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.
Danai GuriraDanai Gurira

14 February 1978

Robert MugabeRobert Mugabe
(Former PM & President of Zimbabwe)

21 February 1924

Emmerson MnangagwaEmmerson Mnangagwa
(President of Zimbabwe)

15 September 1946

Canaan BananaCanaan Banana
(Former President of Zimbabwe)

05 March 1936

Morgan TsvangiraiMorgan Tsvangirai
(Former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe)

10 March 1952

Princess CharlenePrincess Charlene of Monaco
(Princess consort of Monaco)

25 January 1978

Lovemore MadhukuLovemore Madhuku

20 July 1966

Ian SmithIan Smith

08 April 1919

Ian SmithIan Smith

08 April 1919

Bruce GrobbelaarBruce Grobbelaar
(Association football player, Association football manager)

06 October 1957

Strive MasiyiwaStrive Masiyiwa

29 January 1961

David PocockDavid Pocock
(Rugby union player)

23 April 1988

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Joshua NkomoJoshua Nkomo
(Politician, Trade unionist)

19 June 1917

Albert LutuliAlbert Lutuli
(politician, autobiographer)

1898 AD

Tendai MtawariraTendai Mtawarira
(Rugby union player)

01 August 1985

Kirsty CoventryKirsty Coventry

Cara BlackCara Black
(Tennis player)

17 February 1979

Joice MujuruJoice Mujuru

15 April 1955

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.