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Embracing Shona Heritage: Nyaruwe Inspires Diaspora Youth

Nyaruwe Tatenda , a social media personality and content creator known as Manlike Tats, is making waves by promoting the Shona language and culture among the Zimbabwean diaspora. Currently residing in Australia, Tatenda, who left Zimbabwe at the age of two, is on a mission to encourage the youth in foreign lands to embrace their native language.

Despite the prevalence of English in diaspora households, Tatenda’s engaging Shona video lessons on platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube have gained popularity. His humorous yet informative approach has resonated with parents eager to instill confidence in their children to speak Shona.

Motivated by his family,Nyaruwe Tatenda aims to impart a more comprehensive understanding of the Shona language. While he started with basic words, he now plans to delve into the Zimbabwean Shona syllabus, ensuring a well-researched approach to language education.

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Receiving mixed reactions initially, Tatenda’s videos have garnered appreciation for their role in helping children maintain a connection with their cultural roots. He emphasizes the importance of parents preserving native tongues within their households, believing that Shona, as a cultural and linguistic identity, contributes to the unique essence of Zimbabweans.

Tatenda’s efforts extend beyond language teaching; he envisions investing in schools, clinics, and hospitals upon returning to Zimbabwe. Through his online platforms, he fosters connections between Zimbabweans in the diaspora, showcasing the beauty and richness of Shona culture, language, and identity.

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