At Home with…Tendayi Chakanyuka

June 28, 2017

At Home with….Tendayi Chakanyuka


Tendai ‘The Sweet Thang’ Chakanyuka is a prominent radio and television personality.

Do you enjoy cooking and do you cook a lot?

I do cook a lot, i have no maid and must eat lol….otherwise no it was never my favourite chore, even growing up! I do have my days though when I really feel like and do cook up a storm, when i am upset for example i take it out on the kitchen.

What is your favourite dish?

I can have potatoes every single day of my life…and still have a soft spot for good old shepherd’s pie.

What is your favourite place/room in your house?

It has to be my bedroom.

What can you not leave your house without?

My cellphone,my sunglasses,my rosary,oh did you say 3..

In the event of a fire what would you save first and why?

My son, he is my reason for living.

What is your favourite book?

Difficult one, but i can never get tired of reading Rhonda Byrne’s “The secret”, it helps me put things into perspective when i am faced with a situation.

What is your favourite me time activity?

Soak myself in a bubble bath, and listen to some music (i have music for every mood, trust me)

If a movie was to be made about you, who would you select as a female lead?

Vivica Fox or Taraji P Henson.

What is your favourite item of clothing?

I am not a fashion slave so anything goes really.

What is your dream holiday destination or shopping destination?

Havana, Cuba is definitely on my bucket list (please don’t ask me why lol).


What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten and liked?

I am a very fussy eater anyway; i don’t eat a whole lot of stuff so i would call it all weird. I don’t like peas, mushrooms and beetroot and the day i learn to like them, that would be weird.

If you could be anyone else for a day, who would you choose and why?

Oh.. you so don’t want me to go there, but it would probably help me understand what goes on in that head

Describe your dream house.

It should be compact, intimate, air, open plan and lots of sun coming in.

What are your top 5 party songs right now?

Wow that is a very difficult one, that’s my life and i struggle to understand some of the songs i have to play at parties today because that’s what the crowd wants…i think as a people we are now ok with celebrating mediocrity and that worries me…

What do you think of public displays of affection?

I am a hopeless romantic,  i have no problem with PDAs, as long as its decent and not offensive to the point where people have to ask you to ”get a room”.

Can you tell me about your most embarrassing moments?

Let me say one of my most unforgettable ones was on air just when i started radio in the late 90s, i played Joe Thomas’ ‘love scene” and decided to comment on “that year which he said was a very good year”….i still die when i think of it.







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