Posted by: morgan1965 | December 9, 2009

Celebration Time at Africa University

It was a beautiful summer day and there was an air of celebration and expectation on the Africa University campus. Africa University, located at Old Mutare, Zimbabwe, held a grand inauguration event on Saturday, December 5, 2009. It was a wonderful service, and I was privileged to be present as a member of the board of directors.

Bishop David Kekumba Yemba was inaugurated as the third Chancellor of Africa University. Professor Fanuel Tagwira was inaugurated as the third Vice Chancellor of Africa University. The service was held in the Kwang Lim Chapel at Africa University.

Bishop Yemba is an internationally respected scholar and theologian. He was appointed as the third Chancellor of Africa University on December 2, 2008. He brings to this post more than forty years experience in academia and church ministry. He is the resident bishop of the Central Congo Area of the United Methodist Church.

Professor Fanuel Tagwira was formally appointed to the post of Vice Chancellor of Africa University in April 2009, after serving in an interim capacity for sixteen months. [The vice chancellor is responsible for the daily operation of the university.] He joined the Africa University faculty in August 1992 as the first full-time academic member of staff in the faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He is a devoted environmentalist and a soil specialist.

Africa University has a new leadership team. They believe in Africa University and its mission: “The mission of Africa University is to provide quality education with a Pan-African context through which people can acquire general and professional knowledge and skills, grow in spiritual maturity and develop sound moral values, ethics and leadership qualities.”

Africa University is looking to the future. This future is portrayed in the university vision: “The vision of Africa University is improved quality of life, peace and prosperity for the peoples of Africa through quality higher education that includes teaching, research, community service and leadership.”

Africa University is educating women and men who are making a difference on the African continent. For this reason, and more, I am proud to be a part of this ministry of higher education

More information about Africa University is available at


  1. Our daughter, Maria, and her husband, Justin, will be off to Mosi, Tanzania, Mosi Christian Hospital, associated with Duke U. (also historically U. methodist). Maria has been to Africa before while a medical student at Harvard University. They will stay for 9 months and hope to get to African University. Their work load will be great as they deal with issues of AIDS and the impact on children and families. Certainly a cause of depression.

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