Top US University awards Strive Masiyiwa with a doctorate

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Top US University awards Strive Masiyiwa with a doctorate.

The university’s principal governing body, Yale Corporation awards honorary degrees to individuals for their outstanding achievement and contributions to society, and Masiya’s work has not gone unnoticed. Econet Wireless Group Chairman, Strive Masiyiwa received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Yale University, USA.

Strive Masiyiwa

Those previously honoured include Martin Luther King, Jr., Frank Lloyd Wright, Hilary Clinton, Benjamin Franklin and Wangari Maathai to name just a few.

Masiyiwa is one of Africa’s leading shapers and seasoned leaders, with his visionary leadership and fortitude manifesting in the Econet Group’s success story in Africa and the world. Masiyiwa was named among the world’s top 50 greatest leaders by Fortune Magazine in 2014 and 2017 as well as one of Africa’s 10 Most Powerful Men in Africa by Forbes.

Together with his wife, Tsitsi, Strive started Higherlife Foundation, a non-profit organisation on a mission to invest in Africa’s people,our human capital, to drive Africa’s prosperity. And here is what the businessman had to say about the honour:

Strive Masiyiwa

Receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters yesterday at the Yale University commencement exercises was really special for me. It is hard to explain what it felt like walking through the city of New Haven, Connecticut robed, and marching with the Professors, and cheered on by 35,000 people and students. Amazing!

I was very #humbled to join others honorees on this remarkable day: Carmen de Lavallade, Sister Helen Prejean, Chimamanda Adichie, Cynthia Moss, Mary Beard, Sheila Hicks, James A. Baker III, Indra K. Nooyi, Gloria Steinem, and Lawrence S. Bacow, and of course, Yale President Peter Salovey and all the graduating students!

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