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with journalist Percy Zvomuya
October 27, 2006
yourself in five words?
Five words are not enough!
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
It was from my high school English teachers Tasiyana Jabangwe, Manyakaidze
and Kudzai Ngara who encouraged me to read, read and read.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Turning up at a cousin's wedding in jeans when everyone was
dressed formal. Afterwards I had to buy a suit.
is your most treasured possession?
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
When someone you love is in trouble and you can't do anything
have any strange hobbies?
People always find it strange that I can play golf. They say "what
are you doing in a sport divorced from the ‘people'?"
I am a soccer guy, an Arsenal and Caps United fan who happened to
frequent the golf course and learnt to play.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
I wear specs, they make me look nerdish.
is your greatest extravagance?
Buying replica shirts of obscure football teams, even from South
America, I guess.
have you got in your fridge?
Water, milk and yoghurt and lots of tomatoes, I have not done much
cooking lately. You will almost never find fizzy drinks.
is your greatest fear?
Being unable to write, perhaps what the literary folks call a writer's
have you got in your pockets right now?
An empty wallet and my house keys.
is your favourite journey?
It would be this journey of life.
are your heroes in real life?
James Baldwin, an American writer for the grace of his prose and
the clarity of his vision, the French soccer team, people like Patrick
Vieira, Lilian Thuram, Zinedine Zidane, Titi Henry and all those
people whose parents arrived on the French shores and worked hard
on the docks and elsewhere to be what they are now and people out
there, market people, vendors on street corners, Bob Marley and
others who try to give a better life to their families and Arsene
Wenger, as an Arsenal fan, for what he has done for the club.
and where were you happiest?
A recent experience would have been in the Drakensberg at the source
of the Tukela river, so natural, so tranquil that I slept on a rock
as a flood of water ran down from a cliff nearby.
your biggest vice?
As I know a bit about European soccer I do the occasional soccer
bet and win.
were you like at school?
At once bookish, fun loving, naughty and sometimes difficult. But
when I meet some of my teachers now they like me so I could not
have been that naughty.
are you doing next?
Try to make some film, there are 12 million stories to be told out
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