|Native name||Tafadzwa Kachiko|
|Born||Mt Darwin,Mashonaland Province|
Tafadzwa Kachiko is a Zimbabwean Journalist born 21 August 1988.
Tafazwa was born in Mt Darwin District, Mashonaland Central Province ,Zimbabwe.He is a son to retired headmaster Mathias and Dorothy Kachiko,a teacher.He is a sibling to Terrence, Tsitsi, Innocent, Shepard and Tinotenda.
Tafadzwa Kachiko started his Primary education at Dotito Primary School. He learnt there in (1995 & 1996) where his father was a deputy headmaster. When his father was promoted to be headmaster at Chihoko Primary School he transferred and learnt at the school from (1997 & 1998). He then learnt at Zambara Primary School from (1999 & 2000) when his father was transferred to that school. All the schools are in Mt Darwin District, 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 Under 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.
In 2007,he did his A Level at Madziwa Secondary School, in Shamva District under Mashonaland Central Province. 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 enough money for school fee and his upkeep. Hence he failed to enroll at the university.He met 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 then graduated in 2010.In 2013 he enrolled for a Bachelor's Degree (Hons) in Media and Cultural Studies and he graduated 2017.
- 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.
Tafadzwa started writing news as an attachee at New Ziana in 2010, he then 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).After he joined ZIFFT whose executive director is Nigel Munyati,he turned into a film journalist. It is that time that he began to appreciate the film industry. Instead of simply writing press releases he continued to write news which was this time around about what was going in the film industry including breaking the news about the death of renowned actor Fidelis Fidze Cheza .
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 under youth singers category.He 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)
- 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.
- Zim’s first visually impaired actress emerges
- Play re-enacts January shootings
- A tour of wojtkowskas world
- Musicians fight against graft
- Government letting us down-zimura
- Play mirrors state brutality
- Play revisits cyclone idai tragedy
- Call to declare mungoshi national hero as condolences continue to pour in
- Tuku gets befitting send off