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Mungoshi set to eclipse Guinnes record

Entertainment Reporter

ON April 11 and 12, a tongue is expected to wag for 36 hours straight!

In what is billed to be the most talked about event, perhaps since the total eclipse of the sun in 2002, Jonah Mungoshi is set to eclipse the Guinness World Record for the longest public lecture.

A South African, John Trevor Walker, who managed to talk for 26 hours only, currently holds the honour. Mungoshi hopes to outtalk him and last for 36. His talk is titled "None but ourselves".

The talk would be divided into 18 sessions of two hours each and Mungoshi would only be allowed to take a 15-minute break after every eight hours of intense talking. During those eight hours he will be allowed natural pauses of not more than 30 seconds.

It is a backbreaking, tongue wagging ambitious programme that would see Mungoshi delving into question of leadership, management and personal transformation.

He would also be able to provide alternative and new perspectives as well as offer practical solutions to problems that bedevil us as individuals, societies and nations.

But just who exactly is this serial talker called Mungoshi.

On August 6, 2000, he joined the Harare chapter of Toastmaster International, Capital Club and six months later, in February 2001 he won the impromptu and humourous speech contest at the Zimbabwe toastmasters’ convention in Bulawayo.

In that short period, it became apparent for those with a discerning ear and mind that Mungoshi had a rare gift for success and excellence with a flair for converting ordinary words into pearls of pleasure and wisdom.

His faith, Baha’I. Bahaullah states in his writings that: "Fair speech and truthfulness by reason of their loft rank and position are regarded as a shining above the horizon of knowledge."

Mungoshi has been a member of the Baha’i Faith since 1985 giving him spiritual succour, strength, guidance and wisdom in everything he does.

"Success", Mungoshi says, "Is a perpetual process of searching for our talents, developing of those talents, utilising them to the beast of our ability for the betterment of ourselves, our families and the whole world."

So powerful is his sense of selfless dedication to the well-being and development of the human race that he formed an organisation, The Success Club, which offers success wisdom and guidance to those who seek it free of charge.

"Success is not a privilege to be enjoyed by a few. It is more than a God-given right for every human being," Mungoshi explained.

The landmark world-record breaking endeavour is going to be held at the 7 Arts Theatre in Avondale, Harare.

©Copyright 2003, The Herald (Zimbabwe, Africa)

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