Three Zimbabweans, novelist Noviolet Bulawayo, media entrepreneur Trevor Ncube and Econet Wireless founder Strive Masiyiwa have been named among the 100 most influential Africans by London-based New African Magazine. There are 32 women on the list, with the youngest being Nigerian girl, Zuriel Oduwole aged 11. Also included are some of the wealthiest men and women on the continent, with Nigeria leading the way as the country which has the highest number of influential figures
NoViolet Bulawayo (pen name of Elizabeth Zandile Tshele, born 1981 Tsholotsho) is a Zimbabwean author, and Stegner Fellow at Stanford University (2012–2014) NoViolet Bulawayo was born and raised in Zimbabwe and attended Njube High School and later Mzilikazi High School for her A levels. She completed her college education in the US, studying at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Texas A&M University-Commerce and Southern Methodist University respectively. In 2010, she completed a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Cornell University, where her work was recognized with a Truman Capote Fellowship.
Her novel entitled “We Need New Names” was released in 2013, and was named on the 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist. This makes her the first black African woman and the first Zimbabwean to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
She has begun work on a memoir project
Trevor Vusumuzi Ncube (born 9 September 1962) is a Zimbabwean entrepreneur and newspaper publisher now living in South Africa and publishing in both countries.Ncube was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Ncube holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Economic History from the University of Zimbabwe. He was a teacher at Pumula High School in the early 1980s.
In 1989 Trevor Ncube became assistant editor at The Financial Gazette and was named its executive editor in 1991.
In 2002, Ncube became the owner of the Mail & Guardian. He currently publishes South Africa’s Mail & Guardian weekly newspaper, part of The Guardian group of newspapers and in Zimbabwe, sister publications The Zimbabwe Independent, The Sunday Standard and NewsDay.
1994—Trevor Ncube was named Zimbabwean Editor of the Year.
2008—German Africa Award. The German Africa Foundation presented Ncube for his dedication for press freedom, human rights and democracy in Zimbabwe and the whole of Southern Africa.
2012—MISA Press Freedom Award. The Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded Ncube its annual award “for his role in providing Zimbabweans with alternative platforms for critical, alternative views on social, economic and political issues.”
Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and chairman, of global telecommunications group, Econet Wireless. He currently serves on a number of international boards including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Advisory Board of the Counsel on Foreign Relations, the Africa Progress Panel, AGRA, the UN Sec General’s Advisory Boards for Sustainable Energy, and for Education. He is a juror of the Hilton Foundation’s Humanitarian Prize. He is also one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson of the global think tank, known as the Carbon War Room.
In 2012, when President Obama, hosted the G-8 Summit at Camp David, he invited him, to address the G-8 leaders on how to increase food production, and end hunger in parts of Africa.
Strive Masiyiwa was born in 1961 in Zimbabwe. When he was 7, his family left for Kitwe, a city in north central Zambia known for its copper mines. Masiyiwa’s mother was an entrepreneur with interests in retail sales, small-scale farming, and transportation. His father worked at first in one of the nearby mines but later joined the family business. By the time Masiyiwa was 12 years old; his parents could afford to provide him with a coveted European education. They sent him to private school in Edinburgh, Scotland. He graduated in 1978. In Britain, he earned a degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Wales in 1983(Cum Laude). He worked briefly in the computer industry in Cambridge, England, but soon returned to Zimbabwe in 1984.
Econet Wireless is a diversified telecommunications group with operations and investments in Africa, Europe, South America and the East Asia Pacific Rim, offering products and services in the core areas of mobile and fixed telephony services, internet and satellite. The company’s activities include mobile cellular telephony, fixed networks, enterprise networks, fibre optic cables, and satellite services. It also provides payment solutions to banks across Africa.
Also, through Econet’s subsidiaries, the Group funds one of the largest orphan care programs in Africa, run by Capernaum Trust. Established in 1999, initially as the social investment arm of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the Trust is currently responsible for over 40,000 orphans. Beyond telecoms, Strive Masiyiwa’s business activities include operations and investments in some of Africa’s leading businesses in financial services, insurance, renewable energy, bottling for Coca-Cola, hotel and safari lodges. The Econet Group is also exploring several opportunities in targeted African other international emerging markets.
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