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Interview with Zim Bi-Lingual Writer



Milton Chitsime (Milton) an exceptional talented author who writes in both Shona and Ndebele caught up with our writer, Troy, Jurgen Namupira ( J.N) for a one on one interview and below are the excerpts of the interview:

J.N: Hello Sir Milton and thanks for joining me!


Milton: You are welcome

J.N: Sure. So without wasting much time, you are well known as CJ. Who is

Milton: CJ stands for Chitsime Jay. I have used CJ Milton as a pen name for a number of my books such as “Virtues of a Boy Child”, “Pride of a Girl Child” and poetry anthologies “Tsuro Ndisunge” and “Flowers of a Dry Season”.


J.N: Interesting and you are fond of children. Is this in any way related to your occupation as a social worker?

Milton: Indeed it is related. Actually, almost all of my writings have a close relationship with social work. The two books place responsibility of good behavior (that can save them from trouble) on adolescent children.

J.N: In some words, you write more to educate besides entertaining

Milton: I balance the two. I can say it’s 50 50, though fiction also educates. But I’m much stronger in fiction.

J.N: That’s real creativity, salute! So how has your writing life been so far? Has it been of great impact to you and your network?

Milton: From the feedback I received especially on my first novel “Mbona Mbona”, my writings do create the world for the readers. One of my children’s books produced a testimony about a girl child who was raped and kept quiet, only to disclose to parents after reading the book.

Such feedback keeps inspiring me to remain vigilant in the writing industry. Writing for me, in as much it has been sabotaged by harsh economic climate, has been like my shadow from which I can’t separate myself.

J.N: I can imagine how overwhelming it could have been after she testified how your book inspired her.

Milton: It informed me that my writings are relevant to the target audience

J.N: Which is heart-warming to any writer. So let’s talk challenges in the industry. Are there you have stumbled upon?

Milton: The book is competing with basic food commodities for the few bond notes people have. It loses the battle, obviously. That is the major problem I and other writers are facing.

I have failed to get my children’s books into schools for supplementary reading. They were deemed, by the responsible department within the Ministry of Education, Christian biased – leaving out other religions.

J.N: Oh yeah! The struggle is real on the block. Do you think the narrative will get any better?

Milton: In my opinion, books in general have lost ground. It now requires one’s creativity and initiatives to penetrate the rock-hard market. Without that, an enterprising author may just resign.

J.N: Would you propose for writers to take entrepreneurship more seriously to complement on sales?

Milton: In fact, writers ought to be business minded to eat the fruit of their creativity. In this era of self-publishing, it’s DIY – no promoters as is the case with music industry. Business and marketing skills are essential. A writer with zero entrepreneurship skills may be unable to buy a pen for their next book.

Spiritual Side Of Sex
Milton’s Lates Book

J.N: Food for thought really. Besides the importance of entrepreneurship, do you have any other words of encouragement to other budding and establish Writers

Milton: I encourage all writers, new or established to keep writing. But to the budding ones, they should be initiative to confront the erosion of the reading culture.

J.N: Yes! Reading culture, it has been dying a slow death lately. We have to revive it one way or the other.

So to just wrap up everything, should we expect something sweet out of CJ’s honeypot soon and what’s the vision that is guiding the creative creature.

Milton: In the soonest, I’m releasing two books. One for Christian adolescents titled “The Spiritual Side of Sex” and then a short story called “Police Ahead”.

I aim to see rekindling of the reading culture by writing books appealing to people. In this vision, delivering predominant issues is key, and on the fiction side, the secret lies in short stories that don’t demand much time from the reader.

J.N: That’s great news, wish you all the best

Milton: I thank you!

J.N: With pleasure! Would you please share with us where people can find your works and social media profiles.

Milton: Currently, my books can be found in Scripture Union bookshops.

People can search for my name and for Inforwareness Projects on Facebook and connect with me.

J.N: Thanks for your CJ, it’s been worth a while hearing it straight from a better read writer. I am also optimistic Reading culture will be revived.

CJ: Thank you too Troy

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14 Ways To Earn Passive Income In 2021



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By: Claire Makoni

Earn Songwriting Royalties

If you love to write music, you can create passive income by recording your songs and then publishing them through a variety of channels. You earn royalties anytime your music is played on streaming services like Apple Music, or Spotify, or played on the radio. You can even license your music for TV, movies, and videos without the backing of a major record label.


Purchase Music Royalties

Perhaps your talent isn’t to write music. That’s ok, you can still get into the music royalty game by purchasing the rights to song catalogues owned by other artists. Royalty Exchange is an online auction that allows you to bid on existing music catalogues. These are songs that are already earning regular, passive income for their current owners. When you purchase music royalties, you’re buying the future cash flow, which is purely passive income.

Photo Licensing

Photographers can build passive income by selling stock photos online. You’ll need to produce lots of content to earn a decent amount of money, but it can be a nice supplement to other, more labor-intensive work, like wedding or family photography. One benefit to stock photo licensing is that you can sell the same pictures to many different buyers. There is no shortage of stock photo websites where you can sell your work. Dreamstime and Snapwire are just two of the more popular stock photo sites out there.

Record an Audiobook

One of the best ways for content creators to increase their income is by releasing their content in as many formats as possible. For example, if you’ve written a paperback book or even an ebook, you’ll want to consider recording an audiobook version. There is no shortage of people who prefer listening to books instead of reading them. You can record the audio yourself, or pay someone else to do it for you. Once your audiobook is ready to go, it can be available for purchase online for years, making it the ideal passive income source.


Buy and Sell Domain Names

Buying and selling domain names is a bit like trading on the stock market. The goal is to buy low and sell high, but there can be some risk involved. There are people who earn good money buying domain names that they believe will increase in value over time, with the hopes of selling at a profit.

Start a Blog

Over time, it’s possible to create multiple passive income streams with a blog, through affiliate marketing, or display advertising, for example. But building a blog from scratch is anything but passive. You’ll need to be consistent in creating new content, and spend time promoting your blog. One of the best things about blogging is the low barrier of entry. If you have a computer and a wifi connection, you can get started for as little as a few dollars per month.

Start a Podcast

It seems everyone has a podcast these days, and while many people do it out of pure enjoyment, there’s a lot of money that can be made. As you build a reliable following, you can begin selling advertising via sponsorships to brands that wish to get in front of your audience. Make no mistake, there’s a lot of work involved in finding guests and conducting interviews, but the opportunity to build a passive income stream is there.

Start a YouTube Channel

If you can consistently create videos that people want to watch, you can build an audience on Youtube. This is important because, with an audience, you can begin to make money, by joining the YouTube Partner Program. Most of your earnings will come from ads, which are aired within your video content, however, there are more ways to make money. YouTube can also drive traffic to your website and social media channels, making passive income opportunities endless.

Sell Digital Products/Downloadables

Thousands of people earn passive income by creating digital products that people can download and use. From spreadsheets to productivity tools, calendars, and checklists, the possibilities are endless. Once you’ve created your winning product, you can make it available for download on your own website, or through a third-party platform.

Develop an Online Course

If you have expertise in a specific area, rest assured there’s someone out there willing to pay you for your knowledge. You can create an ebook on the topic, or develop an online course, and then sell it on your own website, or on an online learning marketplace like Udemy. No skill is too small to share with others. You could sell a course on creating a killer resume, starting a podcast, or how to travel hack a trip to Europe. With online courses, most of the hard work happens early on, when you’re creating the content. From there, with an effective marketing strategy, you’ll have yourself a nice, passive income stream.

Run Website Display Ads

If you have your own website, you can sign up to have ads displayed within the content on your site. The most well-known ad service is Google Adsense. Adsense displays ads that are relevant to your site content and that match your visitor’s preferences. When guests engage with an ad, you make money. Also, the higher your site traffic, the higher your income.

Affiliate Marketing

If you have your own blog or website, one of the best ways to make passive income is through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing involves promoting someone else’s product or service, and earning a commission whenever a sale is generated directly from your recommendation. The most well-known affiliate program may be the one run by online retail giant Amazon, but there are thousands of other companies with programs of their own. Affiliate income takes time to build, but if you’re successful, it can be one of the best ways to make passive income.


Dropshipping is a form of e-commerce where the seller doesn’t hold the product, instead, it’s shipped to the customer directly from the supplier. The seller’s job is to find products to buy at a wholesale price, and then sell them at the retail price, by advertising them through an e-commerce store, like Shopify. When orders are placed, they go directly to the supplier who ships the product to the customer. The seller profits from the spread between the retail and wholesale price. Dropshipping has become very competitive, but if you can find a product that people want, and sell it at a profit, there’s lots of passive income to be made.

Learn to Outsource

If you’re an entrepreneur, chances are you have a tendency to want to control all aspects of your business. After all, no one else understands it as you do, nor is anyone else as invested as you are. But the problem with doing everything yourself is that the money you make becomes anything but passive.

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Dr. Vere’s Coat of Many Colours



By Gilbert Sikanyika

Doctor Kudzanai Vere belongs to the group of African young Turks determined to conquer the world and leave permanent foot-steps on the sands of life.


I have known Dr. Vere through social interactions over the years and I have come to know him as a pragmatic, hard-working, and purpose-driven person. He sets high goals and when he attains those goals, he sets even higher goals. He places a high premium on his aspirations. He challenges himself to challenge challenges in his life. He does not take “no” for an answer…He knocks, knocks, and keeps knocking until doors of opportunities fling open before him. He is tenacious and aggressive in his daily operations. He does not wait for opportunities; instead, he creates opportunities for himself. He is a workaholic if ever there was one.

He was compelled to stop school in form 4 due to family financial constraints but that could not deter him from pursuing his dreams. He started working as a Receiving and Costing Clerk at Redstar in Nyanga in Zimbabwe and he rose through the ranks to become Branch Manager within a spell of three years. He was arguably the youngest Branch Manager heading a Blue Chips Company when he was only 22 years old.

Doctor Vere has “A coat of many colours.” He is an entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker of international repute. He enjoys developing people in areas such as Entrepreneurship, Personal Development, Practical Business Management, Organizational Development, Financial Literacy, and Leadership Development.


Just what makes him tick

He gets inspiration from motivating himself and others. His life gets better when he impacts lives in Business related issues. He was born in a family of 10 in a remote area of Zimbabwe in Nyanga. He went to Maereka primary school, Nyatate school, and Mapako High School. He has also attended: Zimbabwe Open University, British College Of Professional Management, Coppetstone University among others. He has:

  • Diploma in Accounting
  • Diploma In Accounting In Business Management
  • Bcom Accounting
  • Certified Public Accountancy
    -Master of Arts in Leadeship and Management
    -Registered Public Accounting
    -Certified Forensic
    -Doctorate in Phylosophy in Entrepreneurship among others.

Dr. Vere is also a notable and versatile writer whose books such as Becoming A Person Of Impact and Exceed Beyond The Ordinary have blessed multitudes of people. It seems he is a “Jack of all trades and master of everything.”

His books have impacted the hordes of people from all walks of life because of the nuggets of life they carry. His presence is being felt almost everywhere and so far so good. Although he never completed formal education, he is a self-made man who has managed to school himself and has acquired a string of diplomas and degrees and was recently conferred with a Doctorial degree in recognition of his teachings and passion for entrepreneurship.

“The whole of my adult life I have been learning business at times passively and at other times actively. I have vast years of business management, ” he said. His ultimate goal in life is to become an oasis of inspiration in Business circles. He is married to a lovely lady Fortune who is the Managing Director of the family business empire. Doctor Vere is also blessed with a wife and five children.

Gilbert Sikanyika is a Writing Prophet based in Zambia

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Developers/ Programmers (Graduate Trainees) Wanted X 3 : YPPZ



Young People’s Program Zimbabwe Youth Association (YPPZ) is recruiting graduate trainees from the following disciplines:

  • Information Technology & Information Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Sciences

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