About Kevin Woods
Kevin Woods should not be here. He should not be alive to tell his story. A survivor of 18 years in Mugabe's prison, COVID-19, a heart attack, and a spinal fusion means that this man has been kept with us for a reason. And that reason is to share how you manage your darkest days, the days you feel like there is no hope and no way out, there is. He is living proof of this.
In 1988, Kevin was jailed for politically motivated crimes committed by the South African Government and was sentenced to death. Five of the 18 years was spent completely naked and alone in solitary confinement with only his thoughts to keep him company. Kevin speaks emotionally and unapologetically about his life while working for Mugabe, being a double agent and how he survived 7 140 days and nights completely helpless and hopeless.
He will take you on a journey of double standards and betrayal, of false hope and crushing disillusionment, of the incredible joy of a personal meeting with Nelson Mandela, being reunited with his children after almost two decades and adjusting to a world that had left him behind.
Who better to speak about finding motivation in the positives, no matter how small they may seem and how to be alerted to negative thoughts that have the power to knock you down very quickly? Full of power, motivation and humility, Kevin's story will capture your heart and mind and give you hope in what can sometimes feel like a hopeless world.
The Kevin Woods Story:
“I have lost so many years of my life that my future is now behind me.”
“They don't use the words "you are sentenced to death" in Zimbabwe – the judge just said, "You are convicted of murder with constructive intent for which there is only once sentence.”
“I was close, so close, so many times that I despaired so badly that I made a rope out of shredded blanket, but somehow I endured, often just till the next day.” Just till tomorrow Woodsie" I'd tell myself while sitting and staring at my grey wall. "Just till tomorrow" all the while knowing that tomorrow there would be nothing.”
“Barry handed me a cell phone. "What do I do with this?" I asked. He showed me how to switch it on and the rest of that day dissolved into phone call after phone call, starting with my children, whom I hadn't spoken to for nearly two decades.”
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