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Inside/out with author Ruzvidzo Stanley Mupfudza
December 18, 2008

Describe yourself in five words?
Gifted, blessed, brilliant and under-appreciated

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Be true to yourself

What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Held on to a half empty beer bottle, while snoozing in a cheap bar and I was being robbed

What is your most treasured possession?
My mind

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Facing your own imminent death and realising that there is so much you haven't done, could have done and can do, if given the chance

Do you have any strange hobbies?
I think many people consider me a bit strange anyway, so the area covered here could be vast . . .

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I have learnt not to nurture such dislikes and embrace the way I am - if some people find there is something they dislike about my appearance, then they just have to take it up with The Designer of the original blue print - some call that Great Designer God, Allah, Musikavanhu, etc, and then there is the genetic pool of which I am part of - a great heritage . . .

What is your greatest extravagance?
Wishing that one day I can have one

What have you got in your fridge?
Cold water when the power has not been interrupted

What is your greatest fear?
Failure to achieve my full potential

What have you got in your pockets right now?
A wallet with barely enough for a Kombi, a card holder with my ID and card that do not seem to be doing much good these days, including the ATM card; a somewhat antiquated cellphone and a connection to my forebears (you have to guess what that is)

What is your favourite journey?
Any that takes me from the brazen, corrupt, harlot that's Harare (I love Harare by the way)

Who are your heroes in real life?
Too many to mention, but anyone who is for the stream of life, the betterment of humanity in one facet on another, in any realm, is my hero regardless of race, sex, gender and class

When and where were you happiest?
March 2008, lying in a hospital bed and realising that i wasn't going to die after all

What's your biggest vice?
It used to be sex but not anymore . . .

What were you like at school?
A mixture of aloof reserve, comic bravura, passionate about basketball and was already very creative, writing short stories, poems, collecting inspirational quotes, especially about love - at one stage that made me the darling of all the girls in my class - I was so-o romantic and sensitive - so they said.

What are you doing next?
Living life to the fullest, embracing my dreams and turning them into reality through a disciplined vision . . . Look out for plays, short prose and novels!

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