Of Coffee With The WinterABC


If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that winter is coming actually wait, winter is here June and July are typically the coldest months of the year this side of the hemisphere.

I just remembered this rather tacky joke from when I was a kid about how a less sophisticated from the village would open the freezer see the ice and feel the cold then marvel at how one had managed to trap June and July in a box…

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that our winter might actually be a little warmer than summer in some parts, the sun is still shining albeit with less vigour and if you join me, we can find a nice sunny spot to sun bathe and for a second even forget that it’s the winter season.

Kudziya mushana 
basking in the sun with your eyes closed
Kudziya mushanabasking in the sunshine

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that as per our annual tradition at the Afrobloggers community we will be warming up for winter by gathering around the fires of our blogs and having a blogging challenge that goes by the hashtag #WinterABC.


It’s the first day of the month and the first day of the challenge and I have already gotten acquainted with several new bloggers and I cant wait to inspire and be inspired.

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that we are still on an indefinite lockdown although steps are being taken to see how the education sector can resume with lessons set to resume soon for the examination classes. Well if you are in lockdown like us and looking for something to do you can join us in the blogging challenge and feel free to adapt the suggested topics into something that suits the alignment of your blog.

Afrobloggers WinterABC

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that I missed a birthday party during the weekend because of the lockdown restrictions but I did watch some of the highlights, a few short months ago I never thought we could live in a world of virtual meetups, virtual parties and even virtual funerals its like someone pressed the fast-forward button into a post-apocalyptic world where everyone wears a mask.

Happy Birthday Boss Munya

Boss Munya Cake
Boss Cake

In an unrelated yet connected aside, my last blog post is the lyrics and translation of a song called Munyaradzi by one Jah Prayzah you should drop by and totally check it out.

Munyaradzi Lyrics Jah Prayzah
Munyaradzi lyrics and translation

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you I just finished a reading a book called Devil On The Cross by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o… yes the title is a bit shocking and although the book is set in Kenya the story is a familiar story for most countries struggling in the wake of colonialism then battling the greed and corruption that seem to have possessed the continent… don’t worry my review of the book is already in  draft folder.

Devil on the Cross

I found it amusing as I read the book that I remembered words our Reserve Bank Governor had said that maybe our economy was being tormented by demons which could not touched but could be felt and contact tracing was needed to find and root it out… Well, maybe the demons plaguing us might be corruption and greed for example there was media storm about a global corporate that was said to supplying COVID-19 medical supplies at prices with beyond ridiculously inflated mark-ups.

Once the story made the news with allegations and conspiracies which leave one thinking about how there is never smoke without fire, the ministry issued a response on how it would not be paying for the supplies until the prices had been reviewed downwards but its not impossible to imagine that had the story not caught the public eye, someone would have been pocketing a great kickback and would have deserved a seat at the feast for robbers and thieves similar to the one described in the book Devil On The Cross.

If you were having coffee with me, I would ask if you remember the interesting ordeal I had the other weekend trying to get transport because as part of lockdown restrictions the government has currently banned private transport operators and the only allowed commuter transport is the state owned ZUPCO or those working under the franchise. Naturally they do not have the capacity and so public transport is a nightmare…

Zupco Combi

Well guess what, it turns out “enterprising” commuter transporters figured out how to pull one over the system by getting counterfeit branding and stickers for their vehicles to pretend to be part of the ZUPCO franchise.


You really cant make up some the shenigans that go on.

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that even though I try not watch the news I have noticed that the main headlines are currently not about the novel virus but about the unrest in the USA, the things we do to each other…

I am not sure if anything we say or do in this country can influence what happens in the USA but I saw a news clip of NSA Robert C. O’Brien naming Zimbabwe amongst the list of foreign adversaries, formenting unrest in the USA…

If you were having coffee with I would ask you what’s been happening in your neck of the woods?

I am smiling can you tell?

Cheers to the new month




    1. I had trouble with the characters too, kept mixing up Wariinga and Wangarī
      and I probably misread many others hahahaha
      Well I wouldnt say I enjoyed it, and I dont think I would read it again hahahaha
      But it offers an interesting perspective for some of what is happening now
      Thanks for dropping by Lisa

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  1. Where do you get your books B? You always have the most interesting titles. I still need to update my list of fiction reading and I know just where to go to get suggestions.

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    1. You should see my next set of reviews I just finished the most fantastical space opera cyber punk fiction and I never knew there was such a genre being done by African authors!!!
      I was actually having a conversation on how we need new authors with new stories, kudos to all the literary greats who broke the ground but we really need to allow for new voices and new types of creativity in new genres


  2. I’ve definately enjoyed having our virtual coffee. 😊
    Our struggles on lockdown are the same.
    Can’t wait to warm up around your blog fire and get through this winter. 😊
    Great read Beaton.

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    1. Thank you for visiting….

      it’s crazy we have more similarities than differences maybe this lockdown will make is connect more in the virtual space and stop focusing so much on the boarders between us.


    1. Benjamin, one can learn how to brew their own beer, ask me nicely and I will share the recipe on the post for my favorite local “food” Hehehe
      Thanks for visiting

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  3. The fake buses made me laugh I’m just sorry they weren’t there when you had your 3 hour wait. I took a bus this week, masks are obligatory on buses here in France, after one stop inspectors got on and requested a young man not wearing one to exit. Felt bad for his ignorance, instant €135 fine.
    I read a fabulous book Auē by Becky Manawatu, it won a book award in New Zealand and it uses a bit of the local Maori language which I learned in primary school. It was a tension filled, extraordinary read. It will stay with me a long time.
    Wangari reminds of one of my favourite autobiographies, Unbowed by Wangari Maathai, she was a legend.

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    1. Claire Claire Claire Hahahaha you know what, I actually laughed as well when I read about the buses and my thoughts were exactly that too why didn’t they decide to start their bootleg business the day I really wanted them

      Wow that’s a steep fine for not wearing a fine if I were to convert that to our currency at blackmarket rate it would be at around zwl$9000 and suddenly our fine for not wearing a mask of zwl$500 seems a lot less hectic

      Hmmm hadn’t thought about it but could the Wangari in the book I read have been moulded upon the famous Wangari …

      Thank you for passing through


  4. The winter blogging challenge sounds fun! You do inspire and it’s great to read others too for inspiration!
    Crazy world we live in today….. Can’t find words for it all. 😥

    Enjoy your cool winter months ahead. Thank you for the coffee share! 😊

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