Tutor/Facilitator Jill Baker
Date: on/from Sat 15 Jun 2019 to Sat 15 June 2019
Frequency: Single Event
Class time: 2:30-4:00
Mary Kehoe Centre, Hall
JILL BAKER will be looking at Southern Rhodesia, Rhodesia, then Zimbabwe, through the eyes of her new historical fiction, The Horns: Book One of the Zambezi Trilogy. She will explore some of the assumptions about Britain’s youngest colony – and colonialism itself.
The world rejoiced with Zimbabwe in November last year, as in towns and cities all over the country, streets filled with dancing, singing and joyful citizens celebrating the downfall of a man, once the country’s great hope, now seen as a corrupt tyrant.
Jill will explore the historical journey from King Mzilikazi and the Matabele Kingdom, to Cecil John Rhodes and the British East India Company, Ian Smith and his Universal Declaration of Independence followed by 15 years of total sanctions and ultimately the birth of Zimbabwe headed by Robert
Mugabe, and his final downfall.
What happened to Zimbabwe during Mugabe’s tenure? What has happened since, where is it now and where to the future? What is the legacy, if any, of the three “C’s” (Civilisation, Christianity and Commerce) of British colonialism?
Jill Baker grew up in Zimbabwe and has an extensive background in journalism, radio and television. She was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2005 for her role in the formation of The Zimbabwe Connection, helping Zimbabweans trying to relocate and settle in Australia. Eight years of research has provided a sound base for her historical novel, The Horns, which will surely evoke laughter, amazement and awe – and at last some understanding
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