Staff Profile

/Dr Vimbai M. Matiza
Dr Vimbai M. Matiza

Senior Lecturer, Department of African Languages and Culture


  • DLitt et Phil-Unisa,
  • M.A,
  • B.A Hons,
  • PGDTE – MSU).

Research Interests:

Language and development issues in Africa, Onomastics, sociolinguistics, Drama\Theatre for Development and Oral literature.


  • Matiza, V. M (2009) The Origins Of Theatre in Zimbabwe. UNISA, Latin American Report. Vol 1 No1 pp 4 – 10
  • Matiza, V. M (2013) African Social Concept of Beauty: Its Relevancy to literary criticism. Asian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities. Vol 2 No 2 pp 61 – 70
  • Matiza, V. M (2013) Reviving African Languages and Culture. The case of Aleck Macheso’s songs in Zimbabwe. Madirativhange: Journal of African Indigenous Languages and Literature. Vol 1 No 2 pp 103 – 115
  • Matiza, V. M (2014) African Religion and Politics: Redefinition of the Past. International Journal of Language, Literature and Culture. Vol 1 No 1 pp 13 – 17
  • Matiza, V. M. (2015) Pungwe gatherings as forms of Drama for development through music in Zimbabwe. Muziki: Journal of Music Research in Africa. Vol 12 No 1 pp 63 – 72
  • Matiza, V. M (2015) Nurturing of children through drama and theatre: The case of Intwasa KoBulawayo performances. Journal of Commonwealth Youth and Development Vol 13 No 2 pp 86 – 99
  • Matiza, V. M (2015) Re-contextualisation of traditional oral art forms in Zimbabwe. The DYKE Journal of The Midlands State University. Vol 9 No 1 Accepted for publication (forthcoming)
  • Matiza, V. M (2015) Traditional performances and creative art among the Shona people. Jibilika: Journal of Performance and Creative Art Vol 1 Accepted for publication (forthcoming)

Book Chapter

  • Gijimah, T. & Matiza, V.M.  (2015) Ambivalence in Hosiah Chipanga’s music; Book chapter for Singing the Nation and Politics: Music and the Decade of crisis in Zimbabwe, 2000 – 2010 (eds: Muhwati. I, Tembo, C. & Charamba T) MSU Press. (forthcoming)

University Service and Community Engagement

Under University service, I served in the Open Day Committee from 2008 – 2012, I was also a second Alternate of Sports and Recreational Committee and Currently I am the Faculty of Arts Representative in The International Relations Committee. I also serve as the Work Related Learning Coordinator in the department of African Languages and Culture Society patron of the department who assist students to come up with exhibitions to showcase during the culture week. I have also acted in the capacity of an acting chairperson several times when my chair is committed elsewhere. I am also the counsellor of our female students in the department. Those who would have problems they come for guidance and counselling and when it is beyond us as a department we send them to University counsellors. I also do community service in which I am a consultant to Midlands Arts Festival Organization which organize Arts Festival which is held annually in Gweru. I am the Chairperson of the Functions Committee at Apostolic Faith Mission Church in Zimbabwe, Word Inspiration Tabernacle, Northlea Assembly.