2018-01-04 / Life in Leelanau

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Clive Kagande


CLIVE KAGANDE moved to Leelanau County from his home in Harare, Zimbabwe four years ago to earn his pilot’s license. CLIVE KAGANDE moved to Leelanau County from his home in Harare, Zimbabwe four years ago to earn his pilot’s license. Name: Clive Kagande

Town or township of residence: Solon Township

Resident since: 2014

Age and birthplace: 21 and Harare, Zimbabwe

Occupation: I work in the marketing department for All Weather Seal and am a full-time student at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC).

Marital status: Single

You live in Leelanau County because: I moved to the Traverse City area because my sister was attending Central Michigan University at the time and the closest aviation school was NMC. I chose to live in Leelanau County, though, because my old roommate from Zimbabwe was living in the county and I liked the idea of being just outside of town.

Last good movie you saw: “Bright,” because I really related to the characters and how they had to handle their differences.

Last good book you read: “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” and it’s the best book I’ve ever read. I like to think of myself as a capitalist, and the book explores going down a path that I would like my own life to follow.

If you could trade places with one person for one day, it would be: Steve Harvey because he lives the exact same lifestyle that I want to live.

Things important to you that you’ve accomplished so far: Earning my pilot’s license and living a very independent life since moving away from Zimbabwe.

What you hope to be doing in 10 years: I would hope to have a vacation house on the peninsula, live in a city like Chicago, and have earned my first million dollars.

Things you lose sleep over: Making it in life

If you could change one thing in Leelanau County it would be: Maybe a shorter winter or better roads, but in all honesty, I love it just the way it is.

Favorite dessert: Ice cream from McDonald's, I don’t get why it’s so underrated.

Are you a coffee drinker? Not really, but I love hot chocolate.

Favorite place in Leelanau County: Empire Bluff Trail

If you had more time you would: I'd spend more time with my parents, since I can't see them very often.

The words that best describe you are: Positive, classy, God-fearing

Northwestern Michigan College student Kelsey Pease of Suttons Bay provides our “Talk of the County” to readers each week, and welcomes suggestions. She may be reached at kelsey@leelanaunews.com.

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