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Joshua Nkomo

1917 - 1999

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Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo (19 June 1917 – 1 July 1999) was a Zimbabwean revolutionary and Matabeleland politician who served as Vice-President of Zimbabwe from 1990 until his death in 1999. He founded and led the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) from 1961 until it merged in 1987 with Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) to form ZANU–PF after an internal military crackdown that claimed the lives of as many as 20,000 people in western Zimbabwe, mostly ethnic Ndebele ZAPU supporters. He was a leading trade union leader, who progressed on to become president of the banned National Democratic Party, and was jailed for ten years by Rhodesia's white minority government. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joshua Nkomo has received more than 689,316 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Joshua Nkomo is the 14,277th most popular politician (down from 12,433rd in 2019), the 12th most popular biography from Zimbabwe (down from 11th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Zimbabwean Politician.

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Among politicians, Joshua Nkomo ranks 14,277 out of 15,577Before him are Muhammad Gaddafi, Rainer von Fieandt, Juan Crisóstomo Falcón, Edgardo Codesal, José Miguel de Velasco Franco, and Patrick Achi. After him are Clifford Husbands, Giorgia Meloni, Eugène Balme, Stamatios Nikolopoulos, Tihomir Orešković, and Marcelo Azcárraga Palmero.

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Among people born in 1917, Joshua Nkomo ranks 236Before him are Helena Rasiowa, Gonzalo Rojas, Kusuo Kitamura, Barbro Kollberg, Nils Karlsson, and Robert Lowell. After him are Juan Tuñas, Edgar Barth, Tony Cliff, Isabel Sanford, Albert Mol, and June Foray. Among people deceased in 1999, Joshua Nkomo ranks 191Before him are Nicholas Metropolis, Eric Wolf, Fritzi Burger, Henry Carlsson, Jehan Buhan, and Faith Domergue. After him are Leonid Sedov, Vivian Fuchs, Albert Charles Smith, Paris Pişmiş, Ruth Roman, and Nikolay Latyshev.

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In Zimbabwe

Among people born in Zimbabwe, Joshua Nkomo ranks 12 out of 38Before him are Albert Lutuli (1898), John Love (1924), Alexander McCall Smith (1948), Rupiah Banda (1937), Morgan Tsvangirai (1952), and Paula Hawkins (1972). After him are Lobengula (1845), Tsitsi Dangarembga (1959), Abel Muzorewa (1925), Phelekezela Mphoko (1940), Roy Welensky (1907), and Mario Frangoulis (1967).

Among POLITICIANS In Zimbabwe

Among politicians born in Zimbabwe, Joshua Nkomo ranks 8Before him are Emmerson Mnangagwa (1942), Ian Smith (1919), Canaan Banana (1936), Albert Lutuli (1898), Rupiah Banda (1937), and Morgan Tsvangirai (1952). After him are Lobengula (1845), Abel Muzorewa (1925), Phelekezela Mphoko (1940), and Roy Welensky (1907).