THREE Bulawayo residents have been named as some of the world’s 30 most influential young people for the year 2013 by United Kingdom (UK) magazine Eduzine.
The UK magazine released names of 2013’s most influential young people three weeks ago with Gilmore Moyo (23), Fungai Machirori and NoViolet Bulawayo on the list.
Although Southern Eye failed to get in touch with Machirori and NoViolet, yesterday the paper caught up with Moyo who naturally expressed happiness over his inclusion on the high-profile list.
“I am happy to be considered as one of the most influential young people in the world and I feel charity begins at home, that’s why I have been giving back to the community,” he said.
Moyo, born and bred in Bulawayo, is a social entrepreneur and founder and editor of Deck magazine. He is also a member of the British Council Global Change Makers International Network.
He is also the founder and manager of Hunnar Management Agency, a local arts and branding company.
At Hunnar Management Agency, Moyo manages some of Zimbabwe’s top designers — Shadow By Sidumiso, Melusi Nhengu and BlinQ, supermodel Tholakele Dlamini, motivational speaker Njabulo Moyo, Djembe Monks, among other artistic brands.
He has worked with international organisations such as United Nations Education and Scientific Organisation and Alliance Française de Bulawayo.
“This recognition serves to erase all the negative perspectives that many have towards Bulawayo. There is a perception that Harare is the only place where you can make your dreams come true in Zimbabwe.”
As part of charity work, Moyo was recently touring Mhondoro schools giving career guidance sessions.
He holds diplomas in French, Development Studies and Leadership.
Machirori is a former journalism student at the National University of Science and Technology. She runs a personal political blog. Recently Machirori launched a gender blog titled Her Zimbabwean.
NoViolet Bulawayo is a writer who went to Njube and Mzilikazi High School before proceeding to the United States for tertiary education.