David Hatendi

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David Hatendi
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BornDavid Tapuwa Hatendi
(1953-05-22)22 May 1953.
Southern Rhodesia
Died12 March 2012(2012-03-12) (aged 58)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Cause of deathHeart Attack
Resting placePeterhouse Boys' School, Zimbabwe
Alma materUniversity of Zimbabwe, University College, Oxford
Spouse(s)Angelina Hatendi
ChildrenNyasha Hatendi
  • Frederick Hatendi (father)
  • Joyce Hatendi (mother)

David Tapuwa Hatendi was a Zimbabwean banker and entrepreneur. He is mostly know for being Zimbabwe's first black Rhodes Scholar.


Hatendi was born on 22 May 1953 in Marondera, Southern Rhodesia to Frederick Hatendi and Joyce Hatendi. David's father died when he was 14 thus growing up with his mother and 2 sisters, Susan and Mary.


He went to Springvale School and later Peterhouse Boys' School from where he finished in 1972. He proceeded to the University of Rhodesia (Now University of Zimbabwe) where he graduated with a BSc (Sociology) in 1976. In 1977, David got a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University, becoming Zimbabwe's first black Rhodes Scholar. He pursued and attained a Doctorate in Politics at the University College, Oxford in 1980. He was involved in various extracurricular activities at University College and the wider Oxford University.

Business career and interests

David Hatendi was employed by Morgan Grenfell and International Finance Corporation. He also worked for the following organizations in his career:

  • World Bank, Young Professionals Network programme in 1982
  • NM Rothschild, Executive Director, 1991 - 1995
  • MBCA - MD and then CEO, 1996 -
  • Trustee for Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA)from its inception in 1998.
  • NMB Bank, CEO in 2004-2005
  • Founder of Hatendi Private Equity Advisors, 2007
  • In 2009, David Hatendi succeeded David Morgan as the National Secretary to the Rhodes Trust for Zimbabwe, responsible for the Rhodes Scholarship selection process in Zimbabwe.


David Hatendi married Angelina Musewe in January 1980 at the University College Chapel, and they had 3 children - two sons (Nyasha and Sarayi) and one daughter (Natasha). He is the father of US-based famous actor Nyasha Hatendi. David was a member of White's, an exclusive gentleman's club in London, of which he was the only black member.


On 12 March 2012, Hatendi died of a heart attack at his home and was buried at the cemetery at Peterhouse Boys' School in Zimbabwe on 15 March 2012.


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