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3 Zimbabweans listed among Africa's 50 most influential personalities

by Staff reporter
06 Aug 2015 at 12:55hrs | Views
Zimbabweans have been feted fairly on the list compiled by Swiss Magazine. Three of our finest voices made it to the list.

Credit Suisse, a Swiss customer magazine has compiled a list of top 50 African personalities; entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, politicians and activists, that shape mother Africa through their work.

The magazine only named three Zimbabweans amongst movers and shakers of the continent.

Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) founder and chairman Trevor Ncube, telecommunications mogul and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa and Securico founder Divine Ndhlukula have been included on the list.

The list also includes Nigerian billionaires Aliko Dangote and Tony Elumelu, outgoing African Development Bank president Donald Kaberuka, footballer Didier Drogba and Angola businesswoman Isabel dos Santos.

"These 50 people personify modern Africa: entrepreneurs and artists, athletes, politicians and activists," Credit Suisse said.

In a citation, Credit Suisse describes Ncube, who also owns Mail & Guardian newspaper in South Africa, as "one of Africa's most influential publishers" with the ability to shape public opinion.

"With his media holding, Ncube can shape public opinion, kick start national conversations and champion causes he feels passionately about, such as urging South Africa's black population to end xenophobic attacks on other Africans," Credit Suisse said.

Other Zimbabweans on the list include telecommunications mogul and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa and Securico founder Divine Ndhlukula.

Masiyiwa is described as Zimbabwe's most successful businessman and one of Africa's founding philanthropists.

Masiyiwa is the executive chairman of Econet Wireless that has telecoms operations in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Rwanda and Burundi.

"He and his wife, Tsitsi Masiyiwa, fund the Capernaum Trust which has been providing scholarships and school lunches to more than 30 000 orphans in Zimbabwe since 1996," it said.

Credit Suisse said Ndhlukula had founded the company with four people and now employed over 3 600. It said her success was extraordinary "because it is rare in a patriarchal society like Zimbabwe to find a woman running a business in the security sector".

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