Masiyiwa received the honour for his outstanding achievements and contributions to society.
Strive, together with his wife Tsitsi, started Higherlife Foundation, a non-profit organisation which supports the Joshua Nkomo Scholarship Fund, and Capernaum Trust which have provided tuition for thousands of kids in Zimbabwe.
Speaking during the degree awarding ceremony in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale Corporation President, Peter Salovey said:
Strive Masiyiwa you see opportunities others miss, demonstrate the courage of your convictions at every turn. Great Visionary. Bold Business leader. Devout Philanthropist. Your innovation and generosity has transformed a continent and improved countless lives.
Those previously honoured by Yale include Martin Luther King, Jr., Frank Lloyd Wright, Hilary Clinton, Benjamin Franklin and Wangari Maathai among others.
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Strive Masiyiwa (born 1961) is a Zimbabwean born entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of Econet Wireless International a global telecommunications group. In 2002, Masiyiwa made it to the Time Magazine List of Most Influential People, and in March 2014, he was... Read More About Strive Masiyiwa
Higherlife Foundation is a local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Zimbabwe focused mostly on the education scholarships and healthcare, specifically diseases outbreak. It was founded by Tsitsi and Strive Masiyiwa. It is mostly funded by the Econet Wireless Group which was also founded by Strive Masiyiwa.... Read More About Higherlife Foundation
Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo is a celebrated Zimbabwean Second Chimurenga nationalist leader. He founded a number of political movements against the settler regime with the most notable being the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) which he founded in 1962. Affectionately known as "Father Zimbabwe", Nkomo... Read More About Joshua Nkomo