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Inside/Out with Clifford Chitupa Mashiri, writer and academic
Kubatana.net
January 24, 2013

Describe yourself in five words?
Focused, analytical, incorruptible, independent, conscientious.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
To proof read my work.

What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Going for lectures on a day when the university was still in recess.

What is your most treasured possession?
My laptop and good eyesight to be able to use it.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Crying in public.

Do you have any strange hobbies?
Yes, cutting press clippings of my favourite topics.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
Slight weight gain at 82 kgs.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Giving advice to others - I tend to over-do it.

What have you got in your fridge?
Mackerel!

What is your greatest fear?
Death.

What have you got in your pockets right now?
Tissue paper and a few coins.

What is your favourite journey?
When I travelled on business on Sir Richard Branson's fast and tilting Pendolino Virgin train from London to Manchester and back some years ago.

Who are your heroes in real life?
President Barack Obama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson, Bill Gates and the founders of Aljazeera Television channel although I don't know their names.

When and where were you happiest?
Last May when I was admitted at Uni here in London to do my PhD full time.

What were you like at school?
Keen to learn and get all the answers from my teachers and enjoy my packed lunch during the break.

What are you doing next?
Writing a book on Zimbabwe.

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