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US$17 000 Harare birthday party in pictures

By Nigel Pfunde

He is young, urbane and rich. He recently hosted an all-white party that has become the talk of the town. Twenty-Six year old Genius Kadungure has caused quite a stir after he hosted a lavish birthday party that has sent some tongues wagging. The party was held on October 9 at his Greystone Park home and the dress code was strictly all white.

Ladies at Genius Kadungure party in Harare
Ladies at Genius Kadungure party in Harare

Of course not everyone follows instructions – one came in black while another wore purple. While the all-white party took place on a Saturday, the birthday celebrations lasted three days:

Day One =all white party.

Day Two =family only

Day Three=swimming

Genius was celebrating his 26th birthday and like African-American hip hop mogul P Diddy, Genius has made it a tradition to throw such lavish parties every year ever since he was 24- years- old.

The party gobbled a staggering US$17 000! In an interview with H-Metro this week, Genius confirmed the figure. “Yes I forked out US$17 000 to host this party. I was never assisted by any one, it all came from my pocket because I wanted to make the day a special one for me.

“Birthdays come once a year and I needed to please myself.

“Besides I have the money to spoil myself. Zvaitirwa kuti zvityise muface wangu,” said Genius. The party was filled with ‘swag’ and it attracted guests from the so-called big spenders and stylish people in town! One could not afford not to notice the bevy of pretty ladies who were drawn from the executive circles and the free spirited ladies about town.

Pictures from the party

Beer guzzlers were spoilt for choice as there was full bar and catering including expensive whiskey like Johnny Walker Black Label, Chivaz Regal, Hennesy and all the expensive liquors one can think of. Guests were popping cris (beer) like it was water!

Notable guests included former television personality Makanaka Wakatama, footballer Harlington Shereni (who is believed to have flown in specifically for the party), businesswoman Mary Mubaiwa (former wife to Shingi Kawondera) among other socialites.

The former “Change Money” gurus were present while music was played by Harare ’s finest wheel spinners T-Bass and Pee Styles although Genius could not reveal how much he was charged. The party started off with Genius taking a tour around the city in a Hummer-Limousine that cost him US$1 000 for four hours!

He was in the company of his right hand man and most trusted lieutenant only identified as Kit-Kat. Their first stop was Avondale Shopping Centre before proceeding to Mereki and their convoy was a head-turner. He was accompanied by some beautiful ladies who were peeping through the sun roof of the limo sipping on some gin and juice. Genius was holding a walking stick in the same fashion like the African-American hip-hop artistes popularly referred to as “ballers”!

He is single, he said. “I am not married and I am very much single. Of course a lot of ladies might want a piece of me but you know how it is. I just have to keep it cool,” said Genius. However, there are reports that some ladies fought for Genius at the party in a typical ‘the boy is mine’ fashion.

Sources say there were MANY of Genius’ ex-girlfriends at the party and they tried to have a piece of him for much of the night – trying to outshine each other.

“I’ve heard people talk about an ugly confrontation between my supposed girlfriends but it never happened. Some of my ex-girlfriends were there and obviously there will be tension at certain stages of such an event.

“But that tension was never noticed. There might have been intentions to fight but no one fought and in fact it would not have happened because there was security to ensure that there were no fights,” said Genius. Interestingly, Genius moved around with bouncers and avoided hanging out with the ladies, thereby defusing any potential explosive situations. Genius did NOT want any gifts from the guests as this could have also caused ‘unnecessary tension’ and the cake was actually not eaten.

It was thrown into the air. It seemed he was also avoiding an explosive situation that would have been created by the traditional cake-cutting and “happy birthday” singing. However, Genius claimed that he was doing things his own way. “No, I just do my things differently, I didn’t want to waste time blowing candles and stuff,” he said.

Don’t use Juju

By Nigel Pfunde

Flamboyant businessman Genius Kadungure says his money is clean — all of it has come from selling gas! With people questioning why one would spend US$17 000 on a birthday party, there were suggestions that his money might be dirty.

He finished school at the age of 17 and two years later he was driving a Mercedes Benz S320 and at 24 Genius owned a fleet of 11 cars including a BMW X5, Dodge Viper, BMW 7 series among other luxury vehicles!

Suggestions of illegal deals were made. There are those who claim that are number of ‘rich’ youths in the capital are making money from a ‘high profile’ homosexuality network involving foreign multi-millionaires. Then some family members strongly believe that he uses juju, a suspicion that is so strong that some of them did not even turn up for the party.

However, Genius says all this is very FAR from the truth. His money is from hardwork, he claims. “Well, it pains me so much that after the hard work that has taken me to where I am right now, some people then accuse me of using juju. Worse still its some members of my family at our rural homestead in Domboshawa strongly believe that I’m using juju to make money.

“I offer financial assistance to my relatives but some of them just want to soil my name. I single-handedly finance all the funerals and functions at my rural home in Domboshava. But instead of appreciating, some are wondering where I’m getting the money and for some reason they settled for juju. Some have started distancing themselves from me but Hazvitimise kutsvaga bag Wangu.

“Is it a crime that I am the richest person in my family,” he asked. Genius’s “haters” suggested that the all-white party was part of his rituals to appease his spirits so that he makes more money.

However, Genius said that he has always been holding parties since he was 24 years old. “I have been holding these parties from way back. This was celebrating my birthday with friends, how can you appease spirits with Johnny Walker Whiskey and limousines?” said Genius scoffing at the allegations.

But how has he managed to acquire so much wealth at such a fairly young age? Genius said that soon after high school in 2001 he started off as a middleman selling gas and at the age of 20, he had stepped up his sales after commanding a wide network of clientele.

“Man, its all about good marketing skills and networking. You can make money out of anything as long as you know where and who to sell it to.

“Like myself, I know where to get gas and where to sell it without cheating my customers,” said Genius. Genius said that he then roped in the services of his right hand man and marketing genius Farai (Kit Kat) and started importing gas under the banner of his company Pioneer Gases.

Genius then added other enterprises under his wings and he now owns City Centre Freight, a transporting company that also complements his gas company. At the moment he owns seven cars but he said he prefers to drive only two. “I prefer driving the Range Rover,” he said.

He also says while the money he has is enough to qualify him as rich, he is still very far from getting there as he does NOT own multiple properties or companies. “For now I have enough to live comfortably but certainly not to be considered among the rich people of this country, I’ve just done better than most people of my age.”

  • Brian Nyanyiwa

    Pliz no more of this story,pliz.

  • Tawana basa isu veZIMRA. Anobhadhara tax here mfana uyu?

    Tichamutsvagira kake kanyaya.Anomama chete 🙂 Kutamba hangu

  • Prince

    This is dope.

  • Anonymous

    zvakaoma with so many orphans starving in children’s home…let alone hama dzake kumusha

  • padawez

    maridzezvikwambo ndozvadzoita

    • Cyn112

      Chris rock says black man get rich he buys rims for his car and jewellery, white man get rich he opens a shop to help other white folks.. vanhu vari kutambura hobho but this deuchbag is showing off, nxaaa, yeah he got money but 17000 us dollars shuwa…aiwawo, even tuvaskana twacho, zvipiko tuma hangers on.

  • godfreyngondo

    it was time for getting down ,ko those four nude girls sitting in a row ?????

  • use your wealth to also help the unfortunate ones

  • time_nguva

    show off.the real rich havaite chibharanzi chekuzvi advertiser mumapepa.all for the love of girls.

  • Khourtney

    iiiiiii zvakaoma ko kune nherera kunze uko, shiri kadzi,  vari kutambura ko ukabatsira hauone kuti unotendwa zvikuru. Zvinoomesa mate mukanwa chokwadi kushinga ku spender USD 17,000.00, kusadzidza kana kuti chii?

    • jonathan

      usashamiswe hako akagumira form 4 uyu. imari dzekutengesa magaro idzi

    • Mathuthujackie

      mhata! mari yake ndeyake.

  • Eric Chikoore

    wtf am lost words.all those guys wi b laughin at u 2morow wen ya broke!

  • WEBDEV David

    its not bad to be rich, but the way this young man is duin things i dnt trust him…..lil Chiyangwa pompus for nothin..thats the prob with us Zimbabweans if we get rich we want pple to know and we cnt even help each other, see Nigerians, Indians, Chinese vakabatana, vanobatsirana….wish u gud luck young man

  • ndoro

    This is poor reporting. What did he spend the $17 000 on? From the pics
    I have seen its just people dressed in white with probably one of his
    friends DJing. I bet he didnt even spend a $1000 let alone $500. This
    is embarrasing self promotion.

    No venue- Party at home

    Music – DJ one of his friends

    Food – No food

    Drinks – Cheap as love in Zim (there is not more than a 100 people at this party.

    An acquintance did a wedding (exclusive zimbabwe conditions) including
    hiring Tongai Moyo for a bargain $10 000. (venue, tables, food,
    deco)maximum spend after all hidden costs probably $15 000 na na
    transportation etc. $17 000 yatengeyi veduwe, clearly its non existent.
    N dont say its over three days we all know family means a barbacue
    (nothing fiscally terrible about that) and Swimming you swimm unless he
    was buying the water buy bucket. What kind of journalism is this?

    • Sekurutapiwa

      hande Hwedza lol

    • Tatenda Dawn

      U got a point there!

    • Pilotmukau

      from what l saw from his last year’s party which l did attended,yes the figures might be correct,,cant go into details bt it was jus a splash of resources.

    • jagz

      Waka penga Wangu,,,,if i had $17000 i would give you some,,,,thats a good comment and analysis kwete this report,,,u dn’t juss sae $17000 disapprz like dat…..were on what???

    • Kane Kanengoni

      It was only a house party

  • Freedom Gangsta

    Taura hako Ndoro. Asi sezvineyi, kana achidya mari yake musieyi akadaro….

  • nhsdj

    Iye genius ndakanzwa kuti akuita zvemushonga kureystone Park. Asatombode kutivhairira hedu isu!~

  • Davejenje

    `the party didnt cost that much cauz nothing special was there unless he is the one who bought clothes ,phones and other valuable assets like gold chains fo guests

  • kenny

    this is dirty money, why all dressed in white clothes . there is a serious reason for the colour selection

  • Thumi

    and then whats next?

  • Mawande

    vane mari hava taure havasimudze hapwa aona kuti hapana amurecogniser

  • Geraldmabvumbe

    genious ure the opposite of your name lol do smthing with your cash thats diffrent Strive Massiwa angadai ari kuita maparty iwaya kumoon kana zvirizvo

  • fatstarz50

    genius we aids tsaga remunhu 17 geez wat for?

  • Mutengesimukuru

    i envy this young man, he is having a time of his life!

  • Choked

    why on earth will beautiful women with 5 sense sit on a row showing off their nakedness and later call it style, definately beauty without brains for sure,

  • Fox

    Taura hako ndoro.what did he spend 17 grand on. these are the guys who are being given money by gay dudes from Europe or he just wants to known if he actually does have a bit of cash.

  • Smoko

    Funny how such people make so much money and do not pay tax in Zimbabwe. No where in the developed countries would one make such a metriotic rise if they ran a genuine business. The tax man would always be there to cut him to size !

  • trey

    imari yake,kana usina nyarara mhan,juju juju kuita sei kwacho?hamuushayi zvekutaura mhani ,its not his fault that some pple are poor,even jesus was anointed an expensive oil on his feet by a woman at Bethan ,he said it was important to be treated nice at times for poor people will always exist in the world.

  • Kawasaki ninja

    Zodwa uyoooo….

  • Definately Not a Hater

    1 things for sure niggaz gon hate
    the Lord says if u give with the right hand the left shouldnt know, who knows what he has done for the poor.
    kana 1 ane evidence ye dirty money kana zvikwambo, everyone is allowed to celebrate, hard work pays thats for sure, and if he worked hard he deserves to celebrate with his hard earned money.
    dress code, dai akati all, black, zvainzi ritual, all red, even worse !!!
    kana asina kuenda kuUniversity or Alevel zvinei nemi, he chose another part in life which clearly is working for him.
    He clearly hast forgoten family from what is reported
    the Lord says Judge Not, basa rekuti munhu wese aita mari, zvikwambo !!!! tonzwa nemi mukubhadhara $1 fr internet to hate on a successfull young zimbabwean
    I suggest we stop hating and get on the hustle, mira kuShora vamwe vane maridzavow uyite yako !!! and do wat u want with it, give to the church, nherera, shirikadzi, the sick, less priviledged, etc
    Who are u to tell sme1 wat he shld hve done with his hard earned mari
    Kane vamwe vabudirira ngati farei, and support, so the same is done when u succeed!!!
    learn from this

  • Tindochitewe

    I JUST HOPE KUTI VANHU VESE VAUNOBATSIRA KUVIGA HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU AND YOUR MONEY. If they have then you will fall down big time coz ngozi yemunhu hairove. Why kutaura zvekuviga vanhu than kubhadharira vana ma school fees or some other worthy causes. You may be already exposing yourself now.

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  • stones

     black man get rich he buys rims for his car and jewellery, white man get rich he opens a shop to help other white folks.

  • Drisaacphiri

    Dont forget to do charity work, donate some to the blind, deaf, those with cancer, those with no shelter they will be gratefull for clean water or a hot meal more than friends and girls who gazle expensive whisky…. think about it.

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  • Whycliff24352s

    I only got one thing to say! Whats with the ugly gals all around you mate? With the money they saying you spending please upgrade from theses granides!

  • sukoluhle

    he worked hard so its about time he enjoyes his hard working.

  • ashley jae

    It’s not Nice 2 down Seize Sm1 nekuti U Cn’t do wat thy did,,,,da prblm z wth Zimbabwean’s is we Limit ourselvez bcoz we Believe mari inoitwa ne Chembere chete,,,da young can’t mke Money,,,dat z why We will nva be rich at a Home age,,,Hapana Juju coz how can you sae he used Juju ane 20 yearz,,until now,,kana munhu ane Brain dzacho Learn 2 apprncte,,Frank Buyanga Did it,Boka did it,,Mayor Did it so why cn’t u live this Guy alone,,,it’s not his fault kuti thy are Poor People,,,it’s da Gvrnmnt. Task 2 sort out Poor people,,instead of Learinin’ frm Him,,Kwanzi I sell Gas,,iwewe Do your research nd Try 2 do smthng instead of kungo Shora evrytyme,,,and 4 u ma h8trz,,,$17000 da bulk of it wrnt 2 Achool dats why it’s expensive coz a Bottle of Owl Juice z 1.2G’s,,,saka dn’t h8te,,,,PRAY WORK nd GOD z gnna BLESS U….

  • ashley jae

    Ha F.. off hw cn u all white 2 plz Sprits,,,evry exclusive party has a dress code if u go by 360 thy wnt full Formal,same as Mekka Cocktail Bar so wat’s your problm,,akomana musait Godo,,Altgh I must Admit,,,4 sm1 dat Rich,,da Womn dat are Present 4 da Party,,,hey thy r 2 Ugly nd Ghetto,,kasi whn he wnt 2 Mereki he Picked up sm hood rats coz hey,,sister vane Green Mumusoro,,ahahahahah,,Genius pama Daij ndopawa rasika,,othawse zvemwe zvese ibho but upgrade coz all these Chicks are super Ugly,,,

  • Brinten Zvidzai

    i don’t see anything worth 17000, all i see is savannah netu ma can twe redbull, musatinyepere.

    • Themba

      Zimbos don hate on those who have made money…back in the day, most of these millionaires made their money vachiri young…Bill Gates, Will Smith etc…theres nothing wrong with being rich…and young…ts all got to do with focus dedication and taking some calculated risks and God. Itawo yako mari and you guys talk of orphans and widows, says who his not giving some to the poor and less priviledged, inga wani hes helping pple in his homestead…iwe wakambopa kana dollar here…street kid parobot? Dont act all holly,…u know f everyone in zim gave a dollar to charity causes say mayb per month, things could be different..iwe hauna kana dollar here muhomwe rekupa asinawo…musoro waurikugadzira, majeans aurikutenga…dont u think yaingona kubatsira umwewo munhu. Guys lets b happy for each other and strive to do our own for ourselves and the community we leave in…Wen i see this hate we displaying pano can see we got a long way to go.

  • Peter Kozelj

    Whores galore!