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Famous people from Zimbabwe

Here is a list of famous people from Zimbabwe. Curious if anybody from Zimbabwe made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Charlene, Princess of Monaco

Noble person

Charlene, Princess of Monaco, is an South African former Olympic swimmer and since 2011 the wife of Albert II, Prince of Monaco. Charlene is the daughter of Michael and Lynette Wittstock. She was born in Rhodesia to a family of German and English descent by way of South Africa and Rhodesia. Her family relocated to Transvaal, South Africa, in 1989, after living in Zimbabwe for several years. She represented South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, with her team finishing fifth in the Women's 4x100 m Medley. She retired from competitive swimming in 2007. Charlene met Prince Albert at the Mare Nostrum Monte Carlo, Monaco in June 2001. They were first seen together in 2006, and she has accompanied the prince on many of his official duties since then. They announced their engagement in June 2010, and were married on 1 July 2011.

Morgan Tsvangirai

Politician

Morgan Richard Tsvangirai is a Zimbabwean politician who was Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 2009 to 2013. He is President of the Movement for Democratic Change - Tsvangirai and a key figure in the opposition to President Robert Mugabe. Tsvangirai was the MDC candidate in the controversial 2002 presidential election, losing to Mugabe. He later contested the first round of the 2008 presidential election as the MDC-T candidate, taking 47.8% of the vote according to official results, placing him ahead of Mugabe, who received 43.2%. Tsvangirai claimed to have won a majority and said that the results could have been altered in the month between the election and the reporting of official results. Tsvangirai initially planned to run in the second round against Mugabe, but withdrew shortly before it was held, arguing that the election would not be free and fair due to widespread violence and intimidation by government supporters that led to the deaths of 200 people. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries in a car crash on 6 March 2009 when heading towards his rural home in Buhera. His first wife, Susan Tsvangirai, was killed in the head-on collision.

Cara Black

Tennis Tournament Champion

Cara Black is a professional tennis player from Zimbabwe. She is primarily a doubles specialist, winning 57 WTA and 11 ITF titles in that discipline. Black has won a total of 10 Grand Slam titles in women's doubles and mixed doubles combined. By winning the mixed doubles title at the 2010 Australian Open, Black became the third woman in the open era to complete a Career Grand Slam in mixed doubles.

Dereck Chisora

Professional Boxer

Dereck Chisora is a British professional boxer based in London competing in the heavyweight division.

Benjani Mwaruwari

Soccer

Benjani Mwaruwari, often known simply as Benjani, is a Zimbabwean professional footballer who plays as a striker for Bidvest Wits in the South African Premier Soccer League. Having started his career with Jomo Cosmos he moved to Europe in 2001 joining Swiss side Grasshopper Zurich before moving to Auxerre a year later. He signed with Premier League club Portsmouth in 2006, and went on to play in England's top flight for Manchester City, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers before returning to Portsmouth in 2011. Benjani played a total 31 times for the Zimbabwe national football team and was their captain for many of those matches. He retired from international football in October 2010 to concentrate on his club career.

Graeme Hick

Cricket Player

Graeme Ashley Hick MBE is a Rhodesia-born cricketer who played 65 Test matches and 120 One Day Internationals for England. He played county cricket for Worcestershire for his entire English domestic career, a period of well over twenty years, and in 2008 he surpassed Graham Gooch's record for the most matches in all forms of the game combined. He scored more than 40,000 first-class runs, mostly from number three in the order, and he is one of only three players to have passed 20,000 runs in List A cricket and is one of only twenty-five players to have scored 100 centuries in first-class cricket. He is the only cricketer who scored first-class triple hundreds in three different decades. Despite these achievements, he is commonly held to have underachieved in international cricket, a view based on comparison of Hick's overall first-class batting average of 52.23 vis-à-vis his Test average of 31.32. At one time Hick's bowling was a significant force, and his off-spin claimed more than 200 first-class wickets. However, after 2001 he rarely bowled, and took only one first-class and two List A wickets; indeed, after the 2004 season he did not bowl a single ball in either form of the game. Throughout his career he was an outstanding slip fielder: Gooch wrote in his autobiography that his ideal slip cordon would comprise Mark Taylor, Ian Botham and Hick.

Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi

Musical Artist

Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi is a Zimbabwean musician.

Graham Johnson

Pianist

Graham Johnson is a Rhodesian-born, British-based pianist and Lieder accompanist.

Byron Black

Tennis Player

Byron Black is a former touring professional tennis and Davis Cup player for Zimbabwe.

Kirsty Coventry

Swimmer

Kirsty Leigh Coventry is a Zimbabwean swimmer and former world record holder. She attended and swam competitively for Auburn University in Alabama, in the United States. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, in Athens, Greece, Coventry won three Olympic medals: a gold, a silver, and a bronze, while in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she won four medals: a gold and three silver. She was subsequently described by Paul Chingoka, head of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee, as "our national treasure". Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has called her "a golden girl," and awarded her US$100,000 in cash for her 2008 Olympic performance.

Albert Lutuli

Politician

Inkosi Albert John Lutuli, also known by his Zulu name Mvumbi, was a South African teacher and politician. Luthuli was elected president of the African National Congress, at the time an umbrella organisation that led opposition to the white minority government in South Africa. He was awarded the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the non-violent struggle against apartheid. He was the first African, and the first person from outside Europe and the Americas, to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Knowledge Musona

Soccer Forward

Knowledge Musona is a Zimbabwean footballer who plays as a striker for Kaizer Chiefs on loan from 1899 Hoffenheim in the South African Premier Soccer League and the Zimbabwe national team. He previously played for Aces Youth Soccer Academy in Zimbabwe and Kaizer Chiefs before joining Hoffenheim.

Peter Ndlovu

Footballer

Peter Ndlovu is a Zimbabwean former professional footballer and is currently assistant manager of the Zimbabwe national football team. Born in Bulawayo, he played as a striker from 1988 until 2011. He spent time playing in England, where he appeared in the Premier League for Coventry City and in the Football League for Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United. He also played for Highlanders, Mamelodi Sundowns, Thanda Royal Zulu, Highfield United and Black Mambas in South Africa. He was capped 100 times by his country, scoring 38 international goals.

Chelsy Davy

Woman

Chelsy Yvonne Davy is a Zimbabwean national who was the on-off girlfriend of Prince Harry of Wales from early 2004 to 2010.

Wayne Black

Tennis Player

Wayne Hamilton Black is a former professional male tennis player from Zimbabwe. Black is the son of Donald and Velia Black and the brother of Cara Black and Byron Black, also professional tennis players. He attended the University of Southern California and was an All-American in singles and doubles. Black retired from the doubles circuit at the end of 2005. He won two men's doubles Grand Slam titles with compatriot Kevin Ullyett and two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles with sister Cara. As a junior Wayne played league tennis for Highlands Sports Club in Harare. Black reached his career-high doubles ranking of 4 on 31 January 2005, following his second Grand Slam title win at the 2005 Australian Open with compatriot Kevin Ullyett. Black, like his two siblings, was a doubles specialist.

David Pocock

Rugby Player

David Pocock is an Australian rugby union player. He is the current Brumbies and Wallabies openside flanker.

Grace Mugabe

Entrepreneur

Grace Mugabe, is the second wife of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and the First Lady of Zimbabwe from her marriage to the leader in 1996. Grace was previously married to Stanley Goreraza, an air force pilot, and now working in the Zimbabwe embassy in China. As secretary to the president, she became his mistress while still married to Goreraza and together they had two children, Bona, named after Mugabe's mother, and Robert Peter, Jr. The couple were married in an extravagant Catholic Mass, titled the "Wedding of the Century" by the Zimbabwe press, after the death of Mr. Mugabe's first wife, Sally Hayfron. In 1997, Grace Mugabe gave birth to the couple's third child, Chatunga. Grace is popularly known in Zimbabwe as "Dis Grace", a reference to her extravagant life-style while maintaining political responsibilities as first lady.

Carlprit

Eurodance Artist

Carlprit is a Zimbabwean rapper, actor, song writer and music manager. He has performed with and written for acts such as Cascada, Alexandra Stan and Laurent Wolf. He is best known for his song Fiesta as well as his appearance in 2009 on Cascada's hit single "Evacuate the Dancefloor" which sold over three million copies worldwide and reached the top 20 on the Billboard charts, making Carlprit the first person of Zimbabwean origin to have a song in the top U.S. Billboard charts.

Thom Evans

Rugby Player

Thom Evans is a former Scottish international rugby union player and model. He last played on the wing for Glasgow Warriors in the Magners League. His rugby career ended aged 24 on his 10th appearance for Scotland when he suffered a serious neck injury.

Thomas Mapfumo

Singer

Thomas Tafirenyika Mapfumo is a Zimbabwean musician known as "The Lion of Zimbabwe" and "Mukanya" for his immense popularity and for the political influence he wields through his music, including his sharp criticism of the government of President Robert Mugabe. He both created and made popular Chimurenga music and his slow-moving style and distinctive voice is instantly recognizable to Zimbabweans. He now lives in exile in the United States, and although he has occasionally returned to Zimbabwe he has not returned since 2005.

Kevin Ullyett

Tennis Tournament Champion

Kevin Ullyett is a former professional tennis player from Zimbabwe. His primary success on the tour was in men's doubles. Ullyett won 34 doubles titles during his career, including two Grand Slams at the 2001 US Open and the 2005 Australian Open with countryman Wayne Black. He also competed in the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics, coming in at fifth place in 2004 with Black. In mixed doubles, Ullyett won the 2002 Australian Open with Daniela Hantuchová. He reached the final of Wimbledon in 2002 with Hantuchová, and the semifinals there in 2003 and 2005 with Hantuchová and Liezel Huber, respectively. He and Huber were also the runners-up at the 2005 Australian Open. Black, Ullyett's compatriot and long-time doubles partner, retired at the end of 2005. He then played with Paul Hanley for two seasons, then with Jonas Björkman, who retired at the end of 2008, and finally with Brazilian Bruno Soares. His father, Robert Ullyett, represented Rhodesia at cricket and field hockey. He was part of the national team that competed at the 1964 Olympics. He made his final tennis appearance at the South African Open in February 2010 eighteen years after he first appeared there in 1992 competing in his first ATP Tour event. He had over 500 career wins.

Brendan Taylor

Cricket Bowler

Brendan Ross Murray Taylor is a Zimbabwean cricketer, who is mainly a batsman but occasionally keeps wicket or bowls off-spin. He is currently the captain of the Zimbabwean cricket team, having taken over the reins from Elton Chigumbura after the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He became the first Zimbabwean batsman to hit back-to-back One-Day International centuries, achieved against New Zealand in October 2011. He was selected to play Twenty20 cricket for the Wellington cricket team as an overseas player in New Zealand's HRV Twenty20 Cup in December 2011.

Mark McNulty

Golfer

Mark William McNulty is an Irish/Zimbabwean professional golfer currently playing on the Champions Tour. He was one of the leading players on the European Tour from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, and cracked the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings for 83 weeks from 1987 to 1992. McNulty was born in Bindura, Southern Rhodesia. He was raised on a farm in the Centenary area of Zimbabwe. His step-father was an amateur pilot who had an airstrip on the farm. When his step-father was diagnosed with epilepsy, he was forced to give up flying, so he converted the airstrip into a three-hole golf course. This is where Mark first learned to play golf. McNulty became a citizen of Ireland in 2003 at the age of 50. He was eligible to do so because his maternal grandmother was born in Ballymena in Northern Ireland. He explained that his reason for doing so was his concern that as a non-resident Zimbabwean it could take him up to two years to get his passport renewed if he lost it. Commentators elaborated that the farm that his family had been managing for 40-something years had been confiscated by the Mugabe regime. He currently lives in Sunningdale, England.

Rupiah Banda

Politician

Rupiah Bwezani Banda is a Zambian politician who was President of Zambia from 2008 to 2011. During the Presidency of Kenneth Kaunda, Banda held important diplomatic posts and was active in politics as a member of the United National Independence Party. Years later, he was appointed as Vice-President by President Levy Mwanawasa in October 2006, following the latter's re-election. He took over Mwanawasa's presidential responsibilities after Mwanawasa suffered a stroke in June 2008, and following Mwanawasa's death in August 2008, he became acting President. As the candidate of the governing Movement for Multiparty Democracy, he narrowly won the October 2008 presidential election, according to official results. Opposition leader Michael Sata defeated Banda in the September 2011 presidential election, and Sata accordingly succeeded Banda as President on 23 September 2011.

Duncan Fletcher

Cricket Bowler

Duncan Fletcher is a Zimbabwean ex-cricketer and the current coach of the Indian cricket team. He was the coach of the England cricket team from 1999-2007, and is credited with the resurgence of the England team in test cricket in the early years of the 2000s.

Khama Billiat

Soccer Midfielder

Khama Billiat is a Zimbabwean professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for South African Premier Soccer League club Mamelodi Sundowns and the Zimbabwe national team.

Abel Muzorewa

Politician

Bishop Abel Tendekayi Muzorewa {pronunciation: a-bell muzz-oh-ray-wah} served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Rhodesia from the Internal Settlement to the Lancaster House Agreement in 1979. A Methodist bishop and nationalist leader, he held office for only a few months.

Tatenda Taibu

Cricket Bowler

Tatenda Taibu is a Zimbabwean cricketer. He is a wicketkeeper and batsman, and can also bowl right arm off spin. On 6 May 2004, he became the youngest Test captain in history, when he captained his team against Sri Lanka. On 10 July 2012 Taibu, aged only 29, decided to quit cricket and focus on his work in church.

Joice Mujuru

Politician

Joice Mujuru is a Zimbabwean politician serving as Vice-President of Zimbabwe. She has held this post since December 2004, and is also Vice-President of ZANU-PF. She was married to Solomon Mujuru until his death in 2011, and is considered a potential successor to President Robert Mugabe for party leadership.

Onismor Bhasera

Soccer Defender

Onismor Bhasera is a Zimbabwean footballer who plays as a left back for Bidvest Wits in the South African Premier Soccer League. He previously played in the South African Premier Division for Maritzburg United and Kaizer Chiefs, and the Football League for Plymouth Argyle. Bhasera has won caps at full international level for Zimbabwe.

Heath Streak

Cricket Bowler

Heath Hilton Streak is a former Zimbabwean cricketer. He made his Test debut in Zimbabwe's tour of Pakistan 1993/1994 making his mark by taking 8 wickets in the 2nd Test at Rawalpindi. He won the Man of the series award in that series taking 22 wickets at an average of 13.54. He bettered his best bowling figures in 1995 when Pakistan toured Zimbabwe taking 6/90 in the first Test at Harare. In 1995/96, Streak played in the same Matabeleland team as his 46-year-old father Denis in the final of the Lonrho Logan Cup against Mashonaland Country Districts; this was the first instance of a father and son playing in the same first-class match for more than thirty years. In 2000/2001, he won 2-man of the series awards, first in Zimbabwe's tour of England and then in Bangladesh's tour of Zimbabwe. He is the only Zimbabwean bowler to have taken over 100 Test wickets and one of only 2 Zimbabwean bowlers to have taken over 100 ODI wickets. There is little doubt that he is the best bowler to have played for Zimbabwe, with the ability to extract seam movement at a lively pace on even the deadest of wickets. He retired from international cricket in October 2005 to become captain of Warwickshire County Cricket Club having previously played county cricket for Hampshire. He also captains his fellow exiled players from Zimbabwe in the Red Lions team, which plays charity games in England.

Alex Callinicos

Professor

Alexander Theodore Callinicos is a Zimbabwean-British political theorist and activist. In an academic capacity, he serves as Professor of European Studies at King's College London. An adherent of Trotskyism, he is a member of the Central Committee of the Socialist Workers Party and serves as its International Secretary. He is also editor of International Socialism, the SWP's theoretical journal, and has published a variety of books.

Tendai Mtawarira

Rugby Player

Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira is a Zimbabwean-born South African rugby union player for the Sharks in the Super Rugby competition. Mtawarira, a prop, is fondly known by friends and fans as "The Beast". Roars of "Beast" are shouted by spectators and fans of the Natal Sharks team whenever Mtawarira attains possession of the ball or makes a big tackle. Mtawarira was selected as part of the South African National Rugby Union team and made his debut playing against Wales in a test match on 14 June 2008. The following week, on 21 June 2008, Mtawarira scored a try against Italy as well as winning the 'Man of the Match' award. He attended Peterhouse Group of Boarding Schools in Marondera in Zimbabwe, along with fellow Springbok player Brian Mujati. Notably, despite living in South Africa and representing the country internationally, Mtawarira was a Zimbabwean national until late June 2010; he qualified for South Africa by three years' residency, as allowed under International Rugby Board rules.

Lobengula

Deceased Person

Lobengula Khumalo was the second and last king of the Ndebele people, usually pronounced Matabele in English. Both names, in the Sindebele language, mean "The men of the long shields", a reference to the Matabele warriors' use of the Zulu shield and spear.

Grant Flower

Cricket Bowler

Grant William Flower is a Zimbabwean cricketer. He is rated among the best Zimbabwean cricketers in history for his handy left arm spin and fine batting skills. He was a fitness fanatic who spends hours in the gym, and was also regarded as a brilliant fielder who was usually seen in the gully. "Flower Power", the combination of Grant and his brother Andy Flower, was the mainstay of Zimbabwean batting for a decade. He was his team's most successful opening batsman who played the role of anchorman, with strokeplayers coming in down the order. He played a lead role in, arguably, Zimbabwe's finest Test victory, against a strong Pakistan side. He would show a liking for the Pakistani side over his career, averaging over 40 against them and scoring 3 centuries including an unbeaten 201. Grant Flower needs to score 215 runs to overtake his brother Andy as the country's leading run scorer in ODI cricket.

John Love

Racing driver

John Maxwell Lineham Love was a racing driver from Rhodesia. He participated in 10 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 29 December 1962. He achieved one podium, and scored a total of six championship points. Love was born in Bulawayo. Six times South African Formula One Champion in the 1960s, he had originally shone in the European Formula Junior firmament back in 1961–62 at the wheel of a Cooper-Austin from Ken Tyrrell's team. An unfortunate accident at Albi resulted in a very badly broken arm and effectively thwarted his chances of moving into full-time Formula One, but he came close when he was nominated as Phil Hill's replacement in the works Cooper team for the 1964 Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Nevertheless, he became a regular contestant in the South African Grand Prix and was leading the 1967 event at Kyalami in his 2.7 L Climax-engined Cooper when a misfire prompted him to make a precautionary stop for extra fuel and he dropped back to finish second behind the works Cooper-Maserati of Pedro Rodríguez. Love would dominate racing in southern Africa in the 1960s, winning the South African Formula One Championship six times in succession from 1964 to 1969. He would also win his home race, the Rhodesian Grand Prix, six times.

Allan Savory

Academic

Allan Redin Savory is a Zimbabwean biologist, farmer, soldier, exile, environmentalist, and winner of the 2003 Banksia International Award and the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. He is the originator of holistic management. Savory has said, "only livestock can save us." Through reversing desertification, he believes rangeland soil has the ability to sequester vast amounts of CO2.

Ray Price

Cricket Bowler

Raymond William Price is a former Zimbabwean cricketer. He bowls left-arm orthodox spin. He is the nephew of the renowned Zimbabwean golfer Nick Price. Price was born two months prematurely and contracted meningitis when he was a few months old. He was given only a one in four chance of survival, but survive he did. However, although it was not realised for some time, he was left totally deaf by the disease. When he was four, he had an operation to regain his hearing. The operation was successful, but left him with terrible coordination difficulties. He was consequently some way behind his age group when he went to school. Price first played cricket with friends in his back garden. When he was at primary school he was a pace bowler, but took up spin at Watershed College, a boarding school near Marondera. He gradually got better and better at cricket, ending up as a key figure for the school team. He had attracted the attention of the Mashonaland County Districts cricket side, and he made his first-class debut in 1995/6, although only as an amateur. He was a trained installer of refrigeration and air conditioning units during this period of his career. Price began to impress the Zimbabwe selectors and, when an injury and form crisis robbed Zimbabwe of the first-choice spinner Paul Strang, Adam Huckle and Andy Whittall, they selected him for the third Test of the series against Sri Lanka in 1999/2000.

Dickson Choto

Soccer Defender

Dickson Choto is a Zimbabwean footballer who played for Legia Warsaw until June 2013. He was born in Wedza District.

M. K. Asante

Film Director

M. K. Asante Jr. is an American author, filmmaker, and professor. He has been described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "a rare, remarkable talent that brings to mind the great artists of the Harlem Renaissance." He was described by CNN as "a master storyteller and major creative force." He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including the Langston Hughes Award from the Langston Hughes Society and the Key to the City of Dallas, TX.

Murray Goodwin

Cricket Bowler

Murray William Goodwin is a cricketer who played 19 Tests and 71 One Day Internationals for Zimbabwe. He is a right-handed top-order batsman, who is strong on the back-foot, as well as being a good cutter and puller of the ball. Born in Rhodesia, Goodwin emigrated to Australia as a child. He moved back to Zimbabwe, and represented that country for two years between 1998 and 2000. His wife had trouble settling in Zimbabwe, and so, after the England tour of 2000, they moved back to Australia. After his retirement from international cricket, he became a regular for the Western Warriors in Australia and for Sussex in England. He made 1,183 runs for Western Australia in 2003–04 and highlighted his consistency with 840 the following season. He has also played for the Netherlands as an overseas player. Goodwin holds the Sussex record for the highest individual innings, with 344* against Somerset in 2009, beating his own record of 335* set in 2003. Goodwin's 2003 innings helped Sussex to win their first-ever Championship title, after 164 years. He is also the only Sussex batsman to have twice made a double century and a century in the same match. Goodwin led Sussex to the league title in the final match of the 2008 NatWest Pro40 competition. After the collapse of Sussex's top and middle order against Nottinghamshire CCC, his 87 not out from 64 balls steered Sussex to victory. Needing three runs from Charlie Shreck's final delivery to tie the match and ensure victory for Sussex in the league table, Goodwin hit a six over long-on to clinch the game.

Takudzwa Ngwenya

Athlete

Takudzwa Ngwenya is a rugby union player who plays on the wing for the United States national rugby union team and French power Biarritz. He made his mark in the 2007 Rugby World Cup with scintillating tries against South Africa and Samoa.

Gary Ballance

Cricket Bowler

Gary Simon Ballance is a Zimbabwean-born English first-class cricketer. He is a left-handed batsman and a leg-break bowler, who currently plays for Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Ballance first played in the Second XI Championship in 2006, having made five appearances for Zimbabwe in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup, in which the team finished in sixth place. In the final match for the team, Ballance scored a half-century, gaining notice from Derbyshire and earned the chance to sign for the team in 2006. He played his first limited overs match two weeks later, having performed in the Derbyshire Second XI. At the end of the 2007 season, Ballance left Derbyshire to sign academy terms with Yorkshire. He made his first-class debut for Yorkshire against Kent at the St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, in July 2008. In the first-class match against Durham MCC University in April 2011, Ballance scored 72 and 73 not out. He made his England debut on the 3rd of September 2013 in an ODI against Ireland. Ballance's uncles, David Houghton and William Houghton, were both first-class cricketers.

Bobby Skinstad

Athlete

Robert Brian Skinstad is a Zimbabwean-born South African rugby union player who has represented the national team, the Springboks, 42 times, scoring 55 points. He played in the positions of flanker and number eight. He stands 1.93 meters tall and weighs 104 kilograms.

Tsitsi Dangarembga

Author

Tsitsi Dangarembga is a Zimbabwean author and filmmaker.

Welshman Ncube

Politician

Welshman Ncube is a Zimbabwean politician. He is the President of the Movement for Democratic Change – Ncube, and since February 2009 has been the Minister of Industry and Commerce. He was elected as a member of the House of Assembly of Zimbabwe for Bulawayo North East in the 2000 election and served in the House of Assembly until 2008. Ncube is an academic lawyer who has been Professor of Law at the University of Zimbabwe from 1992. He has a BL LLB and an MPhil degrees from the University of Zimbabwe. His MPhil thesis was on Zimbabwean Customary Law focusing on Family Law. In 1997 Ncube bought 30 square kilometres of land with the intention of developing it as a farm but it was seized under the government's land redistribution programme. The land had not previously been farmed. In 2002 Ncube was one of three MDC MPs to be charged with high treason over an alleged plot to assassinate Robert Mugabe, but like the others was found not guilty. The MDC National Council voted to take part in the elections, MDC leader Tsvangirai tried to expel the selected candidates from the party and suspended Ncube pending disciplinary hearings at the MDC congress in February 2006, but failed because he could not do so constitutionally. The MDC group met in congress in Bulawayo and chose Arthur Mutambara as its new President.

Paul Liebrandt

Chef

Paul Liebrandt is a chef.

Constantine Chiwenga

Politician

General Constantine Chiwenga is Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.

Dambudzo Marechera

Playwright

Dambudzo Marechera was a Zimbabwean novelist and poet.

Tim Noakes

Professor

Timothy David Noakes is a South African professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town. He has run more than 70 marathons and ultramarathons, and is the author of the running book Lore of Running.

NoViolet Bulawayo

Novelist

NoViolet Bulawayo is a Zimbabwean author, and Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Takesure Chinyama

Soccer Forward

Takesure Chinyama is a Zimbabwean professional footballer who currently plays for Platinum Stars in the South African Premier Soccer League.

David Coltart

Politician

David Coltart is a Zimbabwean lawyer, Christian leader and politician. He was a founding member of the Movement for Democratic Change when it was established in 1999 and its founding Secretary for Legal Affairs. He was the Member of Parliament for Bulawayo South in the House of Assembly from 2000 to 2008, and he was elected to the Senate in 2008. He is presently the Legal Secretary for the formation of the Movement for Democratic Change led by Welshman Ncube. He was the Minister for Education, Sport, Arts and Culture from February 2009 until August 2013..

David Watson

Soccer

David Vernon "Dave" Watson is a former English footballer who played for Notts County, Rotherham United, Sunderland, Manchester City, Werder Bremen, Southampton, Stoke City, Vancouver Whitecaps and Derby County as well at the England national team where he won 65 caps.

Roy Bennett

Politician

Roy Leslie Bennett is a Zimbabwean politician and former member of the British South Africa Police. He was also a member of the House of Assembly of Zimbabwe for the seat of Chimanimani, where he is affectionately known as Pachedu. He is currently the Treasurer of the Movement for Democratic Change party led by Morgan Tsvangirai and a member of the Senate of Zimbabwe. He was set to become the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Zimbabwe until Robert Mugabe refused to swear him in. He was one of the three white parliamentarians elected in the Zimbabwean parliamentary election, 2000 despite the intimidation against MDC voters by supporters of Zanu-PF. During the campaign, his wife who was 5 months pregnant, was physically abused by ZANU activists on their farm and subsequently lost her baby boy.

Sean Ervine

Cricket Bowler

Sean Michael Ervine is a Zimbabwean cricketer. Ervine is a left-handed batsman who bowls right-arm medium pace.

Joseph Ngwenya

Soccer Forward

Joseph Ngwenya is a Zimbabwean footballer who currently plays for Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the USL Pro League.

Solomon Mujuru

Politician

Solomon Mujuru, also known as Rex Nhongo, was a Zimbabwean military officer and politician who led Robert Mugabe's guerrilla forces during the Rhodesian Bush War. He was from the Zezuru clan. In post-independence Zimbabwe, he went on to become army chief before leaving government service in 1995. After leaving his post in the Zimbabwe National Army, he got into politics becoming Member of Parliament for Chikomba on a Zanu PF ticket. He was generally regarded as one of the most feared men in Zimbabwe. His wife, Joyce Mujuru, became Vice-President of Zimbabwe in 2004.

Hamilton Masakadza

Cricket Bowler

Hamilton Masakadza is a Zimbabwean cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional right-arm leg-break bowler. His brother, Shingirai Masakadza also plays for Zimbabwe; they both play domestically for the Mountaineers. In February 2000 he became the first black Zimbabwean to score a first-class century. Soon after, in July 2001 he became the youngest player to make a century on his Test debut. His innings of 119 was made against the West Indies in Harare and helped his side draw the match. Still at high school, he was aged just 17 years and 254 days at the time. He only held this record until August however when Mohammad Ashraful took it from him. He went into the record books again against the West Indies in December 2007, this time in an ODI. His opening partnership of 167 with Vusi Sibanda was a national record, with Masakadza making 80 of those runs. His maiden ODI century against a Test-playing nation came on 14 August 2009, eight years after his Test century, when he scored 102 off 112 balls against Bangladesh batting at Number three. He is also the first Zimbabwean to have two ODI scores of more than 150, both coming in one week when he scored 156 and 178 not out against Kenya in October 2009 in the first and fifth matches in Harare.

Ngonidzashe Makusha

Olympic athlete

Ngonidzashe Makusha is a Zimbabwean sprinter and long jumper. He is the national record holder over 100 m and Long Jump for Zimbabwe with 9.89 s and 8.40 m respectively. Both performances achieved during the 2011 NCAA Division I Championships in Des Moines, Iowa where he completed the 100 m long jump double. Following the 2 gold medals victory, Makusha has becomes one of the only four athletes to win the double at the NCAA championships. The three others are DeHart Hubbard, Jesse Owens, and Carl Lewis. In 2011, Makusha was named the men's winner of The Bowerman which is awarded to the top collegiate track & field athlete of the year.

Herbert Chitepo

Politician

Herbert Wiltshire Tapfumaneyi Chitepo led the Zimbabwe African National Union until he was assassinated on March 1975. Although his murderer remains unidentified, the Rhodesian author Peter Stiff says that a former British SAS soldier, Hugh Hind was responsible. Chitepo became the first black citizen of Rhodesia to become a barrister.

Quincy Antipas

Soccer Forward

Quincy Antipas is a Zimbabwean international footballer who plays for Danish side Brøndby, as a striker.

Michael Dempsey

Alternative rock Artist

Michael Dempsey is a bassist from England, who has performed as a member of several post-punk and New Wave bands including The Cure and Associates.

Ndabaningi Sithole

Politician

Rev. Ndabaningi Sithole {pronunciation: nda-va-nin-gee sitt-ho-lee} founded the Zimbabwe African National Union, a militant organisation that opposed the government of Rhodesia, in July 1963. A member of the Ndau ethnic group, he also worked as a Methodist minister. He spent 10 years in prison after the government banned ZANU. A rift along tribal lines split ZANU in 1975, and he lost the 1980 elections to Robert Mugabe.

Dennis Brutus

Poet

Dennis Vincent Brutus was a South African activist, educator, journalist and poet best known for his campaign to have apartheid South Africa banned from the Olympic Games.

Michael Gibbs

Composer

Michael Clement Irving Gibbs is a jazz composer, conductor, arranger and producer as well as a trombonist and keyboardist. He is known for collaborations with Gary Burton, his student, and for his use of rock elements in orchestral jazz.

Alistair Campbell

Cricket Bowler

Alistair Douglas Ross Campbell is a former Zimbabwean Test cricketer. In total he played 60 matches in his Test career, captaining Zimbabwe on 21 occasions. He also played 188 One Day Internationals, being captain in 86 of them. He retired from cricket in 2003. A left-handed batsman, Campbell batted in the middle order in Test cricket but usually opened in One Day International cricket. After becoming the youngest ever Zimbabwean to make a first-class century he was selected for the 1992 World Cup in Australia, aged 19. He struggled throughout but in the coming years managed to cement his spot in the national side. On the 1993–94 Pakistan tour he scored 3 half centuries against the likes of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. In October 1994 he fell painfully short of his maiden Test century when he was dismissed by Sri Lankan paceman Ravindra Pushpakumara for 99. This remained his highest Test score for five years until he brought up 3 figures against India at Nagpur in 2000–01. He scored one more Test century in his career, an innings of 103 the following season against the West Indies. He was more successful in the ODI arena, making over 5000 runs and maintaining an average of over 30. His most prolific year was in 2000 when he made 960 runs at 38.40. Of his 7 hundreds, 2 of them were made against Australia.

Nelson Chamisa

Politician

Nelson Chamisa is a Zimbabwean politician and member of the House of Assembly of Zimbabwe for Kuwadzana, Harare. His charismatic speeches and eloquence saw him rise to become the Secretary for Information and Publicity for the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change, and former national youth chairperson for that party. Hon Chamisa is an articulate orator in his own right. Hon Chamisa is a former chairperson of the MDC Youth Assembly. He was elected MDC spokesman at the party Congress in June 2006.In April 2011 at the Party's congress in Bulawayo, he was elected as the Party's Organising secretary, a post which previously belonged to Elias Mudzuri. In Parliament, he is a member of the portfolio committees of Defence and Home Affairs, Public Accounts, Gender and Youth and Transport and Communications. He is also a member of the Local Government, Public Works & Urban Development and the African Caribbean and Pacific Parliament. He is a former secretary-general of the Zimbabwe National Students Union. In 1998 he was dismissed from the Harare Polytechnic over trumped charges for inciting disorder in Chegutu, a town a few kilometres from Harare. Together with Josiah Patsanza, Munyaradzi Chindanya, Siyakha Mthunzi, they were reinstated after an appeal through the High Court.

Dumisani Maraire

Musical Artist

Abraham Dumisani Maraire, known to friends as "Dumi", was a master performer of the mbira, a traditional instrument of the Shona ethnic group of Zimbabwe. He specialized in the form of mbira called nyunga nyunga, as well as the Zimbabwean marimba. He introduced Zimbabwean music to North America, initiating a flourishing of Zimbabwean music in the Pacific Northwest that continues to spread in the 21st century.

Elton Chigumbura

Cricket Bowler

Elton Chigumbura is a Zimbabwean cricketer currently playing for English county club Northamptonshire. He is a current Zimbabwean international and former captain of the national side, who played 6 Test matches from the age of 18 before Zimbabwe were barred from Test cricket. Chigumbura also has over 100 ODI caps.

Nyasha Mushekwi

Soccer Defender

Nyasha Mushekwi is a Zimbabwean football player who currently plays for KV Oostende, on loan from South African Premier Soccer League club Mamelodi Sundowns. Playing for CAPS United, he was the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League's top scorer in the 2009 season with 21 goals He is also a member of the Zimbabwe national football team. Mushekwi subsequently joined Mamelodi Sundowns in 2010. In his first season with the club he scored 14 goals trailing only Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot winner Knowledge Musona who scored 15 times. On March 4, 2012, his team set a remarkable record in the Nedbank Cup when they beat Powerlines FC 24-0 with Mushekwi scoring six of the goals. Mushekwi attended Churchill High School, where his main sport was basketball, in which sport he was voted the most valuable player in the Mashonaland Basketball Association league and represented Zimbabwe at under-19 and senior national team level.

Pauline Kamusewu

Singer

Pauline Kamusewu, also known as just Pauline is a Swedish soul singer/song-writer of Zimbabwean and Italian descent. In 2003 she won the Rockbjörnen award for Best Swedish Newcomer. She competed in the second heat of Melodifestivalen 2010 in Sandviken with the song Sucker For Love but was knocked out in the duels by Crucified Barbara.

Peter Godwin

Memoirist

Peter Godwin is an author, journalist, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, and former human rights lawyer. Best known for his writings concerning the breakdown of his native Zimbabwe, he has reported from more than 60 countries and written several books. He is currently President of PEN American Center and resides in Manhattan, New York with his wife, Joanna Coales, who was named Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan in 2012.

Roy Welensky

Politician

Sir Raphael "Roy" Welensky, KCMG was a Northern Rhodesian politician and the second and last prime minister of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. Born in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia to an Afrikaner mother and a Polish Jewish father, he moved to Northern Rhodesia, became involved with the trade unions, and entered the colonial legislative council in 1938. There, he campaigned for the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Rhodesia. Although unsuccessful, he succeeded in the formation of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, a state within the British Empire that sought to retain predominant power for the white minority while moving in a progressive political direction, in contrast to apartheid South Africa. Becoming Prime Minister of the Federation in 1957, Welensky opposed British moves towards black majority rule, and used force to suppress politically motivated violence in the territories. After the advent of African rule in two of the Federation's three territories, it collapsed in 1963. Welensky retired to Salisbury, where he re-entered politics and attempted to stop Rhodesia from unilaterally declaring itself independent. With the end of white rule in 1979, and the independence of Rhodesia as Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe in 1980, Welensky moved to England, where he died in 1991. A fervent admirer of Britain and the Empire, Welensky described himself as "half Jewish, half Afrikaner [and] 100% British".

Charles Coventry

Cricket Bowler

Charles Kevin Coventry is a Zimbabwean cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional wicket-keeper. Within Zimbabwe he is known as "Chappie" Coventry. He previously held the record of the highest individual score in a One Day International, 194 runs not out. This was surpassed by Sachin Tendulkar's 200 on 24 February 2010 and Virender Sehwag's 219 on 8 December 2011. He is the highest ODI scorer in a losing cause, surpassing Matthew Hayden's 181. He is one of only a select few sportsmen to wear prescription spectacles while playing sport, and one of only two sportsmen in the modern era to play Test cricket with spectacles, the other being New Zealand's Daniel Vettori.

Chris Ellison

Politician

Christopher Martin Ellison, is a former Liberal member of the Australian Senate. He represented Western Australia in the Senate from July 1993 to January 2009.

Denis Watson

Golfer

Denis Leslie Watson is a professional golfer from Zimbabwe. Watson was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia and educated at Oriel Boys High School, Chisipite. He was Rhodesian Sportsman of the Year in 1975, but went on to represent South Africa in the World Series of Golf in 1980 and 1982 – sporting connections between Rhodesia and Apartheid South Africa were blurred at the time, for example the Rhodesian cricket team was once part of the South African domestic set-up. Watson turned professional in 1976 and played on the European Tour from 1978 to 1980. After moving to the United States, where he joined the PGA Tour, he had his career year in 1984 when he won the Buick Open, NEC World Series of Golf, and Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational to tie for the most wins on the PGA Tour that season. Watson finished second in the 1985 U.S. Open, missing out on forcing a playoff by one shot, having incurred a two-stroke penalty earlier in the tournament. The penalty was assessed on the eighth hole in the first round, after he had waited longer than the allowed ten seconds for a putt that had hung on the lip of the hole to drop in. The ball did fall into the hole, but the birdie was disallowed and the penalty strokes added. The USGA and R&A, the sports governing bodies, have since amended the penalty for this rules infraction to just a single stroke. Andy North was eventually the only player to beat him, by one shot despite himself bogeying the last hole.

Paula Newby-Fraser

Triathlete

Paula Newby-Fraser is an Ironman triathlete and duathlete. She was born in Southern Rhodesia and raised in South Africa, where she was a nationally-ranked swimmer as a child. She won the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii 8 times in 1986, 1988–1989, 1991–1994, and 1996. She is also referred to as "The Queen of Kona". Over 12 years Newby-Fraser won 21 of 26 Ironman races she has entered around the globe, and dozens of shorter races too. Newby-Fraser won 24 Ironman races overall between 1986 and 2002. In the '90s, she also competed in long distance duathlons like the PowerMan Zofingen, Switzerland and the 1990 World Duathon Championships in Palm Springs. She beat the Queen of the Duathlon, Liz Downing. Among numerous other awards, the United States Sports Academy named her as one of the top 5 professional women athletes of the last 25 years. Paula Newby-Fraser held the Ironman Women's world record of 8:50:28, until 2008-07-13, when Yvonne van Vlerken of the Netherlands posted a time of 8:45:48. Paula Newby-Fraser is regarded as an icon for the Ironman distance in triathlon. In 1991 Paula Newby-Fraser appeared with Cycling Master, John Howard, in "John Howard's Lessons In Cycling" video produced by New & Unique Videos of San Diego, California. Newby-Fraser demonstrated the cycling technique called "The Hot Stop."

Audius Mtawarira

Musical Artist

Audius Mtawarira, is a multi-ARIA Award winning Australian record producer, composer, artist and songwriter more commonly known as "Audius".

Tony Johnstone

Golfer

Anthony Alastair Johnstone is a Zimbabwean professional golfer. Johnstone was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia and attended Christian Brothers College. He lives in Sunningdale in England. He turned professional in 1979 and has spent his career playing mainly on the Southern African Sunshine Tour and in Europe. He won six times on the European Tour and finished a career best seventh on the European Tour Order of Merit in 1992. His most prestigious win came at the 1992 British PGA Championship. He won seventeen times on the Sunshine Tour, including one co-sanctioned event also included in his European Tour win tally, and he topped that tour's Order of Merit in 1988/89 and 1993/94. He has represented Zimbabwe in international competition many times. In 2004 Johnstone was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, possibly ending his playing career. With a revolutionary drug treatment, he appears to have put his MS in remission and made his European Seniors Tour debut shortly after turning fifty in 2006. In 2008 he won his first EST event, the Jersey Seniors Classic. He won his second event on the Seniors tour in 2009 at the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters. Johnstone is noted for his excellent short game and topped the European Tour's short game statistics in 1998, 1999 and 2000. He has also worked as a golf broadcaster.

Susan Tsvangirai

Politician

Susan Nyaradzo Tsvangirai was a prominent figure in Zimbabwean politics as a notable member of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai political party, and was the wife of Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's Prime Minister. She has been described as being a mother figure for the country, providing strength behind the scenes.

Brendon de Jonge

Golfer

Brendon de Jonge is a professional golfer from Zimbabwe. He currently plays on the PGA Tour.

Paul Maritz

Entrepreneur

Paul Maritz is a computer scientist and software executive. He held positions at large companies including Microsoft and EMC Corporation.

Yvonne Vera

Novelist

Yvonne Vera was an award-winning author from Zimbabwe. Her novels are known for their poetic prose, difficult subject-matter, and their strong women characters, and are firmly rooted in Zimbabwe's difficult past. For these reasons, she has been widely studied and appreciated by those studying postcolonial African literature.

Dougie Marillier

Cricket Bowler

Douglas Anthony "Dougie" Marillier is a former Zimbabwean cricketer. He is a right hand batsman known for his unorthodox technique and a right arm offspin bowler. One of earliest popularizers of the "scoop" stroke which is designed to sail over fine-leg, he has a one-day top score of 100, achieved in Sharjah against Kenya in April 2003. He is credited as the inventor of the Marillier shot, in which the batsman extends the bat as a ramp in front of him and flicks the ball over his shoulder to fine leg. It is sometimes referred to as the Marillier.

Stephen Marcussen

Musical Artist

Stephen Marcussen is the founder and chief mastering engineer of Marcussen Mastering in Hollywood, California.

Gavyn Davies

Journalist

Gavyn Davies, OBE is a former Goldman Sachs partner and multi-millionaire who was the chairman of the BBC from 2001 until 2004. On 28 January 2004 he announced that he was resigning his BBC post following the publication of the Hutton Inquiry report which heavily criticised the organisation.

Alick Macheso

Musical Artist

Alick Macheso came onto the music scene in 1998, with his debut album Magariro, which carried "Pakutema Munda", probably the most noticeable from that album. But the first cut never received any recognition and the following year he was to release Vakiridzo. Similarly, the response was lukewarm and in the coming 12 months, he went back into the studio and came out with Simbaradzo. Simbaradzo was to be the turning point is his career and Mundikumbuke and Mai Rubhi brought Macheso into the limelight. He was to follow on the success of Simbaradzo with Zvakanaka Zvakadaro. He can dance, sing and play the guitar - a rare combination of skills among musicians. Zvakanaka Zvakadaro was followed, in 2003, by Zvido Zvenyu Kunyanya. Macheso was born in 1968 in Shamva, 90 kilometres to the north of Harare, to parents of Malawian origin - a fact that was to inspire him to be able to speak and sing in five languages - Shona, Chichewa, Sena, Venda and Lingala. Growing on a farm, especially before Zimbabwe's Independence from Britain in 1980, the environment did not offer him many opportunities. In 1983, at the youthful age of 15, he left the farm compounds of Shamva to head for the dizzy lights of Harare.

Stella Rambisai Chiweshe

Singer

Stella Chiweshe is a Zimbabwean musician. She is internationally known for her singing and playing of the mbira dzavadzimu, a traditional instrument of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. She is one of the few female players of the instrument, which she learned to play from 1966 to 1969 when even fewer females played the instrument. Chiweshe has performed numerous times in Germany and has also participated in the WOMAD festival. In 2004 she toured England with her daughter. In addition to performing as a soloist, Chiweshe often performs in combination with guitars. She has also organized an international women's music festival in Zimbabwe. In 1989, she starred in I Am the Future, a Godwin Mawuru film about a young woman who travels to the big city to escape Zimbabwe's independence war in the rural areas.

Ronald Duncan

Playwright

Ronald Duncan was a writer, poet and playwright, now best known for preparing the libretto for Benjamin Britten's opera The Rape of Lucretia, first performed in 1946. Duncan was born, with the surname Dunkelsbühler, in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, in 1914. He became a pacifist during the 1930s, and his first publication, in January 1937, was The Complete Pacifist, a pamphlet appearing from the Peace Pledge Union and carrying endorsements by Canon Dick Sheppard, Gerald Heard, and Sylvia Townsend Warner. Later that year he wrote the words for a Pacifist March composed by Benjamin Britten for the PPU, but the work was not a success and was soon withdrawn. In the same year also he visited Gandhi in India, and from 1938 was on friendly terms with the British Hispanist Gerald Brenan. In 1937, again, Duncan met Ezra Pound, who encouraged him to found the "little magazine" Townsman, 1938-1945. Of the 24 issues, numbers 21-24 appeared as The Scythe, a title that signalled Duncan's increasing interest in agriculture and husbandry. His pacifism had led him to set up a co-operative farming enterprise at Mead Farm, near Welcombe, Devon, during the Second World War. This failed by 1943, and in 1944 Duncan successfully faced a conscientious objection tribunal. In 1942-43 he helped Britten with the last scene of the opera Peter Grimes, and wrote the whole of the libretto for The Rape of Lucretia in 1945-46.

Kevin Curran

Cricket Bowler

Kevin Malcolm Curran was a Zimbabwean international cricketer. Born in Rusape, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, he played in both the 1983 Cricket World Cup and 1987 Cricket World Cup. He was also a Zimbabwean cricket coach from August 2005 to September 2007. At the time of his death, he was head of the Zimbabwe Cricket Academy. A genuine all-rounder, Curran was a right arm medium-fast bowler and right-handed middle order batsman. He was a regular in English county cricket for Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire in the 1980s, and passed 1000 runs in a season five times. He also played in South Africa for both Boland and Natal.

Norman Geras

Author

Norman Geras was a political theorist and Professor Emeritus of Politics at the University of Manchester. He contributed to an analysis of the works of Karl Marx in his book Marx and Human Nature and the article The Controversy About Marx and Justice. Geras was born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia, to a Jewish family. Arriving in the UK in 1962, he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Pembroke College, Oxford and graduated in 1965. He was a research student from 1965 to 1967 at Nuffield College, Oxford before joining the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in 1967, retiring as a Professor in 2003. Geras was on the editorial board of New Left Review from 1976 to 1992, and then on the editorial board of Socialist Register from 1995 to 2003. From 2003 onwards he wrote a blog, which focused on political issues, such as the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which he backed, his academic interests, and a range of other topics, including popular music, cricket and films. In 2006 he was one of the principal authors of the Euston Manifesto. He married the children's writer Adèle Geras in 1967. One of their two daughters is Sophie Hannah, the poet and author.

Trevor Penney

Cricket Player

Trevor Lionel Penney is a former cricketer who played for Warwickshire County Cricket Club, noted particularly for his fielding. He had a career average of almost 40 runs per innings. Whilst still playing, he worked as a specialist fielding coach with the English cricket team, and was one of the controversial substitute fielders used in the 2005 Ashes series, coming on for Simon Jones. Penney is the current fielding coach of the Indian cricket team and is currently working under Duncan Fletcher. A right-handed occasional medium-pace bowler and batsman, he was chiefly recognised for his fielding, being described by The Guardian as 'one of the best fielders to have graced the county game'. On 22 September 2005 he announced his retirement from first class cricket to become an assistant coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team. On 14 May 2007, the WACA announced Penney's appointment as assistant coach of the Western Warriors under Tom Moody for the next three years.

Tonderai Chavhanga

Athlete

Tonderai Chavhanga is a South African rugby union player. Chavhanga has played for the national team, the Springboks, being capped once in 2005.

Cuthbert Malajila

Footballer

Cuthbert Malajila is a Zimbabwean footballer who plays as a forward for South African Premier Soccer League side Mamelodi Sundowns.

Kyle Jarvis

Cricket Bowler

Kyle Malcolm Jarvis is a Zimbabwean cricketer who plays for the Zimbabwe cricket team. The son of former Zimbabwean international cricketer Malcolm Jarvis, he was educated at St Johns College, Harare, where he excelled at rugby and cricket. Kyle was a key bowler for Zimbabwe in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup and he also played for the Zimbabwe U-19 Rugby Team.

Kheli Dube

Soccer Forward

Mkhokheli "Kheli" Dube is a Zimbabwean footballer.

Edward Chiwawa

Man

Edward Chiwawa is a Zimbabwean sculptor. Born northwest of Guruve, he learned to sculpt by working with his cousin, Henry Munyaradzi. From 1971 until 1973 he was a resident of the Tengenenge Sculpture Community. His sculptures are often heavily abstracted. Chiwawa has exhibited in Europe and Australia.

Archieford Gutu

Footballer

Archford Uche Gutu is an international Zimbabwean footballer, who plays Midfielder for Kalmar FF in the highest Swedish league Allsvenskan.

Robert Mercer

Man

Robert William Stanley Mercer CR is a Catholic priest in England. Formerly an Anglican bishop, he was the fourth Bishop of Matabeleland in Zimbabwe, a diocese of the Church of the Province of Central Africa, a province of the Anglican Communion. Since 2012 he has been a priest in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, a personal ordinariate for former Anglicans within the Roman Catholic Church in the United Kingdom. Mercer was educated at Grey School, Port Elizabeth and St Paul's Theological College, Grahamstown. Ordained as a deacon in 1959 and as a priest a year later, his first post was as a curate at Hillside, Bulawayo. After time at St Teilo’s Carmarthen, he returned to his homeland. In 1970, he was deported from South Africa because of his stand against apartheid, specifically for running, with other Anglican clerics, a multi-racial parish at Stellenbosch University. He was then chaplain of St Augustine's School, Penhalonga and then rector of Borrowdale, Harare. Mercer was ordained as a bishop in Matabeleland in 1977 and served in the midst of a civil war. From 1988 until his retirement in 2005 he was the metropolitan bishop of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada. Though retired to England, he remained a member of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada's house of bishops until January, 2012.