If it wasn't for Zimbabwe, we wouldn't have these ZAlebs

On the country's 37th Independence Day, we'd like to thank Zimbabwe for these talents

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:45 PM  | Top of The

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Today marks the 37th anniversary of Zimbabwe's Independence, i.e.: the day the nation became free from colonial rule. Over the years, South Africa and Zimbabwe have shared quite the relationship and so have the people of both nations. As such, we have a few famous faces to thank Zimbabwe for: 

1. Nadia Nakai

The rapper is of Zimbabwean descent, though she grew up in South Africa. 

Nadia Nakai

2. Leroy Gopal 

The actor, voice-over artist and motivational speaker was also born in Zimbabwe but currently has his roots firmly set in South Africa. 

Leroy Gopal

3. Luthuli Dlamini

This one may come as a surprise but Dlamini was actually born in Zimbabwe and grew up between Zimbabwe and the UK. He has since made a home in South Africa and picked up some local languages (as so many Zimbabweans easily do). 

Luthuli dlamini

4. Oskido 

The music legend was born and raised in Zimbabwe as one of his parents is from the country but he later moved to SA as a teen to pursue a career in music. 

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5. Gugulethu Khumalo (aka Berita)

The popular Xhosa musician was born and raised in Bulawayo but later moved around a lot with her parents before settling in South Africa. 


6. Dylan 'Blayze' King 

The hunky rapper was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe but later moved to Rustenburg where he grew up. 

Dylan Blayze King

7. Peter Ndoro 

The Morning Live presenter was born in Zimbabwe but like Dlamini, he was also raised in the UK. He moved back to Zimbabwe in his teens to finish his schooling before kicking off his broadcasting career which began in Zimbabwe and later flourished in SA. 

Peter Ndoro

Update: it seems we missed a few names so thanks to our readers, we'd like to add: 

8. Chi Mhende

Chi Mhende

9. Tongayi Chirisa

The yummy chocolate brother from Happiness is a Four Letter Word

Tongayi Chirisa

10. Junior Bujy Bikwa

Junior Bujy Bikwa

Main image credit: youthvillage.co.za

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