She has lived through many generations, seen the development of the Zimbabwean nation from its infancy stages and today still survives to celebrate the greatest gift from heaven at 101 years.

In 1917, she gave her first cry signalling her entry into the world.

Named Evelyn Manhari at birth, meaning “wished for child”, the then little girl was a marvel to her parents pulling out stints which not many would dare perform. 

One of her most revered stints was cycling on a bicycle with a bucket full of water on her head top, something which even this writer with all his well pronounced excellence on the two wheeled cycle would not dare to pull off.

In later years, the girl would mature and get married to the now deceased Lawson Dinha giving birth to a number of daughters who bear testimony to their mother as a hardworking woman, loved and respected by many.

Saturday the 10th of April 2018 marked 101 years since the birth of Gogo Dinha, Marking a gap of exactly 65 years and ten days with this reporter. 

Although her hearing is now a bit affected, one of the most outstanding features of her age is her ability to walk. 

Even more amazing is her memory to the period that she was delivered.

At 101 years, she is just 21 years shy to, and with God’s grace, surpassing the Guinness Book of World Records oldest person held by Jeanne Louise Calment of France who lived to the age of 122 years and 164 days.

It was only befitting that Mbuya Dinha be showered with love and joy from relatives during her birthday celebrations today.