It still makes sense!: Shona ngano (folktale) and the contemporary Zimbabwean socio-economic and cultural setup

International Journal of Development and Sustainability, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 521-529.   2012


Godwin Makaudze, a professor in the Department of African Languages and Literature, Great Zimbabwe University, examines two folktales and concludes that folktales “continue to be a very meaningful and quite serious way of exposing, explaining and shaping reality.”

He makes several recommendations, including:

  • making folklore a compulsory subject in lower, higher and post-secondary studies.
  • modernizing folktales into cartoons so children can experience the folktales via modern media (television, Facebook, Google chat, etc.)


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