Alice Chigumera

Born: 15th May 1965

Harare, Zimbabwe

Date of interview: 31st May 2006

Map showing where Alice Chigumera came from

OK so you came to Britain?

My first experience of Britain was in 1990, we came as girls, one lady from the American Embassy, one from the Danish Embassy, one Ghanaian guy. We drove all the way across Europe from Yugoslavia to Austria and across Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, got in to the ship and came to London and we did what any other young girl could do, going around clubs and all that and seeing the views. I don't know what I could think about because by then it was more or less I had the money, I had everything so I was more or less living sort of you know what I could call a poshy life, living in a very expensive hotel and having all the fun as a young person, and that was my experience of, my first experience of Britain and we only came to London.

When I went back to Zimbabwe after this in 1992, by then I was almost about twenty five years, most of my peer friends were married and had families, and all that, and you know our culture, twenty five years is quite out of the ordinary because you are not married and you don't have any children and my mum was worried whether I'd get married.

When I got back to the Foreign Ministry, I worked in a department which was called Protocol, which deals with the civilian, our people from different countries, helping out when the President is travelling or other officials of the Government and making sure that the diplomats, a new organisation or international organisation are credited properly, and had my first baby girl in January 1992, she was born on the 30th of January 1992 and she was a lovely baby.

Four months down the line my dad just woke up and he died of a stroke and he didn't know I was pregnant and it really obviously devastated me because looking at it, I really wanted to have done more for him, now that I was financially comfortable, but it so happened I couldn't and God had had his own way of doing things and he died like that and my mother was widowed.