On this day in 1980, Southern-Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe gained its independence from Britain. The Southern African nation is known for its beautifully diverse wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and landmarks with the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, which is located on the Zambezi River on the border with Zambia and is considered the largest waterfall in the world being one of the best gifts of nature the country has to offer.
After their independence, Canaan Banana became the country’s first president albeit ceremonially with Robert Mugabe serving as the country’s first Prime Minister and Head of Government. Mugabe later became the country’s president after winning the 1990 elections which was the first elections after the amendment of the 1987 constitution which scrapped the Senate and set up an elected executive presidency. It was also the first non-segregated elections in the country.
To celebrate their independence day, Face2Face Africa shares with you some notable personalities who are from the Southern African nation.
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