Luta Shaba is a women’s rights activist, spirit medium, lawyer and mbira musician. She is a former director at the Women’s Trust.
Shaba rose to prominence with her “Women Can Do It” campaign that sought to ensure women attained more political positions just before the 2008 harmonised elections.
She is a holder of an Honours Degree in Law from the University of Zimbabwe and a Master of Arts Degree in Policy Studies. She also trained in leadership in Africa in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Shaba has said that she is possessed by Mbuya Nehanda’s spirit and her spiritual name is Ambuya Muhera. She made headlines when she left her Borrowdale home to go and live in Acturus in a “holy land” behind the Shawasha hills.
She says she carries her mandate to remind people of the ways in which ancestors prayed to God and the roles of ancestors and traditional spirituality through music, radio talks and writing books.<ref name="fingaz">
Shaba had a brief stint in politics in 2011 when she was appointed a national executive member of the MDC-T.
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Shaba has said she grew up in poverty, which forced her to engage in transactional sex with an older man when she was only 16 to pay her way through high school and feed herself.
She tested HIV positive in 2002 after her mother died of an Aids-related illness and had discovered that the man she had been involved with had also been involved with her mother.<ref name="fingaz">
Shaba opened a dating agency in 2006, “Hapana”, for HIV positive people.<ref name="fingaz">
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