Naomi Pasiharigutwi Nhiwatiwa was a Zimbabwean politician, cabinet Minister from 1980 to 1988, a member of ZANU-PF and member of Parliament for Manicaland Province. She was also a director with the World Health Organization in Brazzaville, Congo.[1]

Naomi Nhiwatiwa
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Born April 15, 1941
Died April 12, 2012
South Bend, Indiana, USA
Resting place South Bend, Indiana, USA
Residence USA
Nationality Zimbabwean
Alma mater State University of New York at Buffalo
Occupation Politician , Minister , Advisor
Organization Government of Zimbabwe , United Nations
Children Iyabode (Jide) Ilawole , Hakeem Oseni

She was the founder of Zerapath AIDS Orphanage in Harare.



Naomi was born on 15 April 1941 in Mutare. She earned a PhD in Intercultural and Diplomatic Communications in 1979 from the State University of New York at Buffalo in the U.S.A

Political career

Naomi participated in the first Zanu PF Women's League meeting at Shai Shai in Mozambique. She became a spokesperson for the party and was determined to promote women's emancipation. At Independence, Nhiwatiwa was among the five women who became members of parliament.


In 1988 Naomi left the government of Zimbabwe and became a UNICEF official in Nairobi, Kenya. She moved to Brazzaville in 1993 as director responsible for the World Health Organization's external relations for the Africa Region. In 1998 she was promoted to the position of senior advisor to the United Nations in New York, USA.[2]

When she retired from the United Nations in 2001, she worked as a consultant on HIV/AIDS, and as a visiting Professor for the Department of Communications at Pepperdine University in California.[2]


  1. Obituary for Naomi P. Nhiwatiwa | Palmer Funeral Homes, South Bend, IN, Obituary for Naomi P. Nhiwatiwa, retrieved: 14 Nov 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 Naomi Nhiwatiwa dies in USA, The Herald, retrieved: 14 Nov 2018