The second speaker of the night was Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa, a Zimbabwean radio personality, master of ceremony (MC) and a youth activist known mostly for her hard-hitting interviews with guests on her former radio show with ZiFM Stereo. To audience cheers & laughter, she joked that her biggest f’up was being born a Parirenyatwa. When she was young, she wanted to be a paediatrician but was disqualified from her O’Level biology examination when she accidentally took her phone into the exam room. Influenced by her father, she decided to study law instead but changed her degree to media studies much to the chagrin of her father. She noted that her biggest professional failure was interviewing Pastor Evan Mawarire on ZiFM stereo. She was fired from ZiFM but asserted that she wouldn’t change anything about that interview as she stuck with her journalistic integrity.
However, she noted that she should have known better than to expect free and fair media. It wasn’t the firing that bothered her the most, more so the loss of her voice. Therefore, when Stunner called her amidst the Olinda Facebook scandal, she knew the best way to regain her voice was to go it alone. And so began Ruvheneko Online. She successfully interviewed a variety of high-profile individuals including Madame Boss, Carl Ncube, Promise Mkwananzi, Joseph Chinotimba and even Olinda herself. Life was good and money was flowing in. So why did Ruvheneko online collapse? Because she invested more in people and less in systems. Unfortunately, her go-to-guy Tafadzwa, who was really three people in one, died in a car accident. When she buried Tafadzwa she buried her show. Afterwards she was head hunted by Zimpapers, a choice she slightly regrets stating that she chose security over her destiny. Ruvheneko online will resurrect in due time because without her voice, she will not be able to be herself and step into her destiny.