Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in Southern Africa that has been home to several kingdoms in the past. With a history dating back to the pre-colonial era, the country came under the dominance of British South Africa Company in the 1890 finally gaining its independence in 1980. The ancient past has given the country a rich cultural heritage and ethnic diversity which is visible from the fact that Zimbabwe is home to people from different cultures and background. The country has as many as 16 official languages. Though there have been quite many prominent Zimbabwean men and women who have contributed significantly to the country, one name that deserves a special mention is that of Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe who serves as the head of state and government and commander-in-chief of the armed forces. An authoritarian leader, Mugabe has been in power since 1980 and executed a dictatorial control over the country’s affairs.
Robert MugabeRobert Mugabe
21 February 1924
Former PM & President of Zimbabwe
Danai GuriraDanai Gurira
14 February 1978

Princess CharlenePrincess Charlene of Monaco
25 January 1978
Princess consort of Monaco

Ian SmithIan Smith
08 April 1919
Former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe

Emmerson MnangagwaEmmerson Mnangagwa
15 September 1946
President of Zimbabwe

Canaan BananaCanaan Banana
05 March 1936
Former President of Zimbabwe
Morgan TsvangiraiMorgan Tsvangirai
10 March 1952
Former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe

Lovemore MadhukuLovemore Madhuku
20 July 1966

Charlene, Princess of MonacoCharlene, Princess of Monaco
25 January 1978
Bruce GrobbelaarBruce Grobbelaar
06 October 1957
Association football player, Association football

David PocockDavid Pocock
23 April 1988
Rugby union player
Strive MasiyiwaStrive Masiyiwa
29 January 1961

Nick PriceNick Price
28 January 1957

Joshua NkomoJoshua Nkomo
19 June 1917
Politician, Trade unionist

Abel Tendekayi MuzorewaAbel Tendekayi Muzorewa
14 April 1925
Prime Minister

Tendai MtawariraTendai Mtawarira
01 August 1985
Rugby union player
Albert LutuliAlbert Lutuli
1898 AD
politician, autobiographer

Nehanda Charwe NyakasikanaNehanda Charwe Nyakasikana
1840 AD
Spiritual Leader

1845 AD

Thomas MapfumoThomas Mapfumo
03 July 1945
Joice MujuruJoice Mujuru
15 April 1955

Kirsty CoventryKirsty Coventry
Ndabaningi SitholeNdabaningi Sithole
31 July 1920

Cara BlackCara Black
17 February 1979
Tennis player

Roy WelenskyRoy Welensky
20 January 1907
Dambudzo MarecheraDambudzo Marechera
04 June 1952

Solomon MujuruSolomon Mujuru
05 May 1945
Military leader and businessman
Perrance ShiriPerrance Shiri
11 January 1955

Garfield ToddGarfield Todd
13 July 1908

Chenjerai HunzviChenjerai Hunzvi
23 October 1949
Political Activist
Zororo MakambaZororo Makamba
17 January 1990

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Godfrey Huggins, 1st Viscount MalvernGodfrey Huggins, 1st Viscount Malvern
06 July 1883
Stansly MapongaStansly Maponga
05 March 1991
Football player

Ronald DuncanRonald Duncan
06 August 1914
British author

Wrex TarrWrex Tarr
24 June 1934

Chenjerai HoveChenjerai Hove
09 February 1956
Ngugi wa MiriiNgugi wa Mirii
1951 AD
Solomon MutswairoSolomon Mutswairo
26 April 1924

Simbarashe MumbengegwiSimbarashe Mumbengegwi
20 July 1945

Gibson Jama SibandaGibson Jama Sibanda
1944 AD

Cosmas MagayaCosmas Magaya
05 October 1953
George NyandoroGeorge Nyandoro
08 July 1926

Eddison ZvobgoEddison Zvobgo
02 October 1935

Willie MusarurwaWillie Musarurwa
24 November 1927

Biggie TemboBiggie Tembo
30 September 1958

Politics apart, Zimbabwe has been home to distinguished writers, such as Jacob Chikuhwa, John Eppel, Wilbur Smith, notable businessmen like David Hatendi, Strive Masiyiwa, sporting legends as Byron Black, Henry Olonga, Benjani Mwaruwari, gifted musicians such as Brian Chikwava, John Edmond, Jonah Sithole, Simon Chimbetu and so on. Read this section to know more about the life and works of famous Zimbabweans.