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Prominent arts promoter Heather Madombwe dies

By Mutasa Makuvaza

FORMER Zimbabwe Agricultural Show (ZAS) Society spokesperson and prominent philanthropist and promotor, Heather Madombwe, has died.

Madombwe is also known as Ms H Zim, passed on in the Netherlands of cancer.

Former Zimbabwe Urban Grooves songstress Plaxedes Wenyika, who was close friends with Heather, said she was at a loss of words, describing Heather as a daring, brave and funny woman with a passion for travel.

“You were the bravest woman l knew, such a queen, so daring, so funny, so loving. You showed and taught me in life you can do anything and start all over my friend, l remember you laughing and saying l meant the same to you.

“I am glad you followed your heart and dreams and went to a new country. I hate that we never got to go to Monaco. I remember us talking about arranging to get me a Visa to come through,” said Wenyika.

“We had planned to visit Netherlands, Germany, France and Monaco. Girl you made me dream big. I am so glad you never settled and met the love of your life. You were happy truly and freely.

“You baby girl were just a vibe nenguva yawakanga wakufeature mumavideo evangezi in Netherlands. You were a constant companion at marketers ‘ braais, even in a cast when you broke your leg.

“You were always on hand to promote any piece of work l released. Always leaving crazy comments on my Instagram. May God watch over your little boy, you left a part of yourself with us. Rest with the angels my friend. Cherished always. Till we meet again Ms H.”

Announcing the passing on of Madombwe on the Arts Journalists Association of Zimbabwe Facebook page, Monday, ZBC newsreader, Zanele Ndlovu who, however, did not state the date of Madombwe’s death said the arts industry had lost a passionate promotor.

”My dearest AJAZ family I come with heartbreaking news. One of our members Heather Madombwe had a passion for promoting Zimbabwean arts especially the use of traditional instruments such as the mbira.

“She succumbed to cancer during childbirth. She is survived by her husband and newly born son Theo. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. Rest in Power Ms H,” she said.

Ms H as Heather Madombwe was fondly known in music and marketing circles, had recently founded the Ms. H Trust, a Zimbabwe Non Governmental Organisation which specialises in educational fee assistance for a girl child with a unique talent in a Zimbabwe Traditional Instrument.

She had wide experience in PR planning, crisis communications response and crisis recovery as well as, media relations, marketing communications and spokesperson training.

Madombwe had a journalism diploma from CCOSA, among other qualifications. She attended school in Kwekwe.

Heather led numerous high-profile communications initiatives, from corporate restructurings to product introductions and from international crisis communications response to grassroots engagement efforts. – Zimbabwe Voice

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