Ruvheneko turns 28
15 September 2016
. . . chilling with The Iron Lady
Known for her hard hitting interviews, tackling serious issues, Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa is well known as an intelligent, outspoken beauty.
Thursday 15 September, the “The Iron Lady” as she’s now widely known in the journalism world, turns 28.
H-Metro’s LASTWORD MUSEKIWA (LM) hung out with RUVHENEKO PARIRENYATWA (RP) for the light hearted, interview full of random questions:
LM: Who is Ruvheneko?
RP: To me that’s a weird question! I always leave that for other people to say who Ruvheneko is because I would simply tell you what I want you to think of me.
LM: You have made a name in the media world, which celebrities do you think are influential and inspiring to you?
RP: In my industry which is media, locally I look up to Mai Chisamba, she is someone I admire; the journey she has walked and how she has managed to stay away from controversy.
Internationally, I try not to draw much from them because we are worlds apart but they are good because they teach me
where media should be in a perfect world, so Christiane Amanpour and Oprah Winfrey, I like how they both managed to establish their personal brands.
LM: What do you do when you are not working?
RP: In my free time, I spend time with family. You know when you don’t live with parents anymore, any chance you get to go visit them is golden.
I love to spend my free time with people I love and also once in a while I need time to myself, I travel and just get time to reset.
LM: What do you spend most on?
RP: Toiletries and perfumes, and when I say toiletries I mean lotions and stuff like that. I love bathing! So anything to do with that like nice smelling creams, butter and perfumes. Every time I travel I come with at least one, that’s definitely my weakness.
LN: Do you believe in love at first sight?
RP: No I don’t. This is because I believe in romantic relationships, some of them that are really good they didn’t necessarily start with a spark at first.
When you meet someone there is that connection, so I believe in connection at first sight.
LM: The most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done on air?
RP: Leaving the microphone on. You go on a break and forgot to put your mic down. LOL.
LM: Do you love pets?
RP: I never did funny enough, I’d say to myself if my children want pets they’d get a hamster or a rabbit that will stay in a cage but now I have a puppy!
I think we all grow up and you look for more in life. I’m at that age in life where you are ready to have children and I think that maternal instinct is coming through. So while we wait for the kids to come I just thought of getting a puppy.
LM: Your best and worst subjects in high school?
RP: I hated Chemistry with all my heart but I loved English, Biology and History. Those were my best subjects.
LM: What other languages do you speak apart from English or Shona?
RP: French. Though I’m not so fluent.
LM: What’s on your bucket list?
RP: Visiting the Colosseum in Rome, sky diving because I’m an adrenaline junk, learn Ndebele and learn how to play piano.
LM: What’s one thing every woman should try at least once in their lives?
RP: LOL. The things on my mind are naughty! Let’s just leave it there.
LM: If you weren’t a journalist, what would you be?
RP: I’d probably would have become a lawyer, but I don’t know if I would have lasted, I think I would have done it then realised that my passion is still calling.
LM: What’s one thing you wish you knew when you were young?
RP: There is no rush to grow up! Take your time.
LM: Who do you follow on twitter?
RP: Mostly organisations and news sources. There are other certain interesting individuals but mostly its media houses.
LM: What’s one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
RP: That I do boxing!
LM: Where do you see yourself after 25 years?
RP: I’d be somewhere on holiday with my first grandchild, owning an empire that can run itself where I can just choose where and how I can contribute to. Zvana yes boss zvinenge zvapera. LOL.