Divine Ndhlukula & Tsitsi Dangarembga Featured on Forbes Magazine's "50 Over 50: Europe, Middle East And Africa 2023"

The second annual 50 Over 50: EMEA was published by Forbes today. It is a list of the founders, business and political leaders, scientists and vanguards leading the way throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Featured on this year's list are two Zimbabwean women, excelling in the arts and in business individually. Tsitsi Dangarembga and Divine Ndhlukul made this year's cut. They've both had noteworthy accomplishments in the past few years.

Tsitsi Dangarembga

The acclaimed Zimbabwean author, writer and filmmaker has had a roller-coaster few years: On the literary front, her third novel, This Mournable Body (part of the Tambudzai trilogy that began with the famed Nervous Conditions from 1988), was published in 2020 to rave reviews and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. On the civil rights end, last September she was found guilty of promoting public violence and was handed a $120 fine and a six-month suspended jail sentence for holding a placard that said, “We want better. Reform our institutions!” in a largely peaceful anti-government protest in 2020. Dangarembga is the founding director of the Harare-based Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa Trust (Maggie McGrath for Forbes).

Divine Ndhlukula

The founder and managing director of Securico, a security services and systems company in Zimbabwe, Ndhlukula is a tour de force in an industry where women, especially in high positions, are few and far between. A top performer at a local insurance company early in her career, Ndlukula once sold an 8-ton truck (which she had earned by selling and reselling her clothes) to save her family farm. She moved into the Zimbabwean security industry in the 1990s, starting her own venture in 1998 with just 4 other people. Today, Securico employs 4,000 people, of which 900 are women (Maggie McGrath for Forbes).

The two are featured alongside some illustrious company, such as actress Helen Mirren, former treasurer of the World Bank Arunma Oteh and billionaire Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken among others.

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