Sylvester Bgoni
OccupationPolitician , Activist

Sylvester Bgoni was a Zimbabwean nationalist.


Bgoni was born on 8 August 1934 in the Chihota Reserve near Salisbury.


He attended Chakadini School in his home area but left without completing his studies.

Political Career

Bgoni started politics in the 1950s and he joined the British African National Voice Association. He later moved into the reformed ANCongress and in 1960 the NDP, becoming Chairman of the Mufakose Branch.

When ZAPU was formed Bgoni became Secretary of the Mufakose branch. He was a founder member of the Mufakose Civic Association. When the PCC was formed in 1963 he became Chairman of Salisbury District.

  • 1961 Chairman, Mufakose Branch, NDP.
  • 1962 Secretary, Mufakose Branch, ZAPU.
  • 1963 Salisbury (Harare) District Chairman, PCC
  • 1972 Secretary for Youth Affairs, ANC.
  • 1975 (Sept.) Secretary for Youth, ANC (Nkomo).
  • 1975 (Sept.) Member of Central Committee, ANC {Nkomo).
  • 1976 (Jan.) Secretary for Presidential Affairs, ANC (Nkomo).


He was arrested in 1964 and sent to Gonakudzingwa Restriction Camp. He was later moved to Wha Whawha Prison. When he was released in 1970, he became politically active, joining the ANC on its foundation in December 1971. He was re-arrested in early 1972 and sent to Gweru Prison.