Renowned Zimbabwean author and actor Charles Mungoshi has died at the age of 71 in a hospital in Harare, his family said on Saturday.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing away of our dearly beloved father Dr Charles Mungoshi. He had been ill for 10 years from a neurological condition to which he succumbed this morning at Parirenyatwa Hospital,” the family said in a statement.
“He was a prolific and multi-award winning novelist, poet, short story writer, [and] actor who was internationally recognised and celebrated. ”
Mungoshi published 18 books, which include Waiting for the Rain (1975), Ndiko Kupindana Kwemazuva (1975), Makunun’unu Maodza Moyo (1970), The Milkman Doesn’t Only Deliver Milk (1981), Inongova Njake Njake(1980), Coming of the Dry Season (1972) and Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness (2013).
Among other accolades, Mungoshi twice won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize of Best Book in Africa and was subsequently invited to meet the Queen of England, Elizabeth II. One of his poems was put on permanent display as public art at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s new headquarters in Seattle, Washington, in the US in 2011.
In 2003 he was conferred an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Zimbabwe after winning multiple awards, which included Zimbabwe’s 75 best books, where he appeared in the top five lists in both the Shona and English categories.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara led the tributes, describing Mungoshi as a “literary giant”.
“A literary giant has fallen. The creative industry, literature and the Zimbabwean nation has lost a pillar,” Mutambara said on Twitter.
In August last year the High Court Rules were amended by SI 153/2023 to allow… Read More
The Zimbabwe Police say they have recovered cash and property worth US$145,000 from six suspects… Read More
Former Norton Independent Member of Parliament Temba Mliswa says he has let his daughter arrested… Read More
Luton Town gaffer Robe Edwards is not sure if Warriors skipper Marvelous Nakamba will be… Read More
BULAWAYO – A 30-year-old serial rapist has been jailed 232 years by a Bulawayo magistrate… Read More