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Thomas Sukutai Bvuma

Born in 1954 and he grew up in Southern Rhodesia, one of the three British colonies that constituted the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

Thomas Sukutai Bvuma was born in 1954 and he grew up in Southern Rhodesia, one of the three British colonies that constituted the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. Prime Minister Ian Douglas Smith turned Southern Rhodesia into the rebellious colony of Rhodesia in 1965. Bvuma did his high-school studies at St. Augustine’s Mission. In 1976, during the second year, he abandoned his studies at the University of Rhodesia and went to Mozambique where he joined the war for the liberation of Zimbabwe. He later studied for a Bachelor degree in Modern Languages at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique.

Sukutai Bvuma has a Masters degree in Media Studies from the University of Oslo, Norway (1998-99). He worked as a diplomat in Mozambique (1982-83), United Kingdom (1984-85) and the United States of America (1986-93) . He served as a deputy director in the Ministry of Information (1995-1998) then the deputy editor of The Herald, Zimbabwe`s largest daily newspaper (1999-2001). He opened Zimbabwe’s first Embassy in Brazil, becoming the country`s first ambassador to that country and the rest of South America (2004-2018).

Literary Publications

Thomas Sukutai Bvuma started writing poems when he was a high-school student at St. Augustine`s Mission in Penhalonga, Rhodesia. His poem, The Two Sisters was published in Two Tone magazine in 1972.
   Immediately after Zimbabwe`s independence, two of Bvuma`s poems, The Real Poetry and Smile Mother, were published in Musaemura Zimunya and Mudereri Kadhani`s compilation of Zimbabwean revolutionary poems , And Now the Poets Speak (1981). The Real Poetry was used as the theme poem of the compilation. The two poems were published under the nome de plume (Bvuma’s nome de guerre) Carlos Chombo.
Thomas Sukutai Bvuma had his own volume of poems, Every Stone That Turns, published by College Press in 1999. The volume, rejected by the publisher in 1985, was a hit and became a high school and university textbook for 15 years.
Bvuma published, inter alia, his first novel, The Chosen Generation in April 2021.