Zimbabwean Tererai Trent honoured with statue in New York

Zimbabwean Tererai Trent honoured with statue in New York

A Zimbabwean scholar Tererai Trent will be honoured with a life-size statue in New York alongside media mogul Oprah Winfrey, Hollywood stars Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett  for their work championing gender equality.

Tererai Trent is among 10 women who have been named most inspiring women in the world. The list also includes conservationist Jane Goodall, activist Janet Mock,  pop-star Pink, chemist Tracy Dyson, author Cheryl Strayed and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.

All 10 women will have life-size bronze figures unveiled by ‘Statues for Equality‘ in the United States on Women’s Equality Day on August 26.

Trent announced the development on her Twitter handle and said she was “incredibly honored” by the recognition.

Dr Tererai Trent, 54, went from growing up in a cattle-rearing family in rural Zimbabwe, to being named among the world’s Top 10 Most Inspiring Women ‘Sculpted for Equal Rights.’

She taught herself how to read and write, as she was kept out of school because of poverty, while living with her parents in rural Zimbabwe.

She relocated to the US in 1998 after she was discovered by an American non-profit that visited her village. She has since achieved her dreams of getting a masters and a doctorate.

Tererai Trent

The Zimbabwean academic is author of bestselling book ‘The Awakened Woman: A Guide for Remembering and Igniting your Sacred Dreams’.

The US-based academic faced domestic abuse in the pursuit of her dreams and continues to champion girls and women empowerment through education.

Her inspirational story caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey who gave Trent $1.5 million donations to rebuild her elementary school in Zimbabwe, in partnership with Save the Children in 2011.

The Statues for Equality aims to balance gender representation in public art, and honour women’s contributions to society.

Dr. Tererai Trent has been an adjunct professor in Monitoring and Evaluation in Global Health, at Drexel University since 2013.


Chidi Nwoke.