Zimbabwean

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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.
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Doris Lessing
(Novelist)
Doris Lessing
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 22, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kermanshah, Iran
Died: November 17, 2013
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Danai Gurira
(Actress and Playwright)
Danai Gurira
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grinnell, Iowa, United States
Danai Gurira is best known as Michonne from The Walking Dead and as Okoye from the Marvel films Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. She earned a Tony nomination for writing the Broadway play Eclipsed. She has been a UN Goodwill Ambassador and promotes arts and women empowerment.
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Nick Price
(Former Zimbabwean Professional Golfer)
Nick Price
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Nick Price is a Zimbabwean golfer who was considered the best player in the world in the mid-1990s; he was ranked number one as per the Official World Golf Ranking. He has won three major championships including two PGA Championships. In 2003, Nick Price was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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Emmerson Mnangagwa
(3rd President of Zimbabwe)
Emmerson Mnangagwa
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 15, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zvishavane, Zimbabwe
Nicknamed The Crocodile, the current Zimbabwean president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has been one of the harshest rulers his country has seen. Roughly 20,000 people lost their lives during his tenure as the security minister in the 1980s. Once Mugabe’s right hand, he later fell out with him and launched a coup.
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Rick Cosnett
(Actor, Producer)
Rick Cosnett
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Birthdate: April 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chegutu, Zimbabwe
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Canaan Banana
(Former President of Zimbabwe)
Canaan Banana
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Esigodini
Died: November 10, 2003

Canaan Banana was a Zimbabwean politician, theologian, and Methodist minister. In 1980, Banana became the first president of Zimbabwe, a position which he held until 1987. Ten years later, he made the headlines when he was involved in a highly publicized trial after being accused of being a homosexual. He served six months in prison after being convicted of sodomy.

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Ian Smith
(8th Prime Minister of Rhodesia)
Ian Smith
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 8, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shurugwi, Zimbabwe
Died: November 20, 2007

Ian Smith was a politician who served as the prime minister of Rhodesia (today known as Zimbabwe) from 1964 to 1979. Born to British immigrants in  the Southern Rhodesian Midlands, he was a controversial figure who personified “White Rhodesia.” While his detractors denounced him as "an unrepentant racist," his supporters hailed him as "a political visionary.” 

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Bruce Grobbelaar
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Bruce Grobbelaar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 6, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Durban
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Alexander McCall Smith
(British Writer Known for the Series of Novels ‘The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency’)
Alexander McCall Smith
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Alexander McCall Smith is a British-Zimbabwean writer best known for his The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of novels. A lawyer by qualification, he is a respected expert on medical law and bioethics. His books have sold over 40 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 46 languages. Also an amateur bassoonist, he co-founded The Really Terrible Orchestra.  

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Joshua Nkomo
(Zimbabwean Revolutionary and Matabeleland Politician)
Joshua Nkomo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 19, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Semokwe
Died: July 1, 1999

Zimbabwean politician Joshua Nkomo was founder and leader of ZAPU. He was incarcerated for a decade by white minority government of Rhodesia and following his release, ZAPU along with Robert Mugabe's ZANU contributed to the fall of that government. The two parties later merged to become ZANU–PF. Nkomo served as first Second Vice-President of Zimbabwe with Mugabe as President.

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Tendai Mtawarira
(Rugby union player)
Tendai Mtawarira
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harare
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Sha Sha
(Singer)
Sha Sha
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mutare, Zimbabwe
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Chipo Chung
(Actress)
Chipo Chung
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Abel Muzorewa
(Former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe)
Abel Muzorewa
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 14, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mutare, Zimbabwe
Died: April 8, 2010

Abel Tendekayi Muzorewa was a Zimbabwean politician best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Rhodesia from 1 June 1979 to 18 April 1980. He also served as a bishop at the United Methodist Church (UMC).

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Cara Black
(Tennis player)
Cara Black
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
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Tongayi Chirisa
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Birthdate: August 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
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Sibongile Mlambo
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Birthdate: June 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
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Lucia Evans
(Singer)
Lucia Evans
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 1982 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
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Tatenda Taibu
(Cricketer)
Tatenda Taibu
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
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Lobengula
(King)
Lobengula
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Birthdate: 1845 AD
Birthplace: Matabeleland, Zimbabwe
Died: January 23, 1894
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Thomas Mapfumo
(Musician)
Thomas Mapfumo
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marondera, Zimbabwe
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Auxillia Mnangagwa
(Zimbabwean Political Figure)
Auxillia Mnangagwa
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mazowe, Zimbabwe

Auxillia Mnangagwa is a Zimbabwean politician best known for her service in the Ministry of Manpower and Development. She achieved popularity when she became the Second Lady of Zimbabwe in 2014. Auxillia Mnangagwa is currently serving as the First Lady of her country. 

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Adam Croasdell
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Birthdate: July 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
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Ndabaningi Sithole
(Zimbabwean Political Leader & Founder of a Militant Organization Called Zimbabwe African National Union)
Ndabaningi Sithole
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nyamandhlovu, Zimbabwe
Died: December 12, 2000

Ndabaningi Sithole was a Zimbabwean political leader best remembered for founding a militant organization called the Zimbabwe African National Union, which fought against the government of Rhodesia during the 1960s and 1970s. Ndabaningi Sithole was also one of the most prolific authors in Rhodesia; he published 12 books including a novel titled The Polygamist.

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Kirsty Coventry
(Zimbabwean Politician and Professional Swimmer)
Kirsty Coventry
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
Kirsty Coventry is a Zimbabwean politician and professional swimmer. She is the current Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation in Zimbabwe. A former Olympic swimmer, Kirsty Coventry is best known for winning a gold medal each at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics in Athens and Beijing respectively. Kirsty Coventry is one of the most decorated Olympians from Africa.  
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Blessing Chitapa
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Listed In: Singers
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
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Leonard Dembo
(Musician)
Leonard Dembo
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 6, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
Died: April 9, 1996
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Carole Gray
(Actress)
Carole Gray
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Birthdate: 1938 AD
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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Strive Masiyiwa
(businessperson)
Strive Masiyiwa
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
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Tsitsi Dangarembga
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mutoko, Zimbabwe
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Dambudzo Marechera
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rusape, Zimbabwe
Died: August 18, 1987
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Robert Mugabe
(Former PM & President of Zimbabwe)
Robert Mugabe
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
Died: September 6, 2019

Robert Mugabe was a Zimbabwean revolutionary. He played a major role in the Rhodesian Bush War, which eventually led to the Lancaster House Agreement, resulting in the creation of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Subsequently, Mugabe served as the first prime minister of Zimbabwe and later as its president. A controversial figure, Mugabe is also often criticized for his tyrannical ways.

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Mark McNulty
(Golfer)
Mark McNulty
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bindura, Zimbabwe
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Chiwoniso Maraire
(Singer-songwriter)
Chiwoniso Maraire
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Olympia, Washington, United States
Died: July 24, 2013
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Byron Black
(Tennis player)
Byron Black
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
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Zororo Makamba
(Journalist)
Zororo Makamba
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Birthdate: January 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
Died: March 23, 2020
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Tererai Trent
(Educator)
Tererai Trent
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe
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Morgan Tsvangirai
(Former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe)
Morgan Tsvangirai
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gutu
A long-time opponent of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai was a trade union activist who later also served as the Zimbabwean prime minister, sharing power with Mugabe. He lost his wife in a deadly car crash, in which he was himself injured. He later died of cancer.
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Wayne Black
(Tennis player)
Wayne Black
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
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Caesar Hull
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shangani, Zimbabwe
Died: September 7, 1940
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Shungudzo
(Songwriter)
Shungudzo
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Laie, Hawaii, United States
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Colleen Madamombe
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Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
Died: May 31, 2009
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Garfield Todd
(Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia (1953 to 1958))
Garfield Todd
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 13, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Invercargill, New Zealand
Died: October 13, 2002

Liberal Rhodesian politician Garfield Todd served as the prime minister of Southern Rhodesia. Born in New Zealand, he later moved to Southern Rhodesia as a Protestant missionary and also opened a clinic there. He lost his political power after his ministers opposed his policy of appeasing Black voters.

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Hazel Crane
(Socialite)
Hazel Crane
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: November 10, 2003

A well-known South African socialite and businesswoman, Hazel Crane once smuggled diamonds and worked at a strip club. She had also been a nurse. She was gunned down while traveling in her car to testify against Israeli mafia boss Lior Saat. Her interesting life later became public through her post-humous memoir.

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Scott Vincent
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
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Paula Newby-Fraser
(Triathlete)
Paula Newby-Fraser
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 2, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
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Sally Hayfron
(Former First Lady of Zimbabwe)
Sally Hayfron
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ghana
Died: January 27, 1992

Sally Hayfron was the First Lady of Zimbabwe from 31 December 1987 to 27 January 1992. Commonly referred to as Amai (Mother) in Zimbabwe, Mugabe was the wife of Robert Mugabe, a revolutionary and one of the most influential politicians in the history of Zimbabwe. A trained teacher, Sally Hayfron established herself as a campaigner and political activist.

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Michael Mahendere
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
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Thokozani Khuphe
(Former Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe)
Thokozani Khuphe
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Makokoba, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Thokozani Khuphe is a Zimbabwean politician and trade unionist. She is best known for her service as the Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 11 February 2009 to 13 August 2013. Over the years, Thokozani Khuphe has been an important leader of a centre-left political party called the Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai.

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Petina Gappah
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: Copperbelt Province, Zambia
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.