. . . socialite on vice, married men, sexual abuse
SOCIALITE, model and entrepreneur, Jacqueline Tinovimba Ngarande, reckons she has created more foes than friends owing to her beauty, self esteem and progress in life.
Simply known as Jackie, the model believes haters stalk her on social networks, pubs and even in town as they are bitter with her newly found fame, circles of friends and success.
Jackie, who turns 27 in October, exclusively told H-Metro that she would defend her name at all costs.
Since she rose to prominence, Jackie has been accused of dating married celebrities, attention-seeking and at one point being a cellphone thief among other accusations.
On allegations that she was after married celebrities (names withheld), Jackie says she won’t lose sleep over the claims.
“The problem only surfaces when Jackie Ngarande is spotted with married business executives because she is beautiful and she is a model.
“When that same married business executive is seen with an ordinary person it doesn’t matter.
“It only matters when Jackie does. For instance, Jayz started selling drugs, then he sold mixtapes, then he sold albums. He then started his own label, then he became his own brand and there have to be levels to your hustle,” says Jackie who feels let down by haters.
Jackie feels there are people who rush to conclusions before they even establish the real facts on the ground.
“The only thing I had to understand was it’s only in Zimbabwe where anyone can be a marriage officer instantly zvisina mapepa.
“Zimbabweans are very good at pairing people and from being marriage officers, they will graduate automatically into doctors and they will diagnose you yet they have never seen a black board in their lives.”
Jackie also gave her viewpoint on pageantry which is perceived as a profession for ladies of loose morals.
“Modelling is like any other profession just like being a teacher or driver; therefore we can find all characters and behaviours in this field.
“So there is nothing really special about models being of loose morals, its everywhere, from the bakery to the hospital and you should spare us.”
Jackie’s love life has been under the spotlight but the model says she has a way to handle her affairs.
“As for my love life, I would want to keep it private; I want people to continue speculating and pairing me like they are used to. I always laugh about it though.
“Sometimes I get to hear things I do not know about myself and I am like I want to see this Jackie they are talking about,” she says.
Like any other profession where models are usually abused or short-changed after rendering their service, Jackie outlined her modus operandi.
“Due to previous experiences, I prefer my services paid first before the event.
“As for tours which are part of my schedule, they are not yet confirmed but very soon I will be touring my province Mash East, I need to scout for commercial models from my province.”
Jackie’s newly found fame has also come with its fair share of controversy and at one point, she was labelled a cell phone thief.
“The most embarrassing moment was when I was arrested at a party on allegations that I had stolen a cellphone but God always vindicates his own people.
“It never went any further. The complainant begged my friends that he wanted to drop the charges after realising that the mission had failed,” she recalls.
Despite her harsh upbringing as an orphan, Jackie feels she has also honoured her departed parents in huge way.
“My memorable experience was in 2012. I was just only 22 years old when I unveiled my parents’ tombstone on my own after getting an endorsement.
“This has always been my wish my and I thank God He granted it,” she says.
To ensure that she achieves her dreams, Jackie has also roped in her friend and former model Mercy Mushaninga to run her affairs.
“Mercy Mushaninga is my long time manager and I am still signed under The biggest Modelling Agency in Zimbabwe, Zimgossip.
“As for awards (under Mushaninga’s management), I have won an international award in South Africa (after being crowned) Model of year award 2016 (Starqt Awards ), I have nominations for Zim Models Awards, Commercial model of the year, Most beautiful model Miss Legs among others.”
Despite her humble background, Jackie says her heart bleeds for the poor which prompted her to start her Jackie Ngarande Tea she gives to street urchins in the Harare gardens.
“On the Jackie Ngarande Street Tea, I really want to thank God , my manager and friends ,the response was overwhelming until today.
“I have more reason to smile and add a percent on my tithes. My background really contributes to my day to day activities.
“Being a child raised by a widow, a lot of things transpired in my childhood hence I believe that having good shelter and food is a right to any individual .
“,I am not trying to save anyone, but i’m trying my best to be a citizen playing a role given our current socio-economic hardships we are facing in our country.
“You don’t have to be rich but we all need to realise that sometimes we may be better off than most people around us despite how at times we may feel we want more.
“I asked myself as I sat in my house warm, bundled up with a cup of tea how those out in the streets were surviving and I realised I had to do something no matter how small.
“And that is how the Jackie Ngarande Street Tea was born and I pledge to make it an annual event.”
Jackie says she started her journey in modelling at the age of seven in 1997 and she still keeps her hopes alive.
“My vision as a model is to open my own modelling agency so that I can give any girl child an opportunity to showcase their talent despite of what the society or background determines.
“As as a socialite and entrepreneur, I wish to capitalise on everything I do. I have mastered the art of showbiz.
“I capitalise on everything. For instance, while some pay for clothes, I get free clothes and get paid to wear them, while some pay for meals, I get free meals and get paid to eat.”
Jackie is also one of the socialites who denounces alcohol abuse and she feels booze is not everything.
“Zimbabweans just love alcohol and that’s not a lie. It’s only in Zimbabwe where I have seen people having alcohol for breakfast, use alcohol to cure hangover, use alcohol to get a girl at the club, use alcohol to bribe.
“If alcohol is to be banned sure maOne. On that note, people get little from club owners where they hold their shows and how do you expect a club owner to pay you for an appearance yet you are always in his club for free.”
As for her role model and source of inspiration, she owes her success to her late mother and living legend Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi.
“My role model was my mother, she was my strength, she motivated to grow without any barriers.
“When she lost her husband my father at a very young age of 35, she proved it to me that a proverbial and virtual woman does exists through the ways she raised me to be a young ,beautiful, decent widow,until the day she died. I never witnessed any questionable behaviour or indecency.
“My source of inspiration is Dr Oliver Mtukudzi whose music has managed to heal all my the wounds that were opened in my childhood.
“When my dad died, my mum used to sing ‘pakufa kwenherera inochema naniko’ as she loved Tuku music.
Tuku’s music has been my source of happiness and inspiration, I use Tuku’s music everyday when I wake up, I play Baba wedu ‘The lords prayers’, when I feel lazy I remind myself that Hope hadzina ndima’
Like most children raised in the ghetto, Jackie was naughty indeed.
“I was very naughty in my childhood; usually I would go to my grandfather’s house during holiday times
“We are close a small river in our village so i would go swim without his authority.
“He lost his daughter (my mum sister ) from drowning in that river and he did want anyone to swim at all so he will be Mwana wemukwasha uyu ndomuitasei ,anoda kufira pano …Ngaende kumusha kwake .
“Within an hour he would send me back to my grandma gogo Ngarande, voti ooo mwana we mwana wenyu uyu haanzwe.
WHO IS JACKIE?
Jackie was born on October 20 1990 at Rusape General Hospital although she hails from Murewa.
“We are two in our family, making me the only girl and last born. I was born to the late Evans Ngarande and Evelyn Chiwandamira.
“I did my primary education at Greengrove Primary School, and Tafara 1 Primary School.
“For my secondary education I learnt at Tafara 1 high and Rota High School in Murewa.
My dad died when i was nine years old in 1999 ,and my mother raised me until she passed away when i was 17 years old(2007),.
“My parents were together until death separated them, they both didn’t have children outside their wedlock.
“I am 1,75cm tall, I was born a natural “yellow bone”. I’m light and complexion with brown eyes.
“During my spare time ,I read a lot and I also enjoy writing scripts and projects obviously.
“I will be listening to Tuku music whilst I do all these things, I love the mirror a lot .I can’t spend an hour without checking myself on the mirror. I love myself.”
In short, that is all about Jackie – a socialite, model and entrepreneur with a special heart for the less privileged members of the society.