By Marrian Rushwaya
Radio and television personality Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa has shocked her followers on Instagram after she revealed she was expecting her first child conceived through a sperm donor.
In a post on her Instagram page, the 33-year-old daughter of the former Health Minister David Parirenyatwa revealed she took the unconventional route to have a baby after she discovered that she had fibroids and that age was catching up with her.
The former ZiFM radio presenter also said she has always wanted to be a mother since turning 21.
“I’ve wanted to be a mother since I was 21. My heart has been on some adventures between now and then. It has buried enough tears and I’m unable to trust easily, love freely or kiss any more frogs,” she said.
“Like most of us, I’ve loved and lost and above all, I’ve learned. Last year, I convinced myself that while I wait for Mr Right, my body is not getting any younger, so why not start my journey to motherhood, even if it meant unconventionally?”
She said she was forced to take the bold decision after she discovered that she also had fibroids.
“In all this, I discovered that I have fibroids, many of them. So, this triggered me into action,” she said.
“What if I keep waiting for the fairytale, what if I fail to have children, like ever? Fast forward past all the prayers, consultations and advice, I fell pregnant.”
While she said she respects women who are in their 30s and believe they are still young, Ruvheneko said she had reached her “threshold”.
She continued, “Perhaps, but I worry that in our narratives as 21st century women, as feminists, as gender equity advocates, we are getting a little lost along the way. I respect the 30 somethings who are convinced that we’re still young and that we’ve time.
“Personally, I’ve reached my threshold. With my fibroids, genetics and personal goals, I’m ready to be called mum.”
Ruvheneko divorced her husband of seven years, Tendai Basil Mafara last year in April.
She filed for divorce through the High Court stating that she has not been living with Mafara since 2016.
The journalist told court that she and her estranged husband had lost love for each other and there were no prospects of reconciliation.