A ven­ture into where some el­ders fear

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD -

ZIM­BABWE cel­e­brated Day of the African Child last Fri­day with com­mem­o­ra­tions be­ing held yes­ter­day. Our re­porter Grace Kaera­sora in­ter­viewed the ju­nior Mayor of Kadoma who re­cently pub­lished and launched two books. Read on.

Q: Please tell us briefly about your­self and your works.

A: My name is Ray Ton­derai Chemvura. I am 18 years and do­ing up­per six at Nku­l­uleko High School. I stay in Kadoma where I am the cur­rent ju­nior Mayor. I have pub­lished two books - “A Great Leader” which I started to write in Oc­to­ber last year and has 107 pages. Then there is “Un­lock­ing Your Riches” which is a re­cent project with 114 pages. These books were in­spired by my own ideas which I thought were more use­ful to oth­ers if put on pa­per. Both books were launched on April 29 at Kadoma li­brary and are sell­ing at US$7 a copy. We ini­tially printed 100 copies of each book, but we are ca­pa­ble of in­creas­ing the num­ber of copies depend­ing on de­mand.

Q: ‘A Great Leader’, sounds like an in­ter­est­ing ti­tle. Can you share more on that book?

A: The book was in­spired by my men­tor Chrispen Muyeche. He in­tro­duced me to lead­er­ship and felt that I needed to de­liver the mes­sage to the world, that any­one can be a leader. It is not about gen­der or age, any­one can be a leader. Ba­si­cally, it is a book that shows us what lead­er­ship is about and the weak­nesses lead­ers have, but might be ig­nor­ing. There­fore it helps us over­come these weak­nesses and be­come the great­est ver­sions of lead­ers.

Q: And ‘Un­lock­ing Your Riches’?

A: ‘Un­lock­ing Your Riches’ was writ­ten with the view that poverty is a choice. I say so be­cause I be­lieve we have been given the ca­pac­ity to make wealth. When our par­ents send us to school, they give us the ca­pac­ity to be bet­ter peo­ple in life, so if we fail to utilise that ca­pac­ity we end up poor. There­fore it is a choice we would have made by fail­ing to utilise the ca­pac­ity which we would have been given.

Q: You men­tioned that the books have since been launched, what chal­lenges did you en­counter in get­ting to the fi­nal prod­ucts?

A: Ob­vi­ously the great­est chal­lenge was ac­cess to fi­nance. To get the books pub­lished, I was given a quo­ta­tion of R92 000 from a South African pub­lish­ing house. The fig­ure was huge, but I told my­self the fig­ures would not dampen my spirit and I would not bur­den my par­ents with any pres­sure to raise the money. So I shared my vi­sion with Pas­tor Tich Tanyanyiwa of Pre­vail­ing Word In­ter­na­tional Min­istries. On the day I got elected as ju­nior Mayor in Fe­bru­ary, Pas­tor Tanyanyiwa sent me a text mes­sage stat­ing that he was sow­ing into the anoint­ing that was in me as a leader. He added that he was go­ing to pub­lish my books at no cost. And true to his word, I am happy to­day that I am among the few young Zimbabweans with pub­lished works.

Q: Apart from the two books, any other works worth men­tion­ing?

A: I con­trib­uted in a book called ‘Di­vas With No Lim­its’ writ­ten by Kumbu Malinga, Carl Joshua Ncube and other au­thors from South Africa and the United States. I wrote a spe­cial chap­ter in the book on how African sys­tems and so­ci­eties do not give equal op­por­tu­ni­ties to women. Ba­si­cally, I talk of women em­pow­er­ment, how to mo­ti­vate them as well as the need for women to take the first step in de­vel­op­ing them­selves.

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