Agrena is also the author of Kapitau and the Magic Whistle published by Priority Projects Publishers in 2001. She was born and bred in Wedza, Mashonaland East Province in Zimbabwe and attended primary school at St Marks Goneso. Agrena briefly went to High fields Community school before going to Waddilove Institute. She trained as a primary school teacher at Seke Teachers' College. Agrena practised in a number of primary schools in the city of Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. Alongside her teaching Agrena was co-ordinator of Chitungwiza Children's Reading Tent Project. The programme was aimed at promoting a reading culture in school and community. She also co-hosted story telling sessions on national children's television before migrating to the United Kingdom in 2002. She is founder and current Director of Kapitau Publishing Ltd, a new publishing company based in Leicester, East Midlands, United Kingdom http://www.kapitaupress.com.
Excerpt from the book “Stories from Africa: Meet Kapitau Junior” which is available on Amazon.com …
“There is no TV in our village home because we have no electricity or solar panels. A few people do have electricity though, because they can afford it. I think I am not really bothered about the absence of a television and electricity because we get to play all sorts of games and stuff. We play ‘hide and seek’ as well as ‘Christopher Columbus’. We usually tell jokes or spooky tales as well. Father has the best horror stories while mother tells many folktales and legends. Sometimes I have to sleep with the candle lit after an evening of horror or spooky tales. As I listen to them, I hold on tightly to our cat Chocolate. I squeeze him so hard like a teddy bear that he makes a sharp noise that goes “meow!”........
Vision Achievers Trust (VAT) – also known as Mbuya Mugaba Trust is a charitable organization also founded by Agrena. The charity operates in Goneso area in Zimbabwe, where Agrena was born and lived as a child and teenager. The charity helps disadvantaged, needy and vulnerable children, particularly those from child headed families http://www.thevisionachievers.org.
Ms Agrena Mushonga is currently working on her first novel which will be published soon. Her children’s series Stories from Africa will continue with exciting titles coming soon.