Plaxedes Wenyika Biography| Personal Life, Education, Career
Plaxedes Wenyika, originally named Plaxedes Machuma, is a well-known Zimbabwean R’n’B singer and songwriter who significantly impacted the Urban Grooves music genre.
In 2002, she made her debut in the music scene with her album ‘Tisaparadzane,’ which gained immense attention and propelled the title track to the top of local music charts.
In 2004, Plaxedes Wenyika tied the knot with her long-time boyfriend, Mika Joka. Their love story began during their time at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), where they met and embarked on a three-year courtship before getting married in 2005, formalizing their union under the provisions of the Marriages Act (Chapter 5:11).
However, their marriage took a different turn when, on August 30, 2018, Plaxedes initiated divorce proceedings by filing divorce summons at the High Court. After a 13-year-long marriage, their relationship reached its final chapter on November 29, 2018, when High Court judge Loice Matanda-Moyo granted a decree of divorce, officially dissolving their union. The divorce petition cited irreconcilable differences as the primary reason for the dissolution.
Plaxedes and her ex-husband are blessed with three children, including two sons named Daryl and Gareth. Despite their divorce, they continue to co-parent and share the responsibility of raising their children together.
Plaxedes Wenyika’s academic journey led her to obtain an Economics degree from the University of Zimbabwe. She further pursued her education, earning a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), enhancing her knowledge and skills in the field of management and business.
Plaxedes’ journey into the music industry was influenced by her mother and coincided with a pivotal moment in Zimbabwean music. In the early 2000s, the then Information Minister Jonathan Moyo introduced a policy mandating 75% local content in the music industry, benefiting local artists like Plaxedes.
With the release of her debut album, ‘Tisaparadzane,’ Plaxedes Wenyika quickly gained popularity with her captivating love songs that resonated with audiences. The hit song ‘Shamwari,’ further solidified the album’s success, featuring Sanii Makhalima.
Following her debut, she released her second studio album, ‘Kamumanzi,’ showcasing her growth as an artist and continuing to captivate audiences with unique musical styles and heartfelt lyrics.
In the same year, she joined the ‘Ruvhuvhuto Sisters,’ a group of four talented artists, which gained significant popularity and promoted national pride and Zimbabwean cultural heritage through their music.
Plaxedes briefly took a break from music in 2009 to focus on her studies and family but made a comeback in 2012 with her fifth album, ‘Brighter Day,’ featuring songs like ‘Huya ndikuratide’ and ‘Love you better.’