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  • Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) 2011 - Index of articles, videos and images

  • Inside/Out with Blessing Hungwe, Zimbabwean writer, director, producer and actor
    May 10, 2011

    Full interview with Blessing Hungwe - Read and listen

    Describe yourself in five words?
    Fun, free spirited, talented young man . . . well that's not five words but it comes close!

    What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
    I was trying to be modest about my writing, then my friend Anopa Makaka said "If you are good at what you do, shout about it so that people will know and they will hire you."

    What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
    In high school when some friends and I ran around in our underwear just to prove a point.

    What is your most treasured possession?
    My mind.

    What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
    Losing someone you love. It doesn't have to be in death, but if you really love someone and you lose . . . like we as men don't always do the best we can, then you lose someone . . . it's always miserable.

    Do you have any strange hobbies?
    Not that I know of.

    What do you dislike most about your appearance?
    I'm too dark, people say so. Maybe my nose.

    What is your greatest extravagance?
    Comfortable sports shoes.

    What have you got in your fridge?
    I know that there's polony and a bottle of Savanna.

    What is your greatest fear?
    Failure. I fear failure more than anything in the whole world. I have worked so hard to overcome life's disadvantages and obstacles that failing now at this point in life - that's not an option.

    What have you got in your pockets right now?
    My house keys, and my ID, I never leave that at home. My modem, I'm afraid of losing it if I keep it in the bag. The business card of a French guy I met today.

    What is your favourite journey?
    I'd love one day to travel to India. I'm very fascinated by it.

    Who are your heroes in real life?
    Shimmer Chinodya, his novel inspired me to want to be a writer. Simple guys like Elton Mjanana, and people like Walter Mparutsa, who's a role model for upcoming young artists.

    When and where were you happiest?
    In high school when I was just discovering myself as a writer. It was a mix of everything; discovery, love, the potential that I might succeed in life. Then real life started.

    What's your biggest vice?
    Since I quit drinking, then my biggest vice would be texting.

    What were you like at school?
    If you had come to my school, and were looking for guys who were never going to make it in life, you'd have come to our corner, we were those guys. I really regret being that guy, because there are some people whom we left in high school who looked up to us.

    What are you doing next?
    Burn Makwerekwere Burn is getting a life after HIFA. We've been invited to perform at Alliance Francaise, and we are also looking at possibly taking it to technical institutions around the country.

    If you'd like to get hold of Blessing to talk about becoming a writer, he can be contacted on: Cell: +263 772 973 481 or email: blessinghungwe [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk

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