ATLANTA, March 24, 2016 – Strive Masiyiwa, one of Africa’s most influential businessmen and Zimbabwe’s first billionaire, will address the Morehouse College class of 2016 during the 132ndCommencement exercises on Sunday, May 15, at 8 a.m. on Morehouse’s historic Century Campus.
It will be an extra special day for Masiyiwa, the founder of the global telecommunications firm, Econet Wireless. The first nine Andrew Young International Scholars, all whom came from African orphanages and were sponsored by Masiyiwa’s Higher Life Foundation, will be among those receiving their degrees that day. One of them will be 2016 International Rhodes Scholar Prince Abudu from Zimbabwe.
Masiyiwa, a cell phone pioneer, fought a landmark constitutional legal battle for five years that ended a state monopoly in telecommunications and forced the opening of the African sector to private capital. He serves on a number of international boards, including the Morehouse College Board of Trustees. In 2015, Forbes Magazine named Masiyiwa one of the “Ten Most Powerful Men in Africa” while a year earlier, CNN Fortune Magazine selected him as one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.”
Masiyiwa and his wife, Tsitsi, are members of the Giving Pledge, a commitment by the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. They also finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to more than 42,000 African orphans. Masiyiwa was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Morehouse College in 2012 in recognition for his philanthropic and humanitarian work across the African continent.
The day before receiving their diplomas, the class of 2016 will get a spiritual address from The Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley during the Saturday, May 16 Baccalaureate ceremony at 3 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.
Wesley is pastor Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Under his leadership, the church has grown to nearly 7,000 members and nearly 80 ministries. With a passion for young people, Wesley leads a church that this year hosted their 14th Annual HBCU College Festival, where $2.1 million in scholarships were awarded to high school seniors.
For the 2016 Commencement/Baccalaureate/Reunion weekend schedule and other information, go to http://www.morehouse.edu/commencement/.
To learn more about Morehouse College commencement speaker Strive Masiyiwa, go tohttp://www.econetwireless.com/strive_masiyiwa.php. To learn more about Morehouse College Baccalaureate speaker the Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, go to http://www.alfredstreet.org/leaders/about-pastor-wesley/.
Ranked America’s fifth “Most Entrepreneurial College” by Forbes Magazine in 2015, Morehouse College is the nation’s largest liberal arts college for men. Founded in 1867, the College enrolls approximately 2,100 students and historically has conferred more bachelor’s degrees on black men than any other institution in the world. Morehouse College has produced more Rhodes Scholars than any other HBCU. Prominent alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize laureate; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General; Shelton “Spike” Lee, American filmmaker; Maynard H. Jackson, the first African American mayor of Atlanta, Ga.; and Jeh Johnson, the Secretary of Homeland Security.
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The English Premier League has announced that it has awarded the exclusive rights to broadcast Free To Air (FTA) for the next three seasons to the Econet Wireless Group which is launching a satellite and Internet broadcasting network this year under the brand Kwesé TV.
Since the announcement that it would enter the media broadcasting industry, Econet through its subsidiary Econet Media has been aggressively acquiring exclusive sports and entertainment rights. It is a well-known fact in the industry that the key to success depends on the ability to secure exclusive premium content, which can be very costly.
Econet now has access to two of the most important sports leagues in soccer; English Premier League and the Spanish League, through its ownership of Copa Del Rey.
Kwesé Sport on the other hand is able to sub-license public broadcasters, across the entire African continent, to show live games for free at weekends. This could be a real 'game changer' for soccer mad fans who today have no such access, particularly in townships and other low income areas.
Econet has not yet said when it will launch Kwesé TV commercially but it is now clear that this will happen before the start of the Premier League season in August this year.
The company also said it will soon announce other major rights that it has acquired in other major sports such as rugby, cricket, athletics and motor sport.
"We now have a huge portfolio of sports programming that will only be available on Kwesé," said a spokesman for the company.