5 Famous People You Didn’t Know Are From Zimbabwe

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On this day in 1980, Southern-Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe gained its independence from Britain. 

The Southern African nation is known for its beautifully diverse wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and landmarks with the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, which is located on the Zambezi River on the border with Zambia and is considered the largest waterfall in the world being one of the best gifts of nature the country has to offer.

After their independence, Canaan Banana became the country’s first president albeit ceremonially with Robert Mugabe serving as the country’s first Prime Minister and Head of Government. Mugabe later became the country’s president after winning the 1990 elections which was the first elections after the amendment of the 1987 constitution which scrapped the Senate and set up an elected executive presidency. It was also the first non-segregated elections in the country.

Indapaper.com shares with you some notable personalities who are from the Southern African nation.

1.Sibongile Mlambo

The daughter of a Zimbabwean father and a South African mother, 28-year-old actress Sibongile Mlambo is known for her roles in historical adventure television series Black SailsHoney 3 and The Last Face.

She is also popularly known for her role as Tamora Monroe on Teen Wolf and Donna on Siren.

2. Strive Masiyiwa

Ranked by Forbes as the 8th richest man in Africa with a $2.3B net worth,Strive Masiyiwa overcame protracted government opposition to launch mobile phone network Econet Wireless Zimbabwe in his country of birth in 1998. He owns just over 50 per cent of the publicly-traded telecom, which is one part of his larger Econet Group. 

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Masiyiwa also owns just over half of private company Liquid Telecom, which provides fiber optic and satellite services to telecom firms across Africa. His other assets include stakes in mobile phone networks in Burundi and Lesotho, and investments in fintech and power distribution firms in Africa. 

He and his wife Tsitsi founded the Higherlife Foundation, which supports orphaned and poor children in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Burundi and Lesotho.

3. Oliver Mtukudzi

Oliver Mtukudzi, who is popularly referred to as Tuku was a legendary musician, a businessman, philanthropist, human rights activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Southern Africa Region. 

Mtukudzi won dozens of awards and performed with a lot of African legends and stars in the continent and around the world. Some of his popular songs include Neria (2001), Todii (1999), Mutserendende (2000), Hear Me, Lord (1995).

Singing in Zimbabwe’s Shona language along with Ndebele and English, Mtukudzi’s Afro-Jazz songs have distinct styles with a fusion of jazz and traditional African music.

He was about to release his 67th album, Hanya’Ga (Concern), before his death on January 23, 2019, after a long battle with diabetes.

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