Dertemination and Passion are two words one can use to describe Vimbai Beritah Chinembiri, a talented young woman. Who is a creative Writer,Activist, News Anchor and Journalist.
Tell us in brief about yourself?
I am a journalist by profession, trained at NUST. Currently I am a News Anchor and journalist with YAFM. I am on the YA Breakfast and Gold Rush news desk. Mmh what else, I have deep interest in sexual and reproductive health issues and thus volunteer often for such causes. Christian. Friendly and an addict of art, laughter and books. Engaged too.
How was the feeling when you finally went live on Air?
I was thrilled. The night before I was scared and was hoping it would be delayed until I was more confident, but being there with Davies Mugadza made radio natural. I actually thought the shift was short actually, had so much fun.
Describe yourself in five words?
Naughty. Prayerful. Bookworm.Friendly. Ambitious.
Are you an Activist?
Yes. For causes close to my heart. Sexual and Reproductive health, gender and education for young girls.
Who is your inspiration and what inspires you?
I have to say it is my mom. Her deep faith in God and deep love for people has inspired me in many ways. I am also inspired by the need to count, I do not want idleness or irrelevance. Books have inspired me and they continue too. A few mess ups too (laughs).
What can we expect from your voice in the next 5 years?
In five years expect to hear my voice in academia, one of my greatest passions. You are likely to be reading a novel too by me then and of course my passions that I talked about earlier. Watch out for the possibility of a talk show (winks).
What is your favourite quote?
Can I give you two?
• “Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
• My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style” Maya Angelou
How are you finding the radio life?
Fun, fun, fun. Challenging too and of course I am still learning, lots of mistakes. As you know am a journalist as well and that comes with a lot of challenges, people are often hostile towards journalists.
Its pink october what can you say to someone battling cancer at the moment?
Until there’s a cure there is hope.
You have been in this show buzz for some time- High and lows? How did you feel when u had this mega breakthrough?
It felt natural. I knew this was it. Had prayed for it. I just knew somehow that I have found where I should be.
I knowyou are a book worm which book can you encourage ladies to read and can help them stay motivated?
Well am not sure about staying motivated really but of course if you believe in God, the bible is a book you ought to read without fail. This year I made a decision to read African authors and especially Zimbabwean authors. I have fallen in love with NovuyoTshuma, Pettina Gappah, Noviolet Bulawayo, Sue Nyathi, Valerie Tagwira, Nozipo Maraire as well as Chimamanda Adichie whose work I can’t get over. Maya Angelou, Mariama Ba……the list is endless. I read lots of books by male authors too of course.
Your last words?
To the ladies, allow yourself to love and still be successful. Work hard and you will not go wrong. Pray hard and you will know there’s perfection in God. Laugh and Dance hard if you feel like it.