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Mamombe sets sights higher


HER voice has become a common feature in Zimbabwean households, but Martha Mamombe dreams even bigger.


The ZiFM Stereo news anchor might have been raised by a single parent, a sad chapter for many but she has refused to let that derail her ambition.

For the 24-year-old news anchor, news reading is not only just a passion but a calling and one day, Martha says, she will make it to America’s biggest news channel, CNN.

“It is something that I have always wanted to do for as long as I can remember. I would watch the evening news with my mom when I was just a child and admire the news reader and I would sit on my mother’s dressing table looking at myself in the mirror imitating the news reader,” she said.

“It’s the start of (living) my dream but I have more heights to reach. I want to be a locally acclaimed and internationally recognised news anchor.
“I am a news fan such that when I am not at work, I am watching CNN.

“I love reading and writing.”

Having been raised by a single mother within a society that had lesser respect for them and their children, ” she said.

Martha spoke passionately about the subject, urging those in such circumstances on saying they should remain focused and hard working to realise their dreams.”

Mamombe, who went to Roosevelt Girls High School and enrolled for a programme at University of Namibia before attending Hangzhou University in China, said she was inspired by Isha Sesay, a news anchor with CNN while locally, former CCTV news anchor Vimbai Kajese inspires her.

“Women like myself work twice as hard to get half the respect and recognition of other ‘wholesome bread’ children.

“Being raised by a single parent, particularly a mother, you have no trust fund or business to fall back on. Every dollar in the family counts and being economical is only just a norm.

“You learn to depend on yourself and learn to work hard for what you earn,” Mamombe said.

She said girls should strive to achieve more and not focus on the common projects many were rushing to but strive to make use of scholarship opportunities to achieve higher goals in and outside the country.

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