British-Zim Comedian Par-Excellence

British-Zim Comedian Par-Excellence

One of the most fascinating creatures I know is the human being with having numerous emotions running through them at a given time is amazing.

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The human mind can shift simultaneously to suit the focal point be it a laughter, a smile, a mourn or a sense of disgust. For me to roll on the floor laughing you must be funny and that’s a great gift.

Unfortunately for some it is a miracle to laugh or even smile and I have no idea how to assist them in such a predicament. A fond memory can trigger a smile, it’s that natural. There are those special beings who are privileged to possess the superpower to make people laugh. Indeed, laughter is the best medicine. These superheroes can turn a frown into a smile, turning grouchy into happy smurf.

An exceptional human being who has been cracking people’s ribs across social media platforms without even trying is one of our own, Munyaradzi Chawawa who as born in England and spent his childhood in Zimbabwe.

Chawawa has lived up to his name during the Covid 19 Pandemic, when many were closed in and indeed, he was the Comforter – Munyaradzi, entertaining the masses and giving mind blowing fresh perspectives to life.

Even though the lockdown was a difficult time for the world, his creativity began to bud in such dire situations.

I am certain I am not the only one who consulted Mr. Google for more information about who Munya Chawawa is, when his picture appeared amongst some of the world’s comedy gurus. If you are a lover of things like yours truly, you must have found a truckload of details. If you haven’t, sit back, relax, and read through.

Chawawa was born on the 29th of December in 1992. He grew up in Zimbabwe before moving to a small village in Norfolk. Even though comedy was not his first career choice he still excelled making his way to viral success using the news as comic inspiration.  Chawawa’s self-produced comedy sketches have been going viral throughout the UK during the lockdown period, offering much relief to those stuck at home.

He was not discouraged when his initial career path of being a presenter was futile. Instead, like his fellow resilient Zimbabweans, he did not quit but looked for another way. He became a producer and script writer, allowing him to refine and sharpen his comedic writing.

An equally talented artist once sang, “if at first you don’t succeed, you can dust it off and try again, dust yourself up and try again.” For two years Chawawa worked intensely and tried to break into the comedy world via his online sketches. It was only in his third year that he went viral. What a lesson on determination and persistence! I trust many from all over the world, more so, the teapot shaped country will find much inspiration.

Chawawa uses comedy as a mechanism to find humor in all situations even if the topics highlight serious issues. The moment I saw his picture sandwiched between that of Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, I was certain Chawawa’s career path could only get better.

The unmistakable voice of Kevin Hart in Madagascar and The Rock in Moana are still embedded in many minds, and I have no doubt Munya Chawawa already has a spot in the hearts of many.

The access of internet and a wide variety of social media platforms have increased the impact and reach, unlike olden days in the absence of TikTok, twitter, Instagram, where you were required to work extra hard. Now it’s at the click of a button. With numerous fans and followers, the fame has not gone to his head as Munya still remembers his very conventional Zimbabwean father’s teaching, to leave some sort of impression on this earth when he goes.

Munya already has a few cares up his sleeve and his latest so far is joining the global stars Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the DC League of Super Pets. In the American computer-animated superhero comedy film produced by Warner Animation Group, Munya portrays the role of an animated corgi.

The movie which premiered in theatres across the globe on 29 July has received wonderful reviews already and the ratings are overwhelming. This is Munya Chawawa’s debut movie appearance and I don’t doubt that more roles will present themselves to him.

It all goes on to show that you should never listen to anyone else voice more than you listens to yourself. When you look deep in your soul you will know who you are and what you can achieve. Like Munyaradzi Chawawa stay inspired and make an impact before you go.

Lingiwe Gumbo

Lingiwe Patience Gumbo aka Miss PatienceZw is an Administrative Secretary by profession and a creative artist: singer-songwriter, poet, writer and voice over artist. She is the Arts & Entertainment Columnist for My Afrika Magazine.

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