I Miss Jats: A Short Tribute to Brian Mujati, an Underrated YouTuber

Around the time Casey Neistat ended (well paused) his vlog, I stumbled across a Reddit thread looking for alternatives. Along the options listed was The Life of Brian by Brian Mujati, a Zimbabwean-born rugby player. Given that I’m Zimbabwean as well as a former rugby player, I decided to give it a go and I was instantly hooked.

Every Friday I’d look forward to a new vlog where he went about his life along with him telling a fun story. Whether it was his rugby training, cooking, and braiing1, trying to run a beer company, reviewing beers or annoying his wife and kids, he soon became my favorite vlogger. Along with his great sense of humor that has just enough edginess and his decent attempts to dabble in philosophy and political topics, it was the one thing I looked forward to every week. Also helped that he had a great taste in music (not that it wasn’t blatant copyright infringement).

After years of uploading weekly vlogs, he has health issues which made it hard for him to continue uploading. Coupled with insufficient support having just under 17k subscribers, he deleted most of his videos. It’s hard to pick a favorite video since they were all really good but the most memorable one to me was the one in which he talked the time he got kicked off the South African rugby team before his first match. He wasn’t a South African citizen at the time and due to a PR shit storm where he was accused of being funded by his father who was a beneficiary of Zimbabwe’s land reform scheme. He was really real in that episode and I’m not sure I can verify his side of the argument, but it’s amazing how he was able to rebuild his career in Europe.

It’s a shame that he no longer makes videos. He was such a great storyteller and I really wished I had done my part by at least sharing his stuff, an act that costs $0. Whatever he decides to do now that he’s getting closer to retirement, I wish him the best!

  1. The Southern African term2 for barbecuing.
  2. I’m aware that there are many languages in Southern Africa and that a braii is most likely Afrikaans. It’s just that the term is commonly used in Southern African countries to describe the act described in1.