Tafadzwa Zimoyo Senior Lifestyle Writer
Is there a celebrity cloning facility somewhere?
Of course, forget about doing a double take – the amazing new generation of celebrity lookalikes will have you triple checking.
Just look through the craziest celebrity lookalikes and vote to see if others agree with your opinion on whether or not they really look like their idols.
Well, the Zimbabwean social scene has suddenly been hit with a wave of suitors, people who are impersonating certain deceased celebrities.
Again, making a living looking like someone famous is a weird business.
Admittedly, the career of a celebrity lookalike is not for the easily discouraged, it is a volatile or fickle industry by its very nature.
At no time is your destiny truly yours, but rather that of the celebrity you impersonate.
Fashions change and scandals break out.
It’s now a norm in Zimbabwe that every few weeks or so a celebrity lookalike pops up on social media, leaving everyone stunned.
Sure, makeup, clothes, and good lighting do wonders for convincing people that you look like a certain celebrity, but there are lookalikes who don’t need all that.
They were born with surprisingly similar characteristics to some of your favorites.
In fact, the local showbiz landscape will never run out of drama, and we have characters who can go to extremes in emulating the lifestyles of the biggest celebrities.
But this new breed of imposters impersonating the biggest celebrities has literally taken over the showbiz landscape.
And they don’t seem to be slowing down, as they emulate their idols, especially those who have passed away.
Those with a vivid memory will always remember a town merchant who dresses and talks like Freeman.
Ladies would pounce on him for ‘selfie’ moments, others were tricked into relationships on the pretext that they were dating the real celebrity.
Some claim that the impostor Freeman tricked them out of their money and other valuables.
Then there’s this Zimdancehall singer who goes by the nickname “Chipoko chaSauro.”
He is extremely talented and strives to be like the late Soul Jah Love, known in misic circles as Sauro.
The singer went so far as to wear a blue suit, which was the late Soul Jah Love’s favourite.
He also walks with the same gait Chibaba used to have.
And his escapades are starting to pay off.
“Chipoko chaSauro” has concluded a collaboration with sungura musician Panganayi “Mukoma Panga” Hare on a single track “Sadza neMhiripiri”, which has been in the top 20 on national FM and Radio Zimbabwe for many weeks.
On the song, “Chipoko chaSauro” imitates the voice of the late Soul Jah Love and it comes out perfectly well, hence the popularity of the song.
Then there’s also this new character who goes by the moniker Ginimbilite, who struggled to fit into the lifestyle of the late Harare socialite.
Many have wondered who this Ginimbilite was and where he came from.
His rise to notoriety has also been underestimated.
Ginimbilite gave this post a brief profile of himself.
“My name is Brian Goshomi and my rural home is Masvingo,” he said. “I am 28 years old and we are three boys in my family and I am the last.
“My parents are late. I grew up in Marondera and did my primary school in St Ludger and my high school in Glen View High 1 in Harare.
On his claim to fame, Ginimbilite said, “My claim to fame is to be the look-alike of the late Genius ‘Ginimbi’ Kadungure. Not only that, I am a person of many gifts and talents.
“I enrolled and took a journalism course at the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA). I am also a professional DJ and my playlist has already been voted best in the Econet competition for DJs.
“The name Ginimbilite comes from the streets, you see, I work on the streets, that’s where the name comes from. It all started in 2018 when people said I looked like Ginimbi. It was fueled by my style of life.
On his mode of role, Ginimbilite was frank.
“The late Genius Kadungure is my role model because of his past,” he said. “He started at the bottom and worked his way up to the top so that by the time he died everyone knew his name, so that’s what I want for me.
“I want to be someone everyone knows. So maybe we weren’t biologically related, but we were related by dreams, visions and ambitions.
Ginimbilite also gave his honest assessment of his view of Zimbabwean showbiz.
“The showbiz scene is doing well and I have no complaints,” he said. “However, it’s a tough industry to break into and most people dismiss you and aren’t really willing to give you a chance on the face of it. But so far it’s been good for me. I haven’t no complaints.
When asked why he imitated the late Ginimbi, Ginimbilite had this to say, “I don’t imitate the late Ginimbi, I live my life as someone who was inspired by him.
“There is a big difference between the two. I don’t want to replace him, he was unique in his own way, he wrote his own story and as someone who was inspired by him, I write my own story in my way.
“I’m not trying to replace Ginimbi. I’m not trying to be Boss G, I’m trying to be Ginimbilite and it’s an honor to carry that name.
When asked whether or not he was in contact with the family of Ginimbi or Zodwa, the ex-wife of the late businessman, he replied: “I haven’t spoken with Zodwa yet, but I have been in contact with his Ginimbi’s sister, Nelia.
“Last month was her birthday and she threw an all-black party at her nightclub, Dreamz. I was one of the VIP guests there. I have so much respect for her that I salutes as it is doing well commercially and also keeping the legacy of the late Ginimbi alive.
“I would like people to remember me the way people remember Ginimbi. I would like to be remembered as someone who inspired people, someone who made a difference in people’s lives.
“If we look at Boss G, the guy is dead, but his legacy still lives on, I mean I’m here to do an interview with you guys because his life inspired me.
“’And I also want to inspire others to dream big, take risks and not be afraid. I let you know that good things take time, but they happen.
Like anyone else, Ginimbilite said he trusted those around him.
“I have a lot of friends, they’ve been my support system and I appreciate them,” he said. “I can’t name them all. Yes, after drinking champagne, I go to church. The beauty of God is that his house is always open to everyone, including me.
Besides being a budding celebrity, Ginimbilite has people he looks up to.
“My favorite local celebrity is Jackie Ngarande, because she showed me it was possible, she believed in me the first time I met her, so she’s my favorite.”