Aaron Chiunduramoyo still enjoying bachelorhood at 62 years
Author and famous actor, Aaron Chiundura Moyo says people find it odd that he is a single man at 62. But it does not bother him at all.
He says despite his age he is still a huge hit with the ladies. But he chooses to stay single for now. Chiundura Moyo said the last time he mentioned that he was single he was flooded with offers from various women from around the country. He said some offered him cars and houses for his affection.
For him work is a priority right now. Chiundura Moyo has two children, one of whom was born out of his relationship with the late actress Stembeni Makawa who starred as Mai Gwesheshe in the famed Gringo dramas. His children also acted in the drama series Tiriparwendo.
Aaron Chiundura Moyo was born in 1950 at Guinea Fowl, 12km from Gweru in the Midlands region of Zimbabwe. His father was a farm labourer hence Chiundura-Moyo attended Shoe Shine school, a farm school and later became a farm worker before moving to Harare where he first got a job as a gardener. With such a seemingly bleak future Aaron was not to lose hope.
Aaron started private studies which saw him sailing through Ordinary Level up to an English and Communications Degree with the Zimbabwe Open University. He attributes his love for writing to his father whom he says was a very good story teller and a lover of films, thus apart from folklore, he would time and again take them for movies.
His passion for writing was ignited by the success of his first short story which went on to be read on air at the then Rhodesia Broadcasting Corporation Radio Two when he was in Form One. More so while at Connermara he was influenced by the now defunct Literature Bureau, which used to tour schools nationwide.
He then went on to write "Ziva Kwawakabva" which made it to literature bureau for publication in 1974. With the success of his first book, Aaron did not look back. Books like Uchandifungawo (1975), Wakandicheka Nerakagomara, Nguwo Dzeuswa, Yaive Hondo, Ndabve Zera and Chemera Mudundundu among many other novels came along.
Chiundura Moyo has also contributed immensely to the Zimbabwean film industry. Having joined the ZBC television in 1987 Aaron has written, directed, produced and even acted in many television dramas. His first drama, Chioko Muhomwe (1987) was a success which brought him a number of awards.
In Chioko Muhomwe, Aaron was the writer and the main actor. With the success of Chioko Muhomwe and the subsequent scholarship he got from ZBC to go to Germany for a Diploma in Radio and Television Drama production, Aaron worked on numerous other television dramas like Ziva Kwawakabva, and Ndabvezera which was later adapted for radio.
He also did Madhunamutuna, Zviri Mudendere - part one and two, Masimba, Zevezeve and Chihwerure/Mafuro manyoro. Aaron has not only followed other artists' footsteps, but has been on the forefront of initiating things. He is the brains behind Zimbabwe's first soap, Studio 263 which he at first named MuHarare Hamurarwe. He, however, quit Studio 263 at the time when the soap had just celebrated its second anniversary. Reasons as to why he quit are still not known.
He is also the first to bring on television, Zimbabwe's first traditional drama, Tiriparwendo, in which he introduces "nhembe" on television. Other works of Chiundura Moyo include, Matekenyapfungwa, Other side of the river, Kereke Yofa, Zviri mudende, and Madhunamutuna.