Nhamo Mhiripiri


Nhamo Mhiripiri was born in Harare and grew up playing soccer in the streets of Harare and Chitungwiza. During his goalkeeping days he learnt to make a plastic ball, that actually bounced, from recycled maize-flour plastic bags.

After obtaining his B.A. in English and History at the University of Zimbabwe, he embarked on a post-graduate diploma and later an M.A. in Media and Communication Studies.

He has worked as a high school teacher, a researcher, a lecturer at the Zimbabwe Open University, and was founding Acting Dean for the Faculty of Arts and Social Science at Zimbabwe’s Midlands State University until January 2001.

Mhiripiri has published numerous articles and short stories in many Zimbabwean newspapers and periodicals and has read some of his stories on ZBC.

In 1999 his critical essay on Marechera poetry entitled “Danger! Stay Away From Meaningless Poems” was published in Emerging Perspectives on Dambudzo Marechera by Africa World Press.

Mhiripiri made literary history at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair of 2001 by having two of the anthologies where his stories feature winning the Zimbabwe Book Publishers Awards. No More Plastic Balls and A Roof to Repair were awarded first and second prizes respectively in the Fiction in English category.

Mhiripiri says what usually inspires him to sit down and write is the seemingly mundane and commonplace since it is ironic that many people are struck by the novelty of what is ordinary. “It is like getting a sparkle from an ignored old piece of furniture in a corner of the house when it has just been polished.”

Publications:

  • No More Plastic Balls (short stories), 2000, College Press Zimbabwe
  • A Roof to Repair (short stories), 2000, College Press Zimbabwe

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2 Responses to “Nhamo Mhiripiri”
  1. simbiso says:

    hie bra,now its time to write a new book nekureba kwedu.the title tall brothers ,vakomana varefu,say hie say to everyone

  2. pambuka takesure says:

    sir u are destined 4 greatness in the history of critical writers in africa. now i suggest that u mobilise a group of students at univrsity and start writing in different ways.

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