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with Farai Mpfunya, intellectual and arts administrator
March 11, 2010
interview with Farai Mpfunya - Read and listen
yourself in five words?
I strongly believe in a Universal God and family, I strongly
believe in lateral thinking based on creativity as a way of achieving
better lives for people, I like to have a good life, I do not aspire
to be very wealthy.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Be true to yourself.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
My wife and I swam with dolphins off the coast of Zanzibar
and later learned that there could have been sharks in the water.
is your most treasured possession?
Our children. They are the most important assets for [my
wife and I], and I think they are the most important assets for
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
I've never really thought of that: I think losing
have any strange hobbies?
I do not think I have strange hobbies.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
I could use extra proportions in certain places.
is your greatest extravagance?
We own a country house in Christon Bank in the Mazoe Valley but
we hardly use it.
have you got in your fridge?
Cheese, beer, wine, frozen chocolate, leftovers and over
ripe fruit - normal things.
is your greatest fear?
The fear of not achieving what I would like for my family
have you got in your pockets right now?
Two sets of car keys, business cards, my wallet and a couple
of US dollars.
is your favourite journey?
In Harare driving between Cork Road and Tongogara, just
behind Parirenyatwa. When the Jacarandas are in bloom I think that's
one of the most beautiful short journeys that I take. My kids call
it the ‘Tunnel of Prayer'.
are your heroes in real life?
My maternal grandmother, she taught me a lot of the things
that I know. She taught me that we have more power and responsibility
in influencing our own lives than we think.
and where were you happiest?
When we first came back from Europe, my wife and I bought
a piece of land in the Mazoe Valley and spent four or five years
building our house. I think that is one of the most beautiful periods
in our life together yet.
your biggest vice?
Watching a bit more television than I should.
were you like at school?
I've been different people at different times. In
primary school I was quiet, analytical and studious. In high school
I was analytical, academic and a little sporty. In college I drank
a lot, failed a year because of that, recovered and found life.
are you doing next?
I would like to change careers and retire. I'd like
to make documentary films, travel across Africa, looking at knowledge
systems and interesting things that people do on this continent,
and then teach. I think it's important that we revive the
University of Zimbabwe. I want a simple life; simple in the sense
that we are doing things that we want to do.
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