Tafadzwa Kachiko
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Native nameTafadzwa Kachiko
BornMt Darwin,Mashonaland Province
NationalityZimbabwean
OccupationJournalist
Years active2010-Present
EmployerNewsday,ZIFFT

Tafadzwa Kachiko is a Zimbabwean Journalist born 21 August 1988.

Background

Tafazwa was born in Mt Darwin District, Mashonaland Central Province ,Zimbabwe.He is the fourth child (son) to retired headmaster Mathias and Dorothy Kachiko,a teacher.He is a sibling to Terrence, Tsitsi, Innocent, Shepard and Tinotenda.

Education Background

Tafadzwa Kachiko started his Primary education at Dotito Primary School. He learnt there in 1995 & 1996 when his father was a deputy headmaster. He then learnt at Chihoko Primary School from 1997 to 1998 after his father was promoted to be the headmaster at that school. When his father transferred to Zambara Primary School he studied at there from 1999 to 2000. All the schools mentioned are under Mt Darwin District in Mashonaland Central Province.

He wrote his Grade 7 in 2001 at St Albands Primary School in Mazowe District under Mashonaland Central Province.

He did his Form 1 to 5 (2002 to 2006) at St Francis & St Clare High School in Guruve District, Mashonaland Central Province and wrote his O Level in 2005. This was at a time when his father was a headmaster at Chipangura Primary School.

He completed his A Level at Madziwa Secondary School, in Shamva District, Mashonaland Central Province in 2007. At A Level Tafadzwa Kachiko studied arts subjects, Divinity, History and Shona.

In 2008 he got a place to study Media and Society Studies at Midlands State University but due to the economic crisis prevelant during that time his parents failed to raise varsity fees and enough money for his upkeep. Hence, he failed to enroll. He met veteran journalist Emilia Zindi at Gora in Madziwa, Shamva District who encouraged him to enroll at Harare Polytechnic College.

In 2009 he joined the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Harare Polytechnic and enrolled in the Mass Communication: Print Journalism class. He graduated in 2010. In 2013 he enrolled for a Bachelor's Degree (Hons) in Media and Cultural Studies and graduated in 2017.

Career

  • Temporary Teacher

In 2012 he did temporary teaching at Muchapondwa Primary School under Bindura District. The same year he got a teaching place as a temporary teacher at Chireka Primary School but only taught one day because the Ministry ( then called Education, Sports, Arts and Culture) had called off all temporary teachers.

  • Journalist

Tafadzwa started writing news as an attachee at New Ziana in 2010. Since then he was not active till 2014 when wrote for a Masvingo-based newspaper TellZim. The following year (2015) he started corresponding for NewsDay. From 2015 to 2016 he worked as a Communications Officer Intern for the Zimbabwe International Film and Festival Trust (ZIFFT) where his interest for film journalism developed. It's the opportunity to work with ZIFFT that improved his appreciation of the film industry and subsequently he wrote his first film story titled Zim's first visually-impaired actress emerges. Instead of simply writing press releases he continued to write news about the goings in the film industry including breaking the news about the death of renowned actor Fidelis "Danger" Cheza . .

  • Musician

He joined the award-winning choir Chitungwiza Citadel Youth Choir in 2011 till this date. The choir was the overall winner at the inaugural First Mutual Life Choral music competitions in 2012, Holder of the Salvation Army Choral Music competition territorial cup since 2012 (to this date) under youth singers category. It was also the 3rd winner at the Zimbabwe College of Music competitions 2016.

Awards and Accolades

Arts, Culture & Entertainment Journalist of the Year - 2018 at the National Journalism and Media Awards (NJAMA) hosted annually by the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ)

Outstanding Journalist Print at the 19th edition of the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) held on February 29 in 2020

Bibliography

  • I Defied Odds documentary about a visually-impaired man Chamunorwa Mukombero from Murewa, Mashonaland with Ngonidzashe Chiyangwa.
  • The Media Landscape in Zimbabwe Under the Inclusive Government.[1]

  • Zim’s first visually impaired actress emerges

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  • Play re-enacts January shootings

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  • A tour of wojtkowskas world

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References