The majority of white presence in Africa has its foundations in colonialism. Colonialism then too sowed the first seeds of white African identity. The early settlers arrived in what is present-day Zimbabwe as early as 1880 and often planted non-indigenous trees and fauna to make the colonies feel more like home. These have now come to consist of either plants or trees that have become intertwined with the Rhodesian/ Zimbabwean landscape or are listed as aggressively invasive species that are threatening indigenous plant life. The white population like these plants and trees are an invasive species, transported to Africa where they arguably do not belong nor have made the effort to assimilate into local African cultures.
This is an exploration of rootlessness and the complexities of white African identity through memories, archives and recollections, which speak of the past in order to decolonize the present.
Jono Terry comes primarily from a hard news background in Zimbabwe with experience freelancing across Southern Africa. More recently, his focus has switched to documenting long term social issues affecting the continent of his home – delving into politics of identity, diaspora communities and contemporary African issues.