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On the 6th of June in 1931, Sarah Hayfron was born in a rustic then named Gold Coast. Her destiny was inextricably tied to that of a seven-year-old Rhodesian, Robert Mugabe however nobody may have recognized. Sarah went about her life, oblivious to the central function she would play in the way forward for Rhodesia. In her early days, her life was unusually regular; she went to main faculty and proceeded to Achimota Secondary Faculty. After finishing her research, she went to St Mary’s Trainer Coaching Faculty in Takoradi the place she attained a teaching certificate.


A Love Story at Takoradi

In 1958, Robert Mugabe took up a post as a teacher on a four-year contract at St. Mary’s Teacher Training College in Takoradi. By this time, Sarah Hayfron was a teacher and Andrew Norman in Robert Mugabe and the Betrayal of Zimbabwe says Hayfron’s family had made it its enterprise to take care of Africans who Kwame Nkrumah had invited there. The Gold Coast had simply turn out to be Ghana, the first African state to achieve independence. Mugabe had been very impressed with Nkrumah’s ideological compass thus the decision to go to Ghana. Sally had also been influenced by Nkrumah and a 1992 China-Africa article says she appreciated greatest the eloquent speeches made by Kwame Nkrumah at political gatherings.

As future would have it, Sally and Robert would meet at a Roman Catholic reception and would turn out to be agency pals. The friendship blossomed right into a critical courtship.Robert Mugabe left Ghana in 1960 however he returned to his dwelling with two priceless presents – the primary being a lady who liked him and would comply with marry him the following 12 months, and the second, an ideological core knowledgeable by Kwame Nkrumah himself. Mugabe was enamored with Kwame Nkrumah’s understanding of Marxism and even attended his ideological school.

After getting married to Robert Mugabe, Sally moved to Rhodesia. A younger lady from Africa’s first independent state was all of the sudden confronted by the cruel Rhodesian actuality of oppression and unfairness. She couldn’t take it. Channeling her inside Kwame Nkrumah, Sally marched in protest of the 1961 Rhodesian structure and was arrested and charged with sedition. She was convicted and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. As if her life was scripted to boost dramatic impact, she appealed towards the conviction however skipped the nation on foot, trekking for three days to Botswana earlier than the matter was heard. They ultimately reached their vacation spot, Tanzania. It’s right here that Sally gave birth to their son. Nhamodzenyika (Shona for The Troubles of my Country).


Preventing the percentages

Robert Mugabe was to later come again to Rhodesia the place he was arrested for “being more likely to commit acts of violence”. Sally had taken Nhamodzenyika to Ghana for his security however sadly, Ghana was not thus far that it may defend the younger boy from cerebral malaria which led to his demise. Rhodesian chief, Ian Smith personally ensured Robert Mugabe didn’t attend his son’s funeral. A damaged Sally buried her son and in 1967, flew to London on a scholarship funded by The Ariel Basis based by Dennis Greannan who Sally additionally labored for as a Private Assistant. Past working for Greannan and finding out, Sally was additionally a dressmaking trainer on the Africa Centre in Covent Backyard.


Sally Mugabe is known for having supported her husband’s research by researching paperwork that the Salisbury jail authorities had banned. Bridgette Kasuka says, “Generally this meant transcribing very dry texts line by line after which posting them to her husband in jail.”


Sally and Robert were to be reunited in 1975, in Mozambique the place Sally enthusiastically took on a brand new role as mom of the liberators. Her husband had now assumed management of the liberation movement, the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), after booting its chief, Ndabaningi Sithole, out of the motion. Sally grew to become the ZANU deputy secretary for the liberation motion’s Women’s League in 1978, solely two years earlier than her husband, Robert Mugabe became Prime Minister of the newly independent Zimbabwe in 1980. It’s right here that she bloomed as the mom of the nation. In independent Zimbabwe, Sally founded charities like the Zimbabwe Child Survival Movement. She was also a patron of the Mutemwa Leprosy Centre and after her demise in 1992, her garments were given to lepers.


To her dying day, Sally remained a fighter but retained sufficient heat to be a nurturing mom. To Ghana, she might have been a daughter however to Zimbabwe, she was a mother. Amai, Shona for mom, they known as her. Amai, they still call her more than two decades later.

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