Chigumadzi's novel, Sweet Medicine, introduces a new narrative on Zimbabwe

Panashe Chigumadzi on Monday unpacked the pertinent issues regarding Zimbabwe's socio-economic developments in her debut novel, Sweet Medicine.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to the author regarding how she used characters to drive the narrative carried in the novel.

Listen to the conversation below:

What often happens is that people of Zimbabwe are often sacrificed for political arguments or political ends.

Panashe Chigumadzi, author of Sweet Medicine

The kind of narrative we often get is usually the border jumper, political violence. Those things are important but it cannot be the entire narrative.

Panashe Chigumadzi, author of Sweet Medicine

How many young people in South Africa are jobless graduates? The idea that if you work hard, this is what will happen.

Panashe Chigumadzi, author of Sweet Medicine

Hard work will necessarily mean that you'll have a good life but that's unfortunately not the case as many of us end up finding out, and that's what I'm interested in.

Panashe Chigumadzi, author of Sweet Medicine

In our language, there's a huge emphasis on respect for order and a lot of words to describe it because people don't like disorder.

Panashe Chigumadzi, author of Sweet Medicine

As Zimbabweans, we like to pretend that we're a lot more conservative than what we really are.

Panashe Chigumadzi, author of Sweet Medicine

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