In part 1 of this series, we covered the basics of Mugabe’s children. Who they are, what they’ve been in the news for, and how they roll in public. In part 2, I’m digging deep into who Robert Mugabe Junior is and how he rolls online.
Bob Jnr rolls as Gushungo online.
“Gushungo” is apparently a nickname used for Mugabe Snr, and Junior has woven it into his personal brand.
It was surprisingly easy to find – he’s all over. Soundcloud, Instagram (16.9k followers), Twitter (1 163) and Facebook (33 931 followers, apart from friends). Curiously, his Facebook profile is public and it provides a weirdly voyeuristic look into the life of Zim Royalty. Only his Instagram is private, and that only happened in the past week.
Tinotenda (yet another nickname) is a typical 25-year-old online. If you stumble across his Twitter account, he tweets like a typical Braam Lord. He collects sneakers. He crushes on Rihanna. There’s a lot of references to sex and girls, and he’s even been proposed to. He really loves basketball, and supports the Chicago Bulls.
Bruuuuh. That's my team bruh ???????????????????? https://t.co/MwxmJHpyie
— • ROBERTINO ✊???? • (@xgxceo) May 4, 2015
His Twitter account has been very active since 2014, and his most recent tweet was sent on June 29. If you look at why he’s been in the news over the last couple of years, his social feeds corroborate the stories. After underperforming at school, he lived in the Mugabe family’s rented mansion in Dubai while studying architecture and interior design at the American University of Dubai.
The jury’s out on whether he actually finished that course, because he has spent a LOT of time in South Africa since 2016.
— • ROBERTINO ✊???? • (@xgxceo) October 19, 2014
He documented his time in Dubai like a professional player. He tweeted about White Dubai numerous times. His go-to club? With high-profile guests like Bebe Rexha, Nelly, Jason Derulo and Meek Mill all billed within the space of two months, it seems like a premier venue for the rich and famous. According to their website: “WHITE Dubai has what it takes for memorable nights … and early mornings. What we can definitely share with fun-seekers is: the incredible lights shows, energetic dance floor and bumping music, all while dancing under the stars, will leave you wanting more.”
Being Zimbabwean “royalty” provides you with a lot of opportunities to rub shoulders with famous folks. He’s hung out with US rapper French Montana, UK rapper Tinie Tempah, and Nigerian stylist Ugo Mozie.
He’s also a fan of any music that comes out of Toronto. He hung out with P Reign from Drake’s October’s Very Own crew, and he watched Drake in Dubai. Apart from that, he listens to any artist that makes trap or hip hop. He’s tweeted about Wale, Nurna Boy, Young Thug, Chief Keef, Tyga, Migos, Travis Scott, and August Alsina – among many others. His Soundcloud account proves this, as he frequently compiles playlists for his 132 followers to listen to.
For an inside look into what Rob relates to musically, here’s a preview:
He also loves Future, and his tweets suggest he considers himself part of #FutureHive – and everything that comes with that. Multiple references to Percocet and Ciroc, coupled with ambigious mentions of “Purple Drink” (referencing sizzurp, a mix of codeine and soda) affirm his mother’s worries about drug abuse.
Like I said, a typical Braam Lord.
But is it all parties and porn? He spoke out against xenophobia in South Africa, quoting Nelson Mandela. He mentioned the Zanu-PF only once – probably due to mounting pressure from his peers after factionalism popped up within his father’s party.
My observation: If you tweet about star signs (he’s a proud Aquarius) more than your father’s party (and source of your wealth), the conclusion is clear.
He’s focused on his own life, and enjoying every minute of it – no matter the cost.