Zimbabwe author and poet Charles Mungoshi has died at the age of 71 in a hospital in Harare today February 16, 2019.
Charles Mungoshi writing both in Shona and in English was one of the most decorated writers to come out of Zimbabwe. The writer of poetry, novels, and short stories, as well as actor, published 18 books, including Waiting for the Rain (1975), Ndiko Kupindana Kwemazuva (1975), Makunun’unu Maodza Moyo (1970), The Milkman Doesn’t Only Deliver Milk (1981), Inongova Njake Njake(1980), Coming of the Dry Season (1972), and Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness (2013).
The awards he won for his writing include the Noma Award in 1992 and the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region) in 1988 and 1998. Two of his novels, one in Shona and the other in English, both published in 1975, won the International PEN Awards. Branching Streams Flow in the Dark won a National Arts Merit Awards in 2014 for being the outstanding fiction book published in the year under review.
In 2003 he was conferred an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Zimbabwe after winning multiple awards, which included Zimbabwe’s 75 best books, where he appeared in the top five lists in both the Shona and English categories.
May Charles Mungoshi who now joins our literary ancestors rest in peace. Our condolences to his family and friends.