Meet Victoria Manase, a distinguished Zimbabwean TV presenter currently contributing her talents to the State broadcaster ZBC. Her journey took an unexpected turn on January 10, 2024, when she, along with co-presenter Farai Juliet Magada, faced suspension due to controversial remarks made during a discussion on apartheid in South Africa.
Exploring the Life of Victoria Manase
Born on December 7, Victoria Manase brings her unique perspective and charisma to the screen.
Aside from her professional endeavours, Manase embraces the role of a mother to a loving daughter.
Beyond her television career, Manase is a visionary fashion designer, founder of the esteemed brand “Samsara.” Specializing in casual, corporate, and formal African print wear, “Samsara” was born out of Manase’s passion for Ankara fabric and a commitment to revitalizing African fashion. The name “Samsara,” derived from Buddhism, signifies rebirth and starting anew.
The Controversial Statements
January 2024 witnessed Manase attributing colonial-era abuses on black people to King Lobengula, alleging his enticement by sugar. These remarks triggered a social media uproar, leading Minister of Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting Services Jenfan Muswere to take decisive action. Manase and her co-presenter faced suspension, and the ZBC board, led by Dr. Josaya Tai, was dismissed.
This decision, influenced by the controversial Lobengula comments, also addressed broader concerns related to key performance and corporate governance at ZBC. The affected board members included Thomas Bvuma, Tsitsi Dangarembizi, Heliate Rushwaya, Dorothy Mabika, Devnanda Popatla, Reverend Thompson Dube, and Brian Mutangandebvu.