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LOL: Comedian 'Baba Tennsen' Keeps Zimbabweans Laughing

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

When Zimbabweans left their home country to settle in the diaspora, many of them lost some opportunities together with the comfort they had enjoyed for a long time.

But for Pepukai Zvemhare, popularly known as Baba Tennsen, it was a blessing in disguise as his departure from his roots in Chibi, Maringire in Masvingo province, to South Africa saw the birth of a comedian.

In 2005, the 38 year-old Zvemhare, who was never employed in Zimbabwe, went to South Africa where he got his first job in life as a gardener within just five days of relocation.

He went on to work at a hotel where he got everything from an air conditioned office, hot shower, rotating office chair, to a weekly wage, among other things.

“This was something I never dreamed of in my life,” explained Zvemhare.

“I decided to take a short video of this luxurious life which I sent home to my relatives and, the rest is history.”

The short video went viral and Zvemhare has never looked back. The father of two, Tennsen, 14 and Tensley, 10, said after realizing that he can make a living from his talent, he then decided to quit his job to take up comedy full time.

“I am now surviving from my one-man shows. Even my wife is now appreciating it, though she was at one time shy about it all.”

The solo comedian said even though he has not yet started any projects back home, his wish is to work with school children through visiting different districts in the country.