Unveiling the Harsh Truth: The Grueling Ordeal of Zimbabwean ‘Broti’ Husbands Struggling in the UK

In the world of Zimbabwean diaspora, a new term has emerged to describe a certain group of men who have migrated to the UK on spouse visas – ‘Ma broughtie’ or ‘Ma broti.’

This term, often used by Zimbabwean women, carries a derogatory undertone, highlighting the challenges faced by these husbands in their new lives abroad.

The ‘Broughties’ find themselves navigating a complex landscape of cultural adjustments, shifting gender roles, and strained relationships.

The phrase “I brought you here!” has become a regular refrain within the Zimbabwean diaspora community.

It signifies the resentment felt by some wives who expected their husbands to quickly adapt and contribute to the household in their new country.

The wives express their frustrations, questioning the husbands’ daily routines and urging them to take up responsibilities such as picking up the children from school or sharing household chores.

Recognizing the challenges faced by ‘Brotis,’ popular Zimbabwean social media personality @KingJayZIm advises men to “hit the ground running” and secure employment as soon as they arrive in the UK, regardless of their previous professional status.

Taking up any job, even as a bin man or a cleaner, can help restore a sense of dignity and contribute to maintaining a harmonious household.

@KingJayZIm warns against lounging around and becoming too vocal, as it often leads to confrontations and the dreaded reminder of being brought to the UK – “I BROUGHT YOU HERE.”

The transition from the traditional gender roles prevalent in Zimbabwe to the more egalitarian environment in the UK can be jarring for many ‘Broughties.’

The expectation of being greeted with the familiar “Mamuka sei Baba Teddy” is quickly replaced with the reality of being called “Jonso.”

The cultural shock of adjusting to new responsibilities, such as cooking and household chores, can add to the strain on relationships.

King Jay’s Twitter thread captures the humour and struggles faced by ‘Broughties’ as they grapple with their evolving identities and negotiate their place in their new homes.

The issue of gender equivalence in social and economic roles is a significant factor in the challenges faced by ‘Brotis.’

While some men embrace the changing dynamics and adapt to their new circumstances, others resist, leading to strained relationships and potential social consequences.

The Twitter thread, shared by @KingJayZIm, highlights the importance of adjusting to the new reality or facing the repercussions of rejecting the shift.

The experiences shared by Zimbabwean men in the UK provide a glimpse into the complexities of diaspora life.

It serves as a reminder that the journey of migration involves not only physical relocation but also emotional and cultural adjustments.

The term ‘Ma broughtie’ has sparked conversations and shed light on the challenges faced by Zimbabwean husbands abroad.

As they navigate their new lives, it becomes evident that embracing change and finding a balance between cultural expectations and evolving gender roles are crucial for a harmonious existence.

King  Jays’ Thread On The Challenges of  Broughties In Full

“I BROUGHT YOU HERE!”. #DiasporaDiaries #Mabroughtie

MABROUGHTIE kana kuti MABROTI- A derogatory term widely used by Zimbabwean women whose husbands came over to the UK on the back of their Visas! (Spouse Visa).

When they meet ,or in their WhatsApp groups they’d be like “Ko MuBroti wako anoswera achiitei? Ngaano tora vana kuchikoro,ngaabike ,and so on (What does your “brought” do all day? He must go and pick the kids up from school ,and go home and cook for you)

This is why I always remind guys who arrive on these shores to join their missus’ to “hit the ground running” because it doesn’t take long for reality to sink in.

Get a job within the first week of landing here,any job,forget about the status you had back home.

There’s no shame in taking a job as a bin man ,(Madhoda Bhini) coz that £14 an hour is enough to get your dignity back and keep the situation at home calm.

If you lounge around too long and you want to “voice” too much you’ll be told things you never thought you’d hear coming out of your chick’s mouth.

“I BROUGHT YOU HERE” is always on the tip of their tongues.

Don’t push it! Leave your “Baba Ndiyani” behaviour kumusha! Learn how to brew a graze,do the house chores,hang the washing etc .

And forget about being greeted like “Mamuka sei Baba Teddy” ,there’s no time for that here 😅😅😅😂

Kuno unonzi Jonso ,not Baba Teddy.


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