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
Actress

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
Politician

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

Nick PriceNick Price
28 January 1957
Golfer
Strive MasiyiwaStrive Masiyiwa
29 January 1961
businessperson

Nehanda Charwe NyakasikanaNehanda Charwe Nyakasikana
1840 AD
Spiritual Leader

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
Sha ShaSha Sha
13 June 1994
Singer

Sibongile MlamboSibongile Mlambo
25 June 1990
Actress

Tsitsi DangarembgaTsitsi Dangarembga
04 February 1959
Novelist

Tongayi ChirisaTongayi Chirisa
08 August 1981
Actor
Adam CroasdellAdam Croasdell
10 July 1976
Actor

Kirsty CoventryKirsty Coventry
Swimmer
Chipo ChungChipo Chung
17 August 1977
Actress

LobengulaLobengula
1845 AD
King

ShungudzoShungudzo
12 May 1990
Songwriter
Elizabeth NyamayaroElizabeth Nyamayaro
Political scientist

David PocockDavid Pocock
23 April 1988
Rugby union player
Cara BlackCara Black
17 February 1979
Tennis player

Auxillia MnangagwaAuxillia Mnangagwa
03 March 1963
Politician

Tererai TrentTererai Trent
1965 AD
Educator
Thomas MapfumoThomas Mapfumo
03 July 1945
Musician

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Joice MujuruJoice Mujuru
15 April 1955
Politician
Ndabaningi SitholeNdabaningi Sithole
31 July 1920
Politician

Blessing ChitapaBlessing Chitapa
Singer

Alexandra FullerAlexandra Fuller
1969 AD
Author

Mark McNultyMark McNulty
24 March 1953
Golfer
Roy WelenskyRoy Welensky
20 January 1907
Politician
Leonard DemboLeonard Dembo
06 February 1959
Musician

Dambudzo MarecheraDambudzo Marechera
04 June 1952
Novelist

Solomon MujuruSolomon Mujuru
05 May 1945
Military leader and businessman

Kwayedza KureyaKwayedza Kureya
Singer
Carole GrayCarole Gray
1938 AD
Actress

Byron BlackByron Black
06 October 1969
Tennis player

Wayne BlackWayne Black
14 November 1973
Tennis player

Chiwoniso MaraireChiwoniso Maraire
05 March 1976
Singer-songwriter

Garfield ToddGarfield Todd
13 July 1908
Politician
Lucia EvansLucia Evans
1982 AD
Singer

Perrance ShiriPerrance Shiri
11 January 1955
Politician
NoViolet BulawayoNoViolet Bulawayo
10 December 1981
Author

Hazel CraneHazel Crane
1951 AD
Socialite

Leonard ZhakataLeonard Zhakata
25 June 1968
Musician
Chiedza MhendeChiedza Mhende
19 October 1991
Actress

Paula Newby-FraserPaula Newby-Fraser
02 June 1962
Triathlete
Godfrey Huggins, 1st Viscount MalvernGodfrey Huggins, 1st Viscount Malvern
06 July 1883
Politician

Michael MahendereMichael Mahendere
28 May 1983
Musician

Brendon de JongeBrendon de Jonge
18 July 1980
Golfer

Stella ChiwesheStella Chiweshe
08 July 1946
Musician

Shana DowdeswellShana Dowdeswell
01 April 1989
Actress
Thokozani KhupheThokozani Khuphe
18 November 1963
Politician

Petina GappahPetina Gappah
1971 AD
Lawyer

Chenjerai HunzviChenjerai Hunzvi
23 October 1949
Political Activist

Julian MavungaJulian Mavunga
24 January 1990
Basketball player
Denis WatsonDenis Watson
18 October 1955
Golfer

Joana MamombeJoana Mamombe
18 June 1993
Politician
Kelvin JonesKelvin Jones
10 February 1995
Singer-songwriter

Eddison ZvobgoEddison Zvobgo
02 October 1935
Lawyer

Tony JohnstoneTony Johnstone
02 May 1956
Golfer
TakuraTakura
05 September 1981
Singer

Yvonne VeraYvonne Vera
19 September 1964
Author
Lovemore MajaivanaLovemore Majaivana
14 December 1952
Musician

Tamy MoyoTamy Moyo
05 January 1998
Actress

Kevin UllyettKevin Ullyett
23 May 1972
Tennis player
Daniel CarneyDaniel Carney
08 August 1944
Novelist

Charles MungoshiCharles Mungoshi
02 December 1947
Writer
Beatrice MtetwaBeatrice Mtetwa
1957 AD
Lawyer

Janet ManyowaJanet Manyowa
18 March 1985
Singer

Benjamin LockBenjamin Lock
04 March 1993
Tennis player

Anne McClintockAnne McClintock
27 August 1954
Writer
Selmor MtukudziSelmor Mtukudzi
22 August 1983
Musician
Zororo MakambaZororo Makamba
17 January 1990
Journalist

Patricia McKillopPatricia McKillop
15 July 1956
Field hockey player

Ngonidzashe MakushaNgonidzashe Makusha
11 March 1987
Olympic athlete

Maud ChifambaMaud Chifamba
19 November 1997
University student
Andrew PattisonAndrew Pattison
30 January 1949
Tennis player

Scott VincentScott Vincent
20 May 1992
Golfer

Judith ToddJudith Todd
18 March 1943
Politician

Ronald DuncanRonald Duncan
06 August 1914
British author

Susan TsvangiraiSusan Tsvangirai
24 April 1958
Politician
Heidi HollandHeidi Holland
06 October 1947
Journalist

Ann GrantAnn Grant
06 May 1955
Field hockey player
Monica MutsvangwaMonica Mutsvangwa
Politician

Takesure Zamar NcubeTakesure Zamar Ncube
25 February 1981
Musician
Natalie Payida JabangweNatalie Payida Jabangwe
17 June 1983
Engineer
Stansly MapongaStansly Maponga
05 March 1991
Football player

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.