Francis Mupazviriho is a Zimbabwean who enjoys writing. He wrote his first piece in The Sunday Mail Bridge, in August 2009, marking an accidental journey in writing. Over the years he has primarily contributed to The Herald and The Sunday Mail. Some of his articles have been republished in publications such as Newsday and Pambazuka among others.
After having expressed interest in writing, he was recommended to journalism school and managed to attain a diploma in journalism, along the way to his political science studies at the University of Zimbabwe. In 2015 he joined Zimbabwe’s civil service, starting off as a Community Development Officer in Centenary District, Mashonaland Central Province.
In Centenary, he revived his interests in writing once again, this time contributing articles in the Nehanda Guardian, where he covered issues relating to his professional remit! The articles related to subjects such as Gender Based Violence (GBV), early marriages, community projects and women empowerment in rural areas! Fortunately prior experiences with the press, became handy later on, following his transfer to the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare in 2017, as a Communications Officer, later on reassigned as Labour Officer.
This was an opportune moment, to officially exercise his interests in writing, while enjoying the free play to write in the personal capacity as well! He continued writing covering issues on GBV, labour, social issues and human security.
Once again, he was further transferred (in October 2019) as Communications Officer, this time around at the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage.
Among other writers, he draws much inspiration from Nigerian academic Dr Chika Ezeanya-Esibou and former Zimbabwean columnist Reason Wafawarova.