Chairman – Wellington Chindara Biography
Wellington Chindara, professionally known as Chairman, is a prominent Zimbabwean actor and theatre enthusiast known for his prominent role in the popular Zimbabwean comedy series “Sabhuku Vharazipi.”. Chairman’s journey into the world of community theatre arts is a remarkable tale of unexpected beginnings and unwavering dedication.
This biography offers insight into his path from modest origins to becoming a respected figure in Zimbabwe’s vibrant arts scene.
Chairman’s Age & Date of Birth
Wellington Chindara was born on 7 July 1973, meaning he is 50 years old as of 2023.
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Early Life and Introduction to Theatre
Chairman’s foray into theatre commenced shortly after he completed his ‘O’ Level education. In an unexpected twist of fate, he found himself thrust into the world of community theatre arts when he was mistaken for an experienced actor by a theatre group at Mutendi Mission School.
Despite lacking formal training, Wellington embraced the opportunity and performed two roles on the spot. His enthusiasm for acting led him to join a budding drama club.
The Formation of a Drama Group
In 1992, Chairman was among the six individuals who founded a drama group. However, they encountered resistance from parents who favoured their children pursuing traditional employment. Consequently, the group was reduced to five members, with Chairman assuming the role of publicity secretary.
Professional Training and Transformation
The drama group’s fortunes changed when they attended a performance by Amakhosi Theatre Productions, a professional theatre ensemble from Bulawayo. Inspired by this experience, Amakhosi agreed to provide brief training to the group.
This marked a turning point as the group shifted its focus towards theatre, arts workshops, and seminars. Financially, they relied on schools that allowed them to perform for a fee, although the income was insufficient for the five-member group.
Some members faced opposition from their parents due to financial struggles, and at one point, Chairman briefly worked at a wholesale company.
The Journey to Professionalism
Despite financial challenges, Chairman’s dedication to theatre remained unwavering. After briefly leaving to work, he returned to find that some members had departed.
New recruits joined from his former school, and in 1996, the group transitioned into a professional theatre ensemble, with Chairman becoming its first administrative secretary.
Challenges and Renewed Commitment
In 2002, the group faced adversity due to an economic crisis in the country. The harsh economic conditions threatened the group’s existence, leading Chairman to temporarily shift his focus to farming in rural areas. After a few years, he returned to Masvingo in 2010 to pursue full-time theatre, a passion he continues to pursue to this day.
Recognition from Wicknell Chivayo
Chairman’s talent and contributions to the arts scene garnered recognition from prominent Zimbabwean businessman Wicknell Chivayo. Chivayo pledged to reward Chairman, along with other comedians, with a substantial sum of US$10,000 each. This generous gesture was in acknowledgement of their skit highlighting the contributions of the Second Republic of Zimbabwe under President Emmerson Mnangagwa towards artists.
Directorial Success and Personal Life
Chairman’s directorial talents shone in 2011 when he directed the screenplay of “Sabhuku Vharazipi Part One.” He co-produced the project with David Mubayiwa and also took on the roles of Chairman and Svari in the production.
Beyond his professional career, Chairman is married to actress Kumbirai Chikonye, and they share four children. Chikonye plays the role of Mbuya Mai John on the popular series.
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