Maud Chifamba
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BornMaud Chifamba
(1997-11-19) November 19, 1997 (age 23)
Chegutu
NationalityZimbabwean
EducationUniversity of Zimbabwe
Occupation
  • Accountant
Known forBeing The First Youngest Zimbabwean To Enroll At The University of Zimbabwe
RelativesMukundi Chifamba

Maud Chifamba is the youngest Zimbabwean ever to be accepted at the University of Zimbabwe where she enrolled at the age of 14 to study for an Accounting degree. She was listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa in 2012. She received the Great Young Achievers Award at the Great Women Awards held in Dubai as well as the Panel Choice Award at the Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards in 2014.

Background

Maud Chifamba was born on November 19, 1997 in the Hunters resettlement areas of Chegutu. [1] She has a younger brother Mukundi. They lost their father when Maud was just five years old. Her mother was suffering from cancer and she could not take care of them. Maud then moved in with her step brother. Her mother passed on in December, 2011. Her father was a soldier and her mother was a housewife.[2]

Education

Maud did her primary education in Chegutu and her remarkable aptitude impressed her primary school teachers who decided to move her up from Grade 3 to Grade 6. She took her Grade Seven examinations at nine years and had six units, but could not proceed to secondary school due to lack of funds. [3]


She therefore read at home and in two years time in 2009 when she was only 11 she sat for her Ordinary Level examinations and passed. Realising her rare academic brilliance and appreciating her plight Government through the Ministry of Education offered to pay for her A-level education and she excelled again, this time passing with 12 points in 2011 when she was 13.[4]


After passing her Advanced Level she earned her a four-year scholarship of nearly $10,000 from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, for her university studies. She did her industrial attachment at the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.[2]

Graduation

She graduated at the age of 18 on the 29th of September 2016 with a Bachelors in Accounting Honours Degree and was capped by President Robert Mugabe.[5]

Awards

Maud was the brand promoter of the University of Zimbabwe since 2014 and was also the Vice-Chancellor’s ambassador in 2014. She received the Great Young Achievers Award at the Great Women Awards held in Dubai as well as the Panel Choice Award at the Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards in 2014.[4] In 2012 Forbes Magazine listed her as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa together with fellow Zimbabweans Danai Gurira and Jacqueline Chimhanzi[6]

Trivia

Chifamba was not happy and confident with her looks but as time went on she came to terms with it and in an interview she said,

Every human being has his or her insecurities but I managed to get through it. I still care about being beautiful and pretty which I guess every girl does but I have put my mind on other things and other priorities other than just looks.

[4]



Videos

Up and Close with Maud Chifamba, the Zimbabwean Whiz-kid


References

  1. Orphaned girl starts university in Zimbabwe at 14, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, published: 2014, retrieved: September 12, 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 Debra Matabvu, Hard work, determination makes a genius, Sunday Mail, published: October 18, 2015, retrieved: September 12, 2016
  3. Michael Chingarande, Whizz-kid (15) scores distinctions at UZ, Herald, published: March 1, 2013, retrieved: September 12, 2016
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Rumbidzai Mbewe,17-year-old finishes up Accounting degree at UZ, Sunday News, published: October 4, 2015, retrieved: September 12, 2016
  5. Paidamoyo Chipunza, Teenage whizz-kid makes UZ history, Herald, published: September 30, 2016, retrieved: September 30, 2016
  6. Mfonobong Nsehe, The 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa 2012, Forbes Magazine, published: December 6, 2012, retrieved: September 12, 2016