Your high school science teacher may have told you this, but there is more genetic diversity among Africans alone than all other populations combined. This greater genetic diversity means healthier genes, according to the scientific journal Science Express, and better genes help produce the facial symmetry and regularity that are necessary for physical beauty.
It is no wonder there are so many attractive people from the various nations of Africa, even if many of them are lesser known in the Western world. For an introduction to these beautiful people, take a look at the top 10 most handsome men in Zimbabwe — most of whom are artistic, intelligent, or generous, too.
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Here are some of the Top 10 Most Handsome Men in Zimbabwe
10. Tendai Huchu
Born in Bindura, Zimbabwe, novelist Tendai Huchu has long locks, a curious, mischievous smile — one that, oddly enough, reminds us of the beautiful Keira Knightley — and a skill with words that reflects his clear, observant mind. In his debut novel, The Hairdresser of Harare, Huchu writes sharply about gender identity, political divides, and love in Zimbabwe, as reported in his interview on Bookslut. He received two fellowships in 2013 and published his second novel in 2014. Perhaps unfortunately for Zimbabwe, as of 2017 Huchu lives and writes in Edinburgh, Scotland.
9. Kevin Mambo
Kevin Mambo is a Canadian actor-musician who hails from Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. He grew up in the prairies of Canada as a lover of music: Mambo plays the saxophone, piano, bass, and guitar in addition to his DJ work. He has won two Daytime Emmy Awards for his acting and will appear as a pianist in the 2017 Hollywood film Rebel in the Rye, which is based on J.D. Salinger and Catcher in the Rye.
The film premiered at the Sundance Festival in January 2017, notes IMDB. Until the movie comes out, we’ll occupy ourselves by studying his many expressions, which are made intriguing by the slight frown he usually wears. We can’t help but wonder what Mambo is thinking of behind those fine lips and furrowed brows.
8. MK Asante
Another Harare native is Zimbabwean-American writer-filmmaker MK Asante (born Molefi Kete Asante Jr.). Asante grew up in the troubled streets of Philadelphia in the United States. Thanks to influences from his mother, a contemporary dance choreographer, and his father, a professor of African-American studies, Asante wrote a best-selling memoir — Buck — at 30 and proceeded to create a film and music around the book. Armed with only an MFA degree, Asante managed to snag tenure at Morgan State University and is now an assistant professor as of 2017.
If his memoir hasn’t clued you in, Asante is brimming with street smarts and knows how to reach his goals. We don’t know where he is able to store all that energy in that long, slim build, but it goes perfectly with his delicate, youthful features. Although Asante’s look seems to range from street-stylish to preppy, we appreciate that he is always sporting a different yet excellent hat.
7. Togara Muzanenhamo
Like a fine collection of literature, poet/former journalist Togara Muzanenhamo has improved with age. Born in Zambia to Zimbabwean parents, Muzanenhamo was raised near Harare in Zimbabwe and eventually received an education in various parts of Europe. According to Poetry International, Muzanenhamo’s writing features a “driving, lyrical tone and a subtle plasticity” that “evoke entire worlds” and “gets into the minds of other people.”
With a high, broad brow, soulful eyes, and the hint of a smile always at the corners of his lips, Muzanenhamo could easily convince some of us to allow him into our minds. Even better, Muzanenhamo’s features have grown more distinct and masculine throughout the years. In 2016, Muzanenhamo’s Textures, a collection which he wrote in collaboration with John Eppel, won the National Arts Merit Award for Outstanding Fiction, reports the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We look forward to what he has to offer in the near future.
6. Matthew C. Martino
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, entrepreneur/filmmaker Matthew C. Martino is a multi-talented man. As a teen, Martino moved to Essex, UK, with his family, where he is currently based. According to Zimbassador, he became co-chairperson of MMBF Trust, an international charity for young filmmakers and actors, at an age when most North Americans would still be in college or looking for their first real jobs.
After earning the title of the 2015 Essex Young Person of the Year, he became the chief executive of Essex TV in 2016. Still in his early twenties, Martino has already cultivated the look of trustworthiness and success that business-minded people more than twice his age would kill to have. As we keep an eye on this promising young man, we can’t help but hope that he would turn his piercing eyes on us as well.
5. Jack Stuart
Adding to the list of Zimbabweans thriving in the performing arts is Jack Stuart, a Harare-born man of the world. Thanks to parents who worked for the Foreign Service, Stuart lived in numerous different countries as a child and was able to pick up multiple languages. He has since appeared in a handful of small or indie films, with two due to be released in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Although Stuart does not have much of a media presence, IMDB names him as 11th in a list of the top 30 most popular people in Zimbabwe — not far behind Martino, Mambo, and Asante, who are also featured here. Towering at 6 feet 4 inches, Stuart would certainly one of the most handsome actors in most rooms, regardless of country of origin. We love his smiling eyes and facial hair — it’s well-groomed without sinking into hipster territory — but, most of all, how dashing he looks in a tailored suit.
4. Brendan Galloway
If you prefer the look of a professional athlete, meet football (soccer) player Brendan Galloway. Although Galloway only turns 21 in 2017, he has already been contributing his prowess on the field to various English teams and his sweet smile to his worldwide fans. There is something endearing about the innocent, unguarded expression he wears, especially when it contrasts strongly with his fierce legwork during a match. According to the Liverpool Echo, Galloway is an Everton defender on loan to the West Bromwich Albion and Hawthorns teams.
The Daily Mail reports that Galloway “is highly thought-of at Everton,” while The Telegraph predicted in November 2016 that Galloway will be receiving more interest and offers in January 2017. Despite his relative youth, Galloway says he is determined to fight for a permanent spot among his team of choice. We wouldn’t have expected a fighter to be lurking behind his sensitive looks, but we are happy that this long-legged man with the beautiful eyes is “regarded a bright prospect” with “eye-catching performances,” as described by Everton Football Club.
3. Zuva Bvekerwa
Born in Zimbabwe, Zuva Bvekerwa became a member of the Zimbabwe National Track Team in 2009 and was chosen as a former African Youth Champion to represent Zimbabwe at the 2011 All-Africa Games, according to The Zimbabwean. He later won the boys’ 100-meter event in the Harare Athletics, reports The Herald. Bvekerwa moved to the United States in 2011 to pursue his studies, with William Penn University listing Bvekerwa as a grad assistant as of 2017.
According to an interview with Fitness to a Tee, he is currently an “aspiring fitness model.” It is no exaggeration to say Bvekerwa, despite his still-boyish face, has the sculpted body of a god or cartoon superhero, and he knows it: “I love having a body few can compare to, and I cannot wait to see just how far I can take it,” says Bvekerwa. We can’t wait to see what his next moves are, either.
2. Nelson Chamisa
Politician Nelson Chamisa doesn’t just have a broadly appealing face and snappy wardrobe, he has the speaking skills and drive to match. Born in the Gutu district of Rhodesia, or what is now known as Zimbabwe, Chamisa is MP for Kuwadzana, Harare, and co-VP of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change as of 2017. He was formerly the Minister of Information, Communication, and Technology.
According to New Zimbabwe, Chamisa has on multiple occasions challenged and even mocked President Robert Mugabe and his regime in Parliament, most recently in 2015. What makes this courageous defiance notable is that in 2007, Chamisa, who had previously been a student activist, was violently attacked by the police under the command of Mugabe, according to The Guardian. While it seems like a risky lifestyle for this lawyer and politician, it is difficult to fault Chamisa for having both a head for politics and a wicked sense of humor.
1. Tongayi Chirisa
Although he may not have the power and prestige of Chamisa, actor-producer Tongayi Chirisa is likely the most famous man in this list, having appeared in shows such as The Jim Gaffigan Show and Crusoe, the latter of which gave him the motivation to move to the United States, as well as guest starred on American Horror Story and NCIS: Los Angeles. Born in Harare as Tongayi Arnold Chirisa, Chirisa says he goes by Tongayi rather than Arnold “so as to be easily identified with Zimbabwean culture and tradition.”
The Herald also reports that Chirisa continues to maintain contacts in the Zimbabwean film industry and harbors bright hopes for TV and film in the country. This is a man who grows upward without ever forgetting his roots. “After six years of living in Los Angeles, Chirisa has already worked with most of the major networks in Hollywood such as Warner Brothers, FOX, FX, CBS, NBC, and ABC,” reports NewsDay. You might have noticed that his chiselled chin and brooding good looks are no less impressive than his burgeoning Hollywood career.
Regardless of your areas of interest, Zimbabwe has produced good-looking men who excel in those areas. Beyond this list, there are many other Zimbabweans worthy of note, such as runner Elliot Mujaji — who recovered from a severe accident, two-month coma, and amputation to take home numerous gold medals for Zimbabwe — and rapper Desmond Chideme, best known as Stunner. To expand your horizons and taste, look towards Zimbabwe, a country known for the lush beauty of its nature, culture, and people.