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with Kelvin Hazangwi, Padare Men's Forum on Gender
January 20, 2012
Full interview with Kelvin Hazangwi - Read
yourself in five words
I'm an activist. I'm crazy in a way. I'm loving
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
It was from my father who said all you need is a good heart and
a good head.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Being asked to do the Zora Butter dance by my two sons at the T20
Cricket final and they recorded it!
is your most treasured possession?
It's my diary. I had the privilege of being raised by wonderful
people. After they passed away there were some critical questions
that I wanted the answers to but they weren't around to answer
them. I wanted to know how my father handled anger; how he solved
difficult situations at work. So the diary is something for my son
to help him answer those questions when the time comes.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Disempowerment. When you are in a situation where you cannot provide
for yourself or your children.
have any strange hobbies?
None that I know of.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
I have scars, a reflection of a very naughty childhood.
is your greatest extravagance?
Interviewer: What are you reading now?
A book called ‘Men and Families'; I'm trying to
teach young men about feminism.
do you have in your fridge?
We eat lots of white meat. There are lots of fruit juices and Castle
is your greatest fear?
I'm afraid of snakes. Ironically that's my mother's
totem. My wife kills all the snakes that come to the house.
have you got in your pockets right now?
is your favourite journey?
I find travelling to the Eastern Highlands refreshing. I find that
I have a sense of belonging when I'm there.
are your heroes in real life?
My mother; she had to leave school to raise her brothers. Growing
up she always emphasized the value of an education. I think of her
in the work I do - it relates to her life story. If she could have
finished school and gotten a diploma or a degree she would have
gone very far. She gives me inspiration.
and where were you happiest?
I wasn't there when my first son was born. I was happiest
when my second son was born. I was there in the room. There's
something about new life that just makes you happy.
is your biggest vice?
I've yet to discover it.
were you like at school?
I was afraid of girls in primary school. I went to an all boys'
boarding school, but in high school I went to a mixed school. Whenever
I was around girls I would treat them like little girls. I was shy.
are you doing next?
I'm pursuing my PhD in gender relations and writing a book
about gender relations in Zimbabwe. And developing a course on young
men and feminism.
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