Naomi Nhiwatiwa
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BornApril 15, 1941
DiedApril 12, 2012
South Bend, Indiana, USA
Resting placeSouth Bend, Indiana, USA
Alma materState University of New York at Buffalo
OccupationPolitician , Minister , Advisor
OrganizationGovernment of Zimbabwe , United Nations
ChildrenIyabode (Jide) Ilawole , Hakeem Oseni

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]

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