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Senior Bachelor: Aaron Chiundura Moyo Speaks on Single Life

Harare – At 67, Aaron Chiundura Moyo is still single but is considering getting married soon. The renowned author has been successful in pe...

Harare – At 67, Aaron Chiundura Moyo is still single but is considering getting married soon. The renowned author has been successful in penning award-winning novels and plays but has neither married nor stayed with a woman despite having three children with different mothers.

Over the years, the story of his extended bachelorhood has been interpreted in various theories. Moyo has explained it in various ways, but on Thursday he opened up to the media about an incident that broke his heart and shattered his dream of marriage.

However, he said he is now ready for marriage and would just want to put some things in place to finally settle with a woman for the first time in his life. His hopes of getting married as a young man were dealt a huge blow in the 1980s when he found his girlfriend with another man.
Aaron Chiundura Moyo on the Left

Moyo and the girl’s relatives had finalised marriage plans and he saw her as his future wife. He recounted to the Herald Lifestyle how it all happened.

“I loved the girl and we had agreed that we would marry as our plans fell into place. She would visit me several times when I was staying in Kambuzuma while she was living in Highfield. One weekend she excused herself and said she would be travelling to Rusape and we bade each other farewell,” recalled the respected vernacular author.

He adds: “I decided to spend the weekend hanging out with friends, but something in me was not settled. As we were playing draughts at a friend’s house I just made an impromptu decision to tour Harare.

“I only knew Kambuzuma, Rugare, Warren Park, Mufakose and Highfield. I felt I had to do something in order to have a better understanding of the city so thought of going on a tour of some suburbs that I did not know.”

A heartbreak of his life was waiting for him in Mabvuku.

“I aimlessly went up and down the streets of Mabvuku until I came to a shopping centre where I bought a drink. As I was going around the shopping centre I suddenly recognised a familiar face from a distance. She was sitting in a car — an Alpha Romeo — and she did not notice me when I passed the car from a distance.”

The lady did not even notice him, even at a close distance.

“I quickly went to the car, but she did not see me when I stood outside the driver’s window to talk to the man. She was now busy with something below the dashboard. The man did not notice what was happening and thought he was doing her a favour of introducing her to an author of many known books.”

Moyo said he later got information that the man used to visit Kambuzuma and his friends had shown him who Aaron Chiundura Moyo was as they met on the streets of the high-density suburb.

“I was shaking. I could not finish the drink I was having. I went and sat outside one of the shops and I felt robbed. I could not stay any longer as many questions crossed my mind. I could not continue with my tour. I went home and cried.”

Moyo said the girl’s sister visited after two weeks and told him that the man he had seen in Mabvuku wanted to marry his girlfriend. Indeed they later got married and Moyo said he forgave her, but there was no longer room in his heart to accommodate trust for women.

He said he began noticing how some married women in his neighbourhood were being unfaithful and it worsened the situation.

However, to show that he had forgiven the lady, the author attended their wedding and was given a photographer’s role.

Although he had tried to settle with two other women before the heartbreak and failed due to different reasons, Moyo ended his search for the woman of his dreams.

“Sometimes I think I was wrong because I was looking for too much perfection. I lost my mother when I was young and I wanted someone who could stay with me as her replacement. Sometimes I tempted women in various ways to test their love.”

The novelist says he has been married to his art throughout his life. He enjoys living with the characters in his books. His work as an author, actor and producer has popularised him in the country and beyond, but he continues to live a humble lifestyle.

When writing still had good returns Moyo built his house in Glen View from the proceeds of his two books “Kuridzangoma Nedemo” and “Wandibaya Panyama Nhete”.

He has stayed at the house since the early 1990s and he does most of his writing from his office in the house. Sometimes he goes to a nearby park to enhance his creativity. Some people see him as a lonely man and others think he swims in poverty, but that is not the case.

“The problem with many celebrities is that they live borrowed lives. They put themselves under pressure to keep the celebrity image wherever they go. Most of them end up living out of their means, but I have learnt to live within my means and I am comfortable with my life.

“I interact with people of all classes and backgrounds although some do not understand me. They see a helpless old man who has wasted his life writing books. Those who visit me get the truth about my lifestyle.”

Even at an advance age, Moyo still dreams to have a new home to settle with his new bride. – The Herald

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