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with playwright and die-hard Dynamos fan Daniel Maposa, Director
of Savanna Arts Trust
March 29, 2011
Full interview with Daniel Maposa - Read
yourself in five words?
Quiet, reserved, shy and committed to my work.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
From my mentor Nicholas Karonda, he said always be true to yourself.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
I cried when a woman said she didn't love me. I cried in front
of her. For a man that's ridiculous.
is your most treasured possession?
I don't know if I can call my son a possession. I love him.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
When people look down upon each other, because one is poor, or regarded
as unintelligent or uneducated.
have any strange hobbies?
I go to watch Suluman Chimbetu or Dynamos by myself; I don't
wait for anyone to come with me.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
I have learnt to appreciate everything that I am. When I was growing
up people used to make me feel that I was not handsome. But then
I realised that I'm created in the image of God, and this
is what I am. I'm good looking.
is your greatest extravagance?
I spend a lot on clothes. I just like to look good.
have you got in your fridge?
Chicken, soft drinks, tomatoes and water.
is your greatest fear?
have you got in your pockets right now?
My wallet - I think it's penniless, a pen and my car keys.
is your favourite journey?
My artistic journey. I started from nothing with nothing until I
became one of the guys who built Savanna
to what it is today. At times I thought of leaving and working somewhere
else or becoming a teacher but every time I wanted to quit, something
would happen. It's a journey I never thought I would take
but here I am with no university education. I only finished my first
degree this year. All along I could not afford to pay for that degree.
I did my postgrad this year too.
are your heroes in real life?
Those women in the streets in Mbare, in Glen Norah where I grew
up, widowed women, who wake up every morning and struggle to send
their children to school. And they realise their dream, when their
child is at university against all circumstances. That was typical
of my mother and father.
and where were you happiest?
When I launched my first public play at Theatre in the Park, Heaven's
Diary. All of us were afraid that it would be a flop. But after
the performance most of the people wanted to talk to me.
your biggest vice?
I think I try too hard to impress everyone. At the end of the day
it turns against me.
were you like at school?
Quiet and introverted.
are you doing next?
I'm working on a play that takes National Healing and Transitional
Justice from a different angle. I'm using the point of view
of a woman who has been raped, and decides to keep the baby.
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