Mai TT, a popular comedienne and musician, opened up about the challenges that led her down a path of crime and fake marriages, which eventually led to her incarceration. Speaking to a group of inmates, prison officials, and visitors from the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe, Mai TT shared her experiences and expressed her desire for redemption.
She candidly admitted to engaging in criminal activities in order to sustain her lavish celebrity lifestyle. Initially feeling ashamed and isolated in her prison cell, Mai TT found solace and healing through counselling provided by rehabilitation officers. These sessions helped her gain strength and rethink her choices.
Reflecting on her past, Mai TT expressed regret for living a fake life and deceiving others. She revealed that despite projecting an image of success and offering encouragement to women and marriages, she felt humiliated, neglected, and abused in her own relationships. Mai TT recounted her marriage to Tinashe Maphosa, whom she described as a criminal who stole her money, leading to her accumulating debts and eventual imprisonment.
She shared the details of her marriage, including a lavish wedding where she arrived at the venue in a helicopter. Tinashe phoned her parents telling them he had bought a house for her and furnished it on credit, but later disappeared, leaving her unaware of his intentions. He took her US$30,000 and returned to America without her knowledge. The money belonged to a women’s revolving fund, and Mai TT realized she had been deceived.
“He phoned my parents telling them he had bought a house for me in Madokero and furnished it on credit.
“After convincing me, I gave him my heart, my trust and that cost me.
“Tinashe refused to accompany me to Victoria Falls where I was hired to be an MC. He remained behind to steal my US$30 000 and flew back to America without my knowledge.
“The money was not mine, but belonged to a women’s revolving fund. Yaive mari yema round andaiita neshamwari dzangu. Ndakaziva kuti Tinashe andinyudza. Akabva andidzimira phone ndokuzobatika pava paya.” said Mai TT.
Struggling to maintain her facade of a luxurious life, Mai TT resorted to theft of trust property to cover her mounting problems. She didn’t want others to know about her troubles, as she had always been associated with a life of abundance. However, her friends began demanding repayment, leading to legal complaints against her.
“I ended up engaging in theft of trust property as a way of covering my problems as I didn’t want anyone to know that I was in trouble.”
During her time in prison, Mai TT found solace in knitting bags, which she sold to generate some income.
“I was puzzled and one of the inmates taught me to knit some bags for sale and this helped me and I am now raising some money from it,” She added.
Despite her current circumstances, she expressed relief and prayed for God to restore her stolen heart and give her a chance to live an authentic life.
Mai TT’s story serves as a cautionary tale, shedding light on the consequences of pursuing a counterfeit lifestyle and the hardships that can arise from deceitful relationships and criminal activities.