come from. I will talk more about this in my next blog.

I have an hour to sleep now.

From Ashes to beauty: My life his workshop.