I am Zimbabwean. And proudly so. I love to represent my country and people where I can.
I take issue, however, when it comes to how unrealistic and reckless my people can be when it comes to matters of money. Yes, it is a product of poverty and struggle, but maaaaan, why we competing with the likes of our Naija brothers (with their oil money) doe?
You see, if there’s one thing Zimbos love to do, it’s to floss. Show each other up. At a wedding, one side of the family will make sure to outdo the other. If it is a car, folks will fly in cars from across the globe. People will start building the most ridiculous mansions, but stop midway coz the money was not following their ambitions *Davido voice*. Zimbos, too, love having extravagant nights out on the town. Always sure document their lavish lives on social media. Spitting in the face of the masses who are struggling to survive.
I moved back to Zimbabwe about a year ago. What amazed me on my return was how expensive life in Zim was and the seemingly nonchalant, extravagant behaviour of some. I have said this before and I’ll say it again. I blame Hip-Hop. This culture of opulence and extravagance is so ingrained in us. I mean, dudes in Zim were rocking durags and crip walking like they were straight outta Compton yet they’re Straight Outta (the suburbs) of Chisipite. But I digress.
“…dudes in Zim were rocking durags and crip walking like they were straight outta Compton…”
I, by no means, am saying people should not live their best lives or borrow from other cultures. But I do believe there is a need to be sensitive of others. I also believe that most Zimbabweans here are just trying to get by. There didn’t seem, however, to be anyone speaking to this truth and how to live your best life on a budget. Thus, Zim On Zip was born.
Thus, Zim on Zip was born…
Forget keeping up appearances. Forget relying on a blesser (Ooops, did I just say that) to fund your latest 22 inch hair ambitions. Forget slaying on the gram when it’s all a front a la #VisaBae. On a real though. The pressure to live a life that is not yours can be crippling and disheartening. I wanted to share how I have experienced life in Zim and tried to make the most of it. How do you maintain a decent quality of life without pretence or breaking the bank?
Truth is, in a country with high levels of poverty, the haves will do all they can to show just how much they have. The have nots are daily reminded of what they lack. This increases the wedge in the income inequalities. I hope to help bridge the gap somewhat. Help those with little maximise and live their best lives with what they have. And for those who have, help them see that we are given not to alienate ourselves from others but rather to help them.
“Forget relying on a blesser…”
I explore different topics and elements. I am all about living your best life. But how can you do that on a (tight) budget? From food to entertainment, self-care to surviving in this country, I share it all. The key, I found, is that being broke forces you to be creative. A lot of my #ZimHacks were borne from really wanting to do something but my coin not being there for me. This is for all the folks out there who want to be authentically themselves without the stress of what people think. It is also for anyone who ever wondered what life in Zim TRULY is like. Forget BBC News or National Geographic and their focus on what feeds the international agenda. How does the average person survive?
“After all, what’s the point of living if you’re not #LivingItReal?”
I invite you to join me on this walk and look forward to sharing my learnings and ideas with you. After all, what’s the point of living if you’re not #LivingItReal?
Yours in keeping it 100
Rumbi is the Social Media Manager of bAw and an incredibly creative and God-fearing young woman. She is the creator of Zim on Zip. Zim On Zip is a platform that seeks to debunk the notion that a life of extravagance is the only one worth living. Their focus is on highlighting creative ways to thrive on a limited budget. They also speak on the realities of life as a Zimbabwean. Join them as they encourage you to own your truth, live your best life and have a laugh or two while you’re at it. You can find them on the following social media pages below:
Thank you Rumbi for this wonderful platform! Definitely looking forward to learning a few tips and tricks about thriving on a budget 😉 Please do follow Zim on Zip and experience their creativity, authenticity and fun.