As Zimbabweans proudly raved about educational guru Tererai Trent after her being recognized as one of ten most influential women in the US,very few people knew about this iron lady. Here are top ten facts about Tererai Trent.
1 Tererai grew up in Karoi district in Mashonaland West Province and was not allowed to go to school by her father
3 Tererai is one of ten women whose life size statues have been erected in New York City aspart of the Statues for equality project. Other prominent women who have had their statues made are Ophrah Winfrey and Nicole Kidman.
4 Tererai wrote down her educational dreams and put them in atin. She then buried the tin. After accomplishing her dreams in the US she came back to Zimbabwe and ticked off on her list.
5 She earned her Phd in the US and is currently a professor of health at Drexel University.
6 Tererai is an advocate of women and girl child empowerment through education. She once stated,” In the whole village, only men could read and count , and tell majority of women could not. And yet some of these were brilliant women”. She usually relates to her personal experience and how her father had deprived her of a chance to study.
7 Ophrah was once featured on the Oprah Winfrey show. The television host remarked that Tereai was her all time favorite guest. In 2011 she gave her some money to build a school in her rural home after being moved by her inspirational story.
8 She was married off at a tender age and by the age of 18 she already had three children.
9 Her life story was featured in a book in 2009 called Half the sky by Nicholas Kristofand and Sheryl Wudunn.
10 Tererai has been married twice. Her first husband to whom she had been married off at a young age had moved with her to the Us as she was pursuing her educational dreams. He was later deported for abusing her. She is now married to Mark Trent, a pathologist whom she met at Oklahoma university.