We were recently invited to attend AMH Conversations, an event by our client, Triangles Services Ltd. It was organised by Cutting Edge PR, also our client. We had no idea what we were in for. It turned out to be a great pleasure to meet the presenter, an inspiring gentleman and TEDx speaker, named Trevor Ncube.
Much of what Ncube said about his background I relate to. I too come from humble beginnings in what was then called the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. In reality this is the kind of experience of the majority of my generation of successful Africans. From the village to the corporate board room — a quantum leap — beautifully articulated by Trevor Ncube. Most of us might not be so open about our roots.
The audience that morning was largely made up of prominent Lusaka business people. We quickly settled down, as it dawned on us that this was going to be a presentation that would provoke and challenge us, a presentation that needed our full attention. And it was not just Trevor’s frankness that impressed. His story is one of determination and integrity, of battling against all the odds, and coming through.
After the talk, we personally invited Trevor to blog his reflections on our site, and he graciously agreed. So a series of blog posts over the next few weeks will follow. I trust you will be as inspired as we were. But first, Trevor Ncube’s bio:
WorkTrevor Ncube is Chairman of Alpha Media Holding (AMH) based in Zimbabwe, a company he co-founded 14 years ago. AMH owns three newspaper titles in Zimbabwe namely ‘Newsday’, a daily, ‘The Zimbabwe Independence’, a business weekly, and ‘The Standard’, a Sunday paper. Ncube is also controlling shareholder and Executive Deputy Chairman, of the ‘Mail & Guardian Media Group’ of South Africa, publishers of one of the leading South African weekly newspapers ‘Mail & Guardian’.
EducationNcube has a first class BA Honours from the University of Zimbabwe. Ncube oozes leadership qualities, not surprising when he completed the Said Business School, University of Oxford, Advanced Management and Leadership Programme in 2009, and the Oxford University High Performance Leadership Programme in 2012.
AwardsNcube was awarded a Print Media Southern African Fellowship in 2006. In 2007 he got the International Publisher Associated Freedom prize award and the Germany Africa Award. In 2010 Trevor was bestowed the Nation Media Group Life Achievement Award for his work in media on the continent. And in 2012, Ncube was awarded the Germany Peace Dove Award, and New Africa Magazine named him among the 100 most influential people in Africa. Most recently, in February 2013 Ncube was named one of the most influential businessmen in Zimbabwe since 1990.
ActionNcube is chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agent Council on Informed Societies. He is a member of the Hivos International Supervisory Board and co-chair of the Africa Media Initiative (AMI), a continent wide organisation focusing on strengthening the sector’s viability and enhancing its professionalism. He is also a fellow of the Aspen Institute and Africa Leadership Initiative.
PersonalTrevor Ncube is married with two children, loves reading and travelling, is a keen golfer and a devout Christian. You can follow Trevor on Twitter @TrevorNcube.