A popular Chinese proverb says that a harmonious family will most certainly prosper in all its endeavours.
The adage was coined centuries ago, yet it rings true for local musician-cum-businessman Mr Tawanda Mutyebere whose blissful marriage has moulded his life into a captivating success story.
Julian — his wife of 15 years — not only remains the “apple of his eye”, but has also become the jewel on his crown as the rising prince of local business.
In a society where domestic violence continues to surge, the couple has stayed away from the “boxing ring”, instead opting for a far much more rewarding enterprise — family harmony.
“Fame and fortune come from hard work, conviction and determination. However, a good wife comes from the Lord,” said Mr Mutyebere, quoting the Bible, during a chat with The Sunday Mail last week.
Mr Mutyebere rose to prominence after venturing into gospel music. His story initially centred on ministering to the world through melodious and captivating tunes.
The latter chapters, however, shifted focus to his expanding business empire which comprises fast food outlets, apart from four other ventures.
Already, he has scooped accolades such as the Customer Service Excellence Award; the Manager of the Year Award and the Standards Association of Zimbabwe Excellent Service Award.
He upholds family stability as the foremost catalyst to success.
The two married when all was not rosy. Not even a literal rose petal could be secured to symbolise their scintillating romance!
Mr Mutyebere was a budding carpenter in the Chikomburasi section of Gaths Mine in the asbestos mining town of Mashava.
“After working at my father’s carpentry shop, I then worked as a baker at N-Richards’ Balmain Mashava Bakery, but that did not dampen the love she had for me,” he said.
“I could provide the basics such as the normal three meals a day for the family and add an odd dress and matenesi here and there. The extras only existed in far-fetched dreams!”
Portraits on the walls of the couple’s house in Mandara suburb, Harare, tell the tale of the journey they have travelled.
The pictures capture the Mutyeberes during their not-so-rosy days in Mashava and their early days in the capital.
Turning away from the portraits paints a different picture: roses are definitely red in this home!
They now own an immaculate home, furnished remarkably. A fleet of cars is also part of their vast possessions.
A mother of three, Mrs Mutyebere says true love has kept them together and laid the foundation for rising fortunes.
“We started dating when I was only 18 years old. He was 21,” said the co-director of Con Tools Holdings, the holding company of four subsidiaries.
“I had to forego college so that I could concentrate on my new role as his wife.” The two are the sole owners of a company that now incorporates contractors and suppliers of bituminous products and emulsions; Packers International; property developer Gas Africa and Blossom Bridals.
Mr and Mrs Mutyebere said they are best friends. They can hardly stay away from each other. They are ever exchanging sweet ballads like newfound lovebirds.
Given half a chance, they would probably spend each moment of the day together. However, work has to be done.
“He does not go out a lot when he is not at work. He is the type of introvert who wants to keep to himself in the environs of the home,” said Mrs Mutyebere.
“Naturally, I become the immediate person he turns to both in good and turbulent times.”
Mr Mutyebere encouraged couples to work for their common good, always bearing in mind that a blissful marriage makes for success.
“We have set ourselves our own code of conduct under which we try to separate affairs of the home and those of the workplace.
“When we are at work, we are workmates. At home, she assumes her role of mother and wife and I become husband and father.”
He added that his wife runs Bridal Blossoms alone.
“It was all in the spirit of empowering women that I let her do her own thing without interference.
“I truly believe women are men’s equals in every aspect of life.”
The missus quipped that they have never fought throughout their marriage.
She said the Bible is the gateway to marital harmony.
“Like any other couple, differences may arise in any marriage set-up, however, we employ the scriptures as our mediator.
“We also take advantage of pastors and church elders to resolve any disputes amicably.”
The couple is blessed with three children: Paidamoyo (14), Anesu Tawanda (9) and Izwirashe Jewel (3). The family is occasionally treated to holidays at local resort centres and foreign vacation
“Behind every successful man, there is a woman peeping over his shoulder,” said Mr Mutyebere, who is the 2011 Zimbabwe Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year, and is also vying for the Junior Chamber International 10 Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award.