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with Chiko Mukwenha a fruit and veggies type of guy, who is passionate
about education, learning and technology
November 27, 2013
yourself in five words?
Ambitious, laid-back, unconventional, funny, hello!
the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
After my cousin Pamela Mukwenha came back from her UK trip where
she met some of the brightest young minds effecting change in the
world, I was curious to know what she thought about success and
how we could raise our game. She said, “What made some people
succeed is not amazing skill or anything that I couldn’t define
for myself during my trip. It was, sometimes, persevering on ideas
that may seem small or crazy to some.”
the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever done?
Asked to pray one day in high school, I was suffering from a serious
dose of Monday blues and went, “Good morning Lord…”
is your most treasured possession?
Besides my humor, it’s Macbook Pro. Often times I have called
it my first girlfriend, much to the chagrin of my real girlfriend,
but even she accepts second place now!
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Being in a position that you know is less than what you deserve
but being powerless to change it.
have any strange hobbies?
I watch Japanese Anime, in Japanese, without English subtitles.
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I hate how my hair never grows to a comfortable level where I can
maintain dreadlocks. It always grows so fast that I end up looking
unkempt when we all know I’m the total opposite, right!
is your greatest extravagance?
I’m a gadget freak and like to stay cutting edge. Price is
secondary when I’m celebrating & I like to buy myself
some little tech toys for trophies. By the way, I don’t touch
anything but Apple products so my selecions are a little limited.
have you got in your fridge?
Redbulls and lots of fruits. I’m a fruit and veggies type
is your greatest fear?
My biggest fear is one day finding myself without a voice to change
what’s going on around me nor the power to even try and influence
have you got in your pockets right now?
My wallet, gum and iPhone 5.
is your favourite journey?
Recently I was on an amazing
road trip from Harare to Cape Town. That takes the trophy! We
had a blast and I would repeat that anytime.
are your heroes in real life?
My brother Allen will beat up Superman and Hercules at the same
time whilst looking Medusa in the eye, anyday.
and where were you happiest?
I can’t accurately say when I was “happiest” but
one of the events was when I beat Farai Mandizha who is a chess
International Master. At the time I was fifteen years old. Having
talked big after touring some countries and winning some internatioal
tournaments there, he came to our school and challenged us across
six boards. I was happy to be the spanner in his works on that day!
It was a great game of chess and I think both of us learned a lot
at the end of it.
your biggest vice?
I’m not led by emotion. That means sometimes I can do things
that are unpopular just because I belive they need to be done. Respecting
the status quo is not in my book, which is both a gift and a curse!
were you like at school?
I was pretty weird I’m sure. I was often the quiet, little
guy who wouldn’t talk to anyone and played chess or spoke
only when asked. I always took time to warm to people and changing
schools frequently made me feel like an outsider a lot of the time.
Interestingly, although the syllabi would change from school to
school, it never affected my confidence even if I didn’t do
so well in mock exams. So I may have passed as someone who didn’t
care about his studies to some people. I always played a waiting
game knowing when I would finally be on the same page with everyone,
I would go head to head with the best and I firmly believed I would
come out on top. In a nutshell I was weird, dorky and a part-time
are you doing next?
World domination. I’m working on my startup, Vuvu that enables
students to study more easily. I’m passionate about education,
learning and technology, focusing on something that combines all
three brings - heaven on earth for me!
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