Henry Olonga – Former Zimbabwean Test Cricketer
Former Zimbabwe test cricketer. He made his international debut in 1995, becoming the youngest player to represent Zimbabwe. He helped Zimbabwe to its first ever Test victory in that game. A right arm fast bowler, Olonga was the first black cricketer to play for Zimbabwe.
Olonga achieved international recognition (along with team mate Andy Flower) in 2003 by wearing a black armband in a Cricket World Cup match to protest against the policies of Zimbabwe’s government, led by Robert Mugabe. This act led to a warrant issued in Zimbabwe for Olonga’s arrest on charges of treason (which carries the death penalty in Zimbabwe) and forced him to retire from international cricket and temporarily go into hiding.
He has a superb voice and ‘… is an emerging tenor who has long participated in arts festivals … With a foundation that lies in being afforded leading roles in productions such as the Gondoliers, Annie Get Your Gun, and Joseph and his Technicolor Dream-coat, Olonga has completed recording a full contemporary pop album titled Aurelia in 2006 with one of the UK’s top producers, Robbie Bronnimann.’
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