Lovemore Munyamana

Battle for Bulawayo bodybuilding top accolade turns spiritual

Mehluli Sibanda
THE battle for the top prize at Mr and Ms Bulawayo bodybuilding contest set for Elite 400 on Saturday has reached unprecedented levels this year with suggestions that super natural powers will decide the winner.

Lovemore Munyamana has since 2012 walked away with Mr Bulawayo with all challengers who have tried to wrestle the title away from him falling by the wayside. Munyamana told our sister publication Sunday News in the build up to Saturdaya��s show that he is a member of Prophet Walter Magayaa��s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance and the key to his winning is Magayaa��s teaching on discipline.

Munyamanaa��s biggest threat this year, Thembinkosi Lunga is a member of Prophet Blessing Chizaa��s Eagle Life Assembly. This means Saturdaya��s battle is to prove whose anointing oil is more powerful.

The two bodybuilders train together at Body Works Gym, owned by United Kingdom-based Nathan Greenland. So tense is the competition between these two that none of them is willing to show the other how much muscle they have built ahead of the contest.

With Munyamana and Lunga engaged in an anointing oil battle, Givemore Marufu, Durrell Hamilton will be looking to sneak in on the act.

In 2016, Munyamana beat four other competitors to land his fifth Mr Bulawayo title. He took home a Samsung Tab 3, $150 and a 5-kilogram bucket of supplements with all the prizes sponsored by Thompson Mpala who is the showa��s major bankroller again this year.

Shantel Greenland, one of the most decorated female bodybuilders in the country is searching for her third in a row Ms Bulawayo title with her challengers being Selina Manuel, Mitchell Matsito and newbie Dumoluhle Ndlovu.

In the mena��s physique, Pardon Dube is the favourite but the competition is stiff with Michael Alimu, Marvelous Ganda, Delvin Paige, Tapiwa Zimhamba, Diego Khumalo and Keith Mombeshora the others in contention.

Chukwuemeka Ojukwu won the male juniors title in 2016 but he faces tough competition fromA� Zibusiso Khumalo, Blessing Timburwa and Dean Grant looking to upstage him this year.