Department of Humanities

About the department

The Department of Humanities at Africa University is committed to inspiring students in the classroom through world class teaching and practice. Our teaching is grounded in research excellence, professional practice and diversity, promoting participatory learning in a supportive environment. The department offers a range of subjects taught by a competent staff in areas such as Creative Writing, Portuguese, French, History, Music, Linguistics and Philosophy.
While we emphasise face-to-face learning, courses are also offered with low-residency requirements, incorporating non- conventional / week programmes. In addition, various short-courses may be offered occasionally to pursue a range of interests. We are happy to discuss plans with prospective students to provide the best advice for your future studies and career.

The Department of Humanities has, as its mission, to develop students to think independently, communicate clearly, broaden their abilities for critical and aesthetic examination of the humanities, and be committed to a variety of intellectual and social responsibilities. The Department aims to help students develop the skills necessary to understand ideas and issues, and make educated and humane choices in a changing and increasingly technologically-oriented society

To do this, the Department of Humanities offers students a liberal arts education of considerable breadth and distinctive quality. The Faculty encourages students to develop values and ethics that will lead them to productive, fulfilled lives..

Basic Entry Requirements

5 ‘O’ level passes including English Language. Relevant Diploma e.g. Diploma in Education. Environmental Studies requires Geography at GCE ‘A’ level. Sociology and Psychology requires Mathematics at GCE ‘O’ level.

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Basic Entry Requirements

5 ‘O’ level passes including English Language.At least two GCE Advanced Level passes or a Relevant Diploma.

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Basic Entry Requirements

5 ‘O’ level passes including English Language. At least two GCE Advanced Level passes or a Relevant Diploma.

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Basic Entry Requirements

5 ‘O’ level passes including English Language. At least two GCE Advanced Level passes or a Relevant Diploma.

Click here for More information about this programme.

Basic Entry Requirements

5 ‘O’ level passes including English Language. At least two GCE Advanced Level passes or a Relevant Diploma.

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Basic Entry Requirements

5 ‘O’ level passes including English Language. At least two GCE Advanced Level passes or a Relevant Diploma.

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Academic Staff

Tendekai Kuture

Head of Department, Lecturer


Academic Qualifications
  • Ph. D in Creative and Performing Arts with Great Zimbabwe University
  • Master of Music (M. Mus) University of Idaho (USA)
  • Bachelor of Education [(B. Ed) Music] University of Zimbabwe
Professional Qualifications:
  • Diploma of Education in Music (Dip. Ed. Music) Hillside Teachers’ College
  • Teachers’ Certificate (T3 Jr.) Nyadire Teachers’ College

Areas of Interests

Music and Choral Composition and Arrangement, Music performance, Choral coaching and clinics, Choral Adjudication.

Choral training and Directing

Marimba coaching and arrangement of pieces.

English Literature.

  1. Study and Implementation of Kodaly’s Music Philosophy in Zimbabwe’s Primary Schools System, University of Idaho 2005.
  2. Choral Adjudication in Zimbabwe. University of Zimbabwe. 1995

Mr. Gondayi Mzite

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Academic Qualifications
  1. Currently studying for a PhD in Teaching French as a Foreign Language. University of Cape Town, South Africa (UCT)
  2. Masters in French – Teaching French as a Foreign Language (FLE) University of Cape Town, South Africa. (UCT) (2009)
  3. B.A. Honours Degree French. (With English and Spanish as minors) University of Zimbabwe, Harare (2003)
  4. Diploma in Education (Majoring in French and English.) Hillside Teachers’ College. (1998) Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
  5. DiplômeApprofondi de la Langue Française (DALF - C2), 2009. Alliance Française of Cape Town South Africa
  6. Certificate in the Teaching of French as a foreign language (C.I.F.E.P.T), 1998 University of Reunion Islands.

Areas of Interests

Foreign Language Learning

Research in teaching with New Technologies and Authentic learning

Research in teaching French as a Foreign Language

Research in teaching English as a Foreign Language

French Language and Culture

Intensive English language teaching

Playing Chess

Debating and Public Speaking

  1. Currently working on a paper and pilot project for a programme called ICT and Pedagogical Development. It is an advanced International Training programme sponsored by the Swedish Government and I am working on a pilot project to transform the teaching of French as a Foreign Language by the integration of 3D Virtual Worlds into the teaching and learning process, thus to make foreign language learning more authentic and interesting.
  2. Development Interfacing Technology. Language, Knowledge Management with Sustainable Development – Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT ILL International Conference 2016. (Zimbabwe) Topic Presented: Harnessing technology to promote Lifelong Learning and widening participation in language learning: A case of students learning a foreign language at Africa University
  3. 13th FIPF World Conference for French Teachers held in Durban South Africa from the 23rd to the 27th of July 2012 Topic Presented : L’impact de l’adaptation des Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication pour l'Enseignement (TICE) à l’enseignement/ apprentissage du français langue étrangère au Zimbabwe: Quellecompétences et quelle formation pour l’enseignant(e) d’aujourd’hui et de demain à l’écolesecondaire.

Justin Chitakatira

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Academic Qualifications
  1. MA English (UZ)
  2. BA (Hons) English (Unisa)
  3. BA
  4. CE (Secondary Teaching)- UZ

Areas of Interests

African Literature- postcoloniality and the politics of African Literature

Literary Theory

English Literature

Creativity- focusing on alternate/possible worlds in literary texts

Demarginalising the African Languages: The Zimbabwean Language Question, 2011 English for Specific Purposes: A Task-Based Approach, 2012 (co-authored)

Dr Alex Kasonde

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Academic Qualifications
  1. PhD (University of Hamburg, Germany)
  2. M Phil (University of Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, France)
  3. MA (University of Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, France)
  4. BA Hon (University of Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, France)
  5. BA with Ed (University of Zambia)

Areas of Interests

Multilingualism; Translation and Lexicology

  1. Phonologie et morphologie de la langue bemba (Munich: LINCOM Europa Publishers (Lincom Studies in African Linguistics, Vol. 75) : 2009 GERMANY
  2. A Classified Vocabulary of Icibemba Language (Munich: LINCOM Europa Publishers, (Languages of the World/ Dictionaries Vol. 39): 2002 GERMANY
  3. Language Law and Development in the Third World Countries (Hamburg, London and Munster: LIT Verlag Publishers (Linguistics Monograph Vol. 7): 2000 GERMANY
Book Chapters:
  1. »Analyse critique des lois en matière de gestion du multilinguisme en Zambie. » In: Sanou, F. and A. J. Sissao (eds). Développementendogène de l’Afriqueetmondialisation. Unerelecture de la pensée du Professeur Joseph Ki-Zerbo. (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso : Presses UniversitairesdeOuagadougou, Burkina Faso – Fondation Joseph Ki-Zerbo. ISBN: 979-10-90524-17-0; ISBN: 9782-9537842-4-4; DL: 16-183, pp.189-202): 2016 BURKINA FASO
  2. “Language and Identity in General Education in Zambia.” In: Khachatury, E. (ed). Language - Nation - Identity. The "Questionedella Lingua" in an Italian and Non-Italian Context (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN-13:978-1-4438-7206-5; ISBN-10:1-4438-7206-7, pp.96-119): 2015 UNITED KINGDOM
  3. “Civil society, interest groups and good governance in Zambia: A general overview.” In: Edoh, Tony and TerhembaWuam (Eds). Leadership Accountability and Development in Post-Independence Africa (Lapai, Niger Sate: Ibrahim BadamasiBabangida University, pp.390-402): 2008 NIGERIA
Conference Proceedings:
  1. “The Long March to Addis: Language Quality Promotion and Capacity Development in Higher Education in Africa.” In: Ngara, Emmanuel. of 3rd Southern African Regional Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education, held at CSIR International Convention Centre Pretoria, South Africa from 19 to 21 October 2016 SOUTH AFRICA (in press)
  2. The rule of law and multiculturalism in Africa: A linguistic analysis.” In: Guoliang Fu, Le Cheng and Ning Ye (eds). Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Law Language and Discourse (Multiculturalism Multimodality and Multidimensionality), Zhejiang University and Zhejiang Police College, in collaboration with Law Research Center of Georgetown University USA and Multicultural Association of Law and Language of Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong, Hangzhou, 20 to 22 April 2012 CHINA
  3. Citizen-State Relations in Contemporary Africa: a linguistic perspective.” In: Schweder, Claudia (ed). Proceedings of Expo-Lingua Berlin2008, 21. InternationaleMessefuerSprachen und Kulturen, 14-16 NOV 2008, 5p., GERMANY
  4. “Saving an African Language: Computer Assisted Lexicon and Grammar for Translation Purposes.” In: Sonja E Bosch (Ed.) Proceedings of the Workshop of the African Language Association of Southern Africa, Special Interest Group for Language and Speech Technology (ALASA-SIG) and Speech Technology (SU-CLaST) Speech Technology (ALASA-SIG). and Speech Technology (SU-CLaST), Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 2006, pp. 31-33 SOUTH AFRICA
  5. “Broadcasting in Zambia: Problems and Prospects.” In: Hahn, Hans Peter and GerdSpittler (Eds) (1999) Afrika und die Globalisierung. Hamburg, etc: LIT Verlag Publishers, GERMANY (Peer reviewed selected proceedings from GemeinsameFachtagung von VAD, 8-10 October 1998, University of Bayreuth, GERMANY
Journal Articles:
  1. Kasonde. Alex & Lazarus Miti (2013) - Protection of Language Rights in Zambia: Issues and Strategies. Journal of Public Policy in Africa (Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe), Vol. 1, No. 1 ZIMBABWE
  2. Kasonde, Alex & Margaret Dunham (2009) - A Pedagogical Study of Tone Neutralization in Cibemba Phonetics and Phonology. African Research Review Vol. 3 (3), January 2009, ETHIOPIA & NIGERIA
  3. Kasonde, Alex (2008) - The Last Frontier in the Philosophy of Language: Implications of ICT for the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis. Samara AltLinguo E-Journal 3/2008, RUSSIA
  4. Kasonde, Alex (2001a) - African Refugees: Some Personal Encounters. Contemporary Review, January 2001, Oxford, ENGLAND
  5. Kasonde, Alex (2001b) - Care and Education of Young Bilinguals. By Colin Baker [Book Review]. LINGUIST List, Vol. 12/260, January 31, 2001. ISSN: 1068-4875, USA
  6. Kasonde, Alex (2001c) - African American Studies: An African Scholar's Perspective. Contemporary Review, May 2001, Oxford, ENGLAND
  7. Kasonde, Alex (1995) - Returning to Power in Africa: Some Lessons from Uganda. Contemporary Review, Oxford, ENGLAND
  8. Kasonde, Alex (1995) - „A Vocabulary of Icibemba [Review]." Lexicology (University of Surrey, Department of Linguistics and International Studies), 2/2: 319-332 UNITED KINGDOM
  9. Kasonde, Alex (1988a) - „African Poetry and the English Language [Review]." Revue PrésenceAfricaine, 4è Trimestre 1988, No. 148, pp. 134-135, Paris, FRANCE
  10. Kasonde, Alex (1988b) - „The Politics of Exile [Review]." Revue PrésenceAfricaine, 4è Trimestre, 1988, No. 148, pp. 135-137, Paris, FRANCE
  11. Kasonde, Alex (1988c) - „'Engagement' and the Language of the Subject in the Poetry of AiméCésaire [Review]." Revue PrésenceAfricaine, 2è Trimestre, 1988, No. 146, pp. 260, Paris, FRANCE
  12. Kasonde, Alex (1988d) - „Le développement: un déficulturel et linguistique." Défis Africains, No.3, Paris, FRANCE
  13. Kasonde, Alex (1988e) - „Oral Traditions in Southern Africa [Review]." Research in African Literatures, Vol. 19, No.3, U.S.A.
  14. Kasonde, Alex (1987) - „Oral Traditions in Southern Africa [Review]." Revue PrésenceAfricaine, Paris, FRANCE
  15. Freund, Paul J., KateleKalumba, [MakasaKasonde&KafwimbiNyirongo] (1986) - Spontaneously Settled Refugees in Northwestern Province, Zambia. International Migration Review, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Special Issue: Refugees: Issues and Directions, Summer 1986), pp. 299-312, USA

Ambassador Kholisile David Dhliwayo

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Academic Qualifications
  1. MPhil in History, University of London
  2. MA in History, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  3. B. A in History, Bates College, USA


Ambassador of Zimbabwe to Nigeria, 1982-1988

Areas of Interests

Politics; Leadership training; Research

  1. External Traders in the Hinterland of Sofala, 1810-1889, Lincom Academic Publications, Muenchen, Germany, 2014
  2. The Liberation of Zimbabwe, Lincom Academic Publications, Muechen, Germany, 2016
  3. Zimbabwe / Nigeria African International Relations, Lincom Academic Publications, Muechen, Germany, 2016
  4. The African Journey from The Great Pyramids to Great Zimbabwe, , Lincom Academic Publications, Muechen, Germany, forthcoming

Jennifer Muzamhindo

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Academic Qualifications
  1. PhD candidate- University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  2. MA (English). Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  3. Postgraduate Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  4. B.A. University of Zimbabwe.
  5. Graduate Certificate in Education (Grad. CE), University of Zimbabwe.
  1. Fulbright/United States Department of State Award: Study of the United States Institute on Contemporary American Literature. University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
  2. Overseas Development Agency (ODA-British Council) Postgraduate Scholarship, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Scotland.

Certificates awarded

  1. Contemporary American Literature. University of Louisville, Kentucky. USA.
  2. Distance E-Learning. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Africa University.
  3. Training of Trainers: Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), ANELTA, Luanda. Angola.
  4. Job Analysis, Job Grading, Job Evaluation Processes. Ernst and Young, Harare.
  5. Strategic Management. Business Systems and Training (BST). Harare.
  6. Performance Management Systems. Ernst and Young, Harare.
Areas of Interests
  • Women Autobiographical writing
  • Gendered Discourses and Cultural Studies;
  • Language, Identity and Power;
  • Women, migration and armed conflicts;
  • Zimbabwean war narratives, Literary representations of female guerrilla fighters in war narratives;
  • African-American Literature;
  • World Literatures
  • Communication Skills
Chapters in Books
  1. Machakanja, I. and Crowe, J. and Muzamhindo, J. (1999). How to Study: Communication skills for beginning college and university students. Mutare: Africa University Press.
Refereed International Journals
  1. Berridge, R. and Muzamhindo, J. (1999). “What Will You Do With This”. In Shameem, N. and Tickoo, M. (eds). New Ways in Using Communicative Games in Language Teaching. Alexandria VA: TESOL.
  2. Berridge, R. and Muzamhindo, J. (1999). “Comparative Ease with Graphic Information”. In Larimer, R. and Schleicher, L. (eds). New Ways in Using Authentic Models in the Classroom. Alexandria VA: TESOL.
  3. Berridge, R. and Muzamhindo, J. (1998). “Talking Business”. In Richards, J.C. (ed). New Ways in English forSpecific Purposes. Alexandria VA.: TESOL
  4. Berridge, R. and Muzamhindo, J. (1998). “Appealing to your Peers”. In Richards, J.C. (ed). New Ways in English for Specific Purposes. Alexandria VA : TESOL
  5. Berridge, R. and Muzamhindo, J. (1998). “Taking the Speed out of Reading Tests”. In Brown, J.D. (ed). NewWays in Classroom Assessment. Alexandria, VA: TESOL.
  6. Berridge, R. and Muzamhindo, J. (1998). “Group Oral Tests”. In Brown, J.D. (ed). New Ways in ClassroomAssessment. Alexandria, VA : TESOL
  7. Berridge, R. and Muzamhindo, J. (1997). “Questioning the Text”. In Lewis, M. (ed). New Ways of TeachingAdults. Alexandria, VA: TESOL.
  8. Berridge, R. and Muzamhindo, J. (1997) “Easily into the Summary”. In Short, D. (ed). New Ways in Teaching English at the Secondary Level. Alexandria, VA: TESOL
Book Review:

Communication in Extension for Agricultural Extension for Agricultural Education Series. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), United Nations: Rome.

Content Reviewer:
  1. Reviewed academic papers for publication in the internationally referred journal – Physics and Chemistry of the Earth
  2. Reviewed articles for PULA Botswana Journal of African Studies. Gaborone: University of Botswana.
Short courses developed and course modules
  1. Manyawu, A and Muzamhindo, J. Pre-Masters English Language Course Book for Integrated Water Resources Management for Water Managers (WaterNet).
  2. Muzamhindo, J. and Manyawu. A. Developing Communication Skills: Conflict Resolution in Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM). ( WaterNet)
  3. Muzamhindo, J. and Manyawu, A. Making Language work for you: Communicative strategies in Negotiation, Conflict Management and Resolution in IWRM. College of Engineering Technology University of Dar es Salaam (Waternet.)
  4. Muzamhindo, J. and Manyawu, A. The Discourse of Research: ResearchMethods and the Academic, Scientific and Technical Text. (Waternet)
  5. Manyawu, A and Muzamhindo, J. English for Agriculture. InstitutoAgrario de Chimoio, Chimoio, Mozambique.
  6. Conducted a Pre-Masters English Language Course for the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) students from non-English speaking countries in the SADC Region at the College of Engineering and Technology (CoeT), University of Dar es Salaam and the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Zimbabwe. (Waternet)
  7. Gender mainstreaming at the workplace. (S.H.A.P.E.Zimbabwe) at Africa University.
  8. Designing and running an EFL course for AgostinhoNeto University, Faculdade de CiậnciasAgrária (Faculty of Agricultural Sciences), FCA, and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Huambo, Angola. Co-authored the EFL course book for the course. (Chevron-Texaco.)
Published Reports (as rapporteur)
  1. 2009: Regional Perspectives on Negotiations and peace Building: Challenges and Opportunities”. Harare:SIRDIC.
  2. 2009 “Unleashing the potential of youth”. Africa Youth Programming Project (AYPP). Harare: Agape Printers
  3. 2008. Securing Africa’s Future through collaborative Youth Programming. Harare: Agape Printers.
  4. 2007: Peace and Development in Africa: The Legacy of Dag Hammarsjköld. Harare. SIRDIC.
  5. 2007: Towards a locally relevant and integrated framework for youth development. Harare: Agape Printers.
  6. 2006. Gender, Peace, Leadership and Development in Africa. Harare: SIRDIC
WaterNet Board Member and Trustee
  1. Current WaterNet Board member and a Trustee. WaterNet, a SADC subsidiary institute that focuses on building institutional and human capacity in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in East and Southern Africa through training, research and outreach activities.
International Conferences/Workshops
  1. Have attended The Waternet/WAFSA/GWP symposia in Botswana, Mauritius, Malawi. South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  2. Gender analysis and mainstreaming at tertiary institutions. Women Leadership and Governance Institute. Nyanga. Zimbabwe.
  3. Ethno-based writers’ scheme. Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education. Harare. Zimbabwe.
  4. Gender Equity Workshop: Canadian International Development Agency. Mutare. Zimbabwe.
  5. Canada-Africa Collaboration in Higher Education. Pretoria. South Africa.
  6. Gender and Development. Mutare. Zimbabwe.
  7. Project proposal writing and development for female academics within universities. Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) workshop conducted at Africa University.
  8. Performance Appraisal Workshop. Nyanga. Zimbabwe.
  9. Unleashing the potential of youth: youths in Civic Engagement, HIV/AIDS, Building Economic Self-sufficiency and Youth Migration’. Kellogg Foundation for the Africa Youth Programming
  10. Media Monitors. Harare, Zimbabwe
Outreach Activities

Immediate Past President (IPP) Rotary Club of Old Mutare

Martha Mzite

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Academic Qualifications
  1. PhD candidate (Rhodes University )
  2. Master of Arts in Teaching French as a Foreign Language. (UCT)
  3. BA Dual Honours in French and Portuguese (University of Zimbabwe)
  4. Diploma in Education (Hillside teachers College)

Areas of Interests

French Literature; Portuguese Language; Portuguese semantics and syntax