Ask about Henry Olonga
Key Points
  • Henry Olonga was the first black player on the Zimbabwean national cricket team and youngest-ever player to represent his homeland at international level.
  • In 2003, he was a key player in the Cricket World Cup team, making international headlines when, along with Andy Flower, he wore a black armband protesting the “death of democracy” in Zimbabwe. Internationally praised for his bravery on that day, wearing the armband triggered the end of Henry’s cricket career.
  • He received death threats and was shamed locally for his actions, unable to return to his homeland. He moved to London as a sports commentator.
  • Henry is a wonderful mix of conviction and charm, his life has taken him from national sporting champion to political exile being a former contestant on The Voice in Australia.
  • His Autobiography Blood, Sweat and Treason - My Story has been nominated for multiple awards.
  • Henry resides in Adelaide with his Australian wife and family.
Topics
  • Life in Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe
  • How to bounce back from initial failure. It is not how you start but more importantly how you finish
  • How to live a well rounded life
  • Singing performances
  • Living life as a jack of all trades and master of none
  • Goal setting and personal motivation
  • Finding your vocation in life
  • Garnering a fresh perspective on life
  • Master of Ceremonies
Testimonials

Henry was a great entertainer. He got around and met many of the attendees, gave a great talk and then finished with a couple of beautiful songs. He was engaging and very professional.   
Civil Contractors Federation NT

Fascinating story, high energy, very funny and amazing voice!
SA Local Government Financial Management Group

Probably one of the best speakers we have ever had.
South Australian State Schools Administrative Officers Association (SASSAOA)

A professional delight, Henry was a brilliant, engaging speaker with amazing, jaw dropping talent.
Breville

Henry is a brilliant and able presenter.
Cornerstone College

Excellent – very interesting story and fantastic voice!!
Frank Knight Australia

Henry is a fine role model for young cricketers, one whose cheerfulness, humility and positive attitude win him friends wherever he goes.
Cricinfo