Muvhango actress coming to Zim

HARARE - Muvhango actress Rami Chuene, 41, who plays the role of the “super bad and manipulative Khomotjo” in the soapie, will be a guest speaker at the monthly Mambokadzi African Media and Entertainment Network meeting set for Harare this Saturday.

Chuene and songstress Ammara Brown will make speeches at the event dubbed “Mambokadzi Empowerment of Women High Tea” alongside keynote speaker Hope Cynthia Sadza, the founder and vice chancellor of the Women’s University in Africa ( Wua.)

Mambokadzi African Media and Entertainment Network founding director Rhoda Mandaza is hopeful that Chuene’s input will help take forward the ongoing debate around the empowerment of women.

“All things being equal, She (Chuene) will arrive on Friday for the meeting which will be held a day later at 23 Oxford Road,  Newlands.

“The weekend meeting is part of monthly events we are hosting which will see the unpacking of a series of conversations around the topical subject ‘Patriarchy vs Matriarchy,’ said Mandaza.

She added that the nonprofit Mambokadzi

African Media and Entertainment Network was formed in 2013 to focus on the overall empowerment of women in southern Africa.

“Our mission at the point of inception was to create fora for dialogue between women in the leadership of Africa with the women of the creative industries of Africa,” said Mandaza who runs an information technology company in Harare.

While Sadza and Ammara’s speeches will obviously be among the focal points at the forthcoming women empowerment meeting, the one by the Muvhango actress is expected to attract the most interest.

In addition to being an actress in Muvhango — one of South Africa’s leading soapies — Chuene is also a singer, dancer and voice-over artist.

She recently released her biography titled We Kissed the Sun and Embraced the Moon which details her upbringing.

The book includes the dark and sad side of sexual molestation and kidnapping that she survived.

It also talks about how as a darker child in the family she would be bypassed for the role of a bridesmaid or flower girl at family weddings.

“I just felt that there was a gap from the times of great Pedi writers like (OK) Motsepe and (CN) Phatudi who wrote the Limpopo stories I grew up reading.

“We should tell our stories to our children and share those tales. It’s something to enjoy, laugh about and go nostalgic over,” Chuene was quoted by the Sowetan recently.

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