THE DUT WRITING CENTRE HOSTS DR GWEKERERE
By: Nosipho Ntombela
The Durban University of Technology in association with the Writing Centre are hosting Dr Tavengwa
Gwekwerere from the University of Zimbabwe.
Dr Gwekwerere is a senior lecturer for the Department of African Languages and Literature where
he has been serving since 2007 to date. He is also an acting Director for the African Languages
His research interests are Zimbabwean Literature in indigenous languages, Zimbabwean Literature in
English, Anglophone African Literature, African-American Literature, Zimbabwean/African Liberation
Politics and the Arts, Pan-African and Afrocentric Thought and African Renaissance Studies.
Speaking about African Renaissance Studies, Gwekwerere said that we need to emerge as African
scholars and as African activists. “We must emerge with workable solutions for challenges we are
facing,” said Gwekerere. “We must stand and raise our voice in unison to sustain and have control
with our economy and politics.There is a need for African people to touch base and know what is
Reclaiming and recovering our stolen legacy: Building a New African Consciousness Reality was the
theme of their fourth Annual Pan African Conference. It takes place every May. Gwekwerere is an
executive secretary and a contact person for the conferences.
“The conference is to raise awareness and direct African people on what to do in directing Africa as a
continent, and also to make sure we follow the path we destiny to go as African people,” explained
Pan-African and Afrocentric Thought, is also one of his research interests. According to Gwekerere,
“it is the invitation to realising that as Africans we can have what we desire for ourselves and the
He has also worked with Dr Molefi Kete Asante and Dr Ama Mazama, some of the leading figures in
the fields of African-American Studies, African Studies and Communication Studies. Dr Asante is
currently Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Temple University, where he
founded the PhD program in African-American Studies. While Dr Mazama is the leader of the
organization Afrocentricity International.
First year Journalism students said that they had an exciting time with him.
“It was very refreshing to learn about Zimbabwe and its politics from someone who is from the
country. He taught us a lot about art and how it can be related to contemporary politics. I enjoyed
his teachings,” said Lisanne Lazarus.
Mbuso Kunene said, “I think it is beneficiary as he knows Africa very well. As first years, we have an
assignment to critically analyse any African country’s political system. So we are fortunate to have
“Dr Gwekwerere gave us a brief understanding of contemporary politics by using examples that we
all could relate to. I can safely say I now understand it,” said Nothando Mkhize.
Andrea Alcock from the Writing Centre said, “He is a very pleasant and open person. It is a pleasure
having him visit us.”
Dr Gwekwerere will be at the Writing Centre until 25th July 2015.