A series of celebrations are set to take place in Leicester this weekend to celebrate the 42nd Zimbabwean independence day. Celebrated by Zimbabweans globally, the day marks the country’s move to independence from the United Kingdom in 1980.
History of Zimbabwean Independence
Initial European influence in Zimbabwe began with the arrival of The British South Africa Company in the 1890s, founded by Cecil Rhodes in 1889 to colonise the region. Zimbabwe was initially known as Southern Rhodesia (in honour of Cecil Rhodes) in 1895 and was governed by the British South Africa Company until 1922 when European settlers voted to become a British Colony.
In 1964 when the federation disbanded, prime minister Ian Smith campaigned for independence from Britain. Although independence had been granted the following year, it was not internationally recognised, leading to an extensive campaign of guerrilla warfare within Rhodesia.
Despite tensions, in 1980 elections took place and Robert Mugabe and his Zanu party won the independence elections, with Mugabe becoming Prime Minister and Zimbabwe’s independence being formally recognised on April 18 in 1980.
Here are some of the events taking place in Leicester that you can get involved in:
Straight Outta Zimbabwe, Oxygen Nightclub, Leicester
Set to take place on April 15th from 11pm – April 16th 5am , this event is described as a pre “warm-up” for independence day. There will be a handful of special features and performances from local DJ’s such as DJ Wardy and DJ Ruv.
Tickets are £10 and can be booked in advance online here .
#IAMZIMPARTY42 (Part 1) Quarter 25 Nightclub, Leicester
This event is the perfect way to kick-start Easter weekend. There will be two floors of music and performances from popular Midlands acts such as DJ Nyari, DJ Zimma and Leicester-based singer Chichi. Doors open at 11:00pm on Saturday 16th April.
Tickets are between £10 – £20 and can be purchased online here.
#IAMZIMPARTY42 (Part 2) 2 Funky Lounge, Leicester
Aside from an evening of dancing and boozing to some of Zimbabwe’s top hits, you can also enjoy a platter of food prepared by Chef Guchinyama. Food served will include a world platter with BBQ steak, sausages and wings. The event will take place on Sunday, April 17 from 3pm.
Tickets can be purchased online here