Bookish and Scarred
Robert Gabriel Mugabe was born on February 21, 1924 in Kutama, northwest of Harare, in an area separated by white authorities for black peasants. Raised by Catholic missionaries, he was a hardworking and serious kid who later recalled that he was happy with privacy while raising cattle as long as there was a book under his arm.
His father abandoned the family when Robert was 10 years old, leaving him to deal with a cheerful and emotionally marked mother, according to Heidi Holland's Biography of Dinner with Mugabe (2008).
"The impact of India's independence and the example of Gandhi and Nehru have had a profound effect," says Mr Mugabe in an interview with The New York Times before Zimbabwe's independence. "The apartheid was beginning to take shape. Marxism-Leninism was in the air. "
" From then on, I wanted to be a politician, "he said.
Mr. Mugabe taught in Northern Rhodesia, then called Zambia, and in Ghana, where she met Ms. Heifron, who In Ghana he experienced African independence for the first time and was impressed by the African socialism of this country's first leader, Kwame Nkrumah.
Mr Mugabe returned to Southern Rhodesia – the legal name of his then a country where it was still a self-governing British colony – in 1960. Soon he was invited to turn to customs Organized by the National Democratic Party, led by its future ally, rival, mentor and foe, Joshua Nkomo, four months later he became secretary of the party's publicity and his career in the lecherous world of nationalist politics began.
1963 Mr Mugabe sits on the side of Reverend Ndabaning Sitole in a rebellion by more militant clans speaking to Sean, who constitutes a majority against Mr Nkomo, the leader of the Ndebeles, who represents only 18 per cent of the population. They formed a broken party, the Zimbabwe African National Union or ZANU.