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    Dhege holds get together, celebrates achievements


    BUHERA – Renowned artist,  most sought after master of ceremonies, marketer Tatenda Chinoda who is popularly known as Dhege in professional circles held a get-together function at his rural home at Machaka Village in Chief Makumbe's area on Saturday where he was joined by colleagues in celebrating his achievements.
    Reformed Church University Vice Chancellor, Wiseman Magwa an accomplished author in his own right was the guest of honour.
    Abel Mauchi, a poet who is taking Zimbabwe by storm undoubtedly stole the show when he performed among many other artists who were there. Guests who included Chief Makumbe were left asking for more.
    Dhege however, said the function was not just about achievements but about celebrating life.
    "Life is more precious than death, so let's celebrate life with love, words, eating and drinking," said Dhege in his trademark comic style.
    Other guests who attended the function were from Great Zimbabwe University, MSU, Mutare Teachers' College, National Arts Council, Chief Makumbe and many others.
    Professor Magwa described Dhege as a hero not in terms of politics but socially. 
    "It is indeed a great honour for me to stand here as the guest of honour at this function. I see Dhege as our hero; a social, not a political hero. He has helped many people identify their talents and make use of them.
    "It is indeed important to celebrate life, for people to come together and merry while they still can rather than show affection to a person when he or she is no more," said Prof Magwa.
    Some of the poets who left the crowd crying for more were Nqindi the poet who mesmerised the audience as he chanted poems of traditional Ndebele praises. The crowd screamed for more female poets as Mainini and Millicent rose to the occasion with well-polished performances.
    Mauchi put the icing on the cake with his poem; 'Varoyi' and 'Kana yaiswa munyu nyama'.
    Dhege walked a long road to get to where he is today. He went to Mutare Teachers' College from 1994 to 1996 and was a notable actor who graced the school assemblies with comic sayings of the week. He acted alongside his friend Tendai Mandaza.
    Dhege was one of the founding members of Midlands State University (MSU) Drama Club when he enrolled with the university in 2000.
    He entered the national competitions when he was at MSU when he featured in a Midlands province play "Sins of the Fathers" written by the late Stephen Alumenda and directed by the now Reformed Church University (RCU) Vice-Chancellor) Prof Magwa.
    He joined the Great Zimbabwe University in August 2004 as an administrative Assistant responsible for students' learning outside the lecture room and was elected the chairperson of the non-academic workers and a member of the GZU Works Council.
    Dhege is a scintillating and tantalizing National Director of Ceremonies, creative writer, poet and actor; he won the NAMA award (Spoken Word category) in 2013 and was a nominee in 2015 for the same. He contributed a story Makara Asionani in Ignatious Mabasa's Makore Asina Mvura (mubatanidzwa wenyaya pfupi) which was published in 2015.
    He joined the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe in June 2010 as a Traffic Safety Officer based in Masvingo, was moved to Head Office to become the organisation's Marketing Officer.
    He then became the organisation's Information Communication Manager and Spokesperson effective from July 1 this year.
    Dhege is married to Kerita Zambezi and are blessed with two boys.
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