Chiza: Author, motivational speaker in one

BULAWAYO - While many may easily recognise the name Chiza from the popular Bulawayo-based prophet Blessing Chiza, his nephew Marsha, 18, has also managed to curve his own niche and made a name for himself on the international scene through his motivational writing and has become one of the few youngest authors and motivational speakers in Zimbabwe.

Our staff writer Jeffrey Muvundusi interviewed the 18-year old Chiza who shared his story with us.

Q: Who is Marshal Chiza?

A: Marshal Chiza is a young author, motivational speaker and librarian with more interests in leadership.

He is very ambitious, motivating, inspirational and an envy of many. He was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth but he had to work hard to reach where he is now.

He believes that success is not an overnight process but it takes hard work, motivation, inspiration, ambition, innovation and braveness. Chiza also believes that success has no barrier and one can explore his or her dream soon after birth till you die.

Q: How did you become an author?

A: Flashback 2000 years ago and I was the man drawing antelopes on a rock somewhere. I love reading, and writing is only a flip side of that same coin… I guess I was meant to be an author since birth.

Q: Why did you choose motivational writing in particular? How do you describe your style of writing?

A: “Motivational” as the name implies; a psychological feature that arouses a person to act towards a desired goal that which gives purpose and direction to behaviour.

So simply it is there to motivate and give you the courage that you are stronger than you think you are and give you power that you create your destiny by what you do today.

Q: You recently launched your debut book, Success in no time tell me about it?

A: Success in no time motivational book is a compelling guide to achieving success without struggle. It is practical and challenges the reader to put to practice what they believe in.

The subject of success is often and commonly misunderstood especially as there are as many definitions of the subject as there are people. Every being that exists is a candidate for achievement of success.

This is the essence of this book as it unpacks what success is, the pillars that make it possible and what your role is to achieve that success.

One such facet is believing in yourself that you can do the unimaginable. Success does not impose itself on those who sit down and complain but it feels welcome in the lives of those who stand up to

use their gifts, talents and abilities to create the life they desire to see.

The book is rich with wisdom which when implemented creates possibilities and I totally recommend this amazing book to anyone interested in moving out of their comfort zone and live a fulfilling and fruitful life.

Q: What inspired you to write the book?

A: I have an itch that can only be scratched by writing and some of my life time testimonials which I accomplished.

Q: How do you feel to be recognised as one of the youngest authors in Zimbabwe and Africa at large?

A: I feel so much honoured.

Q: What do you do for a living and what are your hobbies?

A: I am a librarian at Bulawayo Public Library and love reading books.

Q: In your short career as an author what challenges have you faced?

A: Well, self-publishing comes with disadvantages and advantages. Obviously the first challenge is failure to raise enough finances to cater for your desired book printing and launching, and as for me I also faced the same.

Q: Who can you say is the greatest author in the history of Zimbabwe?

A: I can safely say I’m the best author in the history Zimbabwe; this is where the aspect of chapter fife in my book of believing in yourself can be applied.

Q: So where can we find your book?

A: The book is currently available in Bulawayo only at Touch Bookshop, Sheaffers Bookshop, Eagle Life Assembly offices and Bulawayo Public Library.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

A: I don’t care whether they’re 10 or 100. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, un-publishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair.

And second, you need to read. You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. It’s the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write.

Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour, write. Start writing today. Start writing right now.

Don’t write it right, just write it — and then make it right later. Give yourself the mental freedom to enjoy the process, because the process of writing is a long one. Be wary of “writing rules” and advice. Do it your way and be yourself.

Q: What other projects are you working on now?

A: I am working on more than 26 different projects, reason: the alphabet consists of 26 letters, if plan A fails there are 25 more alphabets remaining.

So if some of my projects fail I still have many options to focus on. This is to encourage you that you do not have to focus on one area but rather plot your visions in different places. You can’t get paid 12 times 365 days, refuse that!

Q: Interesting, So Mr Twenty-Six Projects, tell us, where do you see yourself five years from now?

A: I see myself up in the success ladder being the best on top of the rest, probably all my plans working like no man’s business.

Q: Your last words?

A: You choose to be poor … If you want to be successful, start from where you are, use what you have and do what you can. Success is yours.

Comments (2)

I love it

RIDOVHONA MBULAHENI - 29 June 2016

This is very inspiring. We need people like the young Chiza in our world, they make life more meaningful and manageable. I say keep the fire burning Mr Chiza. You are a shining star.

Tichaona Gumunyu - 15 June 2017

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