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

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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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