BENJANI : MY REAL NAME


Football great, Benjani Mwaruwari has revealed that his name was not Benjani at birth but he got the name  due to a  mistake by a Home Office official 41 years ago.

His real name is Mpenjani, the Tumbuka equivalent of the name Dingani in Ndebele or Tsvagai in Shona.

“My first name came as a result of a wrong entry when my late father went to do my birth certificate. My name at birth was Mpenjani, but due to my father’s foreign accent, the pronunciation sounded like Benjani. In that regard, I grew up with an experience of being known by the wrong first name.

“I even forgot to correct the anomaly 15 years ago, when I named my first-born child Benjani Junior. I was later blessed with four girls and I am done siring children meaning that I hope and pray the irregularity will be maybe corrected through one of my grandchildren,” the former Warriors captain told B Metro from UK.


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