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Zim student one of UK’s Rare Rising Stars’

A Zimbabwean student has been featured in Rare Rising Stars 2020, the UK’s Top Ten Black Students owing to her participation in different community initiatives.

Tanatsei Gambura, an Intermedia Arts student with University of Edinburgh, is an art and youth activist and was recently shortlisted for the inaugural Amsterdam Open Book Prize and has just been announced as its runner-up.

In an interview, she said:

“When I turned 14, despite the government funding, school became unaffordable and I was forced to spend a year out of education.

“This was a pivotal moment for me, as I realised that I couldn’t continue to be dependent on others for the rest of my life.

“At this time, I went into survival mode and channelled that energy into building myself a social network of like-minded people.

Tana Gambura co-hosting the Anzisha Prize Gala in 2018

“I also started looking for ways to be more active within the community and discovered the beginning of a lifelong interest in the arts.

“When I returned to school aged 15, I became heavily involved in theatre and the arts, to the extent that my work was selected by the British Council for a photography and poetry residency called These Images are Stories, which ran in London for 8 months.”

At the age of 17, she was nominated to receive a generous scholarship to study at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, where she completed her two-year programme.

“If you don’t come from a background of privilege, you don’t have people to fall back or rely on as nothing has been handed to them, so they have nothing to give you,” she said.

Before moving to South Africa, Tanatsei founded the 25 May Movement, a collective of artists, community organisers, social workers and cultural producers collaborating to lead social change in Africa.

“The aim is to build a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable creative sector that contributes to development in Africa and for me this was my attempt to create an awareness and sense of responsibility for people in my community about the future of the continent.

“The 25 May Movement strategy is to integrate arts and culture into a comprehensive plan designed to shift public sentiment and forge a new collective consensus around a social challenge.

“Its programmes offer week-long workshops, celebrations and community gatherings on socio-political themes such as colourism, African masculinity, dissecting the urgency of voice and a dialogue for peacebuilding,” added Tanatsei.

Tanatsei founded the 25 May Movement, a collective of artists, community organisers, social workers and cultural producers collaborating to lead social change in Africa.

Gambura ran four such events herself in Zimbabwe last year, with over 70 people in attendance.

“In 2016, the 25 May Movement was simply a group of girls who banded together behind a camera to proclaim a pan-African stance.

“Today I have led my team in running a nationwide radio broadcasting series, facilitated conversation circles to foster dialogue, and programmed free and accessible workshops.

“With a staff of five female volunteers, my collective now has an online reach of over 60,000 people and has attracted the attention of organisations such as the Goethe Institute, the Swedish Embassy and the Impact Hub exchange programme.

“In 2018, I was invited onto the board of directors of ROOTS Africa, a non-profit organisation working towards the promotion of economic and social justice among young people in rural and mining communities, where I now serve as the youngest advisor.

“That same year, I was appointed an advisor by the Global Fund for Women to advise on key issues women and young people are facing in Zimbabwe.”

Last year, she was the recipient of the Diana Award for humanitarian work.

“In December 2018, I was selected by the United Nations Women for a Gender in a Changing Context panel where she was the youngest woman on the panel.”

“I have also been a member of the student council of the World Leading Schools Association for the past two years.

Tana Gambura is one of eight high-achieving Mastercard Foundation scholarship recipients from Zimbabwe

“I was in the process of programming a workshop for their conference this year to be held in Toronto with around 300 of their members.

“Iwas also selected as one of eight high-achieving Mastercard Foundation scholarship recipients from Zimbabwe, which enables me to read Intermedia Art at the University of Edinburgh.,” she added.

Gambura, has co-founded a project called Ourchives which is an interdisciplinary decolonial project based in Edinburgh that attempts to draw light on urgent debates on the provenance and afterlife of cultural objects from formerly colonised spaces in Scotland and beyond.

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Binga-born student makes shortlist for prestigious 2019 Rhodes Scholarship programme

St Kate News
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THE Selection Committee for the Zimbabwe Rhodes Scholarship programme has announced that a St. Catherine University student is a finalist for the 2019 programme.

Maakwe Cumanzala is an international student at the Minnesota Catholic liberal arts university in with a double major in economics and mathematics.

“This is an extremely competitive award, so being named a finalist is a remarkable achievement” said Lynda Szymanski, Interim Provost and Professor of Psychology at St. Catherine University.

“Maakwe is an extraordinary student and campus leader. Faculty, staff, and alumnae recognized her potential and encouraged her to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship; it is a fabulous example of how we live our mission to educate women to lead and influence.

“Maakwe is an extraordinary student and campus leader. Faculty, staff, and alumnae recognized her potential and encouraged her to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship

“We are proud of Maakwe, and we are thankful for all members of our community who have helped prepare her to be a competitive applicant.”

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world.

Administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the programme offers fully-funded Scholarships each year for post-graduate study at the University of Oxford – one of the world’s leading universities.

Selection Committees for the Scholarships look for young leaders of outstanding intellect and character who are motivated to engage with global challenges, committed to the service of others and show promise of becoming value-driven, principled leaders for the world’s future.

Cumanzala has embraced several leadership opportunities while a student at St. Catherine University, including President of the International Students Organization, Peer Mentor with the Multicultural and International Programs and Services, co-President of the Economics Club, and a Transfer Orientation Coordinator.

In her current role as the Student Senate President at St. Kate’s, Cumanzala is working with other student leaders to effectively advocate for inclusive change and empowerment of students on campus through student initiatives.

Cumanzala’s college career reflects her greater life goals.

“I come from a small town – Binga, Zimbabwe,” she explained.

“Growing up, I was exposed to the disparities that the Tonga people face – especially the women and young girls so I decided at a very young age that I wanted to bring about the economic empowerment of my tribe and all other minority people in the world.

“The first step is for me to receive a sound education.”

Each finalist participates in an interview, to be held in Harare, Zimbabwe. If she is chosen to move forward as a Rhodes Scholar, Cumanzala intends to pursue an MPhil in Economics at the University of Oxford.

She also hopes to collaborate and receive mentorship from the renowned professors in the Centre for the Study of African Economies

Following her Oxford studies, Cumanzala plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Development Economics, and establish an independent economics research lab in Zimbabwe to use data-driven evidence to inform policy.

“The Rhodes scholarship would offer me a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and skills to create theories that will be influential in setting domestic and international policies that bring about equality in the world,” said Cumanzala.

“As a Rhodes Scholar, I would continue being an exemplary academic and leader to inspire minority girls to engage in higher education and claim their seat at the table.”

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WednesdayWisdom :Salary Explained

Joseph Nyamayaro | Nust ZW

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Salary, is a specific amount of money that an employee is paid for work done.

Research has shown that the poorest group of people in the world are salary earners, next to beggars.

They live in a vicious cycle of poverty managed on 30 days. They continuously wait for it every month and any slight delay brings about heartbreaking anxiety, pressure and disappointment.

*Salary Is a short term solution to a life time problem.*

Salary alone cannot solve your money problems. You need multiple sources of income to balance.

The tax returns form contains about 11 income streams, salary is just one.

Don’t live your life fishing with just one hook, there are many fishes in the ocean.

*Salary Is the value someone has put on your effort.*

*How much do you value yourself?*

You can’t increase in value, unless you VALUE yourself differently.

Life Is a trade off between time, effort and reward. To be rewarded more, you have to become more valuable.

Most salary earners end up poor in the long and short term.

*Salary is the bribe they give you to forget your dreams*.

Kindly DIGEST my words…. It’s time to wake-up !!!

Think investments today
Think multiple streams of income
*Goodmorning good people🌹🌻🌼*

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#TuesdayThoughts:Before you act listen,Before you react think,Before you spend earn,Before you criticize wait,Before you you pray forgive,Before you quit try

Joseph Nyamayaro |Nust ZW

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Remember Sweet words are not always true,true words are not always sweet but no matter how words are said, actions will always tell the truth Act!!!

Take note that Fear has always two meanings, that is:
*F*…orget
*E* …verything
*A*…nd
*R*…un

or

*F*…ace
*E*….vreything
*A*….nd
*R*…ise
The choice is yours.

Lastly remember to keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.

Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviour.Keep your behaviour positive because your behaviour becomes your habits.Keep your habits postitive because your habits become your values.

Keep your values positives because your Values become your Destiny

*Good morning Good people🌼🌹🌻*

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⚠⚠MondayMotivation⚠⚠ Life is a dance , you learn as you go. Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow.

Joseph Nyamayaro | Nust ZW

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Dont worry about what you dont know , life is a dance you learn as you go.

Never think why you are not like others, live in such a way that you make others think why are they not like you.That is the real attitude of life that you must have.

Remember to give respect to people whether they deserve it or not.Not as a reflection of their character ; but as a reflection of your own personality. Inaddition Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you and Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you* Lastly remember that ➡➡➡
*M* aybe this day is not
*O* ne of your favourite but
*N* ever forget that every
*D* ay you wake up is an
*A* amazing gift and its up to
*Y* ou to make it count

Good morning !

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Denny Marandure, ZOL CEO – A Man On A Mission

by Ann Rothrock Beatie

5 minute read

The CEO of ZOL Zimbabwe, Mr. Denny Marandure, graciously welcomed us into his impressive and modern new offices in Borrowdale to discuss his career and accomplishments; they are many!

The wall that faces his desk has a large print that states ZOL’s Mission Statement: “To deliver simple & useful solutions that improve the way our customers live, work and play.” It also states ZOL’s Vision: “To create the most admired brand in Africa by delivering simple & useful technology, paired with excellent customer service.” Over the course of our conversation, I learned that Denny has followed his immense passion for telecommunications to achieve exactly what these two straight forward and solid statements proclaim.

Denny Marandure, ZOL CEO

His vast international experience is the cornerstone that propelled him to return to Zimbabwe and bring connectivity home. Denny earned a Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) degree from the University of Zimbabwe and an MBA from Howard University in the United States and went on to become a big boss at the mammoth telecommunications company, Verizon Communications. He spoke to us excitedly about the project he worked on with Verizon in Iraq to set up the very first mobile network there in 2004.

On a trip back to Zimbabwe in 2009, Denny was incredibly frustrated by the lack of internet connectivity in Zimbabwe and scurried back to the land of high-speed internet. But he couldn’t let go of the desire to bring his home country up to speed in the world of telecommunications. “I wanted to be the change that Zimbabwe needed,” he said.

His appointment as CEO of ZOL in September of 2014 marked the beginning of change in the ISP market. In a short period of time, Denny has accumulated many IT Awards that all reflect the astounding accomplishments he has realised. His true love of marketing has led ZOL to establish itself as a frontrunner and leading provider of Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) with the Fibroniks packages that have been so popular and now service over 35,000 customers. ZOL’s lack of awareness was short-lived once Denny took over and he has led the company to win the MAZ (Marketers Association of Zimbabwe) award for Marketing Oriented CEO of the year, two years in a row. The total list of ZOL’s awards is long and distinguished and I am sure it will continue to grow.

Denny Marandure, ZOL CEO

The recognisable orange signage we see all over town is testament to the growing footprint that Denny is committed to. His excitement about ZOL’s upcoming projects is obvious in the way he talks about them. In April 2018, the LTE base stations will be launched. This technology brings high speed internet connectivity through the use of beams that will increase reach and capacity.

ZOL is also launching an environmental initiative that is revolutionary in Zimbabwe. EnviroServe is an e-waste recycling effort that will provide bins – orange ones, of course! – where old and obsolete electronical devices can be properly disposed. ZOL has partnered with a company in Dubai to make this happen in Zimbabwe, so be on the lookout for a place to put all those unwanted devices! Recycling is important in today’s world. As stewards of the environment, we are responsible for preserving and protecting our resources for ourselves and future generations and ZOL Zimbabwe has taken the initiative to lead in taking care of our environment for the sake of the next generation.

Denny Marandure, ZOL CEO

Denny’s passion to connect everyone has transformed the lives of many, in keeping with the Mission Statement; he also believes strongly in giving back to the community. Denny and ZOL put fibre in Warren Park and created low-cost packages for that area; ZOL also has a program to that supports education by providing free internet to a number of schools. ZOL is an Associate sponsor and Communications partner for the Zimbabwe Open Golf tournament, which is part of the Sunshine Tour. The ZOL Main Stage at HIFA, one of the biggest music and cultural shows in Africa, is testimony to ZOL’s support of music and culture in Zimbabwe.

ZOL’s partnership with Kwese TV makes Denny very excited, as he will be able to follow the Washington Wizards, the NBA team he supports. Kwese TV is growing by the day in popularity. Denny enthusiastically explained to us that now with the ZOLphone (VoIP) service, Kwese TV and Fibroniks, ZOLcompletes the three-play service offering he has strived to achieve, which is also in sync with the three categories from the Mission Statement, “…live, work and play.”

Denny Marandure, ZOL CEO

ZOL was the first ISP to launch a Mobile App in Zimbabwe, the “MyZol” App, and they are also the first to have 24/7/365 customer call centre with a live chat option. The highly popular ZOLspots provide Fibroniks on the go, and ZOL was nominated for an award at the annual AfricaCom Awards in 2016 and 2017 for this innovative technology. ZOL is also bringing a clever wireless router that can fit in your pocket, called MiFi, which will provide connectivity to many people including students who need to do their homework or research on the internet.

Denny Marandure is an inspiring role model in business. Despite his hectic schedule, board commitments, and an extensive travel schedule, Denny always puts his customers first. His tireless commitment and devotion to his company, its brand and its customer service results in happy and connected customers.

Republished with permission from Harare Magazine: http://hararemagazine.co.zw/lifestyle/denny-marandure-a-man-on-a-mission/
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Campus Conversations: Timeline Review(Jul 14 – Oct 6 2017)

Here is a timeline of the series of panel discussions entitled #CampusConversations that have been running from the 14th of July and  will end on the 3rd of November 2017. #CampusConversations are an initiative of Campus Moments in partnership with Sexual Rights Center Bulawayo.

View at Medium.com

 

 

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Another First as MSU Wins in Jordan

MIDLANDS State University through its Generations for Peace (GFP) Club flew the country’s flag high at the Generations for Peace Samsung Advanced Training Awards Certification ceremony held in Amman, Jordan, on the 26th of October 2016.

Competing against teams from over 50 countries, the MSU Generations for Peace Club emerged as winners in the sustainability category. The competition was divided into four categories that is Quality, Impact, Innovation and Sustainability and adjudication is based on short video submissions by various GFP teams from across the globe.

In their submissions, teams highlight activities and projects that their participants are undertaking throughout the year. Under sustainability, teams had to highlight how long the positive impacts of their activities would last, show evidence of community ownership and engagement of key local stakeholders as well as the cost effectiveness.

Through its video submission, the MSU GFP team was able to successfully capture and satisfy all the requirements, while also highlighting the different activities that it is undertaking both at the Zvishavane campus and the Gweru Main campus.

The MSU GFP’s submission was made possible thanks to the hard work of Everson Kudakwashe Chieza and Donald Chidamba, Thamusanqa Gumpo all second year students in the department of Film and Theatre Arts, who edited and produced the video. While Hazel Halima a second year student in the department of English and Communication and Talent Chitepo a fourth year student in the department of Marketing Management ensured that all Club activities were documented and marketed respectively with the help of their patrons Nkala D, a lecturer in the department of Entrepreneurship Studies and Mr Gwarinda, a lecturer in the department of Film and Theatre Arts, Mr J Chivivi, Director sports Speaking while receiving the award on behalf of MSU and Zimbabwe, Mrs M Mugwati, the Acting Deputy Dean in the University’s Faculty of Commerce and one of the

GFP Pioneers, said the award came as a surprise and thanked the University, GFP and the event sponsors, Samsung for their support. Other winners included teams from Macedonia (Quality category), Lebanon (Innovation category) and Tunisia (Impact category).

‘Generations For Peace is a leading global non-profit peace-building organisation founded by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein and Sarah Kabbani in 2007. It is dedicated to sustainable conflict transformation at the grassroots, Generations For Peace empowers volunteer leaders of youth to promote active tolerance and responsible citizenship in communities experiencing different forms of conflict and violence – www.msu.ac.zw

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#MeetTheStudents(Video): Tinashe Sibanda-African Leadership University

Meet the host of the African Leadership University’s first student-run talk show, “The Hot Seat with Tinashe.”- Tinashe Sibanda. For Tinashe, every new challenge is an opportunity. He is currently interning with Omidyar Network in Silicon Valley.

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Time to face reality.

by Prudence Muzenda | Uludağ University, Turkey
I smiled back to my mum as she waved goodbye.  “What a determined girl.” She must have said to herself.  It had became her everyday routine to stand by the gate as l walked towards the bus stop. “Don’t think too much.” She’d always say. “One day it will come through”. Smiling was like a gift that the Almighty had given me before he even knew what l was going to become. I smiled a lot despite the second world that I lived through in my head. It was only a few days after l had finished high school and my world seemed as if another. I had passed the whole lot of 6 years in someone’s care. If not the matrons’ it was my parent’s. I had  had a couple of friends who made up “the squad” and was popular in school. Life was too easy. After getting a few cerevitas and maputiprobably a  little mazoe that was it! I would spent 3 months at my second home smiling all term long. I was an A student and loved what l studied. I was the type that my mum would put in a lecture for 3 to 4 hours if l had a B in whatsoever class. I’d later cry and assure her passes the next term. Like l said before, life was very easy…
I stood by the bus stop as l waited for the kombi (commuter omnibus) that I was sure would pass in no time. It had been almost 2weeks since I had started this daily routine to the internet café. There was no Wi-Fi back home  and the Econet data services were expensive for all I wanted to research on. Frankly  I had had no whatsoever intentions to study in my country as I felt the type of area I wanted to specialise in wanted a little bit of abroad knowledge and meeting other nationalities. It was true. Since I finished my O levels I knew the commercial sector was the one. Studying economics or actuarial sciences could not escape my mind. Something close to what would help me help my own country. I was passionate about it, but my mum had made it clear that she had other kids and could not fully fund my school abroad. It was expensive. It was then that l decided to look for a scholarship or any sort of funding henceforth me waking up everyday to the internet café. I had researched enough and realized it was not easy to secure anything… But I did not give up. All I wanted was to gain knowledge abroad, relate with other nationalities  and get exposed. With this thought in mind , I never gave up. It was at this moment  that l realised life  was not what it looked like in the past six years. We used to get the pocket money, used to get majiggies, maLays and all the other sweet nothings. It all meant money. I realized  that my parents had used so much on me. How hard it was to be a parent, I thought to myself…

As you move on with life ask yourself the three questions , Who am l? Where am I going? and How do l get there?

 
Days passed and I continued with my routine but still got nothing. It was only then I decided to apply to countries that had low tuition than what l had aimed before. I would later on work there to help pay if the worst came or I would apply for scholarships when l got there l thought to myself. The idea helped, I got somewhere. “I will work for my pocket money as l wait mum.” I told her, putting up the smile that seemed to attract her so much since l had known her. She had agreed to the idea. I was excited! I had secured a place and I was going to FINALLY stop my daily routine and start a new one, look for a job. This way I could convince her l was planning for my life. Of course the routine continued, well this time with a different agenda, a job. I was going to work for 8months as I would wait for the next year to start school.. It was hard securing something but I knew it would help me in  a lot of ways. I was not a child anymore, l smiled to myself. The fact that I could make my own CV and speak to a manager professionally. I felt it. I felt all grown .
After days and days of trying, I was eventually invited to an interview by the OK supermarket in the city centre. I was excited how things were going as planned. I was going to save up all the money and get a new start abroad. I could not wait. While l celebrated my invitation another thought came to my head. I realized working as a shopkeeper would bring me to the spotlight. I mean I would have to meet everyone around, from everywhere and no soon they would spread rumours back in high school that one of the “cool squad gangers” was now working as a shopkeeper. I couldn’t face that . I mean it was too much for me. After a long linger of the thought in my mind I finally settled to what l could say then was the best. “I can’t take the job mum”. I said to her trying to put up a face that wasn’t accepting many questions. “I’m sure the other places l applied to will respond too. There’s no need to rush. I will let this one pass”. Shocked with this abrupt decision, “why would that be? Had something happened?” She asked inquisitively. Frankly speaking, nothing had happened I later on explained to her my reasons. It was then that for the first time in my life at 18 I sat with my mother and got a life lecture. All the other times had been because of the school report and others were done not exactly thorough than this had been done.
“People sleep  long and wish they could still sleep so that they see well their dreams and they do not want to wake up because they don’t want to face reality. Boldly speaking you have been leaving in a world that was not yours. All your life has had people with a great influence on it. Technically speaking you have not done anything for yourself so far. It has always been someone. You have been trapped in a bunch of high school circles that were probably not even a hint of your life circles. You have been having biology, history and geography classes but those were not life lessons. They are the theoretical aspect of life and not the realistic. You have not learnt anything if you still cant do anything because of the world and its thoughts.  You have not woken up to face reality. Life itself is not a bed of roses. You will meet people, who stay and go, but from all of them you should learn something . You’ll be accepted and in some cases and be casted in some but believe me you that is just life and what it has to offer. Some will come to waste your time and some to create everlasting memories. Not everyone will care about you but at least everyone will pretend to. You have been asking for money all the time, you have asked for school grocery top ups and so forth but now you will have to make budgets yourself and make life decisions yourself. ‘The Squad’ you want to protect will probably not be your top friends in a few years to come.  Where you go, I will not be there anymore. In some days you shall find no friend at all to talk to and in some instances everyone will go beyond your back , that’s the reality of life. You shall have sleepless nights and have a lot of undone things when the time is already past , that again is normal with life. Don’t panic! You have to start being focused and write up your dreams and achieve them. Time will not wait for you, you need to start thinking outside the box. All that any man achieves and all that any man fails to achieve is a great impact of their thoughts. Your thinking and actions will have an effect on your life. In some instances you will have to wait until you cannot wait no more. In some cases again not waiting will be worth the risk. I understand your way of thinking right now but remember the biggest room in the world is the room for change. You will fail so many times and you will quit so many times but the person you want to become does not allow the word failure. Instead she sees failure as a stepping stone. To help her improve on what she has not done well. Like l said, the ball will be on your court. To look at it ,to throw it away or to use it.. Think deeply and do not be fooled howsoever. As you move on with life ask yourself the three questions , Who am l? Where am I going? and How do l get there?.These should be the three fundamental questions to your life. Even when you get held back rise and look up to the three questions. Have a clear view of your destination. As the “I”suggests in the  three questions, its only YOU involved and no one else. Do not be fooled by the world and want to please them, it is your life. Take a lead on it!  Forget the cocoon you have grown in all these years. Think about you, your road and how you will get there. Don’t let anything stop you…”

For a moment I was stuck. I hardly moved. It was as if a thousand pieces of sharp daggers had crawled through my spine.. The talk had been real and scary. It was my time to look up to myself because no one else would. It was time to face reality!!!!!!

Originally posted on Prud’s personal blog>> https://prudmuzenda.wordpress.com