Fellow Zimbabweans, tino kumhoresai, siyalibingelela, wherever you are on God's earth.
Did anybody hear what I heard? Some wise guy is said to have recommended to President Robert Mugabe that he declare Australia, South Africa, Canada, the UK and US virtual provinces of Zim

babwe and upgrade (or is it downgrade?) our ambassadors and high commissioners in those countries to provincial governors?
I do not know if that is true, but in terms of Zimbabwean populations in those countries, such a suggestion would not be so crazy. We all know, of course, that Zimbabwe is a nation torn asunder, its citizens driven abroad by professional deprivation, political persecution and the search for economic emancipation.
Life goes on among Zimbabweans in the Diaspora. People fall in and out of love, babies are born and given names like Sibonelo, students go to school without fear of being sent to Green Bomber camps, professionals try to make their dreams come true, people fall sick and die, and we all contribute to our local communities.
We have opinions about what is happening back home and we also contribute towards the betterment of our own people and country through various means; sending money to family in Gokwe, joining political and social forums that debate issues back home, and raising awareness about our national plight.
Today we introduce to you this column, which will be a weekly feature. In this column you will read about your family, friends and fellow Zimbabweans in the Great White North.
Canada is generally a quiet country with people who are very careful about what they say. It is often regarded as no one’s country because we all came from somewhere.
In Canada you see all colours of people, you hear all languages on earth – and in the midst of this multicultural mosaic, Zimbabweans are thriving. We like to call ourselves Zim-Canucks just like Zimbabweans in Australia might want to call themselves Zim-Aussies.
Canuck is an endearing term for Canadians. According to Wikipedia, Canuck was first recorded in 1835 to mean (ironically) Americanism.
However, we will always be Zimbabweans and this column will seek to advance our ‘Zimbabweaness’ through our aspirations, desires and wishes as people far away from home.
Each week we will give you substance on what is happening in our small world in a big and very cold country – it gets so cold here even cars freeze stiff in temperatures that can reach lows of minus 30degC. We will tell you what we think and what we say about ourselves and our country. We will also tell you about what others think and say about us as a nation.
Generally, Zimbabweans are regarded with respect here. We are better educated, we are largely humane and professional in our conduct, and we often excel in what we do. However, we also get entangled in issues that affect everybody else, such as immigration matters and matters of human relations.
Like in any big family, we also have our own rotten apples who put our name in shame once in a while.
Well, as long as we know about it and we have the facts to back up any issue about Zim-Canucks, you will read about it in this column because, to remain true to our journalism ethos, there will be no sacred cows.
We also invite you to alert us to any issues that concern Zim-Canucks and we will be sure to discuss them on this column.
Watch this space.

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