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Dereck Mpofu is a Zimbabwean musician who rose to fame after his song "Chisikana Changu Zimbabwe" became a hit. The popularity of the song resulted in him being appointed a goodwill environmental ambassador for Zimbabwe under the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate and City of Harare.
Mpofu is the first child in a family of four. He is Ndebele and originally from Plumtree. His father is a retired soldier.
He collaborated with Nigerian artist Kunle Ayo, South African superstars Winnie Khumalo and Teddy Bears, Botswana’s Amantle, Spiza and Bouncy, Norry Malonga from the Democratic Republic of Congo together with local artists Alexio Kawara, Esther Mukazika, Ras Caleb and Willis Wataffi on the song against xenophobia, We are African — No to Xenophobia. Mpofu wrote the Little Green Ambassadors Book.
- Handizirini (2010)
- Dr Philosophy (2013)
- Diplomatic Alliances (2015)
- Godobori (Expert) (2017)
Awards and Achievements
He was appointed Yali Green Champion in 2015, received the Youth Philanthropy Award in 2014 courtesy of Philanthropic Institute of Zimbabwe, was appointed goodwill ambassador environment, Water Conservation and Zero Littering (City Of Harare) in 2012, Artist of the Year (Monolio Studios) 2010 and 2013 and Action Award for Outstanding Fundraiser (African Arts Council) in 2014.
Abandoning Pregnant Girlfriend
Mpofu was accused of cheating on his wife with Patience Ndazi who was 28 weeks pregnant at the time. He was denying responsibility of the unborn child, which prompted his girlfriend to disclose the affair with some chats between the two cementing the relationship as well as photographs. Contacted for comment, Dereck denied ever dumping Patience saying they ended the relationship after several fights and threats from her. Said Mpofu:
In 2016 June, after a lengthy bad patch in my marriage, I got into a seemingly stable relationship with Patience whom I understood was a divorced mother of one. When she got pregnant, I accepted responsibility and agreed to formalise our relationship by moving in together and l was to pay lobola in March. However, this was not to be as during the course of our staying together, she exhibited a propensity for extortion, violence which turned into constant threats to smear me in the media.
Mpofu said that he would provide for Patience and the child once it was born.
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- ↑ Dereck Mpofu- Green Ambassador, Celebrity Check, published: No Date Given, retrieved: July 10, 2017
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Winstone Antonio, Dereck Mpofu uses music as an instrument of unity, Standard, published: June 18, 2017, retrieved: July 10, 2017
- ↑ Green Ambassador’s album ready, NewsDay, published: March 7, 2017, retrieved: July 10, 2017
- ↑ Amanda Chiripanyanga, 'YOU’RE LIKE STUNNER’S WIFE’, HMetro, published: January 20, 2017, retrieved: July 10, 2017