Mbewe overcomes adversity

HARARE - Adversity has often followed Zimbabwe’s bodybuilder of the moment, Champion “Mbewe” Chienderamwano but this has not deterred him from sailing greater heights in the sport.

On Saturday, Chienderamwano got into the local bodybuilding history books by successfully defending the Musclemania Zimbabwe title by shrugging off serious challenge from seasoned campaigner Isaac “Sugar” Chimuchenga, who finished on second place.

Vincent Kandiero won the first edition of Musclemania in 2011; Victor Hungwe won the following edition before Chienderamwano won his first title in 2013.

Chimuchenga got into the competition buoyed by his Mr Ironman title while third placed Bright Mazaikana (Mr Manicaland), Eddie Marondera (Mr Marondera) in fourth place completed the strong senior men line-up.

Last year, he won both the Musclemania and Mr Zimbabwe titles and he dedicated the titles to his late mother, who passed away in 2007.

Chienderamwano was very close to his mother since she was a single parent and he has never met his father.

“My mum was a pillar in my life. I never knew my daddy,” Chienderamwano told the Daily News back then as he dedicated the accolades to his late mother.

“Man life was tough growing up in the neighbourhood without a daddy when most of my peeps were fortunate enough to experience the sun from both sides (having both parents.)

“I just grew up knowing only the motherly love and I believe God had a purpose for me growing up without a father, maybe if my daddy was here today I wouldn’t have been crowned Mr Zimbabwe.”

The Botswana-based Zimbabwe bodybuilder, who is the last born in a family of eight; four boys and four girls, encountered an accident on his way from Botswana for the Musclemania contest.

Last Wednesday, Chienderamwano’s car reportedly burst a tyre before rolling four times but luckily the bodybuilder emerged unscathed.

The accident could have been a warning or promotion of a worst disaster that ensued later in the day as he lost his cousin, Beauty (39), who passed away in Waterfalls.

Despite all these setbacks, Chienderamwano still picked himself up and defied all the odds.

“I was scared. I just didn’t know what to do but I had to complete my mission,” he told the Daily News yesterday.

“Everything was on my shoulders, it’s not easy to lose a member of the family and when that happens just before a very important show it affects your whole planning.

“It’s just like losing a relative when you are about to write an important national examination.”

A father of three, two boys and a girl, Chienderamwano is grateful for getting a supportive wife, Lainah, who was also her husband’s top cheerleader on Saturday at the Hapizen Plaza in Hatfield.

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