My Story

My name is Ernest Mduduzi Fakudze. I am a citizen of Swaziland in Southern Africa. I grew up in the countryside in the community of Ngwempisana in the town of Mankayane. I attended school for the first time in my life at Ingwempisana Primary School from the age of 8 until the age of  14 when I completed primary school. The reason I started school so late was because I was an orphan and my grandfather could not afford to send me to school.

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Swaziland Society Party at Regents Park, London, June 2016

My mother passed away sometime in December 1977 when I was just six months old. To this day I don’t know what she looked like because there are no photographs of her. My father passed away in 1985, the very first year that I attended primary school. I remember my father a little bit because I did visit him when I was young. He lived in a different town (Ntontozi) and I lived with my maternal grandparents for most of my childhood in Ngwempisana. I only used to visit my father on school holidays.

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Ngwempisana, Mankayane, Swaziland, April 2014

I attended St. John Bosco High School in Malkerns from 1992 until I left forLondon, England in July 1995. I lived in London for 20 years, until 2015 when I then moved out of London to St. Albans in the county of Hertfordshire, about one hour drive from London. I am a computer programmer by trade and I have been programming commercially since September 2003. I m married to my wife Mariko from Japan and we have one daughter, called Nothando.

To be continued..