List of Famous people born in Zimbabwe

Famous People
Names and Surnames

Charlene, Princess of Monaco

Charlene Lynette Wittstock
First Name Charlene,
Born on January 25, 1978 (age 45)
Height 177 cm | 5'10

Charlene is the Princess of Monaco and a former Olympic swimmer. Her husband, Albert II, is the reigning Prince of Monaco and head of the Princely House of Grimaldi.

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Chelsy Davy

Chelsy Yvonne Davy
First Name Chelsy
Born on October 13, 1985 (age 37)

Chelsy Yvonne Davy is a Zimbabwean businesswoman who is the owner and founder of AYA and Aya Africa Travel.

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Gary Ballance

First Name Gary
Last Name Ballance
Born on November 22, 1989 (age 33)

Gary Ballance is a Zimbabwean-born-British cricketer. He is a left-handed batsman and a leg break bowler, who currently plays for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and England. He was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. Ballance is also known to have frequently used racial slurs.

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Robert Mugabe

Robert Gabriel Mugabe
First Name Robert
Last Name Mugabe
Born on February 21, 1924
Died on September 6, 2019 (aged 95)
Height 170 cm | 5'7

Robert Gabriel Mugabe was a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as President from 1987 to 2017. He served as Leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) from 1975 to 1980 and led its successor political party, the ZANU – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF), from 1980 to 2017. Ideologically an African nationalist, during the 1970s and 1980s he identified as a Marxist–Leninist, and as a socialist after the 1990s.

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Grace Mugabe

Grace Ntombizodwa Marufu
First Name Grace
Last Name Mugabe
Born on July 23, 1965 (age 57)

Grace Ntombizodwa Mugabe is an entrepreneur, politician and the widow of the late Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. She served as the First Lady of Zimbabwe from 1996 until her husband's resignation in November 2017, a week after he was ousted from power. Starting as a secretary to President Mugabe, she rose in the ranks of the ruling ZANU–PF party to become the head of its Women's League and a key figure in the Generation 40 faction. At the same time, she gained a reputation for privilege and extravagance during a period of economic turmoil in the country. She was expelled from the party, with other G40 members, during the 2017 Zimbabwean coup d'état.

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Tsitsi Dangarembga

First Name Tsitsi
Born on February 14, 1959 (age 64)

Tsitsi Dangarembga is a Zimbabwean novelist, playwright, and filmmaker. Her debut novel, Nervous Conditions (1988), which was the first to be published in English by a Black woman from Zimbabwe, was named by the BBC in 2018 as one of the top 100 books that have shaped the world. In 2020, her novel This Mournable Body was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

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Canaan Banana

First Name Canaan
Last Name Banana
Died on November 10, 2003 (aged 33)

Canaan Sodindo Banana was a Zimbabwean Methodist minister, theologian, and politician who served as the first President of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987. He was Zimbabwe's first head of state after the Lancaster House Agreement that led to the country’s independence. In 1987, he stepped down as President and was succeeded by Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, who became the country's executive president. In 1997, Banana was accused of being a homosexual, and after a highly publicised trial, was convicted of 11 counts of sodomy and "unnatural acts", serving six months in prison.

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Emmerson Mnangagwa

First Name Emmerson
Last Name Mnangagwa
Born on September 15, 1942 (age 80)

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who has served as President of Zimbabwe since 24 November 2017. A member of ZANU–PF and a longtime ally of former President Robert Mugabe, he held a series of cabinet portfolios and was Mugabe's Vice President until November 2017, when he was dismissed before coming to power in a coup d'état. He secured his first full term as president in the disputed 2018 general election.

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Ian Douglas Smith

First Name Ian
Last Name Smith
Born on April 8, 1919
Died on November 20, 2007 (aged 88)

Ian Douglas Smith was a Rhodesian politician, farmer, and fighter pilot who served as Prime Minister of Rhodesia from 1964 to 1979. He was the country's first premier not born abroad, and led the predominantly white government that unilaterally declared independence from the United Kingdom in November 1965, following prolonged dispute over the terms. He remained Prime Minister for almost all of the 14 years of international isolation that followed, and oversaw Rhodesia's security forces during most of the Bush War, which pitted the unrecognised administration against communist-backed black nationalist guerrilla groups. Smith, who has been described as personifying white Rhodesia, remains a highly controversial figure—supporters portray him as a man of integrity and vision "who understood the uncomfortable truths of Africa," while his opponents consider him "an unrepentant racist."

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Bona Mugabe

First Name Bona
Last Name Mugabe
Born on April 18, 1990 (age 32)

Nyepudzayi Bona Mugabe is a Zimbabwean businesswoman. She is the only daughter of former and late Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe, who also have two sons. She shares a name with Robert Mugabe's mother.

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Kevin Curran

First Name Kevin
Last Name Curran
Born on September 7, 1959
Died on October 10, 2012 (aged 53)
Born in Zimbabwe, Manicaland

Kevin Malcolm Curran was a Zimbabwean international cricketer.

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Sébastien Demorand

First Name Sébastien
Last Name Demorand
Born on August 4, 1969
Died on January 21, 2020 (aged 50)

Sébastien Demorand was a French journalist and food critic.

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Thom Evans

First Name Thom
Last Name Evans
Born on April 2, 1985 (age 37)

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

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Morgan Tsvangirai

First Name Morgan
Last Name Tsvangirai
Born on March 10, 1952
Died on February 14, 2018 (aged 65)

Morgan Richard Tsvangirai was a Zimbabwean politician who was Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 2009 to 2013. He was President of the Movement for Democratic Change, and later the Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai (MDC–T), and a key figure in the opposition to former President Robert Mugabe.

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Oliver Mtukudzi

First Name Oliver
Last Name Mtukudzi
Born on September 22, 1952
Died on January 23, 2019 (aged 66)

Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi was a Zimbabwean musician, businessman, philanthropist, human rights activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Southern Africa Region. Tuku was considered to have been Zimbabwe's most renowned and internationally recognised cultural icon of all time.

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Colleen Madamombe

First Name Colleen
Born on January 1, 1964
Died on May 31, 2009 (aged 45)

Colleen Madamombe was a Zimbabwean sculptor working primarily in carving stone. Her work expresses themes of womanhood, motherhood, and tribal Matriarchy.

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Colin de Grandhomme

First Name Colin
Last Name Grandhomme
Born on July 22, 1986 (age 36)

Colin de Grandhomme is a Zimbabwean-born-New Zealand cricketer, who plays in all formats of the game.

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David Pocock

First Name David
Last Name Pocock
Born on April 23, 1988 (age 34)
Height 181 cm | 5'11

David Pocock is a retired Australian rugby union player. He is an openside flanker, and vice captain of the Brumbies in Super Rugby. Born in Zimbabwe, Pocock moved to Australia as a teenager and played for the Australia national rugby team.

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Tendai Mtawarira

First Name Tendai
Born on August 1, 1985 (age 37)
Height 188 cm | 6'2

Tendai Mtawarira is a Zimbabwean-born South African professional rugby union player who plays for Old Glory DC in Major League Rugby and previously for the South Africa national team and the Sharks in Super Rugby. He was born in Zimbabwe and qualified for South Africa on residency grounds, before later acquiring South African citizenship. Mtawarira, a prop, is known by the nickname The Beast.

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Joshua Nkomo

First Name Joshua
Last Name Nkomo
Born on June 19, 1917
Died on July 1, 1999 (aged 82)

Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo was a Zimbabwean revolutionary and Georgist politician who served as Vice-President of Zimbabwe from 1990 until his death in 1999. He founded and led the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) from 1961 until it merged in 1987 with Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) to form ZANU–PF.

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