Author: Audrey N. Chirenje
When I first came across the title LIFE WILL HUMBLE YOU–my mind quickly raced to my motherland Zimbabwe–bearing in mind how the deteriorating economic situation in the country had humbled most of its citizens.
A significant chunk of people who prospered and experienced a better Yester-Year are today depressed, hopeless and some encountering marital problems and several challenges which are better known to themselves.
Had it not been for the book’s front cover, which carries an image of a pregnant woman holding her tummy with a dreadlocked male figure appearing to be the supportive dad–I would not have predicted that it is a romantic story.
As I held Chirenje’s debut book, I realised that I may not have been completely wrong–she depicted the downside of life especially if romantic relationships go wrong.
In the text Life Will humble You, Chirenje uses Ronda to capture a story of a deep wound as the name connotes–a wound arising from getting chased out of her matrimonial home by her husband Sean with “infertility” being cited as the chief cause.
A dramatic twist entails–She finds out she is pregnant soon after being chased out of her matrimonial home. The pregnancy which she had prayed for a long-time and is supposed to bring relief to her life, instead worsens her misery as it comes at a bad time.
The Possibilities of raising a baby alone and without a stable home HUMBLES her deeply– BUT at this moment she has no idea of a surprise comeback that awaits her.
Whilst at her workplace, a Marketing and PR Consultancy firm, she meets Riko–a controversial Lawyer who grows fond of her and who in the process, she eventually falls in Love with and later on becomes her husband.
Riko–whose full name is Varikoishe is strategically used by the Author to prove how the Almighty Lord can overturn setbacks into comebacks–accepts Ronda as she is, and supports her with all his heart during her pregnancy–a rare characteristic found in men.
With the controversies haunting Riko from his past, especially how he is known to be a player–it is ironical that Ronda is used by the Author to transform Riko into a better, caring and loving man.
To err is human, to forgive is divine֪–seems to be Chirenje’s prevailing theme in Life Will Humble You.
Even men of cloth–as seen by the powerful Kondwani family are not exempt to flaws and as the text ends, everyone is at some point HUMBLED and the author seems to be emphasizing that admission of erring is key to overturning setbacks into comebacks.
Chirenje’s message seems to be that everyone errs and at some moment or point in Life, we will mess up or find ourselves entrapped in situations which may or may not be of our own making–and it is at that point that LIFE WILL HUMBLE US.
Finally, when LIFE HUMBLES US–as Chirenje seems to be implying–it is at that point that we should seek closure by healing and starting afresh.
The Writer Fungayi Sox is a Harare-based Book Editor, Communications and Publishing Consultant. He can be contacted on +263 776 030 949 or on email@example.com.