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with activist Grace Chirenje
June 27, 2011
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yourself in five words?
Outgoing, outspoken, inquisitive, interesting and full of energy.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
The worst response you can get is a no.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
When I was a second year student at university, I was supposed to
do a research, and I had to come to Harare. The day before research
started, I realised it was 8pm, and I had no way to get here. I
didn't have a car so I hopped onto a haulage truck. I've
never done that, and I don't think I'll ever do it again.
I was with my boyfriend, and dragging him into it was equally ridiculous.
is your most treasured possession?
My toothbrush. I talk and smile a lot. It gives me confidence knowing
that I've got fresh breath and clean teeth.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
I don't know . . . the world keeps offering new depths of
misery. Perhaps low self-esteem, where you don't believe in
yourself, you have no hope for the future; you can't live
your life. Where you're almost a nobody in your own world.
That would be very sad.
have any strange hobbies?
No, and if I had I'm not sure I'd share!
do you dislike most about your appearance?
Nothing. I've come to terms with what I look like.
is your greatest extravagance?
Toothbrushes! I spend too much money on them.
have you got in your fridge?
Meat, milk and lots of water.
is your greatest fear?
Heights, actually no, it's snakes. I hate snakes. My primary
school used to preserve snakes in jars for some reason. I always
used to think that they would come to life.
have you got in your pockets right now?
is your favourite journey?
Self-awareness. I love knowing myself. For me its always the greatest,
the environment is changing and I'm changing. That is the
greatest journey for me.
are your heroes in real life?
My husband for putting up with me. My mother and my sister. My pastor,
called Pastor Taurai.
and where were you happiest?
I'm most happy when I'm with my husband and my son.
So, I guess I'm always happy.
your biggest vice?
I don't know; I have no clue.
were you like at school?
I think I was smart. I was very talkative. My reports always said
‘good student but talkative'.
are you doing next?
I believe in transformation, so right now I'm working towards
a Masters. I'm also doing a lot of mentoring. I'm trying
to transform this world one young woman at a time.
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