Prominent journalist Hopewell Chin’ono caused an uproar on social media after his Facebook post seemed to discourage people from consuming sadza/isitshwala made from maize meal.
In a post on Wednesday, Chin’ono said maize is a stockfeed that has zero nutrition for human beings. He wrote:
This [maize] is stock feed, for mombe.
Muno gona kuita nharo zvenyu, but it is not fit for human consumption 😂😂😂
Your ancestors knew better!! This has zero consumption value for you when you have it as Sadza!
Apparently It affects brain development too, and it is not good for diabetes.
Do you want to know more or this is enough to get you ranting all evening Sadza eaters?😂😂😂
Muri kupedzera mombe chikafu chadzo.
The post, which has generated more than 3 000 comments so far, prompted Chin’ono to explain his remarks. He said:
This story was not about Sadza or maize, it was meant to illustrate the anger, intolerance and abuse in many Zimbabweans!
Now go to the comments section of the original post and tell me if Nkosana Moyo was wrong when he said that the ZANU-PF Government is a refection of Zimbabweans!
Just read the comments, the insults for merely stating the obvious! Now if people in these comments are angry that I merely said what we eat is junk, which is what it is, how angry would the same people be if they were in ZANU-PF and they lost an election!
Over to you students of Sociology! French sociologist Émile Durkheim said that change is painful. Every journalist or social science university student would have studied and read Durkheim’s work.
I merely pointed scientific facts about maize, and the insults came. Just like merely pointing out to Mnangagwa that he has lost an election. How different are you from the people that you oppose?
Why do you expect Mnangagwa to be tolerant to you or anyone around you for losing an election, yet you are not tolerant to someone merely saying, “…actually Sadza is not that great?”
I am not taking away your rights to continue eating crap, but you see it fit to insult me. How do you expect a man who is losing power to react?
As said in Durkheim’s work, Sociologists who follow the functionalist approach are concerned with the way the different elements of a society contribute to the whole.
Are we any different from the cousins in ZANU-PF or we are merely the same the only difference being that they are over there and we are here?
If you vehemently insult a man on his page for stating a scientific fact, what would you do if the same man beat you in an election? Food for thought! Good evening! #RegisterToVoteZW
In another post, Chin’ono dismissed the assertion that sadza is part of Zimbabwean culture.
He argued that maize was brought to Zimbabwe by the colonialists, and the crop is originally from Mexico. Said Chin’ono:
Unlike Nigerians, we continued with eating what the colonials threw at us, ours was Mhunga, Mapfunde, Zviyo etc
Maize first arrived on the African coast during the seventeenth century. It was initially introduced by the Portuguese to supply their trading forts.
Africans only adopted it because it was less labour intensive as they had become subjugated by colonialism.
As scholars have noted, the introduction of maize increased population density and slave exports in Africa.
Scholarly findings suggest that maize increased the supply of slaves during the slave trade.
So to suggest that Maize is part of our ancestral DNA is a reflection of the ignorance of our history.
In Southern Africa Maize arrived around 1700, that is in South Africa.
The adoption of Maize in Zimbabweans occurred during the British colonial occupation, from the late 19th century.
Most of the maize grown in South Africa from around 1700 was mainly for export and not for domestic consumption!