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Winky D :I’ll express myself without fear

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Winky D, who is riding high with his latest single Kasong Kejecha, yesterday said it was difficult for an artist to explore human rights themes in Zimbabwe without being labelled political.

Speaking at a Press conference where Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) organisers and the Netherlands Embassy in Harare announced that they were joining hands to celebrate Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Winky D said the programme was significant to him.

The five-day film and live music concert is set to roar to life today at Kamunhu business centre in Mabvuku, Harare.

“This human rights programme that I am part of means a lot to me because as artists in terms of expressing our views, it is very difficult to mention things concerning human rights without being labelled political,” he said.

“So, for me as Winky D, this is a great platform. So on Saturday, I am going to be expressing myself to the fullest without fear and bias, so I just want you to urge your friends and relatives to come out in their numbers and have a nice time on Saturday.”

The artist said he was excited to be part of a programme where he will be using his music as a vehicle to spread awareness on human rights issues.

The free film and music programme will also feature chanters Freeman, Killer T, Jah Signal and the Female DJ Movement.

Opening at Kamunhu business centre today, the screenings and musical performances will then move to Hatcliffe tomorrow, Chigovanyika in St Mary’s in Chitungwiza on Thursday before heading to Ziko in Seke and Overspill in Epworth on Friday and Saturday respectively.

Netherlands ambassador to Zimbabwe, Barbara van Hellemond said the initiative is meant to promote wider awareness on issues surrounding human rights through film and music.

“Besides being a general expression and celebration of the best elements of humanity, art is a form of a lingua franca through which matters of social importance can be expressed.

This makes the activities in the Human Rights Week both a celebration of humanity and encouragement towards conversation pertaining to the promotion of that humanity through human rights,” she said.

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Mai Titi apologises to Madam Boss

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Mai Titi has reconciled with her old friend fellow online comedian Madam Boss and says the feud was not healthy for them and their fans.

Mai Titi and Madam Boss fell out late last year when Mai Titi took to social media saying she was exposing Madam Boss for gossiping about her.

She said at that time that Madam Boss’ success was as a result of sexual favours. Over the past weeks, Mai Titi and Madam Boss have been on a social media war instigated by the former, dividing public opinion.

However, in an interview, Mai Titi said things were getting out of hand.
“I’m glad that we’ve put this whole thing behind us, it wasn’t healthy we were causing grief to our fans and things were getting out of hand to an extent that some of our fans were fighting each other.”

Asked on how this sudden change of heart came about, Mai Titi said there was a mediator.

“Tyra (Madam Boss) told a friend of mine Memory Sainera Muyaka that we need to settle things between us. I was very angry at first and didn’t want anything to do with her but my friend Memory persuaded me to speak to her. Tyra and I then spoke on the phone and from there we arranged to meet at her house and we have decided to put behind this whole enmity,” she said.

The comedian said that she and Madam Boss will be doing a lot of work together in the future and there is someone who has organised a getaway trip for both of them to Dubai.

Mai Titi said she would like to advise individuals like Olinda Chapel who were fuelling this feud, to mind their own business.

“As people, we should always try to build and not to destroy and I would like to advise people like Olinda Chapel to stay away from other people’s business. She is a bitter woman she is still not over her failed marriage to Stunner and therefore she must stay in her lane.”

The online sensation says she will be leaving for England for an event she has in October and she will be in Bulawayo very soon for an event coming.

Meanwhile, Madam Boss has accepted Mai Titi’s apology through a warm message on her Facebook fan page.

“Dear Felistas Edward: I acknowledge the pain you were in and I’m glad you took responsibility. To err is human, to forgive is divine. We’d our fair share of flaws and unfortunately often at times, that sisterhood took away its hit [sic]. I truly accept your apology. I pray for the right vibes and better days to come. Peace is better than war,” she said. The Chronicle

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Elikem Dumps Edith Chibhamu?

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Elikem Kumordzie, who had found love in Zimbabwe again after breaking up with Pokello Nare some two years ago, has been ditched again.

This comes after his latest breakup with Edith Chibhamu, a monied divorcee who he had been dating for under a year.

While the reason for their break up is unclear, on top of the list is Elikem’s alleged infidelity.

According to Ghanaian media, the celebrity tailor is allegedly dating former Member of Parliament for Gomoa Central Constituency, Rachel Appoh.

This was revealed by Afia Schwarzenegger, a controversial Ghanaian media personality who also accused Elikem of being a greedy gold digger who scams women.

She also accused Rachel of taking care of Elikem’s mother financially and visiting juju men to ward off women who are interested in him.

If true, it is clear Rachel’s juju is working as Elikem Kumordzie is no longer with Edith Chibhamu. Add onto that, Edith is now mysteriously wheelchair bound.

“Story of my life, one minute I was walking on my two feet with no headaches or anything. The next minute, I’m sitting in a wheelchair, crippled and praying for a miracle,” posted Edith three days ago.

As if that is not enough, Rachel apparently threatened Edith with death.

“You said you were more powerful and you would deal with me. You told me that if I ever come to Ghana, I will die as you are Ghanaian and will use all your Ghana power to ruin me.

“You are a disgraced fired former MP. I don’t go to witchdoctors to kill other women and your witchdoctor has also discovered you are wicked. Now your Ghana power has turned against you and the whole world will hear about you Rachel Appoh,” wrote Edith on her Instagram page.

However, it is clear that both Elikem Kumordzie and Edith are hurting, judging by their constant posts on social media with Edith Chibhamu even threatening to commit suicide.

Reacting to Elikem’s failed public relationships, some fans suggested that Elikem is a gold digger who is only after women’s money.

“I beg, this Elikem uses women from Zimbabwe and Ghana back and forth, it’s sad,” commented one Naash on Instagram.

Another, Kayanga Nadia asked Elikem: “Is it true that you dumped Edith Chibhamu after using her to further your career?”

Elikem Kumordzie, while confirming that he had indeed separated with Edith, responded: “No doubt that Edith Chibhamu came into my life and help came from her. She paid part of the rent for my East Legon flagship store, not to further my career though. Like every business, everyone needs a push and she offered to help. Was I stupid to accept?

“What I’ve built in the last six years is worth much more than whatever amount you can think of. We’re not together anymore, but my work continues because of my hard work, diligence and passion.”

Contrary to the belief that Elikem uses women to finance his tailor’s business, he said: “. don’t reject help, it may be from God through that human.”The Chronicle

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Oscar Pambuka now a prophet?

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It started off as a joke on Wednesday morning when Oscar Pambuka kindly asked his Facebook family to refer to him as Prophet Oscar Pambuka henceforth.

Then as confirmation that it was not a joke, after all, Zimbabweans networked through the same social media platform (Facebook) on Thursday woke up to the announcement by Pambuka that he would be conducting his first service today in Houghton Park.

The reactions to the two announcements were mixed; whilst others took the cautious and biblical approach, that we should judge not, others were forthright: Oscar is no prophet and should be no prophet.

Then on Friday morning, asserting his newly-found profession and kindly reminding the Facebook community not to judge him, rather to mind their own business, Prophet Oscar Pambuka posted yet again.

“Yesterday I revealed that I am a ‘prophet’ and all hell broke loose because I saw that most of you don’t even know what the term ‘prophet’ means. A simple definition of a ‘prophet’ is an inspired teacher or proclaimer of God’s will. I also saw that most of you are used to the theatrical and trance-making prophets who tell you that the undergarments you are wearing are black or white, ignoring those who proclaim God’s will.”

Expectedly, the reactions to the three Facebook postings were as unforgiving as they were exalting.

But how does one exactly become a pastor, prophet or bishop? Is it by anointment, appointment or ordainment?

Shingai Rukwata Ndoro, who has not made his views on religion, and especially Christianity, a secret, was quick to proffer an explanation: “Prophet, pastor, senior pastor, elder, bishop, etc, it is all the same in that part of the world. I would advise him to call himself a pastor.”

But Pambuka is adamant that he is a “prophet” who heads the Oscar Pambuka Ministries.

Whilst it can be argued that anyone can receive such a calling, what has not escaped the attention of many, especially the thousands that follow Pambuka on Facebook, is that his postings and comments, even after revealing that he is now a “prophet”, have been littered with expletives, a behaviour which many see as unbecoming of a man-of-the-cloth.

Rising to national prominence as a news anchor on the national broadcaster, ZTV, Pambuka was to cement his love with television audiences by hosting Melting Pot, an issues-based programme in which he invited different guests to the studio to discuss burning topics.

He then joined Prophet Walter Magaya’s Prophetic, Healing and Deliverance Ministries, where at one time he was the church’s spokesperson. He left the church in unclear circumstances.

He was to join hands with another equally controversial man-of-the-cloth, Prophet Talent Madungwe, who claimed to have conversed with God over the phone and arrested Satan.

Some are arguing that Prophet Oscar Pambuka got his inspiration from his interactions with the two prophets.

But then came the allegations, and conviction, that he, together with former Highfield legislator Psychology Maziwisa, had swindled the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority of $12 000 through misrepresentation.

Last December, the pair were caged six-and-half years and they were only released on bail when they appealed both sentence and conviction.

In between, he had flirtations with dancehall artistes, which saw him try his hand recording some songs, many which did not make it onto mainstream radio charts.

Given the shadowy and care-free lifestyles of dancehall artistes, many of his Facebook friends have been quick to condemn his sudden conversion into a “prophet”.

To which he had a ready answer: “Carry your own cross and let God the Creator of everything judge, not us beings fighting for our own salvation. That prophet, pastor or whatever you call it, you listen to at your church, did God speak from the Heavens and say this man or woman is from me?

“Who are you to say this person does not qualify or qualifies?

‘‘God is not a politician that he takes sides and favours numbers. Not at all. God loves that person who follows His will. Period. You can be one or two out of millions, it’s ok. Prophets are not voted into the office like you think or need to be ordained on Facebook.”

It remains to be seen how Christians will react to Oscar Pambuka Ministries, or as he claimed during the week, that miracles galore await those who will make it to Prophet Oscar Pambuka’s service today. The Sunday Mail

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