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with artist and journalist Stanley Kwenda
January 19, 2011
Full interview with Stanley Kwenda - Read
yourself in five words.
I'm a very patient individual who likes to see things
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Be patient, be as articulate as you can, do your best in
life, don't harm people.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
I remember an incident when I wanted to beat up Jonathan
Moyo at a local club.
Why would you want to do that?
journalist by profession, and sometimes you get angry at the things
he's done as an individual and in his previous capacity as
the Minister of Information. I would say that his actions marked
the death of the media industry in Zimbabwe.
is your most treasured possession?
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Not being able to access the basic necessities in life,
like water health and education.
have any strange hobbies?
Not really, except that I do like to mix a lot of different
beers and drink them from one cup. It started when we had a lot
of shortages in this country.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
Nothing, I like the way I am.
is your greatest extravagance?
I remember buying a watch that cost me about $450.
have you got in your fridge?
I have a couple of eggs, milk, a loaf of bread and a small
packet of beef.
is your greatest fear?
Being visited in the middle of the night. Now that the
issue that happened to me last year it is something that still haunts
have you got in your pockets right now?
My wallet, it's full of bankcards but there's nothing
in the accounts.
is your favourite journey?
I like flying to Hamburg in Germany. I've fallen
in love with it. It's Germany's cultural city; it's
so cosmopolitan. I find it inspiring because it's a place
where you can fully utilise your creativity.
are your heroes in real life?
My mother is my hero. Despite giving birth to seven kids,
I'm the fifth, at one point she had all of us in school all
on a nurses salary. There are people now who can't do that.
It really takes a strong character to pull off something like that.
and where were you happiest?
When my wife gave birth to my only daughter.
your biggest vice?
Despite the fact that I'm broke, I'm always
were you like at school?
I was a go-getter. My father influenced me to like journalism.
When I was at school I kept focussed on that career, and I was one
of the first people to publish a newspaper at school.
are you doing next?
I'd like to make sure that my organisation (Artists
for Democracy Zimbabwe Trust) makes a difference in this country.
I want to see artists raising their voices more to what is happening
in this country.
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