**Star Profile** – Former Pakati student, Oswell Israel Nadzo

Welcome to Oswell’s story! Here is a man brought up in the area, attended several schools in the ward including Pakati Primary, and has returned recently to showcase the area on film. Like so many, he has had struggles to overcome, and is proud of his roots. Read on please…..

Oswell in Harare

“My name is Israel Oswell Nadzo, and I was born in Murewa Dustrict in 1981, at St Pauls Hospital in Musami. My mother passed away when I was 1 year old, so I grew up with my grandmother in Muchagonei village, 2 km from Pakati Primary school, just across the Shavanhowe river. I started my Primary education at Chanetsa in 1988, then Pakati in 1989. From end of 1989 up to 1994 I was at Mabika Primary school. I then continued my education at Mabika, at the Secondary school, up to form 4 (O levels).

My friends at Mabika were called Fostage Macheka, Michael Muchagonei and Owen Chitongo. Classmates at Pakati I still remember more than than 20 years ago ate Isaac Zambezi, Marvis Nguwo, Learnmore Makuvaza, Bothwell jani, Edwell Gatsi, Vena Mapiti and others. Bothwell Jani and Isaac Zambezi were my friends from Pakati Primary school.

Also in Harare

I was a nomadic child, because my grandmother was too old, so some times I lived with my relatives in Makuvaza village near Pakati, or the others in Chanetsa village . My father only took care of me when I was 14 years old, until I finished my O level, but he passed away in 2017, so that kind of life I passed through was not easy at all. I didn’t get enough further education though, but I am now talented at writing Shona dramas, movies and novels.

From left Enock Kasawaya former Chanetsa Primary student, Oswell Nadzo and Isaac Zambezi former Pakati school student, just after O Lavel exams in 1998 waiting for Xmas in Harare

I am trying to use my talent to educate people upon the experience of life that i have had. I had learned about importabt things – Love, Peace, Harmony, Justice, and Fairness in our community. We have orphans, elders and other poor people in the community who need help. Musami area is veey much behind in terms of development, though I don’t know why. Some are educated and some are ignorant, others are heartless, that’s why you see no even a celebrity or a public figure in our areas.

Oswell in Chigwada area, on the way to his family area not far from Pakati

My massage to the people is let us unite and make something, lets make the road of the future generations, ARISE AND SHINE Murewa. Elders of the community, children educated and non-educated people must learn from what Mr Chris Walker is doing in our area.

Oswell with some of his theatre group, MITAMBO YENHARIRE THEATRE.

MITAMBO YENHARIRE THEATRE group was formed by three groups which included Chingwe Drama Club and New Youth Generation. Chongwe drama leader was Farai Josiya, New Youth leader was Collen Nhinga, and both of them are former Pakati school students. Together we formed Mitambo Yenharire Theatre group, and I am the leader.

Coming soon…this was filmed in the area Oswell is familiar with, Murewa Ward 14

Currently I am living in Harare, and I am an Embroiderer and an actor. I am a father of 3 Emmaculate, Elshimah and Elmar, who is my only my son. Acting was and is my hobby since 1989 when I was in Grade 2. My wish is to bring our community together as one, and not to be a lost generation – United we stand divided we fall, Arise and Shine MUREWA.

My upcoming Movie is titled MUTUNHU UNEMAGO (A Human Being), and its about the villages without future, jealous villagers, poverty, hatred, gossip and Wicthcraft. The elders of that village were busy militarising children, preaching the message of hate, but at the end no development in the area came until they become united and gave support to each other.”

Gwangwadza hill in the background, at Chigwada

My thanks go to Oswell for allowing Friends of Pakati to tell his story…I hope you, the reader, enjoyed it all.

Coming soon:

• A former teacher tells the story of how the Pakati Secondary boys football team got its nickname ‘The Bulldozers’, as well as reflecting on his time at the school

• Pauline Machengo continues her story ‘Outside Zim Borders’ with chapter 11 on its way soon

• Former student Portia Nemaruru brings us up to date with part 2 of her profile, describing her transition from Pakati to Rose of Sharon, including the inspirational leader there, Dr Fatima Maruta

• More of what people are saying about Friends of Pakati


My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005.

One thought on “**Star Profile** – Former Pakati student, Oswell Israel Nadzo

  1. Chris you are doing such a splendid job in collecting all these stories from different people with a Pakati School history. Keep up the good work.

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