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Revision as of 15:17, 23 March 2020

Zororo ‘Soprano’ Makamba
Zororo Makamba
BornZororo Makamba
(1990-01-17)January 17, 1990
Harare, Zimbabwe
DiedMarch 23, 2020(2020-03-23) (aged 30)
Wilkins Hospital (Harare)
Cause of death‘Allegedly’ Coronavirus Covid-19
Alma materMichigan State University
Occupation
  • Radio Show Host
  • TV Show Host
Years active2013–2020
Parent(s)James Makamba, and Irene Makamba
RelativesTawanda Makamba, Kushinga Makamba
Websitezororomakamba.com

Zororo Makamba was a journalist and entrepreneur. He was the Director and Co-Founder of Eleven Dogs, a digital media and broadcasting company. He was the current host and Executive Producer of Point of View with Zororo Makamba, an opinion based political web show which he launched in February 2016. He has previously worked as a Public Relations Executive at Telecel Zimbabwe as News & Broadcasting Assistant at United Talent Agency in New York. He was based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Zororo Makamba died on 23 March 2020 after being taken ill with Covid-19 (Coronavirus). His death was the first fatal case of the virus in Zimbabwe.

Background

He was the son of an entrepreneur, James Makamba.

Education

St John’s College, Harare Zimbabwe – 2008. Makamba has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Michigan State University and graduated in 2017 with a Master of Fine Arts in Producing (Honours) from New York Film Academy.

Career

Makamba has worked for the following companies in various capacities:

  • Ibbamo Foundation - Intern
  • Aircel India - Intern
  • Telecel Zimbabwe - Public Relations, Digital Media, Sponsorship Executive
  • My Own Boss TV Show
  • ZiFM Stereo - Producer and Current Affairs Host February 2013 – April 2015
  • Political Lemonade Spoof September 2016 – November 2016
  • United Talent Agency- News and Broadcasting Assistant in New York March 2017
  • Point of View with Zororo Makamba – Host and Executive Producer
  • Eleven Dogs Inc- Director and Co-Founder


In 2015, Zororo launched his show Tonight with Zororo in which he interviews various people in society from musicians to politicians discussing various issues.[1]

Makamba was known mostly for hosting several radio shows on ZiFM Stereo which include Impact and the Telecel Chit Chat show. Makamba was also a judge, alongside business mogul Philip Chiyangwa, on a Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation television programme called My Own Boss.[2]

Accomplishments

  • 2016 - Winner “Outstanding Screen Production” National Arts Merits Awards (Zimbabwe’s Emmys)
  • 2016 -“100 Most Influential under 40” (ranked 33) Gorindemabwe Trust on African leadership
  • 2015 - “100 Most Influential under 40” (ranked 37) Gorindemabwe Trust on African leadership
  • 2015 - Winner “Best Male Achiever” Zimbabwe Youth Achievers Awards
  • 2014 - “100 Most Influential under 40” (ranked 39) Gorindemabwe Trust on African leadership
  • 2012 - Winner “MVP award” at the National Team Selling Competition
  • 2012 - 2nd place World Collegiate Sales Competition

Videos

Zimbabwe's New Cabinet A Deeper Look at Emmerson Mnangagwa's Ministers and The Challenges They Face
State of Television Industry in Zimbabwe



Death

On 22 March 2020, rumour spread online that Zororo Makamba was the second confirmed case of Coronavirus in Zimbabwe and that he was admitted at Wilkins Hospital.

On the morning of 23 March, Health Minister, Obadiah Moyo denied that Makamba was one of the Coronavirus confirmed patients in the country, referring to the rumour as fake news.[3] Later that day, news Makamba was confirmed to have been admitted at Wilkins Hospital and to have died.[4]

Makamba's death was the first known fatal case of Coronavirus in Zimbabwe.

References

  1. Makamba hits the small screen with Tonight with Zororo, The Zimbabwean, Published: July 1, 2015, Retrieved: July 2, 2015
  2. Zororo Makamba About Me, Zororo Makamba Website, Retrieved:2 January 2015
  3. Health Minister Responds To Reports Saying Zororo Makamba Is The 2nd Coronavirus Patient, Pindula News, Retrieved: 23 March 2020
  4. UPDATED: Zororo Makamba Is No More, Confirmed 2nd COVID-19 Case, Pindula News, Retrieved: 23 March 2020