n Latin American Report - Understanding : night vigils in Zimbabwe's war of liberation

Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-6060



This article explores how the (the Shona word for sunrise but translated as night vigil) became so popular during Zimbabwe's war of liberation as a strategy to dislodge the colonial system that had taken root in Zimbabwe. The strategy was used mainly by the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army (ZANLA), the military wing of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), during the war of liberationThe article demonstrates that the concept was a socialisation process that cuts across African cultures and African times. provided multi-faced spaces that allowed the ZANU/ZANLA protagonists in the war of liberation to create a fighting community that included the ordinary masses.

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