History

Nyatsime College History

From candles by night for night-study to unlimited light at all hours, the prestigious award winning Nyatsime College has evolved steadily and deliberately in the period of over half a century of existence. Gamble with no deposit slots. Founded in 1960, initially with the mandate of developing vocational skills, the college has since become a vibrant and well rounded educational institution.

Situated in a leafy, serene part of Chitungwiza, the college boasts of over five decades of experience in quality education delivery. Over the years Nyatsime College has produced students who have proceeded to be renowned administrators, medical doctors, university lecturers and professors, graduate teachers, accountants, engineers, lawyers and many other disciplines. 

The College was founded on August 11,1960 by the late Professor Stanlake, the first African graduate in Mashonaland in 1947 from Fort Hare University in South Africa and the fifth Zimbabwean African to receive university education after S. Nkomo (1917), Francis Blume (1937), C. Hlabangani (1939) and G. Mhlanga (1945). He was a man of many talents: a teacher, educationalist, historian, journalist, novelist, church patron and director of companies.

(image on the right — The Founder – Professor Stanlake Samkange)

As an educationlist he founded Nyatsime to give people commercial and economic education which was not being taught in government and missionary schools at that time. The College was a do-it-yourself project idea inspired by Booker T. Washington’s book “Up From Slavery” while at Adams College in South Africa. Upon returning to Zimbabwe, Professor Samkange set to establish a similar institute at home. It was to be the first adventure by an African. The task was not easy. As a result, we went all over Zimbabwe and other parts of the world in search of funds setting aside the demands of his own career and business. 

 

His travels in search of the funds took him to Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) and Zaire (DRC) with the Manhattan Brothers, Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba. In 1961 Dr. Paul Geren, the American Ambassador, arranged a tour of Zimbabwe by Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong to raise funds for Nyatsime. The Rockefeller Foundation gave the project a grant of USD $10,000.

The College was officially opened in 1962 by Dr. Luther H. Foster, then President of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and later Chairman of Academy for Education  Development, Washington D.C. Sixty four male students were enrolled at the opening. Girls were admitted the following year.