Protest legend to bring his voice to Bedgrove church

Henry Olonga
Henry Olonga

A former cricketer who stood up to one of the world’s most feared dictators will tell his story at a church this weekend.

Henry Olonga, 36, became notorious after he donned a black armband when playing for Zimbabwe at the 2003 World Cup to protest against Robert Mugabe’s regime.

Reverend Alan Harvey said he was ‘fascinated’ by the prospect of Mr Olonga’s appearance at Limes Avenue Baptist Church in Bedgrove.

He said: “He’s one of these folk who has got a number of strings to his bow. He’s an interesting guy.”

After making his stand, Mr Olonga, a devout Christian and excellent singer, fled Zimbabwe and faces the death penalty if he ever returned.

Mr Olonga will be at an evening supper today at the church (Saturday) and the morning worship on Sunday at 10.30am.