Masvingo – Mirror chief proof reader, former priest and social worker, Peter Takaendisa Marimi turned 70 this year.
He is famed for his writings in the Motto magazine, one of the most esteemed vocal Roman Catholic – owned magazine of the pre and post-independence times.
Some publications that Marimi contributed to like Jakwara renhetembo (Mambo Press) and Mutakunanzva wenhetembo (Booklove) became set books for secondary schools.
His column, Chibhorani Talk (Gossip at the waterhole) dating back to the 1970s’ has remained as alive today as it has been then. The column which has become a bigger brand than Marimi himself features poems and short stories.
Chibhorani was a column never to miss in The Motto magazine whose printing Press was once bombed by the colonial Government for its candidness.
Marimi was born on January 26, 1952 in Gutu and is the first born in a family of five boys.
He did his primary education at Mutero and Driefontein Mission schools. Secondary at Holy Cross and Gokomere Secondary schools before going to Chishawasha Seminary to train as a Catholic priest for seven years.
He was ordained as a priest on August 26, 1978 at Mutero Mission and worked at missions and parishes in the Diocese of Gweru. He left priesthood in 1994.
He then joined the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) world and worked there for 20 years doing mostly HIV&AIDS work at Batanai HIV&AIDS Service Organisation (BHASO) where he was director for nine years. He developed it from a support group to one of the biggest AIDS Service Organisations in Masvingo Province.
He also did an eight track album using some of his poems. Currently he writes for the COVID-19 Poetry Corner in The Mirror for awareness. Some of these poems have been published in a book entitled COVID-19 Rhymes.
Marimi enjoys writing, farming and growing bamboo and other plants in his backyard nursery.