|Known for||Presenting on ZBC|
|Children||Tamiriraishe and Anotidaishe|
|Parent(s)||Memory Gwata (mother)|
She was impregnated by businessman Obvious Sambadzi when she was below 16 – the legal age of consent in Zimbabwe. They had two children Tamiriraishe, and Anotidaishe. Her mother Memory Gwata tried to stop the marriage but Makanaka claimed she loved her husband.
In 2014 it was reported that she had formed the Makanaka Trust which is focused on advocating for the rights of women and children but with a special interest on child marriages.
- Ditched Makanaka sues hubby, NewsDay, Published: June 30, 2010, Retrieved: December 21, 2020
- I tried to stop Makanaka’s marriage: Mother Time to move beyond blame game and save other children … Makanaka Wakatama, Published: February 19, 2018, Retrieved: December 21, 2020
- Obey Manayiti, Makanaka’s story of agony, rebirth, The Standard, Published August 10, 2014, Retrieved: December 21, 2020