GUTU-One of the few remaining first 316 Nyazvidzi Small Scale Farm owners and an evangelist with the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe (MCZ), Sekuru Benson Mahohoma Makura, has turned 100 years old.
The centenarian of Farm 249 turned a year older on May 16, 2023. He is also a full-fledged farmer and has been an evangelist since the liberation struggle.
One of his daughters, a reverend with MCZ, Chisenwa Makura, told The Mirror that her father’s life is a testimony.
Sekuru Makura of the Madyira totem previously fell blind and suffered a stroke.
Long life is seemingly a virtue in the family as his wife, Mbuya Fadzai Makura (90), is by his side and the two worship and work together.
“As the Makura family, we celebrated a milestone with our centenarian father. My father has made it this far because of his diet-conscious nature. He went back to preaching last year just after he suffered a minor stroke.
“My parents’ day starts with a prayer over their children and their jobs. My father is a unifier and taught us unity, discipline and worship. He can still recite several hymns from the Methodist hymnbook, especially Hymn 48 ‘Hakuna zita sera Jesu’ and Hymn 74 ‘Zadzisa chirevo chako,” she said.
He lost his sight around 2006 and regained it after undergoing an operation.
Sekuru and Mbuya Makura are blessed with 11 children, eight girls and three boys. Their first child was born in 1952. The couple has 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.