He was the ultimate storyteller with a voice measured for nuisance. He was sleight of demeanour, but a wonderful being gifted with the honesty of a pestilence.
Oh yes, today at Zororo Memorial Park, fellow journalists Josh Muntali, Michael Kariati, Rosenthal Mutakati, Charles Mabika among others cut sorrow figures as they bid Tendai the final goodbyes.
It was like a Congress of owls, a meeting where speeches are the only modus operandi. Mabika, fittingly gave a touching speech.
“He was the man for all ocassions, never shied away from truth and we called him Ndem Ndem. Tendai was probably the most famous Dynamos junior player who never graduated into the seniors.
“But for his brief cameo in the same side featuring the Mastermind George Shaya against Pro Nutro at Rudhaka, he would always remind you of that record,” Mabika told the mourners at graveside.
So full of stories that included politics, Ndemera would always remind us the younger generation how it was back in the 70s and how ZANU depended on Dynamos for support. He was that brave.
But today, that voice was muted and the body lowered five metres down as relatives led by his younger brother, Stan Ndemera, a City of Harare finance director and club vice chairman, dropped their last tears.
Tendai has left us but his spirit still lives with us. None of those that interacted with him will forget his trademark jibe: “Imi anaJapa (Godfrey Japajapa) musatishupe mhani coz pamaidzora mombe kumusha, isusu nanaLaban (Kandi, for Dynamos keeper) taidzora volume yeradio netv. Bvunza Steve Muteriwa aka Mambombi.
“Haungatitaurire zvebhora iwewe kana usina kumbopasirana naShaya…waimupihwa mushe here Mastermind.( Amai wee with a tweak in voice)
“Manje ini ndakapasirana naye bhora ndakabereka 8 mudhara George aine yake 7…Haà iwe airema mhani majersey aye.
“Iye manje avekungitambiswa achipfekwa nevafana vese vese…yaityisaka team iye…yainzi Dhingozi Haina Ngozi”.
Such afternoons at Rufaro as we enjoyed cooked nuts are now dead. The narrator is gone. The script firmly in the archives.
Go well Shumba! It was a life well lived. Thanks for the memories Tindo.
And Laban Kandi in respect of Ndemera sang him a dedication song. Thank you mudhara Laban, you are true son of the soil.- Hope Chizuzu