The Food and Culture Festival has been officially opened with calls for the event to be made an annual celebration of the African traditions and culture.

Traditional dance in Zimbabwe is a collective expression of the life of a community.

The ambience at the Harare Gardens, the venue of the first ever Food and Culture Festival, summed up everything there is to tell about the Zimbabwean culture.

Beyond the entertainment aspect of the dance itself, the atmosphere told of the Zimbabwean story in its traditional set up, something that time has made a fair attempt of wiping away from existence.

The dance told the story of the Zimbabwean woman, as indeed it told that of the African men.

In it too was how Zimbabwean communities came together to work in harmony to build something beautiful.

This, sadly, is a forgotten story but one that First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa desires to see being retold.

What makes this story more exciting is that it no longer belongs to Zimbabweans alone but the African continent as a whole.

After all this is not an island and neither is it a pariah.

Africa and the world desire to be part of this story.

It is none the least surprising that this noble initiative has received overwhelming buy-in from different foreign missions in Zimbabwe, the business community, various institutions and the local people who thronged the Harare Gardens to catch a glimpse of the beauty of Zimbabwean culture.

In Shona they say, “ukama igasva hunozadziswa nekudya”.

The idiom sums up the essence of the historic edition of the food and culture festival.