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In Zimbabwe, Hospitality Is Accepted Before It Can Be Returned

July 1, 2017

HARARE, ZIMBABWE — “Ukama i-gasva, rinozadzikiswa ne kudya.” This is a common Shona proverb, which loosely means that relationships or strong bonds are forged over sharing meals. “You never turn away a plate,” my grandmother would say, “because when it is your turn to host, and people come to your house, when you offer them food, all your plates will return untouched.” I grew up hearing this. A plate of food is a gesture of good wi...Become a Passport Member to Read More