THE Ndinyengeiwo girl – Lorraine Guyo – who last week made headlines after asking suitors to propose to her ahead of Valentine’s Day, still has no plans yet for the “big” day despite claims of having received 7 000 messages from various prospects around the world.
In the video clip that was widely shared on social media and shot her to stardom, Lorraine Guyo was captured pleading with men to propose to her before the 14th of February (Valentine’s Day) as she did not want to be single on the day.
What was meant to be a joke according to Lorraine, however, went from zero to a 100 as a nude video of someone purported to be her surfaced, subsequently leading to her suspension by her employer, Meikles Hotel.
She also got a backlash from some members of her church as well as other members of society and actually wanted to commit suicide.
Speaking to Acie Lumumba during his The Lumumba Files (TLF) drive show this past weekend, the bubbly Lorraine opened up on the fiasco.
Explaining the video clip, Lorraine Guyo said the skit, her alter ego, was a “genuine” joke, adding that she has been recording such skits for a while.
“This is one of the many videos I’ve recorded. It’s just that this one made it’s way to the public but I’ve many of them. I’m very passionate about acting and recording my skits.
“I recorded this particular one as a joke for Valentine’s Day. Sadly, there were people who didn’t understand that it was a joke and blew the whole issue out of proportion.”
As a result of the video that went viral, Lorraine said she received 7 000 messages on her WhatsApp from various people.
“I don’t know who put my number on social media. I received 7 000 messages on WhatsApp and actually had to block my Econet line as my phone was now crashing. These (messages) were from men who had liked what they had seen and wanted to be my Valentine’s dates.”
“Others claimed that they wanted to take care of me with some from outside the country even offering to facilitate a visa for me. Some sent messages to appreciate my beauty.”
But, it was not all who were interested in dating or complimenting her as some hurled insults on WhatsApp.
“Some came to my inbox to shout at me, calling me a disgrace. The people from church also didn’t take it lightly as I was removed from our church WhatsApp group with our youth leader telling me he was disappointed.”
Because of the backlash and additional controversy spiked by the nude video, Lorraine said she contemplated committing suicide.
“The nude video affected me because it wasn’t me (on the video).
I can’t even take a nude picture of myself, what more a video? So when people started saying I had a nude video, it hurt me to an extent of wanting to commit suicide.”
On her suspension from work apparently because of the high volume of traffic that was frequenting the hotel to see her as a result of the video, Lorraine, who works in the hotel’s Business Centre, said: “The suspension was fair to some extent as Meikles Hotel is one of the biggest hotels in Zimbabwe and one of the leading hotels in the world so they wouldn’t expect such things from their staff as they have a brand to protect.”
She, however, said she had since been reinstated and resumed work late last week. Asked about relations between her and her employer as well as work colleagues, Lorraine Guyo said most were glad that she was back at work.
Going forward, Lorraine Guyo said she would not stop recording her skits and is hopeful that someday, she will become a radio presenter.
“I’d like to be a radio presenter and have a show about relationships. There are people (girls) who fail to have people who propose to them so I’d like to assist them through the programme,” she said.
Seemingly still single, Lorraine Guyo, when asked about her plans for Valentine’s Day, asked Lumumba to be her date.
“I don’t have plans yet for Valentine’s Day so Lumumba, can you be my Valentine’s?”
Tawanda Mambo (Saintfloew)goes to SA for rehab
Zimbabwean rapper Saintfloew is looking to kick his drug addiction once and for all and has reportedly flown out to South Africa where he is going to receive rehabilitation services.
In an interview with Star FM’s Ollah 7 last week, Saintfloew admitted that he was taking drugs, although he was in the process of trying to quit. He refused to admit whether he had been taking the dreaded crystal meth, known popularly as Guka or Dombo.
I cannot confirm the allegations and I cannot say anything about them, so I am not confirming anything and I am not talking about anything. But what I am saying is we came out from the wrong way, a lot happens here in Chitown (Chitungwiza) and I took multiple drugs.
I am still working on quitting taking some of the things. I am not confirming anything but all I can say is there are some drugs that I am trying to stop,” he said.
Saintfloew also revealed that his drug addiction had little to do with the music industry.
It is not like the pressures of music cause artists to take drugs, but before we became artists, we had nothing to do and we had all the time to take drugs. Now if it is regret or moving on, that is what I am working on,” he said
In an interview with H-Metro before the rapper’s departure to South Africa, Saintfloew’s mother, Ebenezer Mambo said that her son’s struggles with drugs were linked to a tough upbringing. She said the musician lost his father at the age of two.
We lost his father when they were still very young and there was no man in the house to whip my son into line. I tried my best to give him a life, but there are some times when a father is needed in the upbringing of children.
I have never doubted my son’s intelligence, but I was worried when he continued pursuing music. He ended up taking drugs and it pains me a lot,” she said.
Mambo praised Nash Paints Group executive chairman, Tinashe Mutarisi, who convinced Saintfloew to go for rehab in SA, for helping her son get back on track.
“I am humbled that good people still exist as is the case with Mr Tinashe Mutarisi. I think he was sent by God to save my son from abusing drugs.
“Like the biblical Moses, Mutarisi has just done the best for my family and I hope my son will come back from South Africa a changed man,” she said.
Khanyi Mbau, Kudzai Mushonga are back together again
There are indications that the on-and-off romantic relationship between Khanyi Mbau and Kudzai Mushonga has heated up once more. The couple recently shared pictures of themselves getting cosy on their Instagram pages. One of the photos shows them snuggled up in each other’s arms on a yacht in Dubai, where Mushonga resides. In the caption, they wrote, “We might bend, but won’t break.”
Although Mbau has been in South Africa for work, she is a resident of Dubai and shares a home with Kudzai Mushonga, a Zimbabwean businessman. In another post, the couple is seen toasting with red roses in hand. Mushonga wrote, “Forever us my baby @mbaureloaded. I love you.”
In May, the couple’s relationship status was the subject of speculation after they deleted all posts of each other from their social media accounts. This came after Kudzai Mushonga was rumoured to be romantically involved with Vanja Vicentijevic.
The couple has been in the news before when Mushonga publicly expressed concern about Mbau’s whereabouts after she went missing in Dubai. It was later discovered that Mbau had returned to South Africa without informing Mushonga.
SABC cancels 7de Laan after 23 years
SABC 2 and Danie Odendaal Productions have announced that after 23 years on air, the popular soapie 7de Laan will come to an end at the conclusion of season 24. The last episode will air on December 26, 2023. The SABC did not provide a reason for the show’s cancellation but stated that it will not be recommissioned for another season after season 24 ends. 7de Laan has been a beloved show since its first broadcast on April 4, 2000.
The show has been a success, spawning roadshows and cookbooks, and creating household names out of numerous actors. Despite the cast and crew being saddened by the news, they expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to produce a show that has touched millions of South Africans. The SABC has been having financial difficulties and has been in negotiations with various production companies, including Danie Odendaal Productions, for several months.