Sir Nigel’s ‘Who is who’ of Zimbabwe

Posted on 21/07/2010

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Compiling ‘the list’ taught me more about Zimbabwe than I had ever imagined. I had to research all these people, find out what they did and what some continue to do in their respective lives for, in or around our beloved Zimbabwe. I tried to imagine handing ‘this list’ to a complete stranger and suggesting that they study it extensively if they wanted to understand the ‘who is who’ of Zimbabwe. I only hope that I have some small measure of success in my attempt. I know that there are obviously some Zimbabweans I have omitted partly in my attempt to keep the list reasonably ‘short’. This of course was not intentional. I also tried (extremely hard I might add) to compile a list that would reflect the diversity within Zimbabwe as a whole. My secondary objective involved producing a list that would resonate with both readers in Zimbabwe and those in the diaspora. In no particular order: –

  1. Trevor Ncube – Media entrepreneur (Mail & Guardian in South Africa, The Standard, The Independent & NewsDay in Zimbabwe)
  2. Roy Bennett – Zimbabwean politician
  3. Robert Mugabe – President
  4. Cara Black – Professional tennis player – More info here
  5. Philip Chiyangwa – Flamboyant Zimbabwean businessman – More info here
  6. Nicholas Zakaria – Zimbabwean musician also known as ‘Senior Lecturer’ or ‘Madzibaba’
  7. Abel Murorewa – He served as Prime Minister of ‘Zimbabwe Rhodesia’ in 1979 before the Lancaster House agreement
  8. Andy Flower – Former Zimbabwean cricketer & currently England Team Director – More info here
  9. Strive Masiyiwa – Founder and CEO of Econet Wireless Holdings – www.econet.co.zw
  10. David Coltart – Human rights lawyer in Zimbabwe since 1983 & now currently the Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture – www.davidcoltart.com
  11. Dr Gideon Gono – Current Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ)
  12. Eric Bloch – Economist and columnist
  13. Stella Chiweshe – Zimbabwean musician who famously plays the ‘Mbira’ – www.stellachiweshe.com
  14. Betty Makoni – Activist & Founder of Girl Child Network in 1998 – www.girlchildnetworkworldwide.org
  15. Bernard Chidzero – Economist & first Minister of Finance in 1980 – More info here
  16. Shingai Mutasa – Executive Chairman of TA Holdings – www.ta-holdings.com
  17. Tendai Biti – Finance Minister in current Zimbabwean government – More info here
  18. Henry Olonga – First black cricket player. Currently a musician & author – www.henryolonga.net
  19. John Robertson – Economist and commentator
  20. Jonathan Moyo – Former Minister of Information from 2000 to 2005
  21. Honour Mkushi – Lawyer & was part of the legal advisory team at the constitutional conferences held in Geneva & at Lancaster House London in the late 1970s – More info here
  22. Joshua Nkomo – Leader & founder of ZAPU (passed away)
  23. Kiri Davies – Leading beauty & fitness specialist – More info here
  24. Benjani Mwaruwari – Ex Manchester City Football player
  25. Albert Nyathi – Poet & writer – More info here
  26. Nick Price – Professional Golfer – www.nickprice.com
  27. Kirsty Coventry – Swimmer & current world record holder – facebook Group
  28. Joyce Mujuru – Vice President
  29. Fay Chung – Author, educator & former Minister of Education, Sport and Culture in 1988 to 1993
  30. Thomas Mapfumo – Zimbabwean Musician – More info here
  31. Cannan Banana – First President of Zimbabwe from 18 April 1980 to 31 December 1987
  32. Farai Munyuki – First black editor of The Herald after Independence in 1980
  33. Irene Staunton – Publisher – www.weaverpresszimbabwe.com
  34. Morgan Tsvangirai – Prime Minister – www.zimbabweprimeminister.org
  35. Moses Chunga – Former soccer player. Currently the Shooting Stars Coach in Zimbabwe
  36. Mutumwa Mawere – Exiled businessman – www.mmawere.com
  37. Heath Streak – Former cricketer & currently Zimbabwe Cricket Bowling coach – More info here
  38. Charles Mungoshi – A well-known writer,actor & poet – More info here
  39. Jenni Williams – Activist. Women and Men of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) – www.wozazimbabwe.org
  40. Angeline Kamba – Chairperson of HIFA – www.hifa.co.zw
  41. Kubi Chaza – Development activist, businesswoman, producer of ‘I am the Future‘ & actress. Kubi is also a member of the Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe
  42. Dr Kombo Moyana – First Reserve Bank Governor of Zimbabwe in 1980, now back at RBZ as a board member this time
  43. Byron Black – Former professional tennis & Davis Cup player
  44. Arthur Mutambara – Vice President – More info here
  45. Dr Solomon Guramatunhu – Renowned Ophthalmologist, Medical Director, Greenwood Eye Centre, Founder & Chairman of Eyes for Africa, Honorary Lecturer, University of Zimbabwe
  46. Edson Zvobgo – Lawyer by profession, spokesman for the incoming government at Lancaster House in 1979
  47. Elliot Mujaji – Winner of the gold medal in the 100 metres sprint – Zimbabwe’s first ever Paralympic gold medal (Sydney 2000) and again in 2004 at the Paralympic games in Greece
  48. Nigel Chanakira – Founder & Director – Kingdom Financial Holdings Limited (KFHL) – www.kingdom.co.zw
  49. Enoch Dumbutshena – He became Zimbabwe’s first black judge in 1980 & served as Chief Justice from 1984 to 1990
  50. Fungai Tichawangana – The Zim celebrity & lifestyle website – www.zimbojam.com
  51. Gedion Nyanhongo – Sculptor – His work on display at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (Atlanta) – www.gedionnyanhongo.com
  52. Munashe Gumbonzvanda – Founder of Techmasai.com, Slybeaver & personal website – www.munashe.com
  53. Vernon Mwamuka – First black architect in Zimbabwe. He left his mark on the Zimbabwean urbanscape with high profile projects that included, Southampton Life Centre, Construction House, the Kopje Plaza in Harare & the recently opened Joina Centre in Harare (passed away)
  54. Carl Joshua Ncube – A pioneering animator, Carl Ncube wrote and directed Nyami-Nyami, the first animated film to be shown in the history of the Zimbabwe International Film Festival – www.carljoshuancube.com
  55. Professor Walter Kamba – First Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe. Accompanied Joshua Nkomo & Robert Mugabe to Lancaster House as part of the legal advisory team (passed away)
  56. Wayne Black – Former professional tennis & Davis Cup player
  57. Simon Muzenda – Former Vice President (passed away)
  58. Viviyata Chivhunga – Founder & MD of Vivi Fasions – More info here and More info here
  59. Petina Gappah – Geneva-based legal aid counsellor for developing countries – www.petinagappah.com
  60. Timothy Stamps – Medical doctor & former Minister of Health from 1986 to 2002 who oversaw a substantial expansion of the Zimbabwean healthcare & public health systems in the late 1980s and early 1990s
  61. Prudence Mabhena – Music By Prudence, head of Liyana, a band of 8 Zimbabweans with varying disabilities – More info here & www.liyanaband.com
  62. Peter Ndlovu – Ndlovu is the all-time leading scorer for the Zimbabwean national soccer team
  63. Sally Mugabe – Robert Mugabe’s late wife – More info here
  64. Tsitsi Dangarembga – Writer whose novel ‘Nervous Conditions’ has become a modern African classic – More info here
  65. Oliver Mtukudzi – Zimbabwean musician

Worthy mentions: –

  1. Jairos Jiri – Founder of The Jairos Jiri Association which was founded in Bulawayo in 1950
  2. Brian Dzingai – athlete – www.athletepreneur.com
  3. Eska Mtungwazi – Musician – More info here
  4. Tatenda Taibu – First black captain – More info here
  5. Norman Mapeza – Former Zimbabwean soccer player. Currently the Zimbabwe National Under 23 Head Coach & the current Caretaker coach for the Zimbabwe National Team
  6. Beatrice Mtetwa – Human rights lawyer – More info here
  7. Billy Rautenbach – Businessman – More info here
  8. Owen Maseko – Artist – www.owenmaseko.com
  9. Vimbayi Kaziboni – conductor & percussionist – More info here
  10. Andy Brown – Zimbabwean musician

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