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Forbes Africa Honors Mandela Washington Fellow Nkosana Mazibisa

  • Ntungamili Nkomo

Nkosana Mazibisa

Nkosana Mazibisa

Budding Zimbabwean businessman, Nkosana Mazibisa, has been honored by Forbes Africa magazine as one of the 30 most promising young entrepreneurs on the continent.

Mazibisa is the founder of Mazibisa Inc., a consultancy firm and a food outlet called Swad the Taste of India, which deals in biscuits, potato crisps and dried fruits - to mention but a few.

He is featured in the Forbes Africa issue coming out Wednesday with 30 other flourishing young African entrepreneurs under the age of 30 from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Benin among other countries.

Mazibisa’s latest recognition comes in the wake of yet another milestone.

He is also among 60 young Zimbabweans picked for the Mandela Washington Fellowship to undergo eight weeks of training in civic and business leadership in the U.S starting mid-June.

Forbes Africa managing editor Chris Bishop told VOA the 30 are some of the finest upcoming entrepreneurs there is on the African continent.

“Some of them will be on the cover of Forbes Africa in 10, maybe 20 years’ time. So what we wanted to do is to catch them young,” said Bishop.

“Forbes Africa believes that the state coffers on this continent can no longer afford to provide the jobs and the wealth that the people need. And we believe that entrepreneurs are the people who are going to create the jobs.”

Speaking of Mazibisa, Bishop hailed his resilience and innovation given the volatile business environment that has forced thousands of companies to shut down in Zimbabwe, particularly in Bulawayo, where Mazibisa is based.