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Mbuya Mai John Biography| Real Name, Age, Husband, Sabhuku Vharazipi

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Mbuya Mai John Biography


Mbuya Mai John, whose real name is Kumbirai Chikonye, is a renowned actress known for her prominent role as Mbuya Mai John in the popular Zimbabwean comedy series “Sabhuku Vharazipi.


How Old Is Mbuya Mai John?

Kumbirai Chikonye, the Mbuya Mai John actress, was born on September 8, 1982,  meaning that she is 41 years old as of 2023.  Kumbirai Chikonye embarked on her acting journey during her secondary school years and has since become a notable figure in the entertainment industry.

Educational Qualifications

While specific details about Kumbirai Chikonye’s educational background remain undisclosed in publicly available sources, her unwavering passion for acting and dedication to the arts have been the cornerstones of her successful career.


Mbuya Mai John Biography| Real Name, Age, Husband, Career Highlights

Sabhuku Vharazipi, Constable Mayaya & Mbuya Mai John [Image Credit: Sabhuku Vharazipi Ziya]

Career Highlights

Throughout her illustrious career, Kumbirai Chikonye has achieved significant milestones and garnered recognition for her contributions to the world of entertainment:

  1. In 1999, she joined Ziya after completing her O-Levels, marking the inception of her acting career.
  2. Kumbirai Chikonye’s talent shone as she successfully auditioned for the provincial version of the regionally touring production “Dare Enkundleni” in 2001.
  3. Her remarkable acting prowess continued to shine when she secured another successful audition for a provincial version of a regionally touring production in 2005.
  4. Kumbirai Chikonye’s major breakthrough came when she played a significant supporting role in the acclaimed production “Sabhuku Vharazipi,” which significantly contributed to her fame and recognition.
  5. She also holds the esteemed position of one of the trustees in the newly formed Ziya Cultural Arts Trust, reflecting her unwavering commitment to the growth and development of the arts.

Mbuya Mai John’s Husband in Real Life

In her personal life, Kumbirai Chikonye is married to Wellington Chindara, a fellow professional actor, who plays the role of Chairman in the Sabhuku Vharazipi series. Their shared belief in the potential of the arts industry has been a driving force behind their careers, and their union has undoubtedly played a significant role in their collective success in the world of entertainment.


Generous US$10,000 Donation by Wicknell Chivayo

Notably, Mbuya Mai John and her colleagues received a generous donation from businessman Wicknell Chivayo. In recognition of their contributions to a skit highlighting the artistic contributions of the Second Republic of Zimbabwe under President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Wicknell Chivayo gifted each of them a substantial sum of US$10,000. This gesture further attests to their impact and recognition in the entertainment industry.


  1. sabhukuvharazipi.blogspot.com
  2. Meet Vharazipi’s ‘Mbuya Mai John’ – The Herald,
  3. “This Time Zvabhadhara” : Wicknell Chivayo Promises Sabhuku Vharazipi, Chairman, Mbuya Mai John US$10k Each – iharare.com
  4. Laughing All the Way to the Bank: Sabhuku Vharazipi’s Joy as Wicknell Chivayo Keeps His Promise – iharare.com

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