INTERNET SENSATION: Man in shorts at wedding uncovered

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After photos of him attending a wedding in shorts, Peter Irimayi Mudavanhu became an overnight sensation, literally taking over social networking sites in Zimbabwe.

By Jairos Saunyama

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Many locals felt Mudavanhu’s dressing was not in sync with what others were wearing at the wedding ceremony in early April, but he is not apologetic, insisting he will stick to shorts, no matter the event.

After the wedding, the picture soon went viral and was used on several memes.

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NewsDay tracked the man of the moment to Marondera, where he spoke on his dressing and the hullabaloo accompanying it.

Mudavanhu says the wedding, which catapulted him to social media stardom, took place on April 6, 2015 at the famous beautiful Gilmar Gardens located on the outskirts of Marondera town.

He says he last wore a pair of trousers in May 1988 during his graduation ceremony at the University of Zimbabwe, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science.

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“My friend, I love the way I (dressed) now,” he says proudly.

“Fortunately, I was allowed to put on shorts at work.

“I am a professional, I am an animal scientist.

“I was the principal planning officer for development and research between 1989 and 2003 for the whole Mashonaland East.

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“So my job allowed me to put on shorts because I spent more time in the field rather than the office.

“To tell you the truth, I last wore a pair of trousers in 1988, maybe the only child who can remember (him wearing trousers)  is my first born (name withheld) who wedded a few weeks ago, but all my other children have never seen me in a trousers.”

Mudavanhu says despite the ridicule he has been subjected to, he will still wear shorts and thinks he would be uncomfortable in a suit.

“It was not about the wedding, it was about me,” he said.

“I would have been very uncomfortable if I had put on a suit on that wedding day.

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“All my children and my wife know this.

“In short there was nothing peculiar in me wearing shorts that day.”

Mudavanhu said there was a bit of a tiff in his household, his daughter approved his dressing, but his wife, not so much.

“My daughter approved of my attire, she said she grew up knowing me as a person who loves shorts, but my wife was against that at some point, all in all it went well,” he said.

Mudavanhu, who owns several properties in Marondera, says despite the town’s famously chilly weather, he does not fancy himself in a pair of trousers.

“Let me tell you this, I last put on a trousers on my graduation ceremony at UZ in May 1988,” he said.

“I later gave the trousers to my elder brother.

“I have around 35 shorts in my wardrobe.

“About 18 of them are for functions, while I wear the rest on the farm as I perform my duties.

“I only have one pair of trousers in my wardrobe, a standby if anything like going to court comes up.”

Mudavanhu says he is not bothered by the memes of him at the wedding that went viral.

“To those spreading the “photoshopped” pictures, I wish you well in your endeavours,” he said.

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“That does not affect my person and my intellect, of course members of my family at one time were distracted, but I do not have any problem with it.

In parting, Mudavanhu says if he gets an unlikely invite to meet President Robert Mugabe, he will turn up for the event in shorts.

“Even if I want to meet the president, I will do so in shorts because that is me,” he said.

35 COMMENTS

  1. Good journalism, at least something refreshing and interesting to the masses, welldone Jairos Saunyama, an interesting read towards the end of the day

  2. maturity is knowing hen and wher to be immature.. sliding off the wedding rythm because yu ar used to being in the fields is actually lame. why cldnt he jus sync with traditional wedding costumes.. i cant really present my line of thinking quite straight bt i think words tht do justice is mudhara uyu igaro aka spoiler ma picture emuchato

    • The thing is you’re trying to place your culture upon his – It doesn’t work like that and besides he has “Every right to do whatever he wants” which you probably don’t have or haven’t realised that is why you acting ignorant nigga

    • Immaturity is calling names to someones who doesn’t change the way they are because of social pressures. This man is very principled, he can never be swayed by what loose tongued people like you say. #respect

    • I think he has the right to dress in any way he wants ,from his history it seems as though its his style if he where a billionare or kanye then nobody would mind,,we need to keep an open mind and forget the things that u have been taught ..i respect this men,,,there are many boers and ex white farmers that still attend weddings in shorts and nobody asks them o posts fotos ask yo self why

  3. Tezvara is cool, because his principles are not easily swayed by public expectations. I still remember a prophet in 2014 who presided over a famous wedding in slippers or something … I don’t remember and a hoody

  4. iwe yowee hanzi basa rangu ndiro rakatozoita sync nezvaanoita….read all th elines friend……anyway thats who he is it doesnt bother you a bit kuti auya akafeka short kumuchato wemwana wake thats him. stop making a fuss out of nothing people

  5. “…In short there was nothing peculiar in me wearing shorts that day…”

    Hahahaha! I see what u did there…!

  6. So this old man wore trousers for his graduation but not for his daughters wedding? kushora dare kauku, shuwa dressing kumunda yoita same same nekuma function. Hatindidi kuona nzondora dzevanhu pese pese. Vakuwasha must get discount.

    • It’s unfortunate that black people spend most of their time laughing at each other, dressing down each other. If it was white man dressing in shorts we will not comment bad about it. In the first place it is the white man who designed those suits and said they are the proper ones for weddings now we are stuck with that. Someone decides to demystify that we laugh, meaning we are waiting for the same white man to change our mindset. Please fellow blacks I encourage you to read this book called: CAPITALIST NIGGER, written by Chika Onyeani

  7. Mudhara ari right. Mamwe ma wedding anopfekwa chi Hindu, Chi Nigerian iye akati awuye ne short se boyz

  8. Imi siyai tezvara vapfeke ZVAVANODA pamuchato wemwana wavo kwete WAKO.its personal preference yake hanti ndorusununguko rwatakarwira here. Shorts atori nani pane mamwe maskinny jeans atinopfekerwa nevanhu rume kuita kunge vakadzi kudaro

    Albert Enstein aisapfeka masocks wani,ever,kuma function nekwese, Lady Gaga akambopfeka nyama wani, modii kuvataura

  9. Dress code is about knowing what to where on different occasions in accordance with social etiquette. If you go against the tide then we think that you are queer or self centred and therefore you lack etiquette or hunhu; otherwise you might as well wear pyjamas when going to a meeting, church or wedding, or a sweater when the sun is scotching hot, methinks.

  10. he should have known kuti haasi kuyenda kumombe dzake mudhara uyu. infa anenge ati akati dzidzei wani. honai manje zvaava kuitwa nevana vemazuva ano.

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  12. Well, he is his own person. Havadye sadza kumba kwemunhu. His daughter was cool with it, so who are you to get all mad????? Tumirai mapikicha but that won’t change mari dzake dzaanadzo and he wont wear shorts for you.

  13. Mukatarisa Social Media munoona vanhu vachipa good comments dzekurumbidza kuvanhu vasina kusimira, kumadzimai vanopfeka mazamu ari panze nezvimwe zvisina tsarukano. Baba ava nyaya yavo idiki fani. Tsiurai hanzvadzi -sikana dziri kushambadza mifananidzo dzisina kusimira zvakati tsvikiti.

    • Hapana nyaya uyu akatopfeka pane vazhinji vanofamba vasina kusimira vachiti marights avo. Kutori nevamwe vaitoprotesta vachitsigira kusapfeka wani

  14. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk…
    big up mdara,you are now on the scenes,im sure tikatora mdara uyu tomuisa pa show ya tuku,sulu zvinotofaya……he is a celeb…musarwadziwe amana..dai anga ari swazzneger or tom cruise ipapa maiita sei….kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  15. in that short he has raised a daughter aita muchato .In that short he has acquired a decent means of living . In that short he is happy . In that short he has been happily married for long time .munhu ngaaite zvinomuitira he owes no one an apology mudhara ane confidence plus akadzidza .people must just mind their own business .Mudhara ita plan uite mari ne mashort aya because publicity yavapo in short market yourself pane mari havapfeke nyama for nothing vana lady gaga

  16. Hanzi nemumwe heee haaite zvevasina mabvi. ko iwomuchato wacho hanti wakauya nevasina mabvi futi. kana usingade zvemuchato gara waregedza pane kunyepera kuda kuita zvisina basa. 30 years from now mwana wacho nyakuchata aakuratidza vazukuru vake mapicture achanyarira kupi paachabvunzwa nevazukuru kuti apa kule vaiita nezvei. iwe kana usingade zvechirungu siya ka device rauri kushandisa kunyora pano pa bepa. mdara akanya chete. saka akangotadza kungopfekawo mtodo 1 day here amana, kuto reserva for court..kasi ane nyaya dziri pending here. hanti akatoti his work environment inomubvumidza to dress like that, thats being environment-conscious kaa, ngaangova environment-conscious futi pamchato apfeke mushe…ko iwo ma short akauya na kaguvi here?

  17. and vese varikuti ngaapfeke zvaari comfortable nazvo am inviting to my birthday party. zvamuri imi muuya makapfeka ma swimming trunk nema swimming costume ipapa coz thats what you are comfortable in. imika!

  18. People taking this whole wedding thing too seriously… its now more about the photos and how people look, what people will say and so on… forget your happiness, forget you comfort, forget your ever after… and thats why such marriages never workout anyway – too much faking shit – people have got to stick to what they believe in and know who they are, no matter the situation. Then maybe, we could fix some of the troubles we are in. Big up to mudhara… and my good friend Jairos – well done brother…

  19. But mudhara handinyanyoona zvaatadza zvangu. Asi kungoti he must accept kuti vanhu vari kungonakirwa havo nedressing. No hard feelings

  20. I wish there were still a little more pple like this man on earth.Its amazing how pple always fall for the foney and fake and never approve the genuine.This is a really principled man who can uphold and maintain what he truely stands for even against the tide of popular belief.That sure is a rare virtue these days…..which I believe many pple need to embrace.

  21. It’s unfortunate that black people spend most of their time laughing at each other, dressing down each other. If it was white man dressing in shorts we will not comment bad about it. In the first place it is the white man who designed those suits and said they are the proper ones for weddings now we are stuck with that. Someone decides to demystify that we laugh, meaning we are waiting for the same white man to change our mindset. Please fellow blacks I encourage you to read this book called: CAPITALIST NIGGER, written by Chika Onyeani

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