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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 and now an Opera Singer 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

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