Skip to content

Upenyu Makoni-Muchemwa

profile card avatar

Zimbabwe

Upenyu is a journalist and communications practitioner. Her interests lie in digital media and content creation, politics, and movement building. She is a rights activist and has worked with civil society organizations in the fields of gender and children's rights, access to information, and freedom of speech. Upenyu is a TEDx licensee and the lead organizer for TEDxHarare and Global entrepreneurship Week events. She is co-creator of LevelUp, a mentorship program for Zimbabwean entrepreneurs. She has previously served on the Board of the Harare Mayor's Cheer Fund. Upenyu's work has been published by Kubatana.net, Pambazuka News, Newsday and African Arguments. Her current projects include Voices of Zimbabwe and TEDxHarare. She is co-host-at-large of political commentary podcast Politics and Beyond.

Your support turns hope into action

Donate to the Barack Obama Foundation.

The Barack Obama Foundation is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN 46-4950751).

More Leaders Africa

More about the Leaders Program

FPO image

Leaders

For emerging leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the common good.

Learn More
A person wearing a hoodie with the hood up is shown in profile, crouching down to light a candle. She is seen in profile in the glow of candlelight coming from dozens of votives surrounded by assorted flowers. A set of small votive candles are arranged in the shape of a heart near the person’s foot. Six heart-shaped red balloons float above the vigil.

Join other Obama alumni in coming together to support the naming of the Water Garden at the Obama Presidential Center in honor of the life and legacy of President Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham—as a gift for the President’s 61st birthday.

Learn more
placeholder
  • Defending Democracy
  • Leaders
Learn more
President Obama speaks on a panel. In the background is a board that reads, "CHICAGO." It is a bright blue color with the Chicago map on the right side.
  • Watch
  • Barack Obama

Watch President Obama share his vision for the Obama Presidential Center during a surprise visit with supporters and stakeholders—a vision for a public space that will honor history, help revitalize the South Side, and connect people throughout the communi

Learn more