By Penny Pangeti
Harare is a fascinating place. Filled with many interesting people each with a story to tell. With your busy and stressful lifestyles when was the last time, you stopped to have a conversation with a stranger? Beyond the awkward niceties in the elevator or the quick chat about the weather. It’s sometimes refreshing to learn about a stranger’s lived reality. MY HARARE does just that. A snapshot of an ordinary person that will hopefully prove that we are more alike than we think.
I met Terrence Amos hard at work at the Aspindale Market Demonstration Plot. Not only does he work in Horticulture; but is a talented footballer, an afro pop artist with his eyes set on becoming a film producer. Born and raised in Kambuzuma Harare, Terrence has had an interesting journey. Although academically gifted, it was on the sports field that he really came into his own.
‘I played for Herentals and did very well which helped to convince my mother to allow me to continue to play. Before seeing me on the field with my captain’s armband and having the crowd cheering my name; she did all she could to stop me playing football.’
Terrence was scouted for the Aspindale Park Football team because of his skills on the pitch and not only moved football teams but also got a job. He is part of the team that cleared and prepared the land and set up what is a growing demonstration plot for some of the top seed and irrigation companies in Zimbabwe. Their work is part of the bigger Aspindale Market Project.
‘I didn’t go to university for what I do now but I have found that I love working on the land and am naturally good at what I do. I spend my days outside, surrounded by nature and am gaining valuable work experience that will help me in the future, it’s not a bad deal!’
Terrence loves Harare and says he believes it is the best place for a young person to try to develop their passion. Whether it’s filming his latest feature, producing music or learning about aquaculture he says he wouldn’t live anywhere else.
‘People from my city are confident and can make friends with anyone. We are creative and aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo.’
That’s not to say he hasn’t faced challenges; from lack of funding for further study or feeling misunderstood because of his youth. He wishes young people could be given more opportunities not only to reach their personal potential but to also develop our city. Terrence hopes to start an arts and sports academy. A space for talented dreamers to flourish. And with his determination and drive that certainly doesn’t seem like a far-off dream.
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