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Winky D Wins ‘Best Dancehall Artist Award’

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Winky D born Wallace Chirumiko has won the Best Dancehall Artist 2020 Award at the African Entertainment Awards United States of America (AEAUSA). In the same awards there were 3 other Zimbabwean artistes who were battling it out with other prominent African artistes. Jah Pryzah was in the Entertainer of the Year category, Shasha in the Best Female Artiste and last but not least Winky D in Best Dancehall Artiste one which he has tonight emerged the winner. Winky was battling it out in the same category with Patoranking and many others.

The AEAUSA awards ceremony is held annually since 2015 in New Jersey with 30 awards being presented to various artist across the continent with the mission to support, celebrate and uplift African Entertainment.

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Winky Dee has also released new songs, “Ragga Musambo”, “Reply” and “David and Goliath” which have been the talk of the streets as they are received with divided opinions. One thing for sure is Winky is still one of the greatest artiste in Zimbabwe and still commands a lot of loyalty and support from his raving supporters and general audience at large. At the time of writing this article the , “Reply” is trending at Number 2 and at 380 000 views on Youtube , 3 days just after release.

Congratulations to Winky Dee and all the Gaffa family.

Thank you for bringing the award home.

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Zimbabwean Born Harvard Graduate Launches Hitch-Hiking App

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Hope was born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and he did his A level at Mpopoma High School and O level at Ihlathi High School. Apart from his academic successes, he was also a multi National Chess Scholars Champion winner. Hope later on received a scholarship to go and study at the Harvard
University and just after college he went on to found Tuverl which has to date received several awards and recognition. They recently came out first at the Georgetown Africa Business Conference Pitch Competition which was
held in early February 2020 at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Tuverl also won the World Bank Youth Summit Pitch Competition in early December 2019 held at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC.

In mid-December 2019 Tuverl also won the YouthConnekt Sustainable Development Goals Video Competition. They have also participated in several pitch competitions, winning the Fan Favourite prize at the RevRoad Pitch Competition in Provo, Utah, and finishing 3rd place at the Harvard China Forum Pitch Competition in Cambridge, Massachusetts in early April 2019. Tuverl participated in the Mass Challenge Accelerator Boston Cohort in 2018 and were part 10th cohort of Halcyon Incubator Program from January – June 2019. Tuverl is also a recent Startup Battlefield 2020 finalist, the pitch competition was held virtually in September 2020.

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Problem Statement

It can’t be innovation without problem-solving and Turvel application is there to solve or address a wide range of problems. In most African countries, Public Transport is an industry that is run by private companies; millions of small to medium enterprises and individuals, whose buses, minibusses, and individual cars operate without any schedules or timetables. This makes Public Transport very unreliable to commuters, who lose valuable productive time while waiting for transportation or in transit, as a result. Drivers also waste time, fuel, and man-hours trying to locate
commuters along their designated routes or park in one place waiting for commuters to find them.

This is highly inefficient. The Covid-19 era came with new and many
challenges for commuters as Public Transportation was grounded by the government to minimize non-essential movement and reduce the risk of exposing the public to the Coronavirus. This left people who do not own their own personal vehicles with few to no options for safe essential travel.


While some have welcomed the reintroduction of ZUPCO as the sole provider of Public Transport, there have numerous complaints about long lines at bus stops, too few buses in circulation, and the general lack of social distancing while in transit.

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Solution

After assessing these challenges in the 1st few months of the covid19 pandemic, Tuverl went on to develop its intercity carpooling service that is meant to make travelling safer, easier and cheaper during the Covid19 pandemic. After downloading and signing up on the Tuverl App, commuters can search for peer-to-peer trips that originate from a city or town of their choosing to another city or town in Zimbabwe. They can pay for these trips using mobile money payments, such as Ecocash, OneMoney and Telecash.

We plan to support more payment methods in due course. On the Tuverl App, users who have their own personal vehicles can register to be drivers.
Once registration is complete and their profiles have been verified, drivers can create trips from one city or town to another. Drivers have control over the pricing of the available seats in their vehicles. As such drivers can make
extra money during a trip they were already planning to make. Picking up passengers along the road, when drivers travel on pre-planned trips between cities and towns is an old practice. Most Zimbabwean commuters know this as hitchhiking or simply hiking.

Tuverl has found a way to make it a lot easier for drivers to find commuters or passengers, by adding a technology layer that makes it faster for drivers to connect with commuters. As the economy opens up, Lockdown regulations are relaxed, and travel restrictions are removed, it is important to give commuters more options for travelling safely. Commuters and drivers can download the Tuverl App on the following links.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?
id=com.tuverl.android .

People who are interested in our work can follow
us on the following links.
Website: http://wwww.tuverl.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tuverl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tuverl
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/
store/apps/details?id=com.tuverl.android

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Interview With Princewell ‘The Roadrunner Farmer’

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In the words of Arthur Ashe, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”, Princewell is one man living and putting to test these words by taking his passion in poultry farming into a test. Princewell (PW) is always there on Twitter mostly sharing his story, pictures, and updates on his roadrunner farming, something which has helped market his business and inspire someone out there. Coach Mallvine (CM), our Productions Manager, caught up with Princewell for an online interview, and below is how it went along. Enjoy the interview and don’t forget to subscribe to stay tuned for more interviews and updates.

CM: Please introduce yourself to our readers.

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PW: Real name Terence Maphosa, a young passionate roadrunner Farmer in his late 30s.

CM: What brought you into farming?

PW: On this one there are a lot of reasons:

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  1. Availability of idleness in my rural area which I saw as a chance to put up something productive and since I had no water, the only idea that looked feasible out of the many I had was road runners.
  2. Passion for roadrunners, before these exotic breeds I was doing the ordinary kumusha roadrunners. So, it became a transition into something catchy more advanced on a larger scale.
  3. Roadrunner farming is not congested that much so, I saw an opportunity that I could use and it worked perfectly.

CM: How big is your farm and what are you currently farming?

PW: This is not a “Farm” as you might call it. It is a resettlement area, but I have a good space which is up to 6 hectares for the chickens and 5hectares for crop farming. It is located in Mhondoro Ngezi. For the crops, I focus mainly on maize, sunflower, soya, and sorghum. These crops reduce the costs of buying feeds.

CM: When did you started the chicken business?

PW: I started in November 2017.

CM: Tell us the types of chickens you sell.

PW: I have 5 breeds that I selected on basis of their different strengths and purposes. Black Australorp (a machine at laying eggs), Koekoek (good at eggs as well), Light Sussex (Both meat and eggs), Kuroila (Meat Master….weighs heavy), Jersey Giant (Meat Master). I have a 6th which is the Buff Orpington but I see it is as a flower that I like seeing around.

CM: Which is the best chicken breeds to keep and why?

PW: Black Australorp, Chicken business needs a bird that lays more so that you minimize the costs. It grows big as well and that will make it marketable for meat. However, I should point out that it differs with farmer’s preferences and also some parts of the community have certain beliefs attached to a black chicken. In that case the Koekoek will come second.

CM: How many hours do you work per day and what is your typical day like?

PW: Roadrunner farming needs all day attention. Feeding, giving medicines to the ones that are sick, cleaning food troughs, etc.

CM: Has it been viewed as more of a business for you or a lifestyle choice? Some combination of both?

PW: To be honest, it started as a business but it grew to be at the heart of my lifestyle. I woke up every day feeling proud of being a roadrunner. So, now I live in the roadrunner business.

CM: What is the most satisfying part of farming for you?

PW: The most satisfying part is having a product that the market has approved and is confident. That alone will give you extra energy to work even harder.

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CM: What motivates you and how do you deal with negativity and any feeling of giving up?

PW: The greatest motivation is me, I look back and say, I cannot go back to the past life, so the only option is to push. Negativity will always be there and some will even destroy your brand but I always try to engage those who think I went off rail or I didn’t offer a good service. The problem is, people usually appreciate through hate. They hate what they like. So the best way is to engage and find a solution.

CM: What is your current take on youth participation in agriculture and how best can they become effective and active participants in this industry?

PW: Youth out there are desiring to go all out for farming but access to land and capital hinders a lot of us to participate in farming. We have the zeal but we don’t have a chance to express it. The government must identify youth with potential and empower them with ideas and inputs. Without that, farming will remain a thing of an idea to youth.

CM: Have you benefitted from any government or social programs to boost your agriculture business, if not are you looking forward to any?

PW: No. Not as of yet. If the help comes I will take it with both hands. I’m a citizen of the country and if the government sees it fit, I will take them and utilize them without fail.

CM: Many a time, access to finance and support systems are usually not in favor of subsistence farmers. How do you think the situation can be improved and work to boost and support the subsistence farmer?

PW: I am one of the subsistence farmers in Zimbabwe and I am thriving on the small space that I have. So the government may also consider looking into aiding us to boost our projects from the small pieces of land that we have.

CM: With regards to the market and marketing, how responsive has it been, and how you have been effectively marketing your business?

PW: Honestly, Twitter has been the base for my customers. All referrals and recommendations are mostly coming from Twitter. The key is being consistent and not supplying wrong or fake products. As far as to this level, the market has been quite fair to me. I market my chocks on social platforms that are, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter. This is done by me and the aid of all people reading this interview.

CM: Tell us, how is the chicken Market in Zimbabwe and how can we improve our Chicken’s quality?

PW: The chicken business in Zimbabwe has always been there and it was more of broiler productions but the roadrunner business is of growth over the past 5 to 6 years. The marker is high because people are slowly moving to organic meat which I assume will overtake the broiler business in no time. However, we must reach a level of making our own breeds named after us, and unique breeds registered from Zimbabwe. We are focusing on importing breeds from other countries, yet, we cannot make our own. It is my dream that I will see that wish be of reality.

CM: What has been our greatest obstacle in your hustle and how did you manage to overcome that?

PW: My greatest obstacle has been on feed. Generally, feed in Zimbabwe is expensive and the profit margin is thin, so, for a farmer starting to grow it becomes a great challenge. However, planting your feed has been the solution and as for now I have no complaints.

CM: Any mistakes you have made in farming that you regret or have managed to learn from?

PW: My greatest mistake was in 2018 when I almost sold all my chickens due to frustration.  The market was not giving a favorable response and I sold a lot of birds. Later the market gave a positive response when I was almost giving up. It is now a story of the past and I learnt the virtue of patience. Every farmer out there must know, as long as you have a good product, people will buy no matter what.

CM: What advice can you give to the chicken farmer out there who is also looking forward to growing their farming too?

PW: To the small farmer out there; take your time to set your things, there is no competition in farming, the industry is not flooded, market is there go to the drawing board and set your things in the right place then come out with guns blazing and grow big. Whatever line you take in farming, just push to have the best product and remember, “honesty” is key.  Have good breeds that are compatible with any environment. It is not about having many breeds but the type of a breed.

CM: What are the keys to success in farming, particularly the poultry business?

PW: Have the best products, be honest, transparent, deliver, and lastly, work hard.

CM: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

PW: In 5 years to come I will be in the process of perfecting my own breeds and constantly supplying roadrunner meat.

CM: Where can people find you?

PW: I am based in Harare and as for my project it is in Mhondoro Ngezi.

CM: How do you see your role in the community?

PW: I see myself in the sense of a role model. With the growth in business follows a bit of dignity and responsibility. People expect much and you to act a certain way. Therefore, I accept that because some will be looking up to me as a role model it becomes my role in the community.

CM: Please give us your social media pages.

Facebook: Prince Machiavelli Chickens; Twitter: @terrymap1

Website: www.machiavelliprince.co.zw

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UZ Student Wins the Lighter Competition.

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A university student by the name of Aluwaine Manyonga was graced at Lux Award as the winner of the Society of Light and Lighting Young Lighter of the Year for 2020.  Aluwaine Manyonga is a fourth-year electrical engineering undergraduate at the University of Zimbabwe who works with Emmanuel Consulting Engineers in Harare, Zimbabwe.

For the first time, the SLL Young Lighter final was held online with all four finalists delivering their presentations virtually to an international audience. Manyonga delivered his presentation, Offgrid Solar Lighting, and Chigubhu Lantern, Africa’s Education System Game Changer, during the 2020 LuxLive Digital Festival.

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The factors that led to his win are that his proposal not only supports the introduction of solar-powered lighting systems but seeks to tackle plastic and electronic waste through the re-use with the ingenious Chigubhu (Chigubhu is a Shona word for plastic container or water bottle) Lantern. His presentation outlines the resources required, set up, and ongoing maintenance with a methodical and informed approach.

Manyonga’s projects seek to utilize competitive pricing of solar-powered solutions, developing a clean and reliable light source to positively impact the education system. The advantage of the project is that the ingenious Chigubhu Lantern uses plastic waste to create low-cost housing for solar-power LED luminaires.

Looking at the concepts stated above and more he presented, the judges were all very impressed by the social value of Aluwaine’s project. “We thought he showed immense initiatives, as well as technical know-how, using limited resources to create something that will improve the lives of a huge number of people in areas with insecure electricity networks. Aluwaine’s work reminds us of how lighting can make the world a better place.” This was a window of Aluwaine’s success and winning the competition as it revealed young talent.

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This year’s finalist included Aleix Llenas with his project, Spectrally Tunable Lighting for the Real World: A UK Case-study in Tracking Human Behavior and Implications for Future Technology; Giorgia Rossi with her project, Open Beams: A laser Lighting System for Future; and Dipali Shirsat with her project, Redefining the Image of a city: Lighting for Disabled Spaces. You can watch the presentations on the Lux Review website.

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Rags To Riches: An Interview With The Herd Boy

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In our first series of the Motimagz: ‘African Great Series’ Nyasha Kaonde (NK), an entrepreneur, author, and personal development coach joins one of the leading entrepreneurs, authors, and philanthropists, Barnabas Marambire (BM) whose story is one of the rags to riches one. This was an on-call interview which was later transcribed into text for publication in this edition and the audio interview can be listened to and downloaded on our YouTube Channel http://youtu.be/4reebZDFGWw
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NK: Joining us today is a business tycoon, CEO of Barmlo Investments, Motivational Speaker, Author of the recently published and best-selling book, ‘The Herdboy’. Wel-come Mr. Marambire.

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BM: Thank you Nyasha for having me.

NK: It’s a pleasure to have you, Sir. Can you please tell us who is Barnabas Marambi-re?

BM: Barnabas Marambire is a young man, I do not know if I should say a young man or maybe a middle-aged man, who is so passionate about business. I am a family man married with three boys and I am someone with is into entrepreneurship and I love giving back to my community, particularly the underprivileged where I participate a lot in paying tuition and school fees for the underprivileged

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Barnabas, Wife and their 3 boys

NK: Wow, quite a loaded profile there. Now let us talk about your book, ‘The Herdboy’ What inspired you to write the book.

BM: What inspired me to write the book is my life, I always tell people that my life is a living testimony. I am some who was in a very difficult poor situation, growing as an orphan, without parents, without anyone to take care of me. I could further my studies because I only went as far as form four, life was not easy. So each time I look back where I came from and where I am now as a businessman, running five businesses be-cause Barmlow Investments is a group company, employing over 500 employees around Zimbabwe.

I have participated in various platforms, I looked at it and said, but people do not know what is beyond all this success, so I decided to write a story, but my story in a book. It’s a true story that is full of events that had happened, in my life. When I have people reading the book, they are going to be motivated, especially those that are also struggling with their lives, are going to look at me and say if this guy a herd boy is now a CEO, so what can stop me. So that was my most… and writ-ing of the book.

NK: Wow, let us talk about you being an or- early age, can you tell us more about your journey as a herd boy. How was it like?

BM: Actually the most fascinating about be-ing a herd boy, you know that one of the most degrading just and when people have employees like the herdboy in their homes, you are always treated like nothing. When it is raining outside there, you are the one they send to get anything when all the don-key works need to be done, you are the one they give all those tasks to yet your wage is very little, I was earning as close to $15, that is how I started saving until I raised enough capital to register a company even though along the way I got involved in construction working as an assistant in brick and mortar.

Do you know growing up as an orphan was very difficult, there are days I could go to bed without anything? I could go to school without proper uniform like other kids, without proper shoes, imagine in days like winter, just to wrap up the journey was not easy.


NK: Painful story it easy, are they any challenges you faced along the way, especially in establishing your business because I know that it is not easy just to say you want to start a business especially with how your business is expanding beyond borders. Can you tell us the challenges you faced along the way?


BM: There are so many challenges, but because of time I will just select a few. The obvious challenge was starting capital, you know from my background, obviously how I grew up was not anything fancy, so there is nowhere I could borrow money from anyone and so obviously starting without money or very little capital was very difficult and a had to hire vehicles from other people and those I hired from ended up taking the big-ger portion of my profit because I didn’t have a choice, I could not choose. Secondly, recognition, you go and approach people with an idea, they look at you and you are a nobody and no one will listen to you.

There is a challenge of employing and recruiting people, you need people to work with in order to succeed as a company but you do not have money or capital and people will not take you seriously. So the challenges were so many and I had to navigate and find my way through and one thing that helped me to go was self-conviction. I had told myself that one day I am going to be someone, and even when I was a herd boy, herding cattle on the farm.

We would sit down just chatting as boys, when people would talk of soccer, who’s the richest man in town, each time they gave me an opportunity to speak I would talk of how I would tell them that one day I am going to start my company, hire so many people, buy so many cars and you are going to see me on Tv and I remember one guy teased me saying that, if you are going to be on TV, you would be on wanted criminal because there is no way you can be successful considering your lifestyle as a herd boy.


NK: Wow, that’s powerful and we are really inspired by you. Let’s drawback, we would like to know what was the turning point that transformed the herd boy into an entrepreneur, what was the turning point?


BM: The turning point was when I got a job to work in more like a town, to a place which was more like a town and was hired in the construction industry and I worked very well with those who hired me and later they decided to part because they were two partners because the other partner was transferred to another town and they wanted to close the company. I offered to buy the company and continue doing the work, instead, they rented me the place, that is where I started and one step at a time until I was able to hire other people but I was actually doing the donkey work, like the practical work in the construction industry.

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NK: Wow, indeed a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Mr. Marambi-re can you share the secrets you have used to be where you are today, which people going through the same phase you went through especially those who are aspiring to be entrepreneurs.


BM: Actually what I can say or share with them is that if you want something, it is your responsibility, it is your call to make it happen. I see a lot in these upcoming entrepreneurs or startups with the mentality of the thinking that it is the government’s duty to do something for them or a certain established person who is to help, I would say it doesn’t work like that in the corporate world.

You need be your own master, you need to work hard, sweat, do everything by yourself, if it will ever happen that you will get assistance, don’t wait for it, idling hop-ing that one day a miracle will happen otherwise you will stay for the rest of your life waiting for that miracle.


NK: Wow, powerful there. Indeed we do not have to wait for opportunities and indeed we have to be masters of our own lives because the government will not create opportunities for us because they do not know what our dream is. Mr. Marambire can you please tell us, if someone was to read a chapter of your book, which one would you prefer to and why?


BM: The chapters of the book are so intact, all of them are so important because if you start from Chapter 1 it talks about how I lost my parents, what I went through as a young boy, and then chapter 3. Would you allow me to pick two chapters, I would recommend chapter 3 and 6.


NK: Why would you want someone to read Chapters 3 and 6?


BM: In Chapter 3, that is where it talks about the more of the hustling, a little bit of turn around of the herd boy in the construction industry, and the importance of transformation into a better life. In chapter 6, it talks about human jealousy, the struggle of my company in Botswana, and coming back into Zimbabwe to start a new chapter.


NK: Wow, Thank you so much, can you please tell us any people who have helped you to e where you are, because I believe every successful person has a mentor.


BM: God has actually given me good people I met in life, I have met other people who just helped me with ideas and advice, and out of those people I would just to thank my wife who believed me when I was just starting in the construction industry. She walked with me up to where I am right now, she is actually a pillar of strength in my life. So when it comes to mentorship, the person I have followed on Facebook and learned a lot from is Dr. Strive Masiyiwa. I really follow his teachings and business ethics which I apply in my business and I have seen my business grow. I was really happy to meet him finally in Ghana last year, he is a person I take as a mentor.


NK: If someone once to buy your book, ‘The Herd Boy” where can they get it from?


BM: Currently we have uploaded it on Amazon, in Harare, you can get in touch with ‘Nigel The Slick Pastor’ and in Botswana, there is Mr. Themba. For those who want to listen to the audio version you can go on Sa-sai Podcast and listen to it, ‘The Herd Boy’.


NK: Thank you so much Mr. Marambire, that is it from The Herdboy who has transformed his life into a business tycoon who is successfully running a business here in Zimbabwe and across the borders. It was a pleasure having you Sir on The Motimagz African Greats Series. We have really learned a lot from you Sir, indeed your story and journey are really inspiring. I am sure that many who are out there are going to use the secrets you have shared with today to transform their lives, thank you.


BM: Thank you very much, we give glory to God for such a motivational life you have given me.


NK: Thank you, Sir


BM: You are welcome

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