Zimbabwe offers an example of the way ordinary citizens in Africa are using information technologies -- specifically radio, the Internet and cell phones -- to express and demand genuine individual freedoms. Words and information are a kinetic process. To control words is to control mobility; when mobility is frozen, so too is information. This essay examines the technologies that enable and transform the mobility of words into weapons of resistance -- by the state against its own citizens and by citizens against the state. Zimbabwean users have designed a new use for technologies of communication: to address the question of liberation and the tension between national freedom and personal freedom. The Internet, e-mail and radio waves have become instruments to challenge the late 20th century metanarrative of the so-called father figure who built the nation -- that big man of courage who liberated his people -- that anchors the dominant state-centric idea of Africa.