Windhoek - After the death of her husband, Michael Mufaro Ziwenga, in 2017, she thought her life was over.
She went through a lot of pain and never thought she would consider being with someone again.
His death came unexpectedly as the young couple was still blooming in new roles of being a husband and wife, parents to their two children and founders of a church.
However, life has turned to a new page for renowned Zimbabwean gospel musician, Olinda Marowa (32), who lost her husband of six years, three years ago. She has found love again and is now married to Mike Mapiya, a sound engineer.
In an interview last week, the Chenesai Nzira hit maker told The Southern Times that she is happy to be married again to a caring and supportive man.
“Losing someone you love is not easy, especially when you thought you were to age together bringing up the children together, among other things, and death comes to separate you. I was really devastated upon receiving the death of my late husband, Michael Mufaro Ziwenga. It affected me severely in so many ways because at home he was my husband and father to my children, at church he was a pastor, founder and president of our Ministry Grace Life Covenant, and in my music career he was my manager. So the shaking was so overwhelming,” she said.
Marowa worked with the late Ziwenga on her musical projects. Ziwenga produced and managed her music.
“I am grateful to the Lord for giving me strength because at one point I thought the death of my husband was also the end of my career in music and everything else pertaining to life. However, I just found myself composing new songs. I even composed a dedication song for the late Michael and had a number of other compositions. Music became my therapy. In the past three years I even did live shows and lots of tours locally, regionally and internationally,” she said.
“I was in that position of saying I was never going to love again but I thank my spiritual parents and mentors who stood with me, counselled and prayed for me until I realised that I could love and remarry again.”
She said finding love is a refreshing feeling. For Marowa, it is by God’s grace that she managed to love someone again and appreciate him.
“I am very excited that I found someone whom I am going to share my life with. It’s a blessing for me to know that I have found someone who is going to stand with me as his wife and I do the same as his wife. I am glad to be a complete family again with someone who loves me and to whom my children can call father,” said Marowa.
She said her new husband is very supportive in day-to-day management of her music.
In her journey of losing someone she loved, moving on and finding new love, she attributes the progress to God.
The 32-year old mother of two also urges other women who have lost their loved ones to acknowledge God and with time he will restore their happiness.
Last year Marowa launched her fifth album, Yahweh, on 30 August 2019 and it featured South African musician mama, Deborah Fraser. She is looking forward to releasing singles this year.