Top Zim academic launches two books

HARARE - University of Zimbabwe academic, who is Emeritus professor in the department of African Languages and Literature, George Kahari, yesterday launched two books — The Standard Shona-English Dictionary of Names and The Odyssey of Shona Imaginative Narratives — at the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust offices in Harare.

Several top government officials, diplomats, fellow academics and artists attended the launch.

The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust, in partnership with the European Union, the Swedish Embassy, Danida among other partners funded the projects.

In his speech Kahari — who boasts over 60 accolades which include the Cambridge-based International Biographical Centre’s IBC Lifetime Achievement Award — said the Standard Shona Dictionary of Names took 64 years to see the light of day.

“The Standard Shona-English Dictionary of Names is not a compilation of historical person’s names but of meaning, significance and symbolism behind personal family totems and tribal praise names.

“The names are metaphoric and reflect various families’ ‘Pride and Prejudice’ yearnings, hopes and their hatred towards their immediate and distant relatives . . . got editing funds from the European Union and printing funds for 275 sets of two books (3 000 pages) from the Swedish government”.

On the other hand, The Odyssey of Shona Imaginative Narratives is a “collation and collection of published/unpublished articles and addresses to local and international conferences, 1964-2016, a period of 54 years in 466 pages”.

An accomplished author with several titles under his belt, Kahari — who served as Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to West Germany, Republic of Italy and the former Republic of Czechoslovakia — has lectured at Boston and Lawrence universities, Macalester University College in the United States and the University of London (SOAS) in England among other top international institutions.

Comments (1)

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus G.P. Kahari....Indeed w e are ever learning so long as we live!!!

Nqoba Mlambo - 4 November 2016

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