Senzeni’s African wallet
“I bought the wallet for myself in Zimbabwe. The wallet is made of nicely cut wooden octagons in the African style. It is decorated with round beads, and the pieces were joined with twine. When I purchased it, the seller informed me that he was inspired to design the wallet in such a way by the Masaai people from Kenya. The wallet is handmade, and my sister always tells me it’s sustainable. What gave me the courage to carry this wallet along was that, when I visited the Avondale market in Harare, more foreign people, mainly those from Western countries, were shopping for African-designed objects.”
“I then realised the importance of our local products. These include the printed table cloths, carved wooden animals, and other African resembling objects like traditional beaded wallets and colourful key rings. It is costly to purchase anything at that market as it targets the internationals, but I sacrificed to buy my wallet.
It is a different type of wallet which is not ordinary in a foreign land. The wallet resembles that I am a pure African. It is important to me because it stands out, and everyone just needs to know what it is made of and where they can purchase it. The main reason that made me bring this along is that I know that Western countries value it, so I brought along something they value and appreciate in their land. When we are back there in Zimbabwe, we don’t see the actual value of such an object because we have a lot locally. Sure, I accepted that ‘a nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of the people’ (Gandhi).
There is a special place for it. I have a monarch bag were I keep all my valuable items. I use it mainly in the summer-time, just to show it off a bit. I feel it’s beautiful.”