Hopewell Rugoho-Chin'onoHopewell Rugoho-Chin'ono


Zimbabwe, Harare

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Television Journalist, Foreign Correspondent and Documentary Film Maker

Occupational Position: Foreign Correspondent at The New York Times

Projects


Documenting developmental projects for international organisations.

Professional History


Hopewell trained as a journalist at the Zimbabwean Institute of Mass Communications before going to City University's Journalism school in London, England. He obtained a Master of Arts degree in International Journalism and then worked with the BBC World Service as a freelance radio producer. In 2003 he returned to his native Zimbabwe to work for the BBC as a freelance correspondent. He won a British Government Chevening scholarship to go and read film at Brunel University where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in Documentary Practice in 2007. He returned to Zimbabwe in 2007 and made a multi award winning documentary film called Pain in my Heart.

Pain in my Heart won the 2008 CNN African Journalist of the year award,[2] 2008 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Award and the Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Reporting in Africa. After making Pain in my Heart, he set up Television International in Zimbabwe, a production house which produced news for ITN and South Africa's e.tv. He has also worked with CNN International as a field producer. Hopewell is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, the 3rd Zimbabwean journalist of only 3 Zimbabwean journalists to win the prestigious Fellowship. In 2009 he was the winner of the US Aid Communication award in Zimbabwe for his HIV and Aids Reporting.

In 2010 he was nominated for a Rory Peck television award for his documentary film A Violent Response. A Violent Response was also nominated for a 2010 BANFF World Television Award in Canada. He currently is a field television producer for UK's ITV News which is part of the Independent Television News Group. He worked as South Africa's eNCA foreign correspondent and producer in Zimbabwe from February 2008 to April 2014. He is a multi-skilled television journalist who does Correspondence, Producing, Camera and Editing work. Professional awards and Documentary films 2013 Fearless: Beatrice Mtetwa & the Rule of Law Co-Produced with Lorie Conway The documentary film looks at the life and works of Beatrice Mtetwa, Zimbabwe

Qualifications


Nieman Fellowship in Journalism from Harvard University Master of Arts degree in Documentary Film Practice from Brunel University on a Chevening Scholarship in the UK. Master of Arts degree in International Journalism from City University, London, UK. Post-grad Diploma in Mass Communications from the Zimbabwe Institute in Mass Communications majoring in Print Journalism.

Programs


2008 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Norman Smit
06 April 2017

In this TEDx talk, Tutu Fellow Ed Mabaya talks about his childhood growing up in rural Zimbabwe and how it gave him the insight into the power of improved seed to provide a pathway out of poverty. He left the small family farm where he grew up. But when he returned, it was to the realisation that food security remains a problem for too many parts of rural Africa. Successful farmers are able to make enough money to invest in their children's educations. A key element to better farming outcomes is better seed.  Mabaya calls this improved seed the 'hunger buster 2.0'.  Climate smart varieties of non-GMO, conventionally-bred seed offer opportunities for bigger harvests.

Sello Hatang
01 April 2017

Nelson Mandela called him “a person of strong opinion and sharp insight”.

To all of us at the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF), Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada is more than a hero of the South African liberation struggle. He is “Mr K” – a lovable and loving friend of Nelson Mandela for 67 years and a long-time friend of the NMF. Having served Mr Mandela as his Parliamentary Counsellor for the five years of his term as President of South Africa, Mr K stepped down when Mr Mandela decided not to run for a second term. Mr Mandela invited him to serve as a Trustee of his post-presidential office – which became known as the Nelson Mandela Foundation – which he did from 1999 until 2016.


Where do I even begin to describe how much you meant to me. Words fail to adequately describe my love, respect and admiration for you, my dearest K! Not only were you a man I deeply respected, a freedom fighter and iconic South African, but I had the privilege to call you my dearest friend. Thinking back, I cannot help but chuckle at how you insisted I drop the 'Uncle' nonsense, and just call you Kathy, because you loved that it made you feel much younger.

As I think back at the beautiful box of memories, moments and deep conversations shared with you, I am comforted by the time we got to spend together. I am comforted by the fact that your strength, conviction and bravery have left a great legacy and a lifetime of lessons for us all.

Norman Smit
30 March 2017

One of the candidates participating in the 2017 Tutu Leadership Programme, Sonkita Conteh, has been selected by the Schwab Foundation, in partnership with the World Economic Forum as a Social Entrepreneur of the Year awardee for 2016.  The Schwab Foundation drafts the list annually from a global pool of candidates.  The annual selection usually comprises about 20-25 people who join the 260 social entrepreneurs in a global network that fosters the peer-to-peer exchange of ideas.  The foundation works closely with the World Economic Forum to integrate their awardees into regional and global meetings of the WEF.

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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