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MM: This pro­gramme is Know Them Bet­ter. Wel­come to my space Chaya Maningi . . . Chaya Sterek (CS)!

CS: Thank you MM.

MM: Straight to that ‘war’ name. I know you are a se­ri­ous Chris­tian . . . a gen­tle and very hum­ble young man. Where does the chaya-maningi-chaya sterek come from? You know ev­ery name cre­ates a pic­ture and at­ti­tude . . . the psy­chol­ogy of names. I have a cousin, a leg­endary war-veteran whose PhD the­sis was on war-names and their im­pact on those who car­ried them.

CS: It’s all about mu­sic MM, noth­ing to do with vi­o­lence or a hot tem­per! Ndi­nenge ndichida kuchaya mu­sic maningi... kuchaya sterek . . . hit the mu­sic run­ning on ra­dio . . . that’s all. . . noth­ing sin­is­ter.

MM: You see! Now we know you bet­ter! That is the pur­pose of this pro­gram. Now we can go to your child­hood life. Walk us through that Chaya Maningi.

CS: I was born Farai Nzowu 31 years ago at Mutare Pro­vin­cial Hospi­tal. I’m the last of four sib­lings. Our mom died when I was 3 and her sis­ter who lived in Bu­l­awayo took over my cus­tody. Thank you mom. . . she was my se­cond mom! I spent most of my early life here in Bu­l­awayo and went to Baines In­fant and Ju­nior School. Then briefly moved to Mutare-where I at­tended school at Ruwa Sec­ondary School . . . then to Elise Gled­hill Sec­ondary School. My dad passed on and I went back to Bu­l­awayo to my mom’s sis­ter. I at­tended high school at North­lea. MM: You are very churchy Chaya-Maningi, Am I cor­rect to say that about you?

CS: Of course I am! A long fas­ci­nat­ing story! A friend of mine-Lib­erty Mwale in­tro­duced me to se­ri­ous at­tach­ment to God. I go to Christ Em­bassy Church where I am re­spon­si­ble for Vis­ual Arts in the church. . . Bible skits. Drama, Mu­sic etc. . . that sort of thing. I used to go to a dif­fer­ent church with mom you know, but you know what small boys are like. It’s like fol­low­ing mom . . . not re­ally de­voted and se­ri­ous. It was Lib­erty who showed me God and the way. But it was not only about church. I sold cell phone ac­ces­sories and trav­elled right round Zimbabwe sell­ing and sell­ing and then sell­ing. I went as far as Chipinge, Checheche Chiredzi, all over, sell­ing cell phone ac­ces­sories. I lived sort of com­fort­ably . . . tough but ok. I also make beads with my own hands . . . beau­ti­ful beads . . . in big way! African craft it is and I have a size­able mar­ket in this prod­uct.

MM: Very en­ter­pris­ing!

CS: You can say that MM. But then some­thing sad and strange hap­pened. I fell ill in 2012 and was ad­mit­ted for the first time in my life . . . se­ri­ously ill from a heart con­di­tion that needed an ex­pen­sive heart op­er­a­tion in South Africa. It was dread­ful. I will not for­get this. My doc­tor said there was fluid around my heart and it kept on com­ing back even after some brief suc­cess­ful treat­ment. Some­thing funny . . . very funny, al­most mad, was that I had no en­ergy to do any­thing but had the strength to go to church all the time and sang my heart out in the choir. Tapiwa Mak­warimba who used to work this side, I’m sure you worked with her, now in Harare, used to think I was re­ally mad to come to church that ill.

MM: He has al­ways been and will ever be! I’m glad you know that.

CS: Amen MM. I kept on pray­ing and be­seech­ing God’s hand. I re­cov­ered . . . mirac­u­lously would not be an ex­ag­ger­a­tion. Here am I to­day . . . very healthy. I was never op­er­ated on.

MM: What a tes­ti­mony! Noth­ing can be sweeter Chaya Maningi to hear a young man tes­ti­fy­ing the power of God, His ev­er­last­ing love and mercy! A lot of young men, es­pe­cially when they think they are celebs-so called, eas­ily for­get The Master and imag­ine they are too smart to ac­knowl­edge His om­nipo­tence.

CS: Un­til they are alone in some se­ri­ous trou­ble and then they re­mem­ber . . . how use­less we are with­out God!

MM: You say it all Chaya . . . there you are. You say it best. Now let us ex­plore The Cho­sen-One bit of your name. Jews were the cho­sen ones. You are not a Jew Chaya-Maningi, in any way, are you?

CS: Chaya-Maningi-The Cho­sen One, yes, in full. You’ve heard the Chaya­maningi bit. This is the bit. I at­tended the Love­world Mu­si­cal Fes­ti­val in South Africa. Many artistes came from all over Africa and Europe . . . the likes of Eben and Frank Ed­wards, both from West Africa, Flame B and Sa­belo from Zimbabwe. When it came to judg­ing my per­for­mance one judge said about me ‘He’s the cho­sen one! He must pro­ceed to the next stage.’ The rest fol­lowed unan­i­mously. Wow! The cho­sen one again! So Chaya Maningi is The Cho­sen One MM.

MM: You see what I meant about Know­ing You Guys Bet­ter! Now we know. Your great­est con­tri­bu­tion to ra­dio . . . what do you think it is?

CS: Put­ting a smile on Di­a­mond FM lis­ten­ers. This is who I am. A smile from me to you and you glow in that smile . . . Once that is done.

MM: What are some of your pro­grammes on ra­dio Chaya?

CS: My favourite is The Boost — ev­ery Sun­day from 6 to 9am. Here I mo­ti­vate lis­ten­ers . . . even with my mu­sic. I cheer them up and force that smile. It’s so up­lift­ing. Then all Tues­days and Thurs­days... Pa­hasha 12 noon to 3 pm, . . . then The Rise which is mu­sic from me to lis­ten­ers and an­other one called Uripi? In this one I want to know where the call­ers are and what they are do­ing.

MM: Fi­nally, is the star shin­ing fur­ther? Whereto from here? Any hopes, wishes, am­bi­tions, as­pi­ra­tions to rise above the sky?

CS: I love tele­vi­sion. I heard you MM talk about work­ing on a TV se­ries project. Don’t leave me out of that . . . not nec­es­sar­ily an­chor­ing on Tele But what­ever par­tic­i­pa­tion . . . I’m there, ex­actly what you were talk­ing about the other day.

MM: By the pow­ers in­vested in me, Chaya Maningi you are in it. It’s done! Keep fin­gers crossed. It’s go­ing to be a block buster project. If we do our best, God will do the rest. I can­not end this show with­out ask­ing this ques­tion, of course with your per­mis­sion. At 31 surely you should be con­tem­plat­ing holy mat­ri­mony. Any good news in the off­ing any­time soon?

CS: MM what’s the hurry in Africa? I’m tak­ing my time. It’s al­ways good to grow up and ma­ture. Mar­riage is not an ex­per­i­ment. Once you are in it, it is for­ever. You do not want to hurry up, tizisa some­one . . . mi­tisa some­one. . . then force them to run to your home. Why should she run... where to . . . what for?

MM: I Will Marry When I Want . . . sort of thing eh? You know the book . . . writ­ten by two Ngugis-WaThiongo and WaMi­iri?

CS: Ex­actly. The good thing is that there is one on the line and she is the only one who may be . . . God will­ing.

MM: Won­der­ful to hear such wis­dom and self re­straint from a young man like you. You are not the com­mon young man to­day who be­lieves in sam­pling ladies . . . put them on the ta­ble and choose . . . like he is choos­ing cards. Picks up one or two and dump the rest?

CS: That’s abuse, wicked, cruel, ir­re­spon­si­ble and un­fair!

MM: Chaya Maningi this is The Man­ica Post. Thank you for a great in­ter­view. We meet one-on- one on Ra­dio on Sun­day 12:30 sharp . . . don’t for­get! Those who don’t read, will have the op­por­tu­nity of know­ing you bet­ter on their favourite sta­tion-Di­a­mond FM Ra­dio on Sun­day-Al­ways on top of the game! See you then!

CS: Will be there!

Farai Nzowu 'Chaya-Maningi: The Cho­sen One

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