The University of Iowa

Zimbabwean Exile Philemon Matibe to Speak March 30

March 9th, 2010

Philemon Matibe, a noted Zimbabwean exile and a passionate advocate for democracy, will talk about his new book and his life experiences in a talk titled “Zimbabwe: Despotism or Democracy?” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre.

Matibe lost everything in the face of tyranny, including his Zimbabwean citizenship, and is committed to exposing the government corruption he has witnessed. He is driven to return to Zimbabwe to rebuild a greater country. His book, “Madhinga Bucket Boy,” is his memoir of growing up amid apartheid in Rhodesia and fighting against tyranny in Zimbabwe.

Among other endeavors, Matibe is a helicopter pilot, coffee roaster and agro-business entrepreneur.  He has two children and lives in exile in the U.S.

Sponsors include the African Studies Program and the University of Iowa’s International Programs.

Matibe will also participate in a book reading and discussion for the Prairie InSight program at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 29, at Prairie Lights Books.