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Rutendo Nyamuda answers 20 Questions

Daily Maverick Marketing and PR guru Rutendo Nyamuda answers our questions.

Rutendo Nyamuda


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

That we used to get lyrics to songs by playing a short part of a song on tape writing down the words, rewinding the song then playing another short part until you wrote down all the lyrics.

Starting my own podcast titled ‘In my 20s’. You can take a listen here. Also, standing next to Oprah at an event… she had her arm around me in a picture. I am trying to get the picture from the event organisers because no one believes me.

Hmmmmm I usually watch movies to listen to their film scores. Top 3 at the moment, as entire compositions and not just in part, would be: If Beale Street Could Talk (Nicholas Britell); Blue Planet II (Hans Zimmer) and Tears of the Sun (Hans Zimmer).

Serena Williams during a tennis match.

My to do list.

I’m classically trained on the flute. But haven’t played for years so hope it still counts.

Running late for work but I need to do the dishes. Chat later.

Superman / Iron Man.


Sticky chicken wings and ribs.

Singing in public places with my headphones in my ears.

I’ve learned new things about myself at every job, good or bad. So I don’t think I’ve had a “worst job”. But the most challenging I would say was wanting to be a lifestyle writer and then getting thrown into business journalism when I first started working.

I actually don’t know why it hasn’t broken yet. There’s way too much to keep up-to-date on what might be the next “break the internet thing”.

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Musical Instruments. I’d start with a glass piano.

Carrying more than the allocated amount of liquids at the airport.