Bhaureni lifts lid on love life

HARARE - Eddington Hatitongwe, 35, who plays the role of Bhaureni on the ZBC-TV comedy, Muchaneta, says he is girl-shy on and off the acting stage.

Though he insisted that he “is not as confused as Bhaureni,” he conceded that, just like Bhaureni, he has no girlfriend.

“I am single but am not searching. I am not planning to get married soon so there is no need for me to date someone because I want to concentrate on developing my artistic skills,” Hatitongwe told the Daily News on Sunday, adding that dating would be a major distraction to his acting career.

“If one is not careful, ladies can affect one’s work that is why I am not keen to get into such a situation. When the right time comes, I will make sure that I find someone who understands my principles and one who can separate me from the television characters that I play.”

Hatitongwe claimed that the absence of a girlfriend in his life was not because women find him unattractive.

“Thanks to Muchaneta I have become very popular. Whenever and wherever I move, fans continually ask to be photographed with me. I am always blocking ladies on social media who are always pestering me because they want to lure me into relationships,” the rising actor said.

Hatitongwe said he was inspired to take up acting by the late Safirio “Mukadota” Madzikatire, Gadzikwa “Paraffin” Mushangwe and Simon “Mutirowafanza” Shumba.

He debuted on the acting stage in 2008 when he featured in the play Silent Words which was showcased at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa).

“The theatrical play opened doors of opportunities for me in the professional theatre world as I was more used to community theatre when I was growing up in Harare,” Hatitongwe said.

After performing at Hifa in 2008, the last born in a family of five joined Patsime Trust the following year as a field officer.

“With Patsime Trust, I did a number of plays with a focus on community development and these include New Dawn, Pfuma 1, 2 and 3 among others before I moved to work with the late Walter Muparutsa on a play called The Father.

“Later on I worked with Daves Guzha on the play Ten Bush which we also took to Hifa in 2014. Apart from these plays, I also featured on several short films,” he said.

Two years ago, Hatitongwe joined Nick Zemura’s Mirazvo Productions, which produces the television dramas Muchaneta and the award-winning Muzita Rababa, as assistant director.

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