Field Ruwe- Biography, Career Sate of Organ

Field Ruwe- Biography, Career Sate of Organ

As well as his radio and television journalism, Ruwe has written for newspapers and has authored books. Using research methods used in journalism, Ruwe has written three novels “Dyeing of Colors”, “Alluvial Reflections”, “Pearly Gates”, and his fourth entitled “Crown Jewels” which is due to be published soon. His first novel “Dyeing of Colors” was published in 2003. His second novel, “Alluvial Reflections”, published in 2004, is Ruwe’s attempt at thriller. In 2004, Ruwe went on Leave of Absence from Suffolk University to write his third novel “Pearly Gates”, published in 2007. In the novel, the jury finds Fisha Bayu guilty and sends him to death row. Ruwe’s latest novel “Crown Jewels” is a sequel in which Fisha Bayu seeks reparations for colonialism.

Early life 

Ruwe was born in Wusakili Hospital, Kitwe, Zambia, the son of Jeremiah Aaron Ruwe and Rachel Mbizi. He attended Maiteneke Primary School in Chingola. In 1968, he was moved to Chingola Primary School an all-white school. In 1969 he attended high school at Chikola Secondary School, Chingola, and later at Matero Boys’ Secondary School in Lusaka where he repeated form V. He was a member of the Chikola Debate Club and the Boys’ Brigade. He sang in the Chiwempala Church Choir and the St. Marks Church Choir.


In 1975, he entered broadcasting as a Program Operator for Zambia Broadcasting Services, recording radio programs. The following year, Ruwe devised a television sketch show called Tiyende Pamodzi Comedy Show, based on the BBC format of The Two Ronnies, a comedy show aired on Television Zambia in the early seventies, featuring the double act of Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.

Ruwe’s first time to host a radio show was in 1977 when he took over the presentation of “Sanyo Hit Parade” from Humphrey Mapoma. Known by the listeners as “Captain of the Air,” Ruwe featured an eclectic selection of whatever sort of music struck his fancy. He began to get deluged with mail from listeners who asked him to play their favorite songs. So, Ruwe ventured into commercial radio production, getting sponsorship from various companies around the country.

In 1978, Ruwe resigned from ZBS and later moved to Nairobi, Kenya, where he produced a comedy show on the Voice of Kenya television entitled “Come What May,” featuring himself as the disastrous-prone ‘Dafurao.’ The program was a sketch show crossed with a sitcom. It also included a duo of him and Rashpal Panesar reading a spoof of news. It is believed that Ruwe was the first to introduce locally produced English comedy on the Voice of Kenya. Ruwe also performed radio continuity duties, narrated various scripted programs and compiled/presented “Jazz Hour” on the Voice of Kenya.



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