Social media frenzy over Nehanda image on ‘useless’ currency

Government has erected a Mbuya Nehanda statue in central Harare

By Zimstar News Reporter

The inclusion of Mbuya Nehanda’s image on the new 50-dollar note has triggered a social media frenzy with some questioning the “downgrading” of the First Chimurenga icon through pasting her face on a valueless note.

Government, through the central bank, will this Wednesday unveil the new note which shall anchor the current family of Zimbabwean bank notes.

Among the prominent features on the note is Nehanda’s face placed in an apparent attempt to immortalise the celebrated icon.



The note, the highest so far since the unpopular reintroduction of the local currency in 2016, is not enough for one to buy a single loaf of bread.

Commenting on the matter, social media user Jeffreyson Chitando felt it was demeaning of the revered icon to be attached to a valueless currency.

“To me having Nyakasikana on a denomination which can’t buy a loaf of bread I see it as abuse of women. A woman is a provider and generous person. This $50 note is portraying women as unable, vanopa zvisingakwane and very selfish human beings.”

He added, “Having Nyakasikana on a $50 not which only buys a Miranda drink is very degrading and abuse of women.”

Others felt government’s fixation with reincarnating Nehanda at all costs were signs the current leadership believed in phantom powers.

Government has erected a statue of the iconic spirit medium in Harare’s CBD and further instituted attempts to repatriate her head from a London Museum where it is believed to be kept.

Feminist and politician, Linda Masarira felt the inclusion of a woman’s face on a national currency was a welcome recognition on women who have generally been overlooked by a male dominated society.

“Thank you @ReserveBankZim for finally recognizing women and putting a key spiritual & historic female figure Charwe Nyakasikana #MbuyaNehanda on the new $50 note. As an avid Women’s rights & gender equality activist I greatly appreciate this move. Tinotendaisu veNyikadzimu,” she wrote on Twitter.

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