The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: ZBCTV Screens Brain Teasers

ZBCTV have started screening a one-minute brain teaser programme on prime time slot courtesy of the Book of African Records, which documents ground- breaking achievements not only by Zimbabweans but Africans at large.

Modelled along the lines of etv-Africa's brain teasers, for instance; "Who was the first Zimbabwean to climb Mt Everest?", "The first Zimbabwean song to conquer world charts or the first Zimbabwean to do this or that . . .", the programme airs daily on ZBCTV at 7.59pm.

Dubbed "ZIM FIRSTS", the project researches and catalogues pioneering Zimbabweans. It features Zimbabweans who were the first people to achieve something significant and will run until December.

The records are edited by Errol Muzawazi, who is himself the first Zimbabwean to go into the Guinness Book of Records and the first black man to cross the African continent by land.

"ZIM FIRSTS is, in fact, a pilot project of the Book of African Records for us to sharpen our tools as we gradually gain experience in the science of collection, collation, verification and publication of records.

"For the year 2013 we have partnered with ZBC and RTG to bring findings to the public. We will soon launch a national mobilisation programme to ask Zimbabweans in and outside the country to claim a place in the ZIM FIRSTS database or to nominate Zimbabweans they know were the first in something, whether living or deceased," Muzawazi said.

He is also planning another first in 2014. He intends to lead the first around-the-world road and sea expedition by Africans, which will be a promotional tour of the Book of African Records upon its first publication. The book is being published by the African Monility Organisation with Muzawazi as the editor-in-chief.

To do this, Muzawazi and his entourage will need to travel the earth's circumference to all the world's five continents, clocking about 50 000km.

Muzawazi is not new to such expeditions after he completed an expedition across Africa from Morocco to Cape Town, crossing 17 countries. In 2003, Muzawazi who was studying law in Poland, delivered the world's longest lecture, which lasted 62 hours and 30 minutes.

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