Henry Olonga grew up in Zimbabwe under President Mugabe. At 18 he was offered a scholarship to
the London Academy of Music, but turned it down when he was selected as the first black man to
play International Cricket for Zimbabwe.
Guided by his Christian faith, at the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa and Zimbabwe Henry
joined his captain Andy Flower in wearing black armbands to protest against the death of democracy
in Zimbabwe. When he received credible death threats from the top, he was forced to go into exile,
first in South Africa and then in England.
Today Henry is married to Tara, an Australian teacher and sportswoman, and they have two
daughters. This year his wonderful voice entered Australian living rooms each week on the popular
National TV show ‘the Voice.’
Come and hear Henry’s remarkable story and his extraordinary voice at Kurmond Social on
Wednesday 28 th August at 7:30pm. Enjoy Coffee and Dessert