Whos Who

Steve Biko South Africa anti-apartheid activist and philosopher.

Stephen (Steve) Bantu Biko was not alone in forging the Black Consciousness Movement  (BCM); he was nevertheless its most prominent leader, who with others guided the movement of student discontent into a political force unprecedented in the history of South Africa. Biko and his peers were responding to developments that emerged …

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Karel Alois Strnad Founder Bata Shoes Zimbabwe

Karel Alois Strnad (1910 – 1956) Born in Vienna, Austria, of Czech parents. As was his wife, Marie Františka Trpáková. And here is the story, how they had met each other and later the phenomenon of Bata as well: 1920’s • The families of both moved to Prague, within a …

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Arthur Sturgess Founder Mazoe Orange Crush – Rhodesia Pioneers

1930- A man by the name of Arthur Sturgess started a small soft drink factory in Bulawayo. During this time, he realized there was a gap in the market for a real fruit juice to be produced locally. He thought it would work best utilizing oranges grown from the Mazowe Valley. …

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Thomas Meikle, Businessman and Entrepreneur – Rhodesian Pioneers.

History of Thomas Meikle, Businessman and Entrepreneur   Thomas Meikle affectionately known as Tom, Tom was one of the three Meikle Brothers who founded a company in Rhodesia (now known as Zimbabwe), he was regarded as a remarkable man, a very astute businessman and undoubtedly the driving force in the …

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Biggie Tembo Founder The Bhundu Boys #Zimbabwe Musician

Friday 11 August 1995  The Independent Online The death by that most shockingly un-African of causes, suicide, of the singer and composer Biggie Tembo represents yet another tragic chapter in the arduous career of the Zimbabwean pop group the Bhundu Boys.Even though Tembo left the band five years ago, his …

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Captain Emilia Njovana #Zimbabwe First Female Black Commercial Pilot #ZimBabes

THE colonial government had oppressive laws and African women in particular, suffered the most. For example, the colonial education system in Rhodesia did not have a specific policy for the education of women and girls and the labour laws did not recognise women. In an interview with The Patriot, the …

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Hope Masike #Zimbabwe Mbira Player, Percussionist, Singer & Dancer #ZimBabes

Hope Masike is a Zimbabwe-born mbira and percussion player, singer and dancer. Her career thus far has been a successful mix of recording and performing artist, activist and teacher. Hope’s greatest motivation is the desire to push traditional mbira, an instrument labelled ‘demonic’ during Zimbabwe’s colonial era, into new and …

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Colletah Chitsike #Zimbabwe Gender Rights Defender and Sociologist #ZimBabes

Colletah Chitsike is a trainer and capacity building specialist with her Masters Degree in Adult Education from the University of Zimbabwe. She has extensive experience in Community Development, Organizational Development and Gender Training for Change. She has previously worked with the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, OXFAM GB and NOVIB in …

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Anna Mudeka #Zimbabwe musician, business executive and music festival organizer

Anyone meeting Anna Mudeka would soon realise that she is energetic and passionate about her music and cultural roots. Having been awarded the Most Influential Woman in Business and Government in Africa in the Arts and Culture section 2013, it’s very different from her humble beginnings having grown up in …

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