I'm too busy to marry: Wicknell

HARARE - He drives the latest vehicles and runs successful businesses, but philanthropist and flamboyant businessman Wicknell Chivayo says he is too busy to settle down and start a family of his own.

Chivayo, who is the only son in a family of seven and has a prominent online presence, told the Daily News on Sunday  that he doesn’t want to inconvenience anyone with his busy schedules nor does he want to be interfered with.

“I am in my mid-thirties, unmarried and focused on my achievements as a Zimbabwean businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist,” he said.

The maverick bachelor lives a jet-set life and constantly flies almost everywhere and runs a business portfolio that spans energy development, investment consultancy and venture capital.

He recently made his presence felt in the country when he partnered with the Philip Chiyangwa-led Zimbabwe Football Association to boost local soccer through a three-year $1 million sponsorship deal.

With many business people his age — and with lesser deep pockets — making headlines on the bedsheets instead of the balance sheets, Chivayo believes he is yet to achieve success but has a lot to offer to the Zimbabwean economy before he gets married.

“Success is relative to desire, targets and aspirations. For your information I don’t even consider myself a success yet because I haven’t reached the pinnacles I plan to reach. I concede that I have done reasonably well and am well on path to success but I will only consider myself a success when I have achieved the high standards that I have set for myself,” he said.

“But the reason for my modest achievements to date is focus, vision, hard work, commitment and teamwork. These are not secrets but basic business principles that anyone can apply consistently and faithfully in order to succeed in life and business, Chivayo added.

For a man who has more followers on social media — Twitter and Facebook — than in real life, Chivayo surprised and won the hearts of many when he donated R100 000 to South African based comedian Pepukai Zhemhari — popularly known as Baba Tenson.

“I’m still in the US for a while so I decided not to keep Baba Tenson waiting. He deserves his gratuity for making me laugh all the time. Thank you Baba Tenson… Hapana zvavangatiite … Best wishes from Sir,” Chivayo wrote on his Facebook page after posting pictures of the transaction.

The Intratrek managing director recently clinched multimillion energy deals to build solar, thermal and hydro power stations in Gwayi, Munyati and Gairezi.

Chivayo is, however, not satisfied with what he has achieved and continues to push himself to achieve more in the coming few years.

“I see myself having significantly achieved my dream of creating a business empire that captures the imagination of ordinary Zimbabweans by delivering value into their homes through the energy value chain. I see myself as a pathfinder and pioneer in showing young Zimbabweans that Zimbabwe is a land ripe with opportunity and these opportunities are real and available,” he said.

*See full interview in our tomorrow’s paper.

Comments (11)

kasi imi reporter tinei nehupenyu hwa wicknel?ndiyani iyeye? Mu zim mune nyaya dzuku affecter vanhu nezvuku gonewa nehurumende

chrisjr - 4 April 2016

Stanley Gama...what is happening to the Daily News? Its getting to disappoint on a daily baisi. If its not about G40 parising, its about some useless news! This is not the daily news of the old. The one Jonathan Moyo loved to hate, the one whose press was bombed for "telling it as it is". Now its just a G40 tabloid. This is disappointing!

paChihava - 4 April 2016

vanhu ve daily news musatiitira mafani mazvihwa?

jedza - 4 April 2016

munotaura zva wicknel nemari dzake muchisiya kualeviater suffering yemhuri ya Itai dzamara by posting free "bring back Itai dzamara" campaign articles?Musapenga mhani imi.

jedza - 4 April 2016

Surely how can this be newsworthy? I thought that the Daily News, as alarmist a newspaper as it is, also had the sense to try and have articles about people who are reasonably trustworthy. It seems as though the Daily News is also being given specific things to write about. I mean who is Wicknell in the grand scheme of things? There are claims that he is a successful businessman yet I am still to see evidence of the "successful" projects. We just keep hearing about them but never about the progress of the projects and the effect they will apparently have. All we know is that he seems to throw a lot of money around. You may think I am jealous but I am not. People who spend they way he does makes me feel like the money is ill gotten.....

Ensign - 4 April 2016

Imi vanhu kwanai..saka mukuda kuti bepa rese rigozara nenyaya dza Itai Dzamara chete chete? Ko handiti bepa rine ma sections? If you look closely category yese is represented, you can always choose to read what you want and leave out what you consider un-newsworthy.

Ziso - 4 April 2016

daily news kwanai,

henzo - 4 April 2016

Stanley Gama matama waita neG40 ikozvino woda kuwedzera nemari dza Wicknell. Anywhere this a shoddy piece. Instead you had an opportunity to do an investigative story on this guy's wealth. No hard questions asked simply PR which brings in more cash. Itai zvenyu zvichapera manje manje. Kutengwa na Jonathan Moyo akavharisa bepa rako just a few years ago

Taurai Nyararai - 4 April 2016

Inspiring story. Dai ari murungu vanhu vapepedza kare. Just because munhu mutema hadzisi news. How many times vanhu vachiverenga ana Bill Gates. Thank you Sir Wicknell for sharing your story. TakaMIRIRA NYAYA MANGWANA.

Gogodera - 4 April 2016

Thank you for bringing this Chivayo wealth story, it is encouraging, to those with a journey to go in business is very important but to those who always want to remain socked in poverty is useless. Let us aspire to inspire before we expire.

luppocious sanemma - 5 April 2016

if you do not have serious issues you are allowed not to report anything ok

memory gwaza - 25 April 2016

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