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In Conversation with Henry Olonga

Spend an evening with Henry Olonga as he shares captivating stories from his life, including his journey from Test cricket champion to political exile, and his memorable experience on The Voice.

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In Conversation with Henry Olonga

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Join us for a conversation with Henry Olonga, author of 'Blood, Sweat and Treason' and former Zimbabwean cricketer whose black armband protest against Robert Mugabe at the 2003 World Cup saw him branded as a traitor, sentenced to death in his absence, and forced to dramatically flee his homeland and family.

I knew what could happen to people who crossed Mugabe, it was clear that my life was in danger.

— Henry Olonga

Henry Olonga is a key figure in the world of cricket and beyond, renowned not just for his sporting prowess but also for his courageous stand against political oppression.

Born in 1976 in Zambia and raised in Zimbabwe, Olonga made history as the first black cricketer to represent Zimbabwe at the international level. His career was marked by his exceptional talent as a fast bowler, earning him a place in the annals of cricketing history.

However, Olonga's legacy extends far beyond his on-field achievements. In 2003, during the Cricket World Cup, he, along with teammate Andy Flower, wore black armbands to protest against the human rights abuses perpetrated by the regime of Robert Mugabe. This bold act of defiance led to severe repercussions, including the end of his cricketing career and his exile from Zimbabwe.

Despite these challenges, Olonga has continued to inspire through his work as a commentator, musician, and public speaker, advocating for justice and human rights. His story is a testament to the power of sports as a vehicle for social change and the enduring impact of standing up for one's beliefs.


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