Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni once wrote; “ If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master”.
Emmanuel Manyika’s relatives, friends and event organisers who spoke at his burial at Glen Forest Cemetery today, spoke highly of a man whose talent in directing ceremonies had earned him national recognition.
Master of Ceremonies par excellence and renowned public speaker Manyika will definitely be remembered for his unmistakable deep voice.
Mr Manyika who proudly referred to himself as “The only ISO Certified MC” had an amazing ability to impersonate prominent people.
Fellow directors of ceremonies, acquaintances and relatives who posted messages on various social media platforms since his death on Thursday, concurred that his talent was too perfect to last, and therefore could not be prolonged, as if God said; ‘good -you have mastered that exercise. I am very pleased with it, now you are ready to go on to the next level’.
The dark and grey sky plus the cold weather matched the solemn atmosphere at Manyika’s burial which was held at Glen Forest in Harare today.
Several speakers at the graveside paid tribute to the accomplished public speaker who despite his fame, remained humble.
Manyika was indeed very good at what he did, many people agree that he really found his forte in life.
Author Thomas Merton in his book, “No Man is an Island” wrote – ‘It is better to be a good street sweeper than a bad writer, better to be a good bartender than a bad doctor’.
The 59 year-old Mr Manyika died Thursday morning, the 5th of July on his way to Westend Hospital where he had been referred to for an x-ray after complaining of a cold.
His last assignment was on Wednesday the 4th of July in Victoria Falls where he was Director of Ceremonies during the official opening of the Zimbabwe Infrastructure Investment and Development Conference that was hosted by the Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers.
Mr Manyika is survived by his wife Christina and four children.