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Sinikiwe Kademaunga: Wedding Breaks Barrier, Record

Harare – Sinikiwe ‘Nikki’ Kademaunga , a lady born with deformed limbs, finally wedded her sweetheart, Reuben Zhiva, on a sunlit October 31....

Harare – Sinikiwe ‘Nikki’ Kademaunga, a lady born with deformed limbs, finally wedded her sweetheart, Reuben Zhiva, on a sunlit October 31.

The event held under strict COVID-19 rules was held at the outskirts of Harare, where the two exchanged vows during a live broadcast. Within 5 hours, a total of 73,000 people had watched the event on Facebook, alone.

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And to put the icing on the cake, the event was sponsored by various organisations, possibly, making it one of the events of the year in the country.

The nuptials began when the couple was offered accommodation at the venues the night before the anticipated event.

Aside from the action-packed event, the two met years back in a social media group, where the groom shared his love for Sinikiwe, however, at first, she had her reservations. 

“I left the group, after that encounter and later spoke to him one on one,” she recalled. At first, Ruben pretended to be deaf and dumb, in a bid to win Sinikiwe’s heart, and the trick worked until the two went for a date. From there onwards, everything went according to plan.

Her birth came after her mother’s prolonged struggle to conceive; however, her wish was finally granted. On delivery day, expectant relatives were shaken to the core with the infant’s missing limbs.
Sinikiwe and Ruben Take Their Wedding Vows in Harare, Recently 

A transformational speaker and motivational coach, Sinikiwe was born without arms and diminutive legs, sadly, the newly born was instantly declared a ‘family outcast’ – discounting her innocence.

Few – including her grandmother accepted her condition, rescuing her to raise her far from a ‘madding crowd’. 

Standing at less than a meter tall, with the aid of a wheelchair, she was a candidate for destitution. But contrary to common belief, her diminutive stature has defied societal misgivings to uplift a tormented soul.

“After birth, my granny took me to Rusape and raised me in a normal way. I did all the household chores and played like everyone else. I was bright in school, passing in school with flying colours,” she retraces her upbringing.

Her wedding is a living testimony of how she overcame raging cultural myths – a suicidal thought – overlooking her absent limbs to become a spur, even to the able-bodied as a media sensation and motivational character.

But growing up, her life was not been rosy. As the toll of life gnawed her, Snikiwe contemplated suicide but through her granny, who later passed on, she persevered.

During high school, she got assistance to complete her studies. After school, she constantly prayed for comfort as life became unbearable. Finally, she was invited for a scholarship interview.

“Things were hard and I prayed. I was later invited for interviews for a scholarship and I thought I had failed but to my surprise I got it.”

In 2014, Sinikiwe flew to the University of Cape Town in South Africa to commence her Social Work degree. Her colleagues at Glory Ministries converged to celebrate her success.

On arrival her confidence plummeted as people looked down upon her but watching Nick – an Australian-Ameican motivational speaker transformed her life.

“I watched Nick Vujicic speaking and I thought he had more physical challenges than me. And only if I believed in myself and with God on my side, I will overcome. I began sharing my story on social media and I garnered a huge following.”

Sinikiwe became a media darling – earning her a Courage award for the Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards (ZIWA) in 2016 for pouring out her experience that changed many lives. 

Her blog has reached countless haunted souls, with different posts ranging from disability. “I have been featured on various stations and publications and on 23 March 2018, I will be featured in a BBC documentary. I am also mentoring 10 Nigerian students,” she said.

From an outcast at birth – Snikiwe has evaded negative perceptions to locate her true purpose in life. “I recall Apostle Pride Sibiya teaching on finding your purpose and telling me I will change lives. My purpose is to inspire and encourage other people.”

And at her wedding, she proved that anyone can become whatever they chose to be in life.

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