MUM STORIES: Tribute to the woman who called everyone ‘my child’


Growing up, my grandmother Teresiah Mathembo Mutisya was my second mother, if not my first. The truth is, she was the mother of everyone: to my parents, her step-children, her nephews, nieces, the extended family, neighbours and her friends’ children.  Indeed, I could not easily tell who my biological aunties and uncles were until I was of age.

Mathembo was a mother to everyone. She played host to anyone who had a problem, listened and dealt with it until she was satisfied that the person was comfortable enough to leave and the issue had been successfully resolved. Her house in my…

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