Ruvheneko

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Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa
Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa.jpg
NationalityZimbabwean
OccupationRadio and TV talk show host, Master of Ceremonies, Voice Over Artist,a Brand Ambassador and Philanthropist
Known forShe is best known for her Current Affairs Talk Show that airs on her online TV platform as well as on Star FM and Capitalk 100.4 FM
Parents
  • David Parirenyatwa (father)
  • Choice Parirenyatwa (mother)
RelativesTichafa Samuel Parirenyatwa (Grandfather)
Websiteruvheneko.com/

Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa is a Zimbabwean radio and TV talk show host, a Master of Ceremonies (MC), a voice over artist, a brand ambassador and a philanthropist. She is a talk show host for "Ruvheneko"; a current affairs talk show that airs on her online TV platform as well as on radio for Zimbabwe's top media group, Zimpapers (Capitalk 100.4 FM and Star FM. She was ranked 2nd on the 2017 list of most influential Zimbabweans Under 40 compiled by a UK-based business magazine.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa is the daughter of politician and medical doctor, David Parirenyatwa and Choice Parirenyatwa. She is also the granddaughter of the late Samuel Tichafa Parirenyatwa, the first black medical doctor in Rhodesia who the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals was named after. She attended Chisipite Senior School from 2001 to 2006 and went on study BA Media and Writing and Political Science from 2007 to 2009 at the University of Cape Town.[2] Thereafter she studied a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing at the same university.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Ruvheneko launched her broadcasting career whilst she was a student at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She joined the university's radio station when she was in her second year as the current affairs talk show host.

In November 2013, she was nominated to participate in the Africa Leadership Project that was launched in 2014 together with Psychology Maziwisa, Tawanda Mutyebere and Carl Joshua Ncube amongst other prominent Zimbabweans under 40. She has emceed at the former First Lady Grace Mugabe's 50th birthday as well the former First Daughter Bona and Simba Chikore's wedding. Ruvheneko is the presenter of The Zimbabwe Election Debates Series with Election Resource Centre Zimbabwe broadcast on Star FM and Capitalk100.4FM and has since interviewed politicians such as Kenya's Raila Odinga, Benin's Ladislas Agbesi, Nelson Chamisa, David Coltart, Dr Nkosana Moyo, Obert Mpofu, Themba Mliswa, Jessie Majome; Zimbabwean socialites such as Genius Kadungure and Desmond (Stunner) on her talk shows.[3] Additionally, Ruvheneko is a Radio Division Projects Manager at Zimpapers[4] and is also studying a Master of Science in International Relations at the University of Zimbabwe.

ZiFM Stereo[edit]

Ruvheneko was the radio presenter and producer for current affairs at a radio station in Harare called ZiFM Stereo from 2012 until 2016. In 2015 until 2016, she also took on the role as programming manager.

Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa explained that she wanted a free space hence her resignation from the radio station. In an online television platform, she stated that she was more enthusiastic about uncompromised dialogue. She explained how stipulations as a result of editorial policy hindered open dialogue which for her was destructive because she wanted to continue the dialogue she created without fear or subjugation. She has since started her online TV show which airs on Facebook Live along with her talk shows on Capitalk 100.4 FM and Star FM Zimbabwe.[5]

Philanthropy[edit]

Ruvheneko was the deputy chairperson of the Harare Youth Council, an organisation that advances the opportunities for youth in Zimbabwe. Ruvheneko, together with a group of friends, launched the ZimboLove Foundation in 2013; a charity that helps people who cannot afford blood by giving them[6]

The Ruvheneko Mentorship Program is aimed at young ambitious Zimbabweans. They work with youths on their journey to success by finding where their purpose and passion intersect. This program develops skills, strategies and capabilities and in turn brings out the greatness and uniqueness from every individual mentee. It also molds the mentee's character and personality to find favor in all endeavors.[7]

Awards[edit]

Ruvheneko has been awarded many accolades including but not limited to:

  • Women's Top Business Leader of the Year – Special Recognition in Media and Broadcasting Excellence from Women's Leadership Awards (2017)[8]
  • Top Outstanding Woman in Broadcast Media & Radio in Republic of Zimbabwe from Women's Heritage Society World Organization (WHSWO) (2015)
  • Top 20 outstanding woman in Business for the year 2015 special recognition in good media relations from the Megafest business awards,[9]
  • Radio personality of the year (Zimbabwe Business awards 2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Who is who Archives | My Harare Times News". My Harare Times News. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  2. ^ "Radio personality with a difference". www.sundaynews.co.zw. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  3. ^ "Ruvheneko: Most influential journo". hmetro.co.zw. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  4. ^ "Ruvheneko not running for political office". The Herald. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  5. ^ "Ruvhi basks in classy elegance - The Standard". The Standard. 2017-07-30. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  6. ^ "'Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa' Articles at Three Men On A Boat". www.3-mob.com. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  7. ^ "Mentorship - Ruvheneko Online". Ruvheneko Online. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  8. ^ "Top women honoured - NewsDay Zimbabwe". www.newsday.co.zw. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  9. ^ "Ruvheneko opens up on flag pastor fiasco - The Standard". The Standard. 2016-05-22. Retrieved 2018-03-08.