As he would have liked it done, Ginimbi’s friends made sure he went well with a moment of Shampopo showers when his coffin was being rolled down. Expensive bottles of Champagne were seen being popped at Genius coffin as he was being laid to rest.
Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure (36) breathed his last in the wee hours of Sunday. His death created a buzz on social media platforms and spawned wild conspiracy theories of how he lived, made his fortune and died.
Kadungure’s palatial mansion in Nyamande Village in Domboshava — some 30 kilometres from the capital — could easily be mistaken for a luxury home in Malibu, California, where celebrity homes can fetch way up to US$30 million.
Realtors say although the Domboshava house is located in a peri-urban rural set-up, the property can fetch well over US$1 million. The young entrepreneur’s dressing sense was expensive. He donned all the top-end brands from his favourite Versace to Dolce and Gabbana, among many others.
However, this luxury and ostentatious lifestyle made Zimbabweans home and abroad speculate about his source of wealth. Some claim he was an occultist who minted his money overnight.
His friends have a different tale to tell. The Sunday Mail last week tracked Kadungure’s close business associates who met him as a young and ambitious 17-year-old who then didn’t even know how to pop a champagne bottle.
One of these people is Brian Nyanyiwa, who met the late businessman around 2000. A shareholder in one of the Kadungure-linked companies, Nyanyiwa opened up about the makings of the socialite. Without much of formal education, the Domboshava-born Kadungure was more of a self-taught businessman who ventured into vegetable vending in his Nyamande Village at a young age.
His friends say even at an early age, so big was his hunger for success that he became one of the first “car dealers” since he fashioned out toy cars from wire mesh and sold them to his peers.
“Genius was always business-minded as he was inspired by his late mother — Mai Kadungure — who would spend several days on a bus travelling to South Africa as a cross-border trader. He always said if his mother could soldier on in a bus for days on end to fend for the family, he was capable of working hard and make it big in life,” said Nyanyiwa. Watch the video below…
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