People called him “that guy with the cut lip.” For 33 years, that’s the way Wonder Madziwa from Zimbabwe, Africa was identified.
But he’s so much more than that. The bricklayer, who calls himself a very principles person, is also a good singer. He likes to watch movies, attend Seventh Day Adventist services with his family and play with his two young kids. He is a social kind of guy, someone who is open and likes other people – despite the fact that other people don’t always like him. “I got shunned because I didn’t look normal,” Wonder says. “When I mixed with other people it was so difficult to cope with my feelings. Everyone who passed my by asked ‘What happened? Were you beaten?’.”
The questions – constant questions – wore Wonder down and threatened to turn him into someone he didn’t want to be. “You could read the questions by the way people looked at me. I would respond but just being hushed. Or I would answer in a very rude way. If anybody would ask me in a sincere manner, I’d attempt to explain, sometimes with tears running down my cheeks. Socially it cost me. Nobody wanted to eat with me. I didn’t live a normal life.”