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Dr. Tevedzerai Gijimah | Arts and Humanities | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Tevedzerai Gijimah, a seasoned academic at Midlands State University, specializes in African languages and cultural studies. With a Ph.D. in Literature and Philosophy from UNISA and extensive teaching experience, she excels in linguistics, discourse analysis, and media representation. Dr. Gijimah has supervised numerous dissertations and published extensively on language revitalization and cultural dynamics in Zimbabwe. Her research, spanning from code-switching in popular media to colonial place naming politics, reflects a commitment to decolonial studies and African identity. She is also an active member of academic committees and contributes significantly to her field through workshops and conferences.




🎓Professional Qualifications

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education: Midlands State University, 2014

🎓Academic Qualifications

Doctor of Literature and Philosophy (African Languages): UNISA, 2017, M.A. in Applied English Linguistics: 2012, M.A. in African Languages & Literature: Midlands State University, 2010, B.A. Honours in African Languages & Culture: Midlands State University, 2004

📚Titles of Dissertations

PhD Thesis: Representation of traditional and faith healers in selected Zimbabwean Newspapers. Masters Dissertation: Code-switching in Popular Drama: A case of Studio 263. Masters Dissertation: Code-Switching as a struggle against the hegemony of English: The case of Midlands State University

🏆Bursaries and Awards

  • Midlands State University Book Prize for the M.A. in Applied English Linguistics – 2012
  • UNISA Financial Aid Bursary for DLitt et Phil Studies

🎓 University Employment and Experience

Lecturer (Languages, Literature and Cultural studies): 2021 to date, Lecturer (African Languages and Culture Department): September 2016 to 2021, Temporary Full-time lecturer (African Languages and Culture Department): September 2012- September 2016, Teaching Assistant (African Languages and Culture Department): March 2012- September 2012, Teaching Assistant (Communication Skills Centre): April 2008 – February 2012

🏛University Service

  • Faculty representative – Communication Skills Committee
  • Former Departmental Open Day Coordinator
  • Departmental Research Coordinator

📚Research Profile & Publications

Book Chapters

  1. Ambivalence in Hoseah Chipanga’s music: A Critical Analysis.
  2. Dynamics in the Marginalisation of Nambya in Zimbabwe’s Education System.

Journal Articles

  • Several articles in journals like Journal of African Indigenous Languages and Literature, International Journal of Linguistics, Journal of African Security, Peace and Tolerance Studies, and more.


💻Computer Skills

    • MS Word, MS Power Point, Excel, Internet & E-mail

Publications Top Notes 📝


  • Honouring and praising mothers through song: analysing selected songs of Zimdancehall artist, Tocky Vibes
    • Type: Article in Press
    • Journal: African Identities
    • Publication Date: 2024
    • Contributors: C. Tembo, T. Gijimah, A.T. Maganga


  • The politics of colonial residential place names in Zvishavane, Zimbabwe: unmasking European hegemony
    • Type: Article in Press
    • Journal: African Identities
    • Publication Date: 2023
    • Contributors: T. Gijimah, C. Tembo, A.T. Maganga


  • The intersections of comedy and politics in Zimbabwe: analysing Baba Tencen’s ‘Borderphobia’ and Prosper Ngomashi’s ‘Pastor and his wives’
    • Type: Journal Article
    • Journal: South African Theatre Journal
    • Publication Date: 2022
    • Volume and Issue: 35(2), pp. 79–97
    • Contributors: C. Tembo, A.T. Maganga, T. Gijimah


  • Interrogating the forces that condition media representation of traditional healers in selected Zimbabwean newspapers
    • Type: Journal Article
    • Journal: South African Journal of African Languages
    • Publication Date: 2020
    • Volume and Issue: 40(2), pp. 208–217
    • Contributors: T. Gijimah, D. Mutasa
Tevedzerai Gijimah | Arts and Humanities | Best Researcher Award

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