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/Professor Wiseman Magwa
Professor Wiseman Magwa

Position: Executive Director

Department: Language Institute
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  • PhD Language Education (UNISA)
  • Master of Language Education (UZ)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education (UZ)
  • Graduate Certificate in Education (UZ)
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree (UZ)

Research Interests

  • Language planning and policy
  • Language teaching
  • Heritage and Culture


  • 2019: Consultant- Constitution Translation, Dissemination and Awareness Project funded by the European Union in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference
  • 2005-2018: External Examiner (Language Education) at the following international universities:  
  1. Faculty of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
  2. Faculty of Education, University of Swaziland, Swaziland.
  3. Department of Linguistics, University of the Western Cape (Republic of South Africa)
  4. Department of African Languages, University of South Africa (Republic of South Africa)
  5. Department of Language Education, University of Botswana (Botswana)
  6. Faculty of Social Sciences, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia.
  7. Department of Curriculum and Arts Education, University of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)
  8. Department of African Languages, Great Zimbabwe University (Zimbabwe)
  9. Faculty of Arts, Midlands State University (Zimbabwe)
  10. Faculty of Arts, Lupane State University
  • 2018-present: Board Member, Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS)-an Africa-wide continental language organisation
  • 2012 to 2017: Member of the National Advisory Council, Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality-Zimbabwe
  • 2012 to present: Member of the Zimbabwe National Committee on Open and   Distance learning
  • 2010 to present: Language Consultant and Translator in the Constitution Making Process in Zimbabwe
  • 2009-2010: Editor-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe International Journal of Languages and Culture (ZIJLC)
  • 2008-2009: Language Rights Consultant for Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)
  • 2006-2009: Consultant editor and translator for the Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS) in the writing and publishing of Harmonized Shona Monograph and Primers Series
  • 2004 to present:  Academic referee/assessor for the following accredited international journals:
  1. ZAMBEZIA (The Journal of Humanities of the University of Zimbabwe)
  2. Masvingo State University Humanities Journal
  3. The Dyke (Midlands State University Journal of Humanities)
  4. SAJAL (Southern Africa Journal of African Languages)
  • 2003-2005: Theatre consultant in the Sexual Maturation (Femshuleni) Research Project, sponsored by The Rockefeller Foundation(USA)
  • 1995-2004:  A-Level Shona consultant and examiner



  • Magwa, W. (2017) Writing a Research Proposal: A Step by Step Student Guide. Gweru: Mambo Press (978-086922-898-2).
  • Magwa, W. (2016) Tsika dzeVatema muZimbabwe: Bhuku Rokutanga. Gweru: Mambo Press. (ISBN: 978 0 86922 892 0).
  • Magwa, W. (2015) A Guide to Conducting Research: A Student Handbook. Washington, Strategic Book Publishing Co. (ISBN: 978 1 68181 087 4)
  • Magwa, W. (2012) Dudziramutauro reChiShona: Bhuku romudzidzi Danho reA-Level. Gweru: Mambo Press. (ISBN 978 0 86922-844 9)
  • Magwa, W. (2012) Mhenenguro: Bhuku roMudzidzi Danho re ‘A’ Level. Gweru: Mambo Press. (ISBN 978-0-86922-843-2)
  • Magwa, W. (2010) Harmonization of Shona-Nyai Language Varieties. Cape Town: CASAS. (ISBN-978-1-920447-49-6)
  • Magwa, W. (2010) Language Planning and Policy for Mass Education: A Case for Zimbabwe. Cape Town: CASAS. (ISBN 978-1-920447-35-9)
  • Magwa, W. (2009) Haasiye Wandinoda. Bulawayo: TEPP Publishers. (ISBN-978-0-7974-3727-2)
  • Magwa, W. (2009)   Uvaranomwe hweVaShona: Bhuku roMudzidzi reChipiri. Gweru: Mambo Press. (ISBN 978 086 922 821)
  • Magwa, W. (2008)   A Unified Orthography for Shona-Nyai Language Varieties: Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Revised Edition, Cape Town: CASAS. (ISBN 978-1-919932-95-8)
  • Magwa, W. (2008) Manyorero Matsva oMutauro weChiShona Akavandudzwa muBotswana, Mozambiki neZimbabwe. Cape Town: CASAS. (ISBN 978-1-919932-96-5)
  • Magwa, W. (2008) Zvakakosha Kuziva Pamusoro peFuruwenza yeShiri. Cape Town: CASAS (ISBN 978-1-919932-86-6)
  • Magwa, W. (2008) Yananiso yeMapazi oMutauro weChiShona. Cape Town: CASAS. (ISBN 978-1- 919932-94-1)
  • Magwa, W. (2008) Uvaranomwe hweVaShona: Bhuku roMudzidzi roKutanga.  Danho reA Level. Gweru: Mambo Press. (ISBN 0 86022 795 5)
  • Magwa, W. (2007)    Kusimudzira Mutauro neTsika dzeVaShona MuZimbabwe. CASAS: Cape Town. (ISBN 978-1-919932-72-9)
  • Magwa, W. (2007) Chirairidzo cheManyorero Matsva oMutauro weChiShona muBotswana, Mozambiki neZimbabwe. Cape Town: The Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS). (ISBN 78-1- 919932-62-0)
  • Magwa, W.   2007) Kubatwa Chibharo neDzimwe Mhosva dzePabonde. Cape Town: The Center for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS). (ISBN 1-91993257-7)
  • Magwa, W. (2006) A Unified Orthography for Shona Language Varieties: Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.  Cape Town: The Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS). (ISBN 1-919932-45-3
  • Magwa, W. (2006) Ziva Kodzero Dzako: Kugara Nhaka yomufi Pasi poMutemo woRuzhinji. The Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS): CapeTown. (ISBN 1-919932-43-7)
  • Magwa, W. (2001) Maidei Anodzidzisa Baba Vake: Bulawayo: TEPP Publishers. (ISBN 07974 2254 4)
  • Magwa, W. (2000) Jemedza. Gweru: Mambo Press. (ISBN 086922 754 8)
  • Magwa, W. (2000) Kudzidza noKudzidzisa Nhetembo. Harare: Sapes Books. (ISBN 177905 060 7)
  • Magwa, W. Manyorerwo eChiShona. Gweru: Mambo Press. (ISBN 086922 723 8)
  • Magwa, W. Njuzu. Gweru: Mambo Press. (ISBN 086922 510 3)
  • Magwa, W. (1990). Mafaro. Gweru: Mambo Press. (ISBN 089622 489 1)
  • Magwa, W. (1990) Atsunzunya Rega Atsikwe. Gweru: Mambo Press. (ISBN 086922 484 0)

Chapters in Books

  • Magwa, W. (2016): “Mutauro, Tsika neMagariro: Zvombo zveKusimudzira Budiriro muNyika” In Magwa, W. (Ed.) Tsika dzeVatema muZimbabwe. Gweru: Mambo Press. (Pp33-48).
  • Magwa, W. (2014): “Language, Culture, Education and Development” In Zvobgo R. J. (Ed) Contemporary Issues in Education. Harare: College Press. (pp 136-150).
  • Magwa, W. (2013) “Writing the Research Proposal” In Tichapondwa M. (Ed) Preparing your Dissertation at a Distance: A Research Guide. (ISBN-978-1-894975-65-0) Vancouver: VUSCC (pp156-171).
  • Magwa, W. (2010) “Language Harmonization in Southern Africa: Creating a Standard Unified Shona Orthography” In Chimhundu H. et al (Eds) Harmonization of Shona-Nyai Varieties. Cape Town: CASAS. (Pp123-140).
  • Magwa, W. (2008) “Facing Challenge of Mother Tongue Medium Education in Zimbabwe’ In D. E. Mutasa & E. Ogutu (eds) Teaching and Administering in African Languages. Pretoria: S. G. Publishers. (Pp181-205)
  • Magwa, W. (2008) “Uvaranomwe hweVatema” In Uvaranomwe hweChiShona: Bhuku roMudzidzi roKutanga. Gweru: Mambo Press (pp1-15).
  • Magwa, W. (2006) “Towards an African renaissance in language planning: A review of strategies to promote the use of indigenous languages as tools for development: The case of Higher Education Sector in Zimbabwe”   In    D. E. Mutasa (ed) African Languages in the 21st Century: The Main Challenges. Pretoria: S. G. Publishers (pp150-175)

Refereed Articles

  • Magwa, W. (2016) “Minimising unethical behavior in research and publishing: An author’s perspective”, Education Research Journal Volume 6 Number 12, pp 228-234.
  • Magwa, W. (2016) “Challenges Affecting Schooling Faced by Child Headed Families: A Study of Perceptions by Teachers, Parents and Learners in Masvingo District” European Journal of Research and Reflection in Educational Sciences. Volume 4, Number 10, pp 19-27.
  • Magwa, W. (2015) “Rethinking Ethical Issues in Academic Research: Perspectives from Zimbabwe” International Advanced Journal of Teaching and Learning. Volume 1, No. 1, pp 7-19.
  • Magwa, W. (2015) “Language as a pre-requisite for development: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Africa.” Journal of Educational Policy and Entrepreneurial Research (JEPER). Volume 2, No. 5, pp1-13.
  • Magwa, W. (2015) “Global Competence and Internationalisation of Higher Education in Africa: Towards a Conceptual framework for learners with Special Needs”. Journal of Educational Policy and Entrepreneurial Research (JEPER) Volume 2, No. 5, pp 138- 150.
  • Magwa, W. (2015) “Enhancing Africa’s renewal through internationalization of Higher Education: A review of management strategies and issues” International Journal of Current Advanced Research. Volume 4, No.5, pp 76-80.
  • Magwa, W. (2015) “Attitudes Towards the Use of Indigenous African Languages as Languages of Instruction in Education: A Case of Zimbabwe.” Journal of Educational Policy and Entrepreneurial Research (JEPER) Volume 2 (1) pp. 1-16.
  • Magwa, W. (2014) “The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014): Language Policies in Africa Revisited” Scholars Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Volume 2 (6A) pp888-894.
  • Magwa, W. (2014) “In Search of a New Paradigm for African Development: Voices from Zimbabwe” International Journal of Innovative Social Sciences and Humanities Research, Volume 2 (4) pp19-27.
  • Magwa, W. (2014) “Grappling with open and distance learning challenges in Southern Africa: A review of the harmonization of ODL policy frameworks in the SADC region” Scholars Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Volume 2 (4B) pp574-578.
  • Magwa, W. (2014) “Documentation and Development of Languages in Zimbabwe: The long walk to Linguistic Freedom” International Journal of Innovative Social Sciences and Humanities Research, Volume 2 (3) pp 1-10
  • Magwa, W. (2010) “Planning for the Future: Exploring Possibilities of Using Indigenous African Languages as Languages of Instruction in Zimbabwe’s Education System” The Dyke, Special Issue No. 1 (2010) pp 1-31.
  • Magwa, W. (2010) “Revisiting the language Question in Zimbabwe: A Multilingual Approach to the Language in Education Policy”. Journal of Multicultural Discourses. Volume 5, Issue No.2, pp 157-168.
  • Magwa, W. (2009) “Language Harmonisation in Southern Africa: Toward a Standard Unified Shona Orthography (SUSO) for Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe”. The Dyke. Volume 3, Number 2; pp58-72.
  • Magwa, W. (2008) “Language and Development: Perspectives from Sub- Saharan Africa”. The Southern African Journal for Folklore Studies (SAFOS). Volume 18, Number 2; pp 35-47.
  • Magwa, W. (2008) “Language Policy and Practice in Post-Colonial Zimbabwe: Is it a Case of New Wine in Old Skins? A Critical Review”. Occasional Paper No. 42. Cape Town: CASAS.pp1-25
  • Magwa, W. (2008)    “Research and Development in Zimbabwe’s Higher Education Sector: The Case of Midlands State University Sexual Maturation Research Project” The Dyke. Volume 3, Issue No. 1 (pp36-45)
  • Magwa, W. (2007) “Language and Development: Perspectives from sub- Saharan Africa” NAWA Journal of Language and Communication. Volume1, Number1, June 2007, pp 57-68. 
  • Magwa, W. (2007) “In Search of a Language Policy Model for Zimbabwe: An Endoglossic Perspective”. Occasional Paper Number 27; Cape Town: The Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS). Pp1-18.
  • Magwa, W. (2007) “Exploring Ethical Principles and Guidelines for Social Science Research in Zimbabwe” MASU Journal of Humanities and Sciences Volume 1, Number 1, 2007
  • Magwa, W. (2007) “The Dynamics of Literature and its Criticism: Perspectives from Africa” The Dyke. Volume 2, Number 1.
  • Magwa, W. (2007) “The Role of Theatre in Community Development: A Study of Dramatic Performances in the City of Gweru”. The Dyke. Volume 2, Number 1, 2007. pp 90-97.
  • Magwa, W. (2002) “The Shona writing system: An analysis of its problems and possible   solutions” Zambezia Volume 29 Number 1 2002.pp1-12


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