Dr Gibson Mandishona, Zim Scientist and Artist, Passes Away. RIP.

By | September 10, 2023



Death – Obituary News : Dr Gibson Mandishona, known for his contributions to science and art in Zimbabwe, has sadly passed away. He played a role in helping Bob Marley compose the song ‘Zimbabwe’. Rest in peace.

Dr Gibson Mandishona, a renowned figure in both the fields of science and art in Zimbabwe, has sadly passed away at the age of 78. His death has left a void in the nation’s cultural and scientific communities, as he has made significant contributions throughout his lifetime.

Born in the small town of Mutare in 1945, Mandishona displayed an early passion for both science and music. He pursued his education at the University of Zimbabwe, where he excelled in his studies and obtained a PhD in Chemistry. Mandishona’s scientific achievements were widely recognized, and he was regarded as a leading expert in his field.


However, it was his collaboration with the legendary musician Bob Marley that truly catapulted Mandishona into the limelight. He played a pivotal role in the composition of the iconic song ‘Zimbabwe,’ which became an anthem of hope and resilience during the country’s struggle for independence. Mandishona’s expertise in music theory and his deep understanding of Zimbabwean culture greatly influenced the song’s lyrics and melody.

Beyond his musical pursuits, Mandishona also dedicated himself to promoting science education in Zimbabwe. He believed in the power of knowledge and worked tirelessly to inspire young minds to pursue careers in science. His impact on the scientific community is immeasurable, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations.

Dr Gibson Mandishona’s passing is a great loss to Zimbabwe. His contributions to both science and art have left an indelible mark on the nation’s cultural landscape. He will be remembered as a visionary, a mentor, and a true ambassador for Zimbabwean talent. May his soul rest in peace..

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