Cook Off!

Zimbabwe’s first feature film is the first to have a slot on Netflix. Its a comedy written and directed by Thomas Brickhill. Perfectly cast the youthful team bring laughter to the screen from a Nation that is currently under a lot of stress. If you don’t have a subscription to Netflix this is a good reason for getting one alongside an increasing range of award winning films from Africa.

The current offerings on Netflix include Queen Sono– a six part first dynamic action series from South Africa and the Atlantics – an award winning film when in Cannes of exceptional cinematic quality, from Senegal. Not forgetting hidden gems such as the African Doctor. If you are still forced to watch movies on a creaking TV, lock-down might be a good opportunity to upgrade to a smart tv and start streaming away from the computer. The BZS will be back. Please watch for the latest BZS Reviews.


BZS Research Day Saturday 13 June 2020

The BZS regrets that the 2020 research day has had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. The complexities of arranging visas and flights during quarantine proved simply beyond the resources of the Society.

The dates for the 2021 research day have yet to be announced but will almost certainly be at St Antony’s College Oxford in partnership with the African Studies Centre. The theme for the coming main event is “Migration – People, Ideas and the Arts in Motion”

A full programme is being rebuilt but if you would wish to be a speaker please see the concept note and contact pauline.dodgson@btinternet.com


Latest BZS Research Day programme 15June 2019

Please download the latest edition of the research day programme 2019 and book tickets below


If you are a member you should have received the latest BZS Review newsletter with its many book reviews, over view of Cyclone Idai and other Zim news. Don’t forget members can also be part of our BZS Whats App discussion group. Contact Rori for details.


BZS Research Day 2019

Saturday 15 June 2019 9.00 am. to 5.30p.m. (doors open from 8.30a.m.
Venue: St Antony’s College, Nisan Theatre, Oxford University OX2 6JF
In partnership with the Oxford African Studies Centre
The theme this year is Creativity and Innovation:Research and Resilience in Zimbabwean Arts and Science.
Detailed programme and booking details to follow. For programme and presentation enquiries, contact Dr Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo mailto:pauline.dodgson@btinternet.com

Further information on registration and the day´s practical arrangements, contact Margaret Ling mailto:margaret.ling@geo2.poptel.org.uk
The Britain Zimbabwe Society´s Research Day this year will explore the findings of researchers and practitioners in the achievements, challenges and futures of Zimbabwean innovation and creativity. Arts and culture, science and technology have demonstrated extraordinary resilience through times of turbulence and the most difficult economic and political circumstances in the 20th and 21st century. Key questions arise about identity, national and social recognition, finance and livelihoods, education and development, and the role of research.

RD2019 will interrogate and critically reflect on these issues. It is a forum to which all are welcome, and where presenters share original research, fresh thinking and new perspectives with an engaged and supportive audience. There will be four panels, two on art and culture, two on science and technology, with plenty of time for audience questions and discussion. Here is the latest programme:


Bookings for RD19 are open on Eventbrite for payment by credit or debit card at


Enquiries: margaret.ling@geo2.poptel.org.uk. Please register me/us for the BZS 2019 Research Day:

F YOU PREFER TO PAY BY CHEQUE, PLEASE PRINT OUT AND USE THIS FORM Complete and return with your cheque to: Margaret Ling, Treasurer, BZS, 25 Endymion Road, London N4 1EE

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Enquiries: margaret.ling@geo2.poptel.org.uk. Please register me/us for the BZS 2019 Research Day:POSTAL ADDRESS: _______________________________________________________

Watch this space for information updates as the programme takes shape – ask to be added to our Research Day mailing list.

For programme and presentation enquiries, contact Dr Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo pauline.dodgson@btinternet.com
Further information on registration and the day´s practical arrangements, contact Margaret Ling margaret.ling@geo2.poptel.org.uk

We look forward to welcoming you to Research Day 2019.


Young Researcher’s Prize Awarded

The Britain Zimbabwe Society is delighted to announce that this year’s BZS Young Researcher Prize has been awarded to Roselyn Masamha.

Roselyn is a Lecturer in Learning Disabilities Nursing at the University of Hull and a Doctor of Clinical Education student at the University of Leeds. Roselyn’s research is at the interface of science and society; it investigates the politics of knowledge production in relation to an African identity within nurse education. The judges were impressed by the originality of Roselyn’s research and its potential applicability.

The prize, offered in partnership with the Oxford African Studies Centre, will be presented at the BZS Research Day on Saturday 15 June at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Roselyn will also be co-presenting a paper, “Different, Resilient and Relevant: a conversation about time and space for
the Zimbabwean diaspora”, at Research Day.

Register to secure your place at the research day here and check out the programme on this page



ECOCASH joins BZS Research Day


The Britain Zimbabwe Society is delighted to announce that the keynote speaker at its 2019 Research Day will be Natalie Jabangwe, one of the country’s most innovative business leaders. Nationally and globally renowned, Natalie Jabangwe is the CEO of Ecocash Zimbabwe, an innovative mobile payment solution that enables customers to complete financial transactions directly from their mobile phones. Natalie is a member of Zimbabwe’s Presidential Advisory Council and the UN Secretary-General’s Taskforce on Digital Financing. In 2018 she was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and was also a nominee for the All Africa Business Leaders Awards. Natalie holds a BSc in Computer Science from Middlesex University, and has an Executive MBA from Imperial College, London. While still a student, she received a Leadership Exchange Scholarship as the best female student, which she took up at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Check out the research day programme

Register for the Research Day to hear Natalie speak on creativity and innovation in Zimbabwe:


Join our “Whats App” group

If you are a paid up member you can join our  BZS Whats App discussion group. This App is available on any phone but also available for desk top access. This we hope will keep members rapidly in touch with developments,and  national activities in the Uk and Zimbabwe .  Please be aware that members with a wide variety of views may target this group and that it does not represent the opinions of the Britain Zimbabwe Society but only of the named individuals. Please avoid defamatory comments and material that has no intellectual or promotional merit. You may be deleted from the group without warning if you have not kept up to date with your membership.

Please send your real name with your contact number to Rori Masiyane
07763 305905. Please double check you have the correct number before you send.
If you want to avoid being irritated by constant pings to your phone these audible notifications can be switched off on your hand set. You can also choose your own ping sound for BZS notifications so as not to confuse them with other such events.

If you want to publish long well researched essays or opinions these are better expressed through our newsletter published four times a year and materials can be submitted to the editor


Welcome to the Britain Zimbabwe Society

This is the developing word press site for the Britain Zimbabwe Society. The Britain Zimbabwe Society (BZS) was established after Zimbabwe’s Independence in 1980 to share information, promote friendship and facilitate networking between the two countries.

In addition BZS organises a BZS Research Day annually in June, to highlight research by academics on Zimbabwe both in that country and in the Diaspora. A Review with details of newly published books, economic reviews and articles of general interest, is published three times a year. Membership of the organisation provides access to BZS Information which promotes news and debate on the current situation in Zimbabwe and events linked to Zimbabwe. For further details on joining the BZS please consult the information on membership provided elsewhere on this site.


BZS 2018 AGM and “What Now for Zimbabwe?’

Saturday 27 October 2018 2.00p.m. to 4.30p.m.
All members and perspective members  are invited to join us for this year’s AGM followed by a round table discussion on Zimbabwe. The AGM opens for registration at 1.30p.m. and includes also the election of new officers for the Society.
3.00p.m. coffee
3.15p.m. “What now for Zimbabwe” A post- election opinion .Speakers to be confirmed.
The NEW Venue for this year is three minutes walk from Liverpool Street Station  and is next door to no.100 Bishopsgate:
St Ethelburga’s Church(Meeting Rooms),78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG

The programme:
What Now for Zimbabwe