Saturday, 16 September 2017


Former Zimbabwe representative to UNESCO Commission on Culture and Development, Dr Angeline Kamba has died.

She was widow of the first black University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor — Dr Walter Kamba. Dr Kamba died last Tuesday at her Borrowdale home after having been unwell for some time.

She was 81. Family spokesperson Dr Ibbo Mandaza confirmed the death saying Dr Kamba had just been discharged from hospital. “She passed on the 12th of September at night after being unwell for close to a month.

“She died peacefully at home at the age of 81. “We had been attending to her ever since her husband died. “We were looking after her as a family. She had just left hospital and now she has rested.”

Dr Kamba was the first director of National Archives of Zimbabwe, making her the first black and first woman to be at the helm of the national documentation entity. She was vice-president of International Council on Archives between 1984 and 1988.

Dr Kamba was also a member of Council of the Caine Prize for African Writing and she also served on the board of the International Rice Research Institute which is located in Los Banos, Philippines,  from 1998-2003 and chaired it from January 2002 to December 2003.

In 2010, she was honoured with a doctorate degree in Archaeology, Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage by the Midlands State University. Dr Kamba also served as board chairperson of the Harare International Festival of the Arts for 10 years before her retirement in 2011.

Dr Kamba is survived by two children and two grandsons. Mourners are gathered at No. 3 Hogsback Lane, Borrowdale Brooke.

Burial is set for Warren Hills tomorrow at 11am after a church service at St Gerard Catholic Church in Borrowdale at 9am. sunday mail 


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