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with Fay Chung Freedom Fighter
September 28, 2009
yourself in five words?
I see myself as a Zimbabwean. I see myself as a Freedom Fighter.
I see myself as a woman, most importantly.
the best piece of advice you-ve ever received?
It was when I was in primary school, and our teacher encouraged
us to go to university.
is your most treasured possession?
I think friendship, family.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
When you are rejected by everybody, rejected by your friends
and family, when you feel totally isolated.
have any strange hobbies?
I don-t think so.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
I think one has to accept one-s appearance. You are
born a certain way; you make the best of it. I think you have to
accept yourself first of all before you can do anything.
is your greatest extravagance?
Books. I do like reading and I have a wide taste.
have you got in your fridge?
I-ve got yoghurt, soft drinks.
is your greatest fear?
It-s that we destroy what we-ve built up. This
is the danger that everybody has. You build up your country; you
build up your family. You strengthen yourself, and if your work
is destroyed it-s very tragic.
have you got in your pockets right now?
is your favourite journey?
I actually don-t like travelling a lot. I travel
all the time, but it-s not my favourite pastime. You have
to travel to get somewhere.
are your heroes in real life?
I think my heroes in real life are ordinary people who-ve
sacrificed a lot to achieve their dreams. I don-t believe
in the great hero. The great man. I think we must look at ordinary
people and what they can achieve. I think the idea of greatness
is quite a dangerous idea. We are all quite equal in many ways,
and we should appreciate that people who achieve their potential
who are honest and straightforward, are the people we must admire.
and where were you happiest?
I was happiest as a university student, and university
lecturer. I enjoy studying, I enjoy being with people. I enjoy research.
your biggest vice?
Giving away everything. I think I-m too generous.
I tend to find that everybody is worse off than me, so I-m
in danger of giving away everything.
were you like at school?
At primary school, I was very small, and there were a lot
of big kids there. When we went to school it was the first time
that schools were open to us. So when I went to school, I was six
or seven, and there were fourteen or fifteen year olds who were
bullying us. I learnt to be very fierce. I learnt to defend myself.
are you doing next?
I-m doing research and I-m involved in Mavambo.
Of course I-m involved in the education advisory board. I-m
also involved in a couple of NGOs. We started an NGO called Envision
Zimbabwe Women-s Trust. The idea of Envision is that we
get an idea of the future of Zimbabwe. We want to get women, whatever
their grouping to agree on things which are beneficial to all women.
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