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MANJONJO, Kudakwashe

Zimbabwe & University of the Witwatersrand, 2019

Degree of study:
Honours in Labour and Economic Sociology

Kudakwashe Manjonjo is a social democracy activist and entrepreneur. He holds a Bachelors’ degree in Political Science from the University of Zimbabwe (2015) where he was also elected as the Student Representative Council Treasurer-General. In 2014-15, he was the African Union Zimbabwe youth ambassador with a focus on promoting gender equality focusing on men’s participation. In 2016 he was arrested as part of the Tajamuka/Ses’jikile protestors and sent to Chikurubi Maximum prison calling for Mugabe’s resignation. He was acquitted of the charges.
In 2016, he ran 1000km from Kariba to Beitbridge in 30 days to raise funds for a youth SME fund. For his efforts he won Male Achiever of the year award (2016) from the Zimbabwe Young Achiever’s Awards (ZYAA).
Community socio-economic development and civic participation is a deep passion of his. He co-founded Ignite the Youth Africa (ITY Africa) in 2013 which is one of the largest youth activism networks in Africa and in December 2015 with over 18 000 members continent wide. He has helped stop the illegal eviction of 800 residents in Domboshava and is part of the local development committee.
He currently runs a local library in Domboshava and published the short story collection, Aluta Continua which details stories of democracy activists in Zimbabwe. He also runs a small cap investment fund that invests in SMEs and cryptocurrency.