Although currently based in Johannesburg, Michael was born and raised in Zimbabwe, in Bikita district, about 150km east of the World Heritage site ‘Great Zimbabwe’.
He describes the Bikita of his youth as a very nice village where everyone knew each other by name and despite being a place with a range of belief systems , religions and cultures it felt like everyone was part of one big family.
He contrasts that with how it is now. Things do not appear to have changed for the better. The environment is drier and the discipline elders once enforced together with the closeness that was a hallmark of interpersonal relationships is no more.
Back then he opines youngsters valued the process of putting in the time to achieve something. These days it feels as if a lot of them are forever chasing short cuts.
Respect and humility are key values he has taken away from growing up in Bikita. Never look down on anyone but don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself. It would appear that these values and outlook have evidently served him well.