About the Blogger

I am a wordsmith. For as long as I can remember I have had the uncanny ability to pour the feelings and experiences of others into the malleable form we call words. I am a VOICE – one of those who refuse to be gagged by the traditions that tell me that my womanhood obscures my humanity.

Mine is a literature of deconstruction. I am preoccupied by the need to challenge the status quo, to de-construct the stereotypes and the myths about what womanhood entails, particularly in patriarchal Africa.

My literature is a woman’s interpretation of the world, and it is a human being’s critique of the beliefs and traditions that relegate one set of human beings to inferiority on the basis of their anatomy.

In a world where a woman’s voice is considered irrelevant – I choose to use words to break the silence.

So like the ironsmith wields the anvil – I too, wield words to break the chains of ideologies that enslave women and deprive them of the space to shape their own destinies, to have a say in matters that affect their lives and especially to forge their own identity; to define on their own terms – what womanhood entails.

So I write because I have failed to buy into the myth that an African woman’s silence is a sign of virtue and not cowardice.

I write because I refuse to be counted among so many of my sisterhood – those born with mouths wide open and lips sealed shut!

I write because my anatomy can not bind me, define me, confine me, restrain me or limit me…

To introduce myself in the conventional manner, perhaps a menu of the tags I’ve worn all my life will suffice and if that is not enough perhaps a catalogue of all of the labels I have picked up as I passed through the varying seasons and phases of life.

Who am I?

I am a member of the human species, an African by race, a Zimbabwean by nationality, black (perhaps brown is more accurate) by color, a woman by sex, a Venda by tribe, a Christian by religion, a feminist by choice, a journalist by profession, a writer by design and an activist by default.

And I have answered to the name Delta Law Milayo Ndou for a quarter of a century now and will do so all my days.

deli

27 thoughts on “About the Blogger

  1. Ebeneza says:

    true that we need more women like you to change thousands of souls to sanity.So that peace may rule in everyones’ life.

  2. Monka says:

    Powerful. I write to survive. And so i identify. Empathise with your ideology. To get over all the incidences in my life, i have had to write. My daughter is 10 already, she knows the power of words. the power in reading. the power to write when all else fails. so, you can imagine the strong letters i now receive when she is displeased!!

  3. Grace says:

    What is this i feel. Nothng has ever felt like it. What blood runs in my veins? I am neitha my mother nor my father. The bond that made me intwinned in love neitha belongs. I am what i am, when i look in the mirror and see what could perhaps look my mother, but have the heart of my father. How can 2 become 1? What is this i feel? A dawn of a new era,im down, beaten, trodden on nothing good looks set to come my way, But yet the blood in me boils, tht mixture of Sena & Swati genes refuses 2 leave me wayward And YET I WILL RISE 2 eat at the table set for a King. To walk on streets of gold, though i may be bruised i will go 2 the rock that the builders rejected. For it is there where i will find that which makes me what i am.

  4. stevemandivengerei says:

    Delta you got a way with words.Lurid and lucid.Their potent intensity in your selection and coining has the power to move and influence.Havent come across such writing in a very long time.Was just reading through without even knowing your identity.Felt proud to realise that you are African and Zimbabwean.We will get there.Hang on dear sistren.Your likes are the hope for our society’s new dawn. A dawn when the sun will shine its brightest on an achievement glorious to the full-with women being accorded the same status as men-totally reclaimed their humanity.That doesnt mean we will be folding our hands of course! Thank you.

  5. Duduzile says:

    Words are a weapon,so strong and cannot be easily erased,use them to break the silence,it has been too long….

  6. Sijabule says:

    Delta ,you have so much power,so much command in the way you express yours with just words so much that I , as a man , feel so powerless. I luv it , I luv it !

  7. Esther Eshiet says:

    I agree with you Sister,you are a great word smith!!! Keep up the good work,i read you alot!

  8. Wonderful blog you’ve got here. keep the fire blazing…

  9. Wonderful blog you’ve got here. keep the fire blazing…

  10. Taps says:

    wakatongzvipegera no words for but jus bravo!hariba muchacho

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  16. Lily Haritu Favour says:

    Delta,God knows you got the talent to write!I have been on your page for the past one hour non-stop and am awe struck.Keep up….I have much to learn from you.
    You are a blessed lady

  17. Great website Delta. I am in awe of your achievements. You make me feel small. At your age, you have done all that. Keep blazing. Now I know the future of Zimbabwean women is in safe hands. I like your writing style and certainly would love to see a book in the shelves someday. Your blog is like a book on its own.

    Rabison

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  19. Your blog has kept me company many a times. You are an inspiration to women and you’re proudly Zimbabwean 🙂 I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. You can follow this link to accept… http://sunshynec.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/versatile-blogger-award/

  20. Konto bankowe says:

    Mhm, nice layout :).

  21. ladyzim says:

    Amazing. I stumbled on your blog after hours of surfing the web. Your style is evocative and paints a vivid picture for the reader. I recently started blogging and i hope that one day i’ll be able to narrate the hundreds of stories and ideas as well as you do.

  22. Just came across your blog by chance and I’m looking forward to reading (and learning) more.

  23. angietouch says:

    Many years later, I decide to read this profile again, saw this coming up those many years back, but was too lazy to try. Read most of your work, just marveled and liked from a distance. But am so pushed to come closer and not only learn from you but tap into a skill that I have left to rot in me. Well done.

  24. Shingi says:

    Your writing is powerful, your wording is simple yet awesome

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