Since 2000 there has been intensification in the use of language describing land in Zimbabwe in terms that suggest that people have a common way of understanding and relating to this land. This language of ‘oneness’ between Africans and the land attempts to forestall debate about different perceptions that Zimbabweans have on the emotive theme of the land issue in the country. Shona authors are at the forefront of demonstrating that, within the discourse on land, Africans are struggling among themselves not only to have access to this land, but also to name it in different ways. The writers refuse to fully endorse the nationalist view that projects Africans as having equal access to the land under the controversial land reform.