11 on 11: Rudo Manyere

The last 11 on 11 of 2020 huh, tragic. I must say however, that Rudo Manyere’s take on 11 on 11, is quite the leaping stride past the finish line. She is…

“a girl who is in love with words, especially if they have been crafted by the mind of an African. I am a writer, blogger, booktuber and a screenwriter.”

Her blog is known as the Basic Girl Blog

And her Youtube channel Basic Girl Reads

Here’s Rudo’s 11 on 11

1: Well… who are you?
Well.. my name is Rudo Diana Mazvita Manyere and I am a writer/booktuber and
blogger, oh and “aspiring” screenwriter.

2: What drove you to blog?
I love writing stories, I was 13 when I started writing stories for my friends to read, and
when I moved to the UK, I found blogging to be another way of people being able to see
what I am capable of and share my love of fiction.

3: What else draws your heart and drives your interest?
My love for words and wanting to escape drove me to blog, my first ever blog post was
a poem to my ex boyfriend in 2005. I had found out he had moved on first (I know, silly
right) and I wanted to vent my emotions.

4: Your most cherished achievement and greatest adversity?
My most cherished achievement would be discovering and nurturing my writing talent at a
young age. I know I am not as consistent, but I find joy in knowing I got to know and fall
in love with writing at a younger age. My greatest adversity would be my overthinking.
This is something I struggle with and learning to turn it into a good think. Sometimes I
overthink myself out of great opportunities and that has really affected me.

5: A book, a movie and an album.
A book: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (I love this book so much, it touched on any topic
you can think of in the fiction sector.) A movie: Parasite (This is the best movie I watched
this year, it caught me by surprise and I am definitely going to repeat it.) An album:
Hhhmm, I would say Recovery by Lecrae (I love his transparency and how his music is
relatable.)

6: Do you have a mantra, quote or idea that you live by?
I do actually and that is, for me, writing is facing and escaping reality at the same time.

7: Describe how it feels like and how it looks like when you are in your element?
The feeling is like when you are newly in love, sweaty palms, butterflies in your
stomach and feeling giddy (the good kind) and it looks quite normal if I am being honest, I
always listen to music and maybe dance and sing a bit. Nothing extraordinary.

8: If you could travel to three locations of your choice then finally sit down and have a
heart to heart with one person, where and who?
Hhmm, so all African countries are on my bucket list. The first location I will visit will be
Lac Rose in Senegal, its a pink lake and I really need to experience it. I would talk to my
best friend Sandra because I think she is the only one I have talked to about it. The
second location will have to be The Cape Coast Castle in Ghana which was one of the
slave castles. I got to know it after reading Homegoing and I have been wanting to visit. I
would probably talk about it on my Youtube channel (I know its not one person but I think
its good for people to see places that inspire a book.) The third location will probably be Uganda, I have virtually met some of the best people and most of them are from Uganda.
I would love to tap into that energy. I would probably share it with my sister because she
thinks the same.

9: If you were to describe your life, passion and ideals in aesthetics what would it be?
Hhhmm, books, flowers (sunflowers and red roses), water and perfume.

10: What time period would you visit in history?
Hhhmm, I know these people might not be linked to my own history but I think the
1960’s in black America. I would love to have been in the same room with Malcolm X,
James Baldwin, Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Angela Davis and MLK. I
would also love to see Dambudzo Marechera, oh definitely.

11: What is the closest thing to real magic?
Well, I would say believing. Believing in yourself, someone or something is powerful
enough to change lives.

[One more thing, ask me anything.]
What inspired you to interview me and were my answers along what

you were expecting?

[I stumbled upon your blog, specifically the article on highschool and the time you went for camp in form 3, I can relate. Then I read the article on your pops and kept on reading. You write with your heart on your sleeve and all of it is really personal even the family photos, its brilliant. So of course I had to interview you.
I didn’t know what to expect. That’s why I’m particularly drawn to 11 on 11, these are questions I ask everyone I interview, a generic bland set of questions given to an individual so they can fill them with ideas, thoughts and personality traits and give them back as this chest of gold that elates me just as yours did (and hopefully other readers) when I get to read them.]

-A bit “camp” isn’t it.

Don’t forget to check out her blog and her channel.

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