Once upon a time, Grace Marufu found herself in a position where she was lucky enough to work as a secretary in the President’s office. This then secretary caught President Mugabe’s attention with the encounter progressing into a romantic relationship. The relationship developed even further as the two went on to have children and the couple eventually got married in 1996 and Grace officially became Mrs. Mugabe.
Being the president’s wife, she has not managed to escape the media spotlight. But, over the years she has managed to get herself into the spotlight through actions of her own. As you can imagine, these moments have been somewhat unglamorous as they have included highlighting extravagant shopping, moments of attacking journalists and dodgy business deals being exposed.
Amai Mugabe is back in spotlight as she was recently conferred with a PhD from the University of Zimbabwe and has also immersed herself in frontline politics as she was recently nominated to head the Zanu-PF Women’s League.
Many women around the African continent who have made their way into the upper echelons of politics usually have a story of personal achievement behind them that has propelled them into leadership.
Now, imagine a scenario where we take Amai Dr Grace Mugabe back to the time when she was a secretary in the president’s office. Imagine the President had not noticed her and she continued life as who she was. She would not have been a Mugabe and everything associated with it would not have been part of her life over the last two and bit decades.
So now we have Grace stripped of any close association to President Mugabe and still married to her first husband.
If all the layers are peeled back and you are to look at who she is, and all that she has done, what is it that would define who she is today? Would she be the Grace of today who has a PhD and also the woman heading the Zanu-PF Women’s League?
Have a think about it for a moment…… If her life hadn’t taken the turn it did some twenty plus years ago, where would Grace be without Mugabe?
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