Tinopona Mapereke Katsande, widely known as Tin Tin, is a versatile individual with a diverse skill set that spans modeling, acting, DJing, hosting, and television presenting. Beyond her professional endeavors, she is a dedicated philanthropist committed to positively impacting her community.
Born on May 3rd, 1979, in Mutoko, Zimbabwe, Tinopona Katsande is currently 44 years old as of 2023.
Katsande’s educational journey took her through institutions like Murewa High School, Hillcrest College, and St. Johns Emerald Hill. Additionally, she pursued tertiary education in the United States of America, further enriching her knowledge and skills.
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Modeling: Tinopona Katsande’s foray into the world of fame began during her teenage years when she clinched the title of Miss Mutare in 1997. She also reached the finals of the Miss Zimbabwe pageant that same year. Her time in California, USA, honed her fashion and modeling abilities, opening doors to collaborate with renowned brands.
Television and Radio: Upon returning to Zimbabwe in 1999, Katsande found herself as a presenter on the AM Zimbabwe breakfast show. This paved the way for her entry into the world of acting. She also showcased her talent as a DJ and on-air personality at ZiFM, a prominent radio station in Zimbabwe.
Acting: Katsande made her television debut as Joyce Huni, a central character in the local soapie Studio 263, which aired in 2002. In 2017, she graced the drama scene with her presence in “Kuchina: The Genesis.”
School of Cosmetology: Tinopona also established a School of Cosmetology, providing services to clients while imparting cosmetology skills to aspiring individuals.
Egg Business: Surprising many, she ventured into the egg-selling business, drawing both criticism and support from various quarters, including her family, local politicians, and fellow celebrities.
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In 2013, Katsande actively participated in the ‘Celebrities Combined’ program, dedicated to assisting sick children. This initiative involved prominent figures from the arts industry, uniting efforts to raise funds for medical support for those in need.
Marriages: Tinopona Katsande’s love life has seen its share of challenges. She was previously married to Sakhiwe ‘Sakhi’ Ndlovu, a former Bulawayo businessman and secretary of the Zimbabwe Saints Board of Trustees, who passed away in 2012. Subsequently, in 2015, she reportedly married Virimai Chigariro, but their union was marked by incidents of domestic violence, leading Tinopona to seek a peace order protection with the Harare police force in 2016.
Controversy: During this tumultuous period, shocking revelations surfaced when Tinopona’s husband’s sister publicly claimed that the couple were never legally married and only had a mutual romantic relationship. Despite the challenges, Tinopona and her husband share a son named Yambuko NokutendaIshe.