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Inside/Out with Limbikani Makani, founding editor TechZim
Kubatana.net
October 26, 2011

Full interview with Limbikani Makani - Read and listen

Describe yourself in five words?
I'm just an open person.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Not to rely on other people for determining what's going to happen to me.

What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Working for the same organisation for seven years. For me it was strange, because at the time we were getting US dollars when everyone else was being paid in Zim dollars and you could go to Roadport, ehe, naidenda kuroadport, and when you changed as little as ten dollars it was so much.

What is your most treasured possession?
I don't possess things. I don't think of myself as having possessions. Fun maybe.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Having someone else determine your priorities.

Do you have any strange hobbies?
Being alone, and loving that.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
Nothing.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Being alone.

What do you have in your fridge?
There's a lot, but I think my wife knows better.

What is your greatest fear?
Losing the energy to create. Waking up in the morning and asking myself: ‘Why should I?'

What have you got in your pockets right now?
Nothing.

What is your favourite journey?
Any journey, my favourite part is discovering and experiencing new things.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My parents, sisters and brothers.

When and where were you happiest?
Now, in Harare, working for Techzim.

What is your biggest vice?
Being alone.

What were you like at school?
I was very small and I was an opportunity for bullies. But I remained just an opportunity because I was quite good with schoolwork, so a lot of the time I could trade that. I used to laugh ridiculously loud, and that used to get me into trouble.

What are you doing next?
I really believe that the work I'm doing with TechZim has to be incremental. I think it can be a bigger platform. There's a lot of energy going into that.

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