Sam Munyavi
Sam Munyavi
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BornSam Munyavi
DiedJuly 19, 2015(2015-07-19)
Bradford Hospital, United Kingdom
Cause of deathBrain Haemorrhage
Resting placeRusape
  • Journalist
Home townManicaland

Sam Munyavi was a Zimbabwean born journalist who was well known for his comic column A lighter look in Saturday Herald. He was also an actor and an author.


Sam married Agnes after he divorced his first wife. He and Agnes had four children together, three daughters and one son.[1]

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Sam was working as a barman at council tavern when he started sending humorous articles for a newspaper column tilted Laughin It Off. He had no formal qualifications by then.[2] Munyavi joined Zimbabwe Papers on May 1, 1988 as a reporter and rose through the ranks to become Features and Supplements Editor in 1993.[3]

In 2000, Munyavi resigned and joined the Daily News for a few years before he left for England in 2005 after the newspaper shut down.[3]

Munyavi worked as a community relations officer at Bedford Borough Council in the United Kingdom.[3]

Acting career

Munyavi featured in one of Enock Chihombori's famous Gringo series alongside the veteran actor William Matenga who starred as Gweshegweshe.[2]

Career as an author

Munyavi's first book Laughing It Off, whose publication was funded by Culture Fund, is a collection of his articles and was launched on October 10, 2004 at the Book Cafe.[3] He also wrote two children's books namely The Village Plantation and Nzou's Party and Other Stories which were both published by Longman Zimbabwe.

Published Works

  • The Village Plantation (1990)
  • Laughing It Off (2004)
  • Nzou's party and Other Stories


Sam died on 19 July 2015 at Bradford Hospital in the United Kingdom due to a stroke that had led to excessive bleeding in the brain.[1] Munyavi had been a diabetic who injected himself twice a day.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ropafadzo Mapimhidze, Sam Munyavi buried in Rusape, NewsDay, Published: August 3, 2015, Retrieved: August 3, 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ropafadzo Mapimhidze, Veteran journalist succumbs to stroke, NewsDay, Published: July 21, 2015, Retrieved: August 3, 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Ropafadzo Mapimhidze, Sam Munyavi: Remembering ‘A Lighter Look’, NewsDay, Published: July 23, 2015, Retrieved: August 3, 2015