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|Residence||Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Education||Women's University in Africa|
|Employer||Infinity Media Networks, South Africa|
|Known for||Being former anchor on Africa News Network 7|
|Parent(s)||Tendai Chimwanda and Alec Nyoni Chimwanda|
Audrey Chimwanda is a Zimbabwean journalist based in South Africa. She is a former anchor on South Africa's private news station Africa News Network 7 (ANN7) where she presented the Africa Tonight programme.
Audrey Chimwanda is the daughter of Tendai Chimwanda, a former banker and Alec Nyoni Chimwanda a retired teacher.
Chimwanda was once engaged and she moved with her ex-fiance to South Africa but the relationship didn’t work out. Chimwanda states that
"Our relationship became toxic and abusive, I attribute the challenges we faced to financial pressures as at his request, I had moved to South Africa reluctantly. I guess I had a lot of resentment built on that. When I left him that’s when I resuscitated my love for broadcasting and went job-hunting in South Africa."
Audrey attended Regina Mundi Secondary School before she transferred to Chaplin High School for her A-Levels. Chimwanda enrolled at Women's University in Africa where she studied for a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems degree. She did her internship at the Public Information Department of the Women's University in Africa.
Chimwanda was studying Bsc in Information Systems when her then boyfriend told her about a presenter audition at ZTV for a show called Youth.Com. Chimwanda was reluctant to audition as she considered herself shy. Her boyfriend drove her to Pockets Hill where there were a lot of hopefuls.She made it to the finals and was eventually chosen out of everyone. Chimwanda then went on to present Hospitality Zimbabwe in 2006, the Harare Agricultural Show for two consecutive years from 2010 before joining ZiFM Stereo as a news presenter.
Between 2004 and 2011 Chimwanda was employed by Realtime Technologies as a corporate sales executive.
Career at ANN7
After Chimwanda moved to South Africa she applied for a call centre job at Multichoice South Africa. Multichoice responded to her application in a couple of days for an interview. Chimwanda went there prepared for interview but it never happened. When she walked into the boardroom, the marketing manager informed her that after going through her Curriculum Vitae (CV), he realised her skills were better suited for a new news channel that was looking to hire news producers. He asked for her permission to forward her CV to ANN7 human resources. Despite being pessimistic, Chimwanda gave him the go ahead but still begged for the call centre job because she believed she stood no chance at ANN7. A couple of days later, the ANN7 news editor called her for an interview where she got the job.
She started as a news producer for almost a year before she became a news anchor after requesting to be put in front of the camera rather than to work behind the scenes.
Chimwanda left ANN7 in May 2018.
- Chimwanda is afraid of the dark and sleeps with her side lamp on.
- When she had just moved to Harare she drove in the opposite direction of a one-way street.
- We chat to the lovely Audrey Chimwanda, Zimcentric, published: May 25, 2016, retrieved: June 28, 2016
- Nyasha Themba Dhliwayo, Audrey Chimwanda’s star on the rise, Standard, published: April 4, 2016, retrieved: June 28, 2016
- About, Facebook, published: No Date Given, retrieved: June 28, 2016
- Tafadzwa Zimoyo, Tete-a-tete with Audrey, Herald, published: April 23, 2016, retrieved: June 28, 2016
- Audrey Chimwanda, Bark,published: No Date Given, retrieved: June 28, 2016
- Audrey Chimwanda, LinkedIn, published: No Date Given, retrieved: June 28, 2016
- Taya, Audrey Chimwanda Leaves ANN7, Published: 2 May 2018, Retrieved: 2 May 2018