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#16DaysofActivism: Profiling Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa


As we commemorate the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, 263Chat will profile 16 most influential women in Zimbabwe. The focus will be on their achievements and the contribution they have or are making to uplift society and the country at large.

Who is Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa

Ruvheneko was born on 15 September 1988 to David Parirenyatwa and Choice Parirenyatwa and is the sixth child in a family of seven. 

Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa is a Zimbabwean radio personality, Master of Ceremony (MC) and a youth activist known mostly for her hard hitting interviews with guests on her former radio show with ZiFM Stereo. She is also former ZiFM Stereo Programming Manager. She has interviewed both local, international business and political leaders. She is currently working with Capi Talk FM.


She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media, Writing and Political Science at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. She also successfully completed her Diploma in Marketing at the same university.

Broadcasting Career

Ruvheneko claims that she launched her career whilst she was a student at UCT. She joined the university’s radio station when she was in her second year as the Current Affairs Talk Show host. From then onwards, Ruvheneko began to rise from obscurity. In November 2013, she was nominated to participate in the Africa Leadership Project which was to be launched in 2014 together with Psychology Maziwisa, Tawanda Mutyebere and Carl Joshua Ncube amongst other prominent Zimbabweans under 40. She was the MC at the Miss Zimbabwe 2014 pageant.

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In November 2016, Ruvheneko resigned from ZiFM Stereo citing a frustrating workplace as the reason. Earlier in the year, she had clashed with her employer after she suggested on Twitter that a guest had been imposed on her talk show program where she was interviewing Evan Mawarire.

Ruvheneko is a brand ambassador for Telone, Optinova among other companies.

She has been termed an iron lady and is one of the most interesting figures in the media industry. Owning one of the powerful brands she stands as a woman who has it going on.

While sometimes facing backlash, she has grown a thick skin and proved that what she has earned is due to her hard work.

Ruvheneko has a pretty clean public image clear of controversies that often face women in the media industry.

She also has been awarded several accolades.

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