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/Dr Umali Saidi
Dr Umali Saidi

Position: Senior Lecturer

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  • DPhil Linguistics (MSU, 2016)
  • Post Grad. Dip. Tertiary Education (MSU, 2013)
  • MA . Applied Linguistics (MSU, 2010)
  • BA (Hon.) English & Communication Studies (MSU, 2005)


  • Applied Linguistics
  • Semiotics
  • Communication & Applied Communication
  • Cultural Studies
  • Discourse Analysis (DA), Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) & Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis (MCDA).
  • Onomastics



  • A Pocket Guide to Academic Referencing Africa Institute for Culture, Peace, Dialogue & Tolerance Studies: Harare (76 Pages), 2018


  • Hansard and the Problem of “The Nonverbal Code”: Implications on Parliamentary Discourse (Chapter 7) in Jakaza, E. (ed.) Argumentation and Appraisal in Parliamentary Discourse IGI Global Publishers, 2019.
  • Operation Murambatsvina, Transitional Justice & Discursive representation in Zimbabwe (Chapter 5, pp.71-106), [in Benyera Everisto (Ed.) Indigenous, traditional and non-state transitional justice in Southern Africa: Namibia and Zimbabwe. Rowman and Littlefield,                     2019.
  • “African Heritage isn’t ‘Dead’: Glitches in Organizing Knowledge and Memories with a Focus on the BaTonga in Zimbabwe,” (in Ngulube Patrick (Ed.) Handbook of Research on Advocacy, Promotion, and Public Programming for Memory Institutions IGI Global Publishers, 2019.
  • Repackaging “Traditional” Architecture of the African Village in Zimbabwe (Chapter 5) in Kabila Hmood (ed.) Urban and Architectural Heritage Conservation within Sustainability DOI: 2019.
  • With Nedson Pophiwa:  Understanding Cultural Displacement of BaTonga People in Zimbabwe (Chapter 1) in Joseph Rudigi Rukema and Beatrice Umubyeyi (Eds.) Understanding Africa from different perspectives Sub-Saharan Africa University Press, pp.1-24, 2017.  


  • With Joshua Matanzima, Religious rituals and socio-economic change: the impact of the Zimbabwe ‘cash crisis’ on the BaTonga Masabe (Alien spirits) ceremony African Identities, Routledge, DOI, 2020
  • With Joshua Matanzima, Landscape, belonging & identity in North-west Zimbabwe: a semiotic analysis African Identities, Routledge DOI https://10.1080/14725843.2020.1777839 , 2020.
  • With Kudzai Mabuto, Locating the nihilistic culture within Zimdancehall in contemporary Zimbabwe Dande: Journal of Social Sciences and Communication   2(2), pp.57-74. 2019
  • A semiotic reading of ‘munhu wese kuna amai’ in Zimbabwean political discursive realities. African Identities, Routledge [Taylor & Francis Group], DOI:10.1080/14725843.2018.1439728.  2018.
  • Heritage, semiotics and innovations: Architectural space, object-designs, meanings and implications in sustainable development. Social Semiotics Journal, Routledge [Taylor & Francis Group], DOI:10.1080/10350330.2018.1443584. 2018
  • Architectural space-designs, meanings and implications in Zimbabwe: An artefactual semiotic approach The Dyke Vol.11 No. 2, (pp.-15), Journal of The Midlands State University, 2017.
  • BaTonga culture: A rich heritage, Dande: Journal of Social Sciences and Communication 2(1), pp.45-60.           2017.
  • Agonya neiko mfanha uyu? Of death and funerals – A semiotic exploration of the Shona funeral ritual in Zimbabwe, African Identities, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group DOI:, 2017.
  • ‘Egocentricism’ Style or the thematic nub of Zimdancehall? The Dyke: A Journal of the Midlands State University Vol.10 No. 1, pp.1-12, 2016.   
  • Symbols of social transformation: BaTonga search for cultural relevance in Zimbabwe The Dyke: A Journal of the Midlands State University, 2016 Special Issue, pp.162-179,   2016.
  • Tracing humor in Paul Matavire’s selected songs Muziki: Journal of Music Research in Africa Vol. 12 (1), Pretoria: UNISA Press (Taylor & Francis), pp.53-61,2015.
  • Communicating sexual needs in the kitchen: A relook at the traditional sadza cooking by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Repositioning the Humanities: Journal of Contemporary Research Vol. 2 No.1, MSU Faculty of Arts, pp.37-48, 2015.
  • One $ dollar saved my life: The case of kombi inscriptions on Zimbabwean roads Repositioning the Humanities: Journal of Contemporary Research Vol. 1. No. 1, pp104-116. MSU Faculty of Arts, 2014.
  • The BaTonga concealment by a tale of two worlds: An artefactual-semiotic analysis of Nkomo and Livingstone’s Statues in Matabeleland, Madirativhange: Journal of African Indigenous Languages and Literature Vol.1 No. 1, Africa Institute for Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Tolerance Studies pp.38-57, 2013.
  • The past in them: Celebrating BaTonga artefacts and visual cultural communication in Zimbabwe Madirativhange: Journal of African Indigenous Languages and Literature Vol.1 No. 2, Africa Institute for Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Tolerance Studies pp.59-70,  2013.
  • Of London pony, fish tail and carrot! Quizzing ‘beauty’ through naming of women’s selected hairstyles in Zimbabwe. IGAMA: A Journal of African Onomastics Vol. 1 No. 1, pp.83-106, 2013
  • Reflecting nonverbal cues in the context of crisis: The fist and the open palm in Zimbabwe’s political crisis. US-China Foreign Language & Sino-US English Teaching Vol. 10. No. 10. pp. 1655-1668,                                                    2012
  • With Douglas Munemo, Violence in the discourses of Violence –The case of Zimbabwean political crisis. In International Journal of Asian Social Sciences Vol. 2. No. 7.  pp. 1359-1369, 2012
  • With Charles Pfukwa, Silence in Court’ Non-verbal communication in a court of law in Zimbabwe. Imbizo International Journal of African Literary and Comparative Studies    2. (1)pp.136-148,                              

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