Blessing-Miles Tendi (D.Phil.) is the author of Making History in Mugabe's Zimbabwe: Politics, Intellectuals and the Media (2010). Tendi teaches politics in the University of Oxford's Department of International Development (ODID). He is interested in intellectuals, society and the state; civil-military relations; Southern African politics (Zimbabwe, Botswana, Madagascar and Swaziland especially); and the role of African regional organisations in crisis resolution.
Tendi is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Southern African Studies and is a regular contributor to the Guardian newspaper (UK). He welcomes media enquiries in areas broadly related to Southern African politics.
Tendi is currently completing Way of the Gun: The Authorised Biography of Commander Solomon Tapfumaneyi Mujuru (Rex Nhongo). Mujuru was an eminent guerrilla in Zimbabwe’s 1970s liberation war and the first black commander of the Zimbabwean military.
However, Mujuru was more than just Zimbabwe's greatest liberation war guerrilla. Mujuru was also a guileful politician, as well as an unlikely lothario and husband. The author brings Mujuru into considerable piercing focus, discussing his moments of triumph and defeat in equal measure. Tendi examines all aspects of Mujuru's life, from his undistinguished youth and poor upbringing in Chikomba, through his meteoric rise and remarkable successes in Zimbabwe's liberation war, his role as head of the Zimbabwean military, to his contentious political career.
The forthcoming biography emphasises the major significance of Mujuru's political connections and situates his career within the wider history of Zimbabwean politics.The biography also challenges perceptions that Mujuru was a stuttering 'black pudding with a killer instinct', demonstrating instead a complex, warm and absorbing character.