My name is Malvin Chirongoma. I am from Zimbabwe. My landscape is from Zvimba district, a rural area in Zimbabwe. I came to the United States in 2016.
My landscape shows life in Zimbabwe in the Zvimba district. In Zimbabwe we do different things according to our culture, like the food that we eat, the dancing we do, and how we make food.
A long, long time ago we followed our cultural rules. Before a man marries a woman, the parents have to test to see if she knows how to cook without using electricity and if she knows how to make food without machines. They test her on a lot of things before they accept her as a bride for their son.
My picture shows this cultural practice. In my picture, there is a woman wearing a blue top with white dots. She is being tested by the parents of her boyfriend. They are testing if she knows how to cook good food without electricity and how to make food without machines. The mother of the boyfriend is cooking manhuchu (samp in English) with the woman who is being tested.
The parents also look to see how she works with other people. There are people getting water from a well, and people preparing the manhuchu to be cooked.
In the United States, we don’t follow this cultural practice. But I brought the memories of this practice with me when I came to the United States.