Writing Personal Essay Sample – A Day Out Shopping Harare – Machipisa

Writing Personal Essay Sample – A Day Out Shopping Harare – Machipisa

Writing Personal Essay Sample – ‘A Day Out Shopping Harare, Machipisa’ 


This article showcases how to write a personal essay. To write an excellent personal essay, you need to focus on finding a unique angle. That unique experience in your life. 


Writing Personal Essays is a  form of writing that falls under the Narrative Writing Style (Creative Nonfiction). 

Co-Author Huber, S. defines Creative Non-Fiction in Writing Digital Suspicions and How do I Write?

Creative Nonfiction is a genre which is always evolving and it’s a fourth genre equivalent to poetry, fiction and drama. These extents to nonfiction’s sub-genres namely: memoir, nature writing, personal essays, literary journalism, cultural criticism, and travel writing.

For your report to fit perfectly well in the Creative Nonfiction Writing category it must be written in an informal style that is more inclined to a descriptive style of writing. 

Any type of writing which goes outside the bounds of professional and academic writing is classified as Creative Writing. Typically identifiable by its emphasis on a narrative craft and things like character development.

Harare Shopping – The Contextual Background  

We are now living in the days of information explosion where social media reigns. Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Television are almost within everyone’ s reach. Nevertheless, I feel this gives us the false notion that we ALL now enjoy the benefits of a better and advanced society.

The sad thing, though, is not everything that happens across the globe gets a portion of the media limelight. Some areas in far remote places scattered all over the world never get the media’s attention. And this personal essay fills the information gap. Rarely, do we come across articles written about Machipisa Shopping centre in Harare?


This article is also intended to inform someone who has never set foot in Harare, how it feels like to go shopping at a place called Machipisa.


So, this article will definitely enlighten someone who is planning to buy groceries for folks in Harare but has no clue where to start. Shopping has evolved. Who knew one day people were going to shop online in the comfort of their own homes?


So, the pricing of basic commodities becomes an essential component of your shopping experience.


I have always thought, to have the best outcome for your shopping experience, you should be in the loop of basic prices so that you plan beforehand.


Personally, I see shopping as some kind of expedition. Retail therapy. Therefore, each time I go shopping, I carry out online research before I buy. Very often, it has paid off and resulted in a great shopping experience.


Recently, I travelled to Zimbabwe and went shopping at Harare Shopping Centre called Machipisa. This place is situated in a suburban residential area popularly known as Highfields.


Highfields is Harare’s second largest suburb. Machipisa is named after Paul Machipisa, who was a prominent businessman.


If you love the buzzes of a market, you simply need to take a stroll to Machipisa. There, you will find a huge range of shops including food retails, footwear and restaurants.


The other thing noticeably clear at the shopping centre, are many merchandisers displaying their various market products.

The range is nowhere imaginable. You can find almost every gadget you can think of and various sorts of groceries.


The choice is entirely up to you, to decide whether to sit down and enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants that are available.


There is a wide range of services offered in butchers, chemists, the open market, clothes shops, goods, bakeries, hardware stores, photoshops, flower shops and a Western Union Exchange Bureau.


If you are searching for a one-stop shopping experience, then you must go to OK. OK is the leading supermarket retailer in Zimbabwe that runs businesses in three areas: groceries, basic clothing or textile and houseware products.


It’s one of the dominant supermarkets in the country. It has its own distinctive brand and has earned a good reputation and a slogan, ‘OK where the nation shops and saves.’


For those who live in the United Kingdom, I am sure you agree with me that Tesco and Asda are consumer super brands and well-known supermarket chains with retail businesses in food, clothing and general merchandise.


Also, they are reputable for being the best and friendliest in the retail sector.


OK has a similar reputation for being the supermarket giant of Zimbabwe. The hustle and bustle of activity you find each time you go there shopping, can’t be compared to anywhere else. The place is just a hive of activity.


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Taking a look inside OK Supermarket, to say the least, I was surprised by what I saw.


Contrary, to what I had often read in the newspapers about food shortages in Harare, the shelves were actually fully packed with groceries: dry grocery, butchery, delicatessen, takeaway, bakery, provisions, fruit and vegetables. Showing that stock levels were on the check.


OK trades under three brand names:

(1) OK Stores

(2) Bon Marche Stores

(3) OK Mart


OK Grocery Prices at A Glance


(1) Madras Curry $0.90

(2) Starke Ayres spinach (seeds) $ 1.95

(3) Ponds Vanishing Cream $ 3.39

(4) Lemons 1Kg  $ 1.39

TM Grocery Prices


I also went shopping at TM Supermarket.

(1) Cerevita Cornswheat $ 2.89

(2) Lobels Lemon Cream Biscuits $ 0.35

(3) Knorr Tasty Chicken Soup $ 0.50

(4) Kapdis Capenta 400G $ 4.89

(5) Jungle Pure Honey $ 3.90

(6) Knorr Aromat Canist $ 1.35

(7) Peanut Butter $ 1.45

(8) Red Seal Sugar Bean $ 1.10

(9) Perfecto Popcorn 500G $ 0.99

(10) Knorr Tasty Beef Soup $ 0.50


Huber, S. (2011) Digital Suspicions: How Do I Write? The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers Of/On Creative Non-Fiction, 6th ed., ed Robert Root and Michael Steinberg, Longman: New York.



If you have any questions related to my article, Writing Person Essay Sample – A Day Out Shopping Harare – Machipisaplease feel free to leave a comment below. 

6 Comments to “Writing Personal Essay Sample – A Day Out Shopping Harare – Machipisa”

  1. Vic says:

    Interesting transition from an overview of creative writing into an overview of shopping in Zimbabwe.

    Are you from the UK and did you travel to Zimbabwe or reverse? Or something else entirely different?

    I also think its pretty interesting to recognize some of the brands, and I was particularly amazed to see a reference to The Bon Marche!

    1. Femia says:

      Hello, thank you so much for sparing your precious time to leave some comments. 

      This article is a sample, just an example of so many ways, to showcase Creative Nonfiction Writing.One way of writing creatively is writing reports but in an informal way.

      Like the writing style I have used in this article.

      You are right, I travelled to Harare in Zimbabwe, coming from the UK. Its amazing that some of the names of places you find there are similar to names of places in the UK. For example, a place called Highfields, Shaftesbury Road, Queensdale and Queen Elizabeth High School, among other names.

      Thanks again, for stopping by.

  2. Hillary says:

    Hello, thank you so much for this creative writing sample.
    I enjoyed reading about your shopping experiences in Harare. I have lived the greater part of my life in Highfields, St Peters college area.

    I agree with you that you can find almost anything you will be looking for at Machipisa. That’s how busy the place is.

    I didn’t know that writing a news report like this one you have written, is classified as Creative Nonfiction Writing. Thanks so much.

    1. Femia says:

      Hello, Hillary, thank you so much for leaving some comments.
      I appreciate and I am glad that you enjoyed reading my article.
      My aim, really, was to demonstrate one of the many ways, in which people can write Creative Nonfiction way. That is, by simply reporting about their experiences,but writing the report in an informal way.

      Hopefully, I have managed to do that.

  3. Sarah says:

    This is a very informative piece of writing, Femia. With the current situation in Zimbabwe, of a promising future, I’m sure everyone living in the diaspora is looking forward to returning home one day.
    Your article could not have been written at a better time. It provides us with useful information, in case, we want to do some shopping. This comes really handy on food prices. Thank you so much, Femia.

    1. Femia says:

      Hi, Sarah, thank you so much for sparing your time to leave me a comment. I’m really pleased to hear that you find my article useful.

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