Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe had celebrated his 95th birthday at his Blue Roof mansion in Harare on Saturday.
Mugabe turned 95 ages on Thursday, but his birthday was largely ignored by the state and the ruling Zanu-PF party.
Robert Mugabe, born on 21 February 1924 in Kutama in South Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), He had been a Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987 and President of the Republic of 1987 to 2017.
He is a son of an immigrant from Nyasaland, Robert Gabriel Mugabe grew up at the Jesuit Catholic Mission in Kutama, north-east of the capital Salisbury. His father left the family when he was only 10 years old, Robert Mugabe is raised by his mother whom he is very close. A solitary child, he has a strong taste for reading and studying. He comes from the majority Shonas ethnic group.
Mugabe admits having seven academic degrees, claiming to be also a “graduate in violence”
After graduating from teaching at the age of 17, he joined the University of Fort Hare, South Africa, to study English and History. He meets Julius Nyerere, Herbert Chitepo, Robert Sobukwe, and Kenneth Kaunda.
He graduated in 1951, then continued his studies at Driefontein in Salisbury (1953), Gwelo (1954) and Tanganyika (1955-1957). He obtained a BA from the University of South Africa and a BA in Economics from the University of London.
He taught for three years in Lusaka, the capital of the former Northern Rhodesia, then in Accra, Ghana, the first colony in Africa to gain independence, where he fell in love with a colleague, Sally Hayfron, his first wife, whom he married in 1961.
It is rare to see him publicly these days since being evicted from power by his vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa in November 2017.
Here are 6 things you need to know about Mugabe
1. He is a fan of Chelsea and Barcelona
As a teenager, Mugabe was a very good and tedious player in the tennis game, according to a former Catholic teacher at the Catholic school where Mugabe studied.
Mugabe admitted he was not good in the football game when he was young, but now he likes to watch the game.
2. The biggest cricket fan
For a long time, he has publicly manifested the love of the cricket game. He is the guardian of the Zimbabwe Cricket game and his home is near the playground of Harare.
“Cricket makes people fit, and it also makes people good,” Mugabe said several years after Zimbabwe’s independence. “I want everyone to buy a cricket in Zimbabwe; I want Zimbabwe to be a land for a young man.”
3. He got his first child at age 73
Mugabe has two wives. In 1961, Mugabe married Sally Hayfron, with whom he has a son, Michael Mugabe (1963-1966).
While still married to Sally Hayfron, in 1987 he began an extra-marital relationship with his secretary, Grace Marufu. This gives birth to a daughter, Bona (born in 1988), and to a boy, Robert (born in 1990). In 1996, four years after Sally Hayfron died of illness (malaria, Robert Mugabe married Grace Marufu. In 1997, she gave birth to a third child, Chatunga3.
4. He likes Cliff Richard than Bob Marley
The Zimbabwean politician, who is not currently live, Edgar Tekere, told a journalist that while preparing for Zimbabwean independence 1980, Mugabe did not want to invite singer Bob Marley for the celebration, but he asked for a British singer Cliff Richard. He also loves the singer, Jim Reeves.
5 He is a man with many degrees
In general, Mugabe has seven degrees. His degree first is from Fort Hare, South Africa. He studied his other degrees through the internet while in jail.
These professions include education, science, law, and management.
6. He looks at Kwame Nkrumah as an example to him
Mr. Mugabe got a political goal in Ghana while he was a teacher; where he met his first wife, Sally Hayfron.
When he returned to Zimbabwe, he told the people how Ghana had taken liberties and how liberty it is.
In an interview in 2003, Mugabe said: “I also told them of Kwame Nkrumah, how he volunteered to lead Ghana to freedom; Kwame told Ghanaians that Ghana would not be a free country without effort and commitment to everyone.
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