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with Carl J. Ncube, animator and film director
February 24, 2010
interview with Carl Ncube - Read and listen
yourself in five words?
I am just weird full stop.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
That I am the best Carl Joshua Ncube in the world.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
I went gothic so I dyed my hair pink; I had make-up on
one eye and studs around my neck. I thought it was cool at the time,
but I'm beginning to think otherwise now.
is your most treasured possession?
There's an old Adidas T-shirt that I was given by
a friend of mine, Chido.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
There was a time when I was in England, and I was supposed
to come back home, but they wouldn't renew my visa. I made
two suicide attempts. Thankfully I used the wrong drug that didn't
do anything but make me sick.
have any strange hobbies?
I cook a lot, people find that surprising. I enjoy cooking
that's my main passion.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
My belly. But I only hate it when I have to squeeze through
is your greatest extravagance?
There's a time when I bleached my hair seven times in a period
of two weeks and that cost a lot of money. I went for a really expensive
have you got in your fridge?
My fridge in Botswana is empty because I haven't
been there in a long time.
is your greatest fear?
I'm afraid of balloons. I have a phobia of balloons.
When I see kids blowing up balloons my ears block, I start to sweat
and if I keep looking at the balloon, I get dizzy. I ended up thinking
I'd be afraid of condoms!
have you got in your pockets right now?
Forty cents and a pen.
is your favourite journey?
Without a doubt going to Great Zimbabwe with the Miss Zimbabwe
Contestants. It was like an American coming to Africa. I felt like
kissing the ground . . . lifting a rock from there ... putting
the rock in my pocket ... getting an autograph on the rock. It was
are your heroes in real life?
Steve Jobs and Tapiwa Chinyadaza. Tapiwa is the CEO of
AIT. He changed completely the way I see things. He put it into
the ‘now' context in terms of simplifying things. He
has an expression that goes . . . ‘not muddying the waters'
. . . and it gave me a lot more structure.
and where were you happiest?
I'm happiest now.
your biggest vice?
were you like at school?
I was highly unmotivated. I was very talkative. I loved
to draw. I remember I would sit in class, they would teach me stuff
but I wanted to know the relevance.
are you doing next?
I'm working on the Zimbabwe International Music Awards
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