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Interview with Natasha Msonza, social activist and writer
Thandi Mpofu, Kubatana.net
October 15, 2010

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Natasha MsonzaWhat was the last thing you thought about before going to sleep last night?

I hardly dream, that-s the honest truth. I don-t even remember if I dreamt last night. I was actually stressing at about 10pm thinking about this proposal that I have to finish so I wasn-t very happy when I went to sleep. My biggest dream at the moment is to own my own property, as in a home. I-m renting a flat in Strathaven and water comes into it from the flat upstairs. It-s been a nightmare, a daylight nightmare, now that we-re talking about dreams. Getting property in Zimbabwe right now is a pipedream for many. Listen

What's the last thing you'd do if the world were ending?

I would phone my dad and tell him, that despite everything, I do love him. And believe it or not, I-ve never been to Victoria Falls. So in terms of adventure I-d want to go there and bungee-jump. I-d love to do something that daring before I go. Listen

Name 4 people you'd invite to a dinner party . . . expand . . .

Obama - you know he-s this larger than life character that everybody just looks up to in awe. The other person unfortunately is dead, but I-d have loved to have Mother Theresa for all her amazing work. The third person is Martha Tholanah. You know she walks around with a t-shirt on inscribed 'I-m HIV positive-. She-s a strong, powerful woman. The fourth person, obviously, is my husband. He-s really been there for me and I-d have him at my dinner party any day. Listen

Sometimes you have to fail to succeed. What do you think?

I do think to a certain extent it is true. That-s how you grow; at least I-m talking from a personal perspective. For instance when I lost my job . . . I didn-t fail, they just had to let me go but I thought maybe I didn-t do the best I could. But what I have achieved after leaving that place is phenomenal. The other example I can give is a failed relationship. I had a boyfriend who made somebody pregnant when we were dating and I thought maybe this is a reflection on me. But you know, I met a better person, a marvellous guy after that. Listen

Superhero or diplomat?

Well I-m a provider . . . you know with African families you really have to take care of your own folks and I try make heaven happen for them. It-s not such a simple thing anymore in Zimbabwe to provide for family; keeping body and soul together is not something you take for granted. So I could be perceived as a superhero, but in my own opinion I do think I-m quite modest. Maybe I might not be perceived as such but I try to be. Listen

What are you excited about at the moment?

I-m excited about finishing my novel although I don-t think it will happen any time this year. But I-m still excited about it because I-m at an advanced stage and to me when I read some of the chapters I-ve written, I think "Oh man, I-m such a good writer." That-s what I-m excited about more than anything because I enjoy writing. It-s the one thing that I can do which no one can take away from me. Listen

Do real men wear their heart on their sleeves?

I think men remain complex creatures no matter how or where they wear their hearts. It would actually make them, maybe softer, but not necessarily more vulnerable. They wouldn-t be men anymore. No I don-t think that that-s very admirable. Listen

You, Lady Gaga, a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates, what would you talk about?

Isn-t she the one who wore a meat-dress? I think I-d finish one hour just looking at her trying to figure if she-s normal. I-d ask her . . . no I don-t know what I-d ask her. I wouldn-t ask her anything actually. I-d just enjoy a drink and chocolate with her. I wouldn-t mind talking to Alicia Keys. I love her music; it-s so inspirational. I-d ask her what the secret to her success has been. I-m not inclined to music but I would like that kind of success in my life. I think being star struck actually does happen. I was in South Africa when the Brazil team arrived. Gosh, I couldn-t even take out my camera. So I guess even if I wanted to see Alicia Keys here and now, I-d be star struck. Listen

The future is unwritten. What are you hoping for and working towards?

I have these dreams and hopes that things will change in our country. That-s not very personal but at a very big level I really wish things would change. So my future hope is that some day Zimbabwe can be counted among the democracies of the world. I don-t think it-s impossible. Listen

What are you up to for the rest of the day?

I-m just going to have to carry on with my work. You-ve provided some comic and other forms of relief but now I-m going to carry on with that fundraising proposal!

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  • Dreams
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    Date: October 15, 2010
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  • End of the world
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    Date: October 15, 2010
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  • Dinner party
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    Duration: 1min 14sec
    Date: October 15, 2010
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  • Failure
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    Duration: 1min 30sec
    Date: October 15, 2010
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  • Superhero
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    Duration: 35sec
    Date: October 15, 2010
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  • What excited about
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    Duration: 39sec
    Date: October 15, 2010
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  • Real men
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    Date: October 15, 2010
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  • Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys and celebreties
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    Duration: 1min 28sec
    Date: October 15, 2010
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  • Hopes for the future
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    Duration: 1min 36sec
    Date: October 15, 2010
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