Evolvement of heroism in the discourse of Zimbabwe since independence
Heroism is at the centre of every society’s value system as it defines what that society upholds as its ideology, vision and aspirations. Heroes are meant to be role models of society who shape its mentality and ideals. The liberation of Zimbabwe from colonial rule has been associated with heroism which has sparked controversies. There have been heated debates about the definition, identification processes, quality and significance of declaring such a status in Zimbabwe. Heroism is not confined in history but is a continuous status coined on the basis of fighting for the liberation of the nation and Zimbabwe in general. This study seeks to look at how heroism has evolved over the years. A desktop research approach shall take a central stage in data acquisition, as the researcher focuses on reviewing primary and secondary data especially from published sources on how heroism has evolved in Zimbabwe. The results from the study showed that that initially heroes and heroines were selected based on their participation in the war. However the study also found that in the early 80s some of the heroes were marginalized because they did not support Zanu pf or were critics of Zanu Pf. The findings found that however during this period non political figures such as Jairos Jiri were declared national heroes. The study concluded that in recent times the government has changed its criteria on the selection of heroes with non-political figures such as Oliver Mtukudzi being declared heroes. The study also found that opposition leaders and critics of Zanu Pf were also declared heroes. The study also noted that those from different ethnic groups such as Timothy stamps were declared heroes. Lastly the study found that the number of heroes and heroines who non political and are critics of the government is still limited.