RENOWNED Bulawayo comedian and socialite Babongile Sikhonjwa, who survived death by a whisker after a horrific car accident three days before Christmas in 2014, has attributed his survival to God.
“I attribute my healing and survival to God and I suppose he is the one who knows everything,” Sikhonjwa told Woza Weekend this week.
He is recuperating and doing light work.
Since discharge from the hospital during the first week of January, he has done two jobs and he says he is happy that people still have confidence in him and in his career.
“I appreciate the community of Bulawayo which has confidence in me and I am happy that people still believe in me — which is the best gift that they have given me,” he said.
“I am happy that during my tough times people were with me and now as I’m recovering people are still working with me.”
Sikhonjwa goes to Mater Dei Hospital for physiotherapy.
He spent close to a month under strict monitoring on life support and had an intercostal catheter inserted to drain blood from his chest at the time when he was admitted.
As a result of the accident, Sikhonjwa lost a lot of blood and suffered severe internal injuries, resulting in blood accumulating in his chest.
He was driving with fellow comedian Clive Chigubhu, who was also injured, but later treated and discharged.
Sikhonjwa is a multi-talented artiste who boasts being part of Buck Wild Entertainment, a group of promoters based in the United Kingdom who initiated Miss Zimbabwe UK and independence celebrations in London.
He was born in June 1976 at Marondera Polyclinic in Mzilikazi, Bulawayo.
“The first hands to embrace me were those of the late Herbert Ushewokunze the first Health minister in Zimbabwe,” recalled Sikhonjwa, in an interview with this newspaper last year.
Growing up he attained primary education in four different schools because his teacher-father kept on being transferred to different cities across the country.
Sikhonjwa’s father was a celebrated master of ceremonies.
Sikhonjwa went to Mzingwane High School up to Form Four before attending Milton High School for ‘A’ Levels. At ‘A’ level, he was part of a play dubbed Jail House which he says made him popular.
“People remember me from a variety of school plays, particularly Jail House,” he said.
In the late ’90s he moved to the UK to study at North London University where he completed a diploma in sound engineering.
The showbiz personality developed an interest in music while in the UK and had the privilege of having popular musician Terry Munday as mentor.
He produced songs We MaNcube and Nyawo Lwami which became hits at home and abroad, earning him the moniker Ndebele Rock Star.
Sikhonjwa formed a self-titled group Babongile in 1999 which toured Europe.
Upon his return, in 2002 he compiled songs for popular Bulawayo artistes Achuzzi, Skelem, Nkululeko Dube and others in a compilation he titled Wena WeNdlovu Volume 1.
He went on to produce an animated cartoon video with Nqobizitha Mlilo for the song I Spy.
He first went live on television when he co-hosted the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Gala.
He went on to become a co-presenter for the Miss Strides pageant with a Swazi television presenter Nomahlubi Matiwane and has been involved largely in events management.
He has released other hit songs that have topped the charts such as Highlanders and Stameta.