The Kircos family has been in Zimbabwe since the late 1800’s
Costa Kircos (Ajax’s Father), was a Greek of Hellenic lineage, and came from Izmir. He left Asia Minor, his home and family at the age of just fifteen, went to Cairo, and then began his adventurous journey down through Africa. After many dangerous and exciting challenges, he arrived at the Zambezi River two and a half years later! Clutching onto the horns of a bull, he crossed the river which was in flood, losing his journal in the process.
Having entered this country, he settled, and his son Ajax Kircos was born in Kopje House in Mutare, in 1931. During his schooling at Chaplin in Gweru, he quickly learned the art of being Drum Major. After moving to the then Umtali High School, and having excelled in this area, he led a mass band at the age of just thirteen. Plumtree, Bulawayo Technical College, Milton School, Chaplin, Saint George’s, Prince Edward, Allan Wilson and Umtali High were represented in this band.
Thereafter, at the age of fourteen, and in Mutare, he led the Victory in Europe Parade, in which the defeat of Germany was marked.
Ajax Kircos led a full life. He represented Manicaland in Rugby, Soccer and Shooting after leaving school and played Rugby for Blackheath in England.
He was an exceptional marksman. In National Shooting competitions, he won numerous medals and trophies, seven of which he won whilst in the Territorial Force.
He served in the military for several years and was a remarkable Regimental Sergeant Major.
Later in life, he worked as a farmer and a gunsmith.
Whilst he contributed to Hellenism, with his involvement in the Hellenic Church and Community, he was also an active participant in his local community, and a member of numerous clubs, societies and associations throughout the country. Despite his full life, he loved to interact with people, and had an unwavering respect and affection for the elderly.
Ajax always felt that music was an essential aspect of life, to move one’s spirit and express oneself. He loved the arts, and was often heard to say that music was the heart of life.
Ajax’s daughter , Eleni, shares his passion for music, the Arts and culture. She believes it is essential to include all these in every child’s curriculum.
Her father’s influence and her own beliefs inspired her to have the vision to design and complete the “Ajax Kircos Music Courtyard” at Hellenic Academy.