Samm Farai Monro AKA Comrade Fatso is Zimbabwe’s trailblazing political satirist, a leading activist for freedom of expression and a media disruptor in a country with very little democratic space. Comrade Fatso is co-founder of Magamba Network, one of Africa’s leading creative & digital media organizations working on the cutting edge of arts, digital media, activism and innovation. Through Magamba, his award-winning media projects include the internationally acclaimed Zambezi News satire show, the weekly political news show The Week and the pioneering citizen journalism project Open Parly ZW. Comrade Fatso is also co-founder of the country’s longest running urban culture festival, Shoko Festival, and Zimbabwe’s first creative hub, Moto Republik. Comrade Fatso’s work has been highlighted and featured on CNN, the BBC, Channel 4 (UK) and The Guardian to name a few.
Comrade Fatso has won awards locally and internationally for his work, recently being named one of the 100 Great Zimbabweans by leading newspaper publisher AMH. Meanwhile Magamba was named by Nelson Mandela’s Elders as one of the global 100 Sparks of Hope in 2018. Globally, Comrade Fatso is an international judge for the world’s leading comedy for change awards, the Finger Awards (UK), he is a judge for the Music Cities Awards (UK) and is a nominator for the Prince Claus Awards (Holland.) Comrade Fatso has sat on the Board of Freemuse, the world’s leading defender of artistic freedom. He is a founding member and is the current Convener of the Content Creators Network ZW, Zimbabwe’s largest alliance of digital media organisations. Fatso is a founding member of Citizens’ Manifesto, Zimbabwe’s largest alliance of civic organisations and social movements. He has also set up key creative networks on the African continent including Creative South, a network of Southern African creative hubs, and the Africa Satire Network, which brings together the continent’s leading political satirists.