Stephen Chigorimbo: A Journey Through Fame, Faith, Family

Renowned Filmmaker and Actor Stephen Chigorimbo Reflects on Life Lessons and New Passions

by Adenike Adeodun

Stephen Chigorimbo, celebrated for his role as John Huni in the famed soap opera Studio 263, has experienced a life marked by both fame and introspection. In a candid interview with NewsDay Weekender, Chigorimbo opened up about his spiritual upbringing, family life, and the challenges he faced in his relationships.

Raised in a Pentecostal family, Chigorimbo credits his faith for the blessings in his life. As a pastor in the Apostolical Holy Church, he follows in the footsteps of his musically inclined mother and his grandfather, a drummer at rainmaking ceremonies. “I’ve been fortunate to have a strong connection with my Creator from birth,” Chigorimbo shared.

Family has been a central aspect of Chigorimbo’s life. With 14 children from various relationships, he takes pride in their education and achievements, including several with Master’s degrees and one pursuing golf in Cape Town. “I’ve always prayed for my children’s success and supported them through my film projects,” he said.

According to a report by Newsday, Chigorimbo’s personal life has seen its share of turmoil, with his current marriage being his fifth. He recounted the pain of his first divorce, the complexities of his relationships, and the lessons learned. “I’ve realized the importance of honesty and not making promises I can’t keep,” he reflected.

The veteran actor also opened up about his struggles with his children’s substance abuse. One son faced suspension from Stellenbosch University due to drug issues, while another battled addiction in the United States. Chigorimbo’s interventions and fatherly guidance helped them overcome these challenges. “It was a tough time, but seeing them recover has been a blessing,” he noted.

Chigorimbo’s leadership role in the church emerged in 2012, following his uncle’s illness. He has since been a vocal critic of the commercialization of religion. “The church is under attack from those who prioritize money over spirituality,” he lamented.

At 73, Chigorimbo maintains a fit lifestyle, enjoying golf as a pastime and a way to connect with others. “Golf has been a part of my life since 1956, and it’s more than just a sport to me,” he explained.

His passion has now shifted towards his Christian work, where he finds joy in praying, counseling, and teaching. Chigorimbo also cherishes time with his grandchildren, embracing the joys of play and laughter.

Reflecting on his journey, Chigorimbo acknowledges his regrets, particularly concerning his first marriage. “We all make mistakes, but the key is to learn and grow from them,” he advised.

As for his advice on relationships, Chigorimbo emphasized the importance of mutual respect and happiness. “When love turns to hurt, it’s better to part ways than to cause more harm,” he concluded.

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