Masiyiwa Couple Granted Honourary Doctrates

ZIMBABWE’s telecommunications mogul Dr Strive Masiyiwa with his wife Tsitsi have been conferred with honourary philanthropy degrees within a space of 3 months

The Econet Wireless executive Chairperson was on Wednesday awarded a PhD in Philanthropy by a South African University, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

By TechnoMag Reporter

Addressing graduates in the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences yesterday, Masiyiwa – who began his telecommunications business with just $75 urged university leavers to create jobs.

“It is indeed true that I started business with only the equivalent of $75. In a few weeks, you will begin the journey that I started in an institution not dissimilar to your own. As hopeful graduates going into the job market, you will be aware that it is an extraordinary time because we have extraordinary challenges,” he said. “Perhaps it was a little easy for me with a fresh university engineering degree, as it will be for many of you, but still you will be going out into the job market. But where do the jobs come from?”

Together with his wife, Dr Tsitsi Masiyiwa, founded and currently fund the Capernaum Trust, a Zimbabwe-registered Christian charity that sponsors scholarships and medical assistance for over 28,000 orphaned Zimbabwean children.

“The other day I was speaking to African bankers and they asked how to become more supportive of entrepreneurs. I asked them: if Elon Musk walked into your branch, would you recognise him or does he have to go to Silicone Valley?,” he said.

Dr Strive Masiyiwa

United Methodist Church owned Africa University in Mutare granted Strive’s better half Tsitsi an Honorary Doctorate Degree in recognition to her services in philanthropy in March. According to AU, Tsitsi was honoured with the degree in acknowledgement for her outstanding contributions to the empowerment of the less privileged in Africa for leadership in the technological renaissance of youths around the world.

Masiyiwa is a devout philanthropist, who co-founded the Higher Life Foundation, a charity that provides scholarships and meals to destitute orphans in Zimbabwe, with his wife Tsitsi.

He has, through this foundation, provided scholarships to more than 250 000 young Africans over the last two decades. Every year, he supports more than 40 000 orphans in educational initiatives, as well as sponsoring students at universities in America, the United Kingdom, and China.

Masiyiwa is a devout philanthropist, who co-founded the Higher Life Foundation, a charity that provides scholarships and meals to destitute orphans in Zimbabwe, with his wife Tsitsi. He has, through this foundation, provided scholarships to more than 250 000 young Africans over the last two decades. Every year, he supports more than 40 000 orphans in educational initiatives, as well as sponsoring students at universities in America, the United Kingdom, and China.

Last month, Dr Strive Masiyiwa was placed number 33 on Fortune Magazines’ list of 50 of the World’s Greatest Leaders. Dr Masiyiwa was named alongside some of the world’s most influential individuals among them, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, former US Vice President Joe Biden, Canada’s Prime Minister Justine Trudeau, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic church.


 

 

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