Zimbabwean

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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 1 Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 22, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kermanshah, Iran
Died: November 17, 2013

 2 Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 3 Princess Charlene of Monaco

Princess Charlene of Monaco
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Princess consort of Monaco (Since 2011)
Birthdate: January 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Charlene, Princess of Monaco, was once an Olympic swimmer and represented South Africa at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. She met her husband, Prince Albert, at a swimming competition. She now owns the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and works for causes related to AIDS, sports, and underprivileged children.

 4 Nick Price

Nick Price
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Golfer
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.

 5 Emmerson Mnangagwa

Emmerson Mnangagwa
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Zimbabwe (Since 2017)
Birthdate: September 5, 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.

 6 Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: businessperson
Birthdate: January 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

 7 Canaan Banana

Canaan Banana
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Zimbabwe
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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 8 Bruce Grobbelaar

Bruce Grobbelaar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: October 6, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Durban

 9 Rick Cosnett

Rick Cosnett
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Famous As: Actor, Producer
Birthdate: April 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chegutu, Zimbabwe

 10 Sibongile Mlambo

Sibongile Mlambo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

 11 Joshua Nkomo

Joshua Nkomo
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Trade unionist
Birthdate: June 19, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Semokwe
Died: July 1, 1999

 12 Tendai Mtawarira

Tendai Mtawarira
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: August 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harare

 13 Sha Sha

Sha Sha
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mutare, Zimbabwe

 14 Chipo Chung

Chipo Chung
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

 15 Abel Tendekayi Muzorewa

Abel Tendekayi Muzorewa
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: April 14, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Umtali, Manicaland, Southern Rhodesia
Died: April 8, 2010

 16 Tongayi Chirisa

Tongayi Chirisa
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

 17 Cara Black

Cara Black
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

 18 Tatenda Taibu

Tatenda Taibu
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: May 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

 19 Lobengula

Lobengula
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1845 AD
Birthplace: Matabeleland, Zimbabwe
Died: January 23, 1894

 20 Lucia Evans

Lucia Evans
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1982 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

 21 Sally Hayfron

Sally Hayfron
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: First Lady of Zimbabwe from 1987 until her death in 1992
Birthdate: June 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ghana
Died: January 27, 1992

 22 Thomas Mapfumo

Thomas Mapfumo
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marondera, Zimbabwe

 23 Blessing Chitapa

Blessing Chitapa
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

 24 Zororo Makamba

Zororo Makamba
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
Died: March 23, 2020

 25 Tsitsi Dangarembga

Tsitsi Dangarembga
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mutoko, Zimbabwe

 26 Ndabaningi Sithole

Ndabaningi Sithole
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 31, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nyamandhlovu, Zimbabwe
Died: December 12, 2000

 27 Leonard Dembo

Leonard Dembo
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 6, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
Died: April 9, 1996

 28 Dambudzo Marechera

Dambudzo Marechera
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rusape, Zimbabwe
Died: August 18, 1987

 29 Tererai Trent

Tererai Trent
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe

 30 Ian Smith

Ian Smith
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister of Zimbabwe (1964-79)
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.” 

 31 Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former PM & President of Zimbabwe
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.

 32 Byron Black

Byron Black
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: October 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

 33 Chiwoniso Maraire

Chiwoniso Maraire
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Olympia, Washington, United States
Died: July 24, 2013

 34 Mark McNulty

Mark McNulty
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: March 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bindura, Zimbabwe

 35 NoViolet Bulawayo

NoViolet Bulawayo
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tsholotsho, Zimbabwe

 36 Thokozani Khuphe

Thokozani Khuphe
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Makokoba, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

 37 Carole Gray

Carole Gray
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 1938 AD
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

 38 Morgan Tsvangirai

Morgan Tsvangirai
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe
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.

 39 Colleen Madamombe

Colleen Madamombe
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
Died: May 31, 2009

 40 Shungudzo

Shungudzo
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: May 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Laie, Hawaii, United States

 41 Leonard Zhakata

Leonard Zhakata
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

 42 Hazel Crane

Hazel Crane
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Socialite
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.

 43 Adam Croasdell

Adam Croasdell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

 44 Kirsty Coventry

Kirsty Coventry
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Current Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe as of September 2018
Birthdate: September 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

 45 Kwayedza Kureya

Kwayedza Kureya
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Unknown

 46 Caesar Hull

Caesar Hull
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shangani, Zimbabwe
Died: September 7, 1940

 47 Wayne Black

Wayne Black
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: November 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

 48 Takura

Takura
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

 49 Kelvin Jones

Kelvin Jones
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe

 50 Stansly Maponga

Stansly Maponga
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
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.