'I want to be Bill Gates of Africa

BULAWAYO - Bulawayo based author Marshal Chiza says his dream is to become the Bill Gates of Africa. Our lifestyle writer Vasco Chaya recently sat down with Chiza who is a nephew to Eagle Life Assembly Church founder Blessing Chiza.

Q: What encouragement would you give to someone at home who has lost hope?
A: Firstly let go of the past and move on because you cannot change yesterday but you can do something today that can drastically change your tomorrow.
Have a positive outlook in every situation in your life. Change the way you think in order for you to change your life. There is nothing more powerful in this world than a changed mind.  
Q: Which is your best book from those you have published so far?
A: Books are like children, you cannot say really that I like this child; however, I sold Poor Billionaire more than any other of my books.
To date I’ve written and published three books namely; Success in No Time, Poor Billionaire, Before I Become a Billionaire and I have co-authored a book titled Destiny Sagacity with six different authors from the Sadc region.
Q: What can you describe as the worst moment in your career?
A: Being broke. As an author, motivational speaker and CEO most people expect the best from you.
Q: But who is Marshal Chiza?
A: I’m an author, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, Billionaire Publishers CEO and the Founder of Poor Billionaire Foundation. 
Q: Often times you have referred to yourself as ‘The Billionaire’, why?
A: I want individuals in society to know that I am one of the optimistic people they have in their life time. I am one person who believes that I will be Africa’s Bill Gates.
Q: What is the difference between the young Marshal we knew five years ago when he started and now?
A: There isn’t much difference really. It is only that the young me was very poor though I dared to dream. 
Q: How can you describe yourself in a nutshell, can you say you have achieved your dream as an author?
A: I have only accomplished a ‘cup from a well’. To me whatever I have right now is nothing compared to what I want to achieve. I don’t view myself as someone special but I just feel I have more responsibilities than the next person.
Q: Considering that you have been nominated twice at the Bulawayo Arts Awards and lost; what motivates you to keep going despite all odds?
A: I had always thought that rigging is found in politics only, surely how can an internationally-recognised book like Poor Billionaire not get a regional award?
Well, I am joking. Just like Martin Luther King Jnr said; “I have a dream” but my dream is to see everyone living to their full potential, that’s the reason why I am alive. 
Awards come as a bonus but seeing someone living to their full potential keeps me going.
Q:  Tell me more about your company: Billionaire Publishers?
A: Billionaire Publishers is a modern day publishing house whose original mandate is to ‘‘help you sell your story’’. We believe that every human being under the face of the earth has a story to tell. 
Our job, however, on this other part of the world, is to help you make it something that can sell and be a blessing to millions.
I started this company three years ago and I must say we are doing exceedingly well and I believe that this publishing house will be one of the best recognised publishing houses in the world!
Q: Are local radio stations doing enough to market Bulawayo authors?
A: Not at all, surprisingly I get called in Harare for radio interviews. 
This is because they have not realised the importance of authors in our society. 
Q: You have organised different motivational seminars, tell us about them?
A: I have done a lot of private and corporate seminars in most Sadc countries and surprisingly the turnout is really overwhelming.

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