By Hannah Mentz

Part one

  • Alexandra Maseko, captain of the Zimbabwe national women’s basketball teamMaseko won a sports scholarship to Seton Hall University in New Jersey, US, and graduated in 2013. She is the founder of the Sports and Development Trust Zimbabwe, which helps young athletes to apply for sporting scholarships. ‘Honestly, few things can compare to that experience of representing your country and your fellow people back home. Being Zimbabwean carries with it a huge amount of pride for me’
  • Dr Thandeka Moyo, HIV vaccine researcherMoyo works at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in Johannesburg, South Africa, as a post-doctoral fellow, researching HIV vaccines and more recently, those for Covid-19. ‘It makes me sad that many of us are at a place in our lives where we can’t be in the country that we love so much’
  • Dr Azza Mashumba, paediatricianMashumba works as a paediatrician at the government Parirenyatwa group of hospitals and in a private practice in Harare. She is a member of the Paediatric Association of Zimbabwe. Her passion is advocacy for equitable healthcare for all children in Zimbabwe. ‘There’s a lot of hope, given the support we need, that things will get better. It’s not an irreparable situation, there’s so much that can be done and some of the things are not very big, with the support of partners and the government – we just need support’
  • Chipo Chung, actorChung studied directing at Yale University and then trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. Her vast repertoire includes theatre, television, and film. She currently lives and works in London, but still feels connected to Zimbabwe. ‘There’s always this umbilical cord back home to where family is and for me, where my mother is.’ She believes Zimbabweans share a unique sense of self: ‘In the developed world, what is cool is manufactured whereas in Zimbabwe, what is cool is completely original’