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Three Zimbabwean women has been named among the 2012 20 youngest power women in Africa by Forbes

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Three Zimbabwean women has been named among the 2012 20 youngest power women in Africa by Forbes. They include: Maud Chifamba, Zimbabwe, 14-year old University Accounting Student At 14-years old, Chifamba made history this year when she became the youngest student (male or female) in Zimbabwe and possibly the whole of Southern Africa to enroll at university.

The young genius was admitted to the University of Zimbabwe where she will study towards a Bachelor of Accountancy Honors Degree. An orphan, Chifamba’s mother passed away last December, days after she sat for her final exams, and her father nine years ago when she was five years old. Despite this and abject poverty (her two brothers were unable to pay her fees for regular school), Chifamba home schooled herself and broke academic records earning a four-year scholarship of nearly USD$10,000.

Danai Gurira, Zimbabwe, Actress & Writer
One of the lead characters on the popular HBO show, “The Walking Dead,” based on the popular American comic book of the same name, now currently in its third season, Gurira plays Michonne, a fearless woman warrior. A graduate of New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, Gurira has guest starred on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “Life on Mars”, “Lie to Me” and had a recurring role on “Treme” on HBO. Her movie roles include The “Visitor,” “Restless City” and “MaGeorge.” A recipient of the Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress for an off-Broadway play, Gurira recently won the 2012 Whiting Award for USD$50,000, bestowed annually to 10 rising stars.

Jacqueline Chimhanzi, PhD. Zimbabwe, Corporate Executive
Dr Jacqueline Chimhanzi is Senior Strategist with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), a leading development finance institute on the African continent. Prior to that, she was Lead: Africa Desk with Deloitte South Africa. She is a Fellow of the highly competitive pan-African Arch-Bishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Program run by the African Leadership Institute (AfLI) at Oxford University and is also a founding member of New Faces New Voices, under the patronage of Mrs Graca Machel committed to widening financial access for African women entrepreneurs. In 2010, she appeared on South Africa Destiny Magazine’s list: “The Power of 40” and in 2012 was part of a group of “esteemed Africa watchers” invited to submit their views on Africa to the leading journal Development for a special Africa-focused edition, Africa Strategies for Transformation.




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