Zimbabweans among most influential Africans

via 3 Zimbabweans among most influential Africans November 28, 2013  NewsDay

THREE Zimbabweans have been named among the 100 most influential Africans by London-based New African Magazine.

The three are novelist Noviolet Bulawayo, media entrepreneur Trevor Ncube and Econet Wireless founder Strive Masiyiwa.

Ncube is the chairman of Alpha Media Holdings, publishers of NewsDay, Southern Eye, Zimbabwe Independent and The Standard.

There are 32 women on the list, with the youngest being Nigerian girl Zuriel Oduwole, aged only 11.

In a statement, New African said Oduwole has been making waves across the African continent in the fight for women’s education, having already competently interviewed eight African heads of state and launched a mentorship programme for girls, to name, but a fraction of her many achievements.

Oldest on the list is 76-year-old Edna Adan, former Somaliland Foreign minister and pioneer for women’s rights and women’s health, as director and founder of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital and an activist in the struggle for the abolition of female circumcision.

Also included are some of the wealthiest men and women on the continent, such as Nigerian Aliko Dangote, South African Johann Rupert and Angolan Isabel dos Santos. Nigeria leads the way as the country which has the highest number of influential figures, taking up 23% of the list. It is followed by South Africa, taking up 22% of the list.

There are only three heads of state on the list, including Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Gabonese President Ali Bongo and Joyce Banda of Malawi.

 

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    William Doctor 7 years ago

    Yes, and the New Africa magazine listed Mugabe as their top 3rd favourite African a couple years ago.

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    Besides being rich I don’t see anything great Strive has done.

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      Lebron 7 years ago

      You are the most ignorant person on planet earth. Search Strive Masiyiwa on google and you’ll see his accomplishments that qualifies him. Don’t be a hater.

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        William Doctor 7 years ago

        I agree. Strive is quite likely one of the most remarkable people Zimbabwe has produced. And Mugabe hates him.

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      mwana wevhu 7 years ago

      Living on this planet generally and Zimbabwe in particular, your life has been influenced directly by Strive Masiyiwa. How you might ask? 1. Econet 2.Ecocash,3 Philanthropy-(Caprnaum Trust,4.Tertiary education scholrships … the list is endless. To quote Strive” Identify a people’s need, satisfy it and be philanthropic”. Yes he is rich & he shares with you how to be rich. Most importantly Strive is a GOD serving man.

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      nesbert majoni 7 years ago

      At tyms its better to shut up than to expose hw stupid you are to the world. Then if you dont know Strive Masiiwa’s profile you are a fool

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      Mariko 7 years ago

      Cde…your ignorance about something does not imply its non existence,Strive,his wife and company have set up and run various community development projects.Above all they take care of more than 40 000 orphans and vulnerable young people that they feed,clothe and educate…anyway,iwe wakamboitei zvaunoti Strive hapana zvaakaita.Mainly he revolutionised our communications systems in the whole of Africa.

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    Ininiwo zvangu 7 years ago

    Iwe SADC, he is influencing the continent through his money. But also IT changes lives!

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    Africanson 7 years ago

    Masiiwa is the man. His company has gone into many territories not through politics but through good ideas and sound management. Its difficult to miss the humble man’s influence in business circles. I remember econet having the best share price on ZSE even though the company was new.

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    marcus aurelius 7 years ago

    You say besides being rich you dont know what else Strive has done, well let me educate you. Scholarship programs founded and fundend by Strive such as Capernaum and joshua nkomo foundation have put thousands of disadvantaged children through school. His philanthropic work transcends our borders as he also has scholarship programs that run in many other African countries.

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    Mbongolwane 7 years ago

    This SADC guy must just shut up if he does not know Strive. He probaly is the most clean business man to come out of Zimbabwe. The man is intelligent, generous and wha Zimbabwe needs now. Against all odds he created a company which endures today despite the persecution from the authorities….maybe you were too young or you just do not know the man. When Mujuru was communications minister, she denied him a licence to start Econet before the state could launch Netone and their preferred Telecel but today Econet is bigger than both of the competitors taken together, What else do you want.? He runs several education assistance programmes, e.g Joshua Mqabuko Scholarship fund. sometimes people must just keep ignorance under wraps to avoid being exposed as empty

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      William Doctor 7 years ago

      I agree. Strive should be the President. He is a remarkable man.

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    zizi rinenyanga 7 years ago

    Strive is d man..respect to the great visionary.

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    Most but not all acquired obscene wealth corruptly. We have the list and hidden thdft

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    kunaka 7 years ago

    Azvinzwa kkkkkkk kana nesu tirikutengesa maCall home kuS A. Above all SADC atobva kutumira mai wake mari neEco-cash

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    easily fooled 7 years ago

    SADC, what did you want Strive to do? To come to your home and have tea nemanhanga while telling that econet has been progressively employing thousands of unemployed in Zimbabwe and Africa? Would he need a date to tell you that yes, we can fight corruption and win? Do you think 1 kings 3 whc tells us to ask for wisdom and not riches and political power was going to help you. Welcome to the literate World SADC

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    Jogo Bonita 7 years ago

    Please forgive SADC.He resides in cloud-cukoo land.

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    Maoko Mavi 7 years ago

    SADC….Stupid And Disrespectfull Cockroch

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    Sibangilizwe Lethube 7 years ago

    This is directed to SADC ,its because you don’t know much about Strive otherwise he has done a lot , and its unfortunate that the herald does not publish good work done good citizens. Strive deserves to be number one in Africa.

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    To all of you. Information that I know is that a SIM card costs less than a dollar to make, during the zim dollars era, econet decided to sell its sim cards in SA to get forex. These cards were being sold at above 400 Rands. Then came the dollarisation era and we had a new CEO @ Telecel, he promised that the prices of SIM cards were too high, because he was coming to Rwanda. Within weeks they were selling cards at a dollars and then dollar for two and within a short time econet dropped its prices. What I don’t get is how doing all that you have said the Nkomo something scholarships sponsors a handful of people to learn in Zimbabwe and the orphans you talk about justifies the exorbitant prices they placed on there products and this is the same money that most of us baught the sim cards after selling our cows and econet acquired vast cash surpluses that enabled them till now to expand vigorously, now they can literally venture into anything, ecocash is good yes but why the ecocash saver, which will result in thousands of people losing jobs in traditional banks, why won’t it partner a taditional bank? EcoSchool, EcoFarmer…Econet exploits to get the maximum returns on anything look at there calling charges right now. You want to praise that very same person. I know the guy, and I’m not ignorant. I bet its you who is ignorant!

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    Oldsoldier 7 years ago

    With $5.00 worth of air time you can phone for as long as you want in Europe for a whole week. For how long will you phone in Zimbabwe with $5.00. For those who care to know, Zimbabwe has the highest cell phone call charges in the whole of Africa with the exception of Somalia. Econet is almost a monopoly and if Strive is as philanthropic as he wants the world to believe let him reduce the charges even in the absence of a big competitor.

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    INJAYINJA 7 years ago

    Strive is a hero and got reach from legal profits, not like those corrupt Zanu Pf ass-lickers who abuse Mugabes name calling him their father so as to be shielded from being prosecuted for their corruptly acquired wealth.-we are watching !

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      Oldsoldier 4 years ago

      There is no doubt that Strive is intelligent and rich. He has also been philanthropic to some of the needy orphans in the society. This does not nullify the fact that he is a greedy man who is ruthlessly and hearlessly milking the Zimbabwe masses on a daily basis. Can some explain to me why you can duly buy and pay for data bundles but Econet will make sure you cannot make Whatsapp calls with your data bundle. Econet is so greedy and afraid of the challenge that Whatsapp callas present that the voice carriage is throttled and no meaningful conversation can be held. What is the morality on robbing millions of citizens and use philanthropy towards some orphans as a cover up. I respect and admire the administrative acumen of Strive, but as a leader in tge telecommunication industry in the country I am looking towards the time he will make his 3G and 4G available to those who spend their hard earned dollars to buy data bubdles from him.