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SHIMMER CHINODYA Zimbabwe Author and writer

Shimmer Chinodya (born 1957 Gwelo, then Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland) is a Zimbabwean novelist. He studied at Mambo Primary School. He was expelled from Goromonzi after demonstrating against Ian Smith’s government. He graduated from the University of Zimbabwe, and from the University of Iowa, with an MA in creative …

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CHENJERAI HOVE Zimbabwe poet and writer

Chenjerai Hove (9 February 1956 – 12 July 2015) was a Zimbabwean poet, novelist and essayist who wrote in both English and Shona. “Modernist in their formal construction, but making extensive use of oral conventions, Hove’s novels offer an intense examination of the psychic and social costs – to the …

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JESTINA MUKOKO Zimbabwe Human rights activist

Jestina Mukoko is a Zimbabwean human rights activist and the director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project. She is a journalist by training and a former newsreader with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation. In March 2010 Jestina Mukoko was one of ten human rights defenders honoured in the U.S. State Department’s International …

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TAPFUMA GUTSA Zimbabwe sculptor

Tapfuma Gutsa (born 1956) is a Zimbabwean sculptor. A native of Harare, Gutsa studied sculpture with Cornelius Manguma at the Driefontein Mission School, later becoming the first Zimbabwean recipient of a British Council award. The scholarship allowed him to study in London from 1982 until 1985, where he received a …

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COLLEEN MADAMOMBE Zimbabwe stone sculptor

Colleen Madamombe (born 1964, died 31-May-2009) was a Zimbabwean sculptor. Colleen Madamombe, born in 1964 in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe following independence in 1980) received her secondary education at school in Kutama, between 1979 and 1984. She obtained a Diploma in Fine Arts at the BAT Workshop School of …

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JOHN TAKAWIRA Zimbabwe Sculptor in stone

John Takawira (1938 – 8 November 1989) was a Zimbabwean sculptor. The background to the sculptural movement of which he was a leading member is given in the article on Shona art. EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION Takawira was born in Chegutu, the son of a policeman, but grew up in …

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Tatelicious causes huge stir on Social Media

Zimbabwe transgender woman Tatelicious, born Tatenda Zenzo Karigambe is at it again. On Monday she caused a stir with a controversial Facebook video dancing in only her panties and bra. Despite heavy criticism following the initial video, yesterday she posted another video dancing in her lingerie. The Easter video was …

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YVONNE VERA Zimbabwe writer

Yvonne Vera (September 19, 1964 – April 7, 2005) 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 …

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