Magaya, Buyanga ranked among influential Zimbabweans

HARARE - Too often, Zimbabweans are bombarded with “influential people” lists and the latest one being the “10 Independence Ngoda Game-Changers Under 35” survey.

In the little-known list — compiled by British-based SPE Media (SPE) in conjuction with Dindingwe Media — Prophetic Healing and Deliverance founder Walter Magaya, and controversial tycoon Frank Buyanga have been named among the top two most influential youths in the country.

According to the organisers of the event, the group was recognised for their “game changing and trail blazing” attitude as well as being “architects of a new progressive Zimbabwe dream”.

“Post Independent Zimbabwe has produced some bright young, patriotic minds who are making the present and shaping the future in various ways, despite the difficult circumstances including but not limited to economic sanctions imposed by western countries,” they said, adding the list was compiled after a long running survey with “the input of various authoritative sectorial experts based in and outside Zimbabwe”.

Also on that list is Affirmative Action Group president Chamu Chiwanza, Deputy Sports minister Tabeth Kanengoni, journalist Vimbai Kajese and aviation enthusiast Matipedza Karase.

Prior to the emergence of this list, Zimbabweans have been treated to a hotchpotch of surveys, including the Gorindemabwe Frontier (Gorindemabwe) and other social media lists where a number of people have “made waves” for different reasons.

Interestingly, the ngoda — a Shona term for rough diamonds — and Gorindemabwe surveys have often been dominated by religious leaders.

Meanwhile, the list comes as Zimbabwe celebrates its 35th birthday and independence on Saturday.

But it was Magaya’s recognition that has been striking, especially after he has also been named as the Daily News’s 2014 personality of the year and many feel he has been recognised for his philanthropic work.

The young charismatic preacher managed to attract one of the largest crowds Zimbabwe has ever seen during his Night of Turnaround in November last year.

An estimated 350 000 people from all walks of life attended the conference, a feat that all the country’s stage-hungry politicians have failed to achieve over the past 35 years of Uhuru.

The well-known philanthropist also won the hearts of many Zimbabweans when he gave the late Studio 263 actress Pretty Xaba $18 000 to cater for her travel and medical bills at an Indian hospital, in addition to awarding scholarships to several orphans dotted across the country.

Buyanga, meanwhile, was recently named among the under-40 millionaires’ list by Ventures Africa (VA).

In that list, the Hamilton Group founder and property investor has been rubbing shoulders with the likes of South Africa’s Mark Shuttleworth, 39, Nic Haralambous, Sim Shagaya, 38, Abasiama Idaresit and Jason Chukwuma Njoku, 32, of Nigeria.

According to VA, other continental entries, include Roland Agambiri of Ghana, Kenya’s Michael King’Ori Macharia, Patrick Ngowi, 28, of Tanzania and Ugandan billionaire Ashish Thakkar, 31).

On the other hand, the likes of Kanengoni, Kajese and Karase have probably been recognised by SPE for their fight to reform sport, journalistic exploits with China’s state broadcaster and developing Zimbabwe’s aviation industry.


Comments (37)

Congratulations Man of God....May the Good lord keep on doing it for you

Call_me_na_tee - 16 April 2015

Congladulations to the great prophet of God!!!...thank you for lifting the flag of Jesus high!!

Farai - 16 April 2015

Revelations 3 v 7-8 “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:[ 8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it." "Iye unoti kana achizarura, hakuna unopfiga, kana achipfiga, hakuna unozarura, tarira ndakaisa pamberi pako mukova wakazaruka, hakuna ungagona kuupfiga..." Thank you Jehovah Tsidkenu, Jehovah Rohi for opening doors for thy servant Prophet W Magaya. U are a good God, you are a wonderful. Thank you for making this ministry Gilgal, Bethesda for many.

Tindo - 16 April 2015

Congrats Prophet Walter Magaya..May God continue to do great for PHD Ministries

mwanawako - 16 April 2015

Psalms 23 v 5 NIV "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows." "Munondigadzirira tafura pamberi pavadzivisi vangu; Makazodza musoro wangu namafuta; mukombe wangu unopfachuka." When God says yes noone can say no.

Tindo - 16 April 2015

Wow....Congratulations Prophet Magaya we are so proud of you be increased in the mighty name of Jesus....

jada - 16 April 2015

Isaiah 59 v 19 "So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him." God is amazing!!! With the level of attacks in the form of accusations, malicious reports leveled against this prophet, one would expect to see him going down. But God is faithful, he protects his own. Thank you Lord for fighting Prophet Magaya's battles.

My Redeemer Lives - 16 April 2015

Prophet Magaya is a humble man..May Our all mighty God bless him and bless His work

Sherryie - 16 April 2015

Wow! Congratulations Prophet MAGAYA, you really have and you inspiring a lot of people, you surely have changed so many people's lives through your teachings and also from giving to those who are underprivileged. Keep up the good work..May God keep increasing you in Jesus mighty name.

Dorothy - 16 April 2015

'Then God said Be Fruitful and Multiply'. Makorokoto Prophet Magaya

tablet - 16 April 2015

This is good mhani..our own Zimbabwean Prophet makorokoto amhlopheProphet MAGAYA

Yogi - 16 April 2015

My Jesus!! Surely God prepares a table in the presence of your enemies...Makorokoto Prophet on the award.May God Bless you

Jambanja - 16 April 2015

Prophet Magaya Congratulations...Zimbabwe we are so proud to have you,you are God given to this Nation,Prophet of our genaration we are blessed.

Kenny - 16 April 2015

Congratulations to the servant of God prophet W.Magaya on the award !!Be inreased .

Sophia - 16 April 2015

We thank the Lord for remembering our nation with a prophet ...We have seen the blind seeing,the lame walking,the barren conceiving all to the glory of God ..We are so proud of you prophet Magaya ....Congratulations!!!

Thembi - 16 April 2015

Do prophets await authentication from U.K.-based outfits?

John Banda - 16 April 2015

Makorokoto, Amhlope, Congratulations Prophet Magaya.

tadana - 16 April 2015

God you are wonderful. Prophet Magaya really deserves to be awarded, he has really changed the face of christianity in Zimbabwe

Slivia - 16 April 2015

Day of judgement is coming all crooks and thieves will get what they deserve.

Don king - 16 April 2015

If God be for you, who can be against you? Congratulations man of God. I am happy for you.

Newton - 16 April 2015

Congragulations prophet. May the Lord increase you in every area of your life.

God is good all the time - 16 April 2015

please do not write rubbish awards that are being awarded by non existent organisations , its someone on a computer with time on his hands, who dishes out these awards, and the newsmen rush to print it , driving a merecdes benz and being influential are 2 different things altogether, and what criteria did they use to dish out awards. some people in zimbabwe are now calling themselves Doctor so and so after receiving d`doctorates` from a man who had left prison 6 months earlier who was obviously trying to get in good books with the rich in society

Harare - 16 April 2015

Daily News ndanyara ini!!! How on mother earth can you write nonsense about these so called awards??? How much money did Magaya pay your paper to write this rubbish???

Garikayi - 16 April 2015

I know Harare very well and there is no venue that can accommodate 350,000 people at a single sitting. This would be a logistical nightmare, including health hazard by any standards. Please tell us what methodology you used to arrive at such a ridiculous figure that is obviously false. Praise your prophets but please be truthful. Most credible estimations of crowd gatherings (globally) are done via aerial viewing. Did this journo hire a helicopter with the necessary technology. I guess not. Must be a miracle crowd, LOL

connie - 17 April 2015


B. Mutyamaenza - 17 April 2015

Jealous gets evil pple very far but they gain nothing. Many pple tried tooth&nail to tarnish prophet Magaya's image but all failed&they'll continue to fail. There simply is nothing wrong with DAILY NEWS's report on prophet Magaya. There is nothing amiss about more than 350 000 people attending prophet Magaya's gathering at one point.Given prophet Magaya's popularity &our population explosion,more than 350 000 can easily coverge at one place in Harare. After all those're just estimates,marwadziwa nei?It is simply not true that one knows every part of Harare.Prophet Magaya's popularity grows everyday whether Satan likes it or not! A certain open space has now been hijacked simply becoz an opposition political party had hundreds of thousands of its supporters there at some point!

tamburai - 17 April 2015

like it or not award or nor award by people the Prophet is influential Praise be to God

chokwadi - 17 April 2015

I watched him on ENCA's Africa 360, he is articulate and well spoken but that does not take away my mistrust of "fire fire" churches.

taps - 17 April 2015

Conglatulations to our Prophet W. Magaya. When God says yes no one can say no. It is our time.

tafadzwa mahobvera - 17 April 2015

@tamburai don't just allude to a "certain spot". Tell us a venue in Harare or any city in Zimbabwe that can accommodate 350,000 people. There is no such venue or spot. You don't have to be Magaya's enemy to note that it his both physically and logistically impossible to host 350,000 people at a single gathering in Harare. This false prophet has you mesmerized. Wake up. And journos tell the truth to be false messengers.

connie - 17 April 2015

Did you know that you pay $300 to see Magaya, You also need to $900, to see TB Josh, TB has a posh hotel where you pay $5 000, for five days stay, and you still have to pay some more money to see him, I am starting my own business, ha ha ha to many fools out there.

Shane Mtizwa - 17 April 2015

Makorokoto munhuwamwari the devil has been disgraced once more MBIRI KUNA JESU

cornea - 17 April 2015

concratulation prophet.these are just people like anyone else.yes they do appreciate but who are they?what do they want.I pray that they are not one of those who want to destroy yu.before I do my one on one with yu.

ziso - 17 April 2015

Mbiri kuna Jesu HONDO HAISI YAKO NDEYA JEHOVA May your good Lord increase you papa in wisdom, humbleness, obedient and any other way that He bless He's.

Difala - 17 April 2015

Influential yes, 350 000 NOOOOOOOOOO. Not in Harare. Not in Zimbabwe. That area in Waterfalls can not accommodate such a large number. Most people are celebrating thievery and conmanship. Do you know how Frank Buyanga made his millions??? Ask us, maybe we can tell you...

Alftinmak - 17 April 2015

USA and being influencial has nothing to do with God musada kuaptiswa woo zvee imimi

mapfupa - 18 April 2015

Hahahahaha! Gore rino? Iro rino iri? Muchasvotwa mukati baba mese nababa venyu satani nekuti pane makata tinopinda imi muchitadza kupinda. Mwari wa Prophet Magaya muhombe. One's ignorance of the existence of something does not necessarily mean it doesn't exist; it exists but you just do not know. Makorokoto Prophet... Tinehurombo kune avo vachirikuda kuti mabofu agare akadaro, HIV irambe ichiuraya vanhu, vane cancer vafire muzvipatara, vanhu vafe nema overdue pregnancies, vanhu vafe vachidyiwa magaro nembwa nekuda kwenhamo, etc. Pamberi nekukunda PHD & YadahTV. Ticharamba tichisimuka vamwe vachiteera kumashure vachitsvaga zvekutaura. Makorokoto Prophet once again...

Benjamin Kinichi - 28 October 2015

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