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Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, has reportedly been awarded a PhD in Sociology just two months after enrolling at University of Zimbabwe.

Robert Mugabe happens to be the chancellor of the school, International Business Times reports.

For her thesis, the first lady carried out a study of children’s homes in Zimbabwe.

Many are questioning the plausibility of someone earning a PhD in just eight weeks.

“A doctorate involves writing a thesis, after having a research question prepared, writing a proposal and then writing the thesis where one needs to research it, critique it then it can be marked, but that could take a few years,” said Greg Linnington, a lecturer at the university.

Another university administrator expressed bewilderment at the awarding of the PhD, stating that one would need a good Master’s degree before enrolling for a doctorate program.

The first lady reportedly obtained her first degree in Chinese Language in 2011.

Zimbabweans are expressing outrage about the issue.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Peter Macdiarmid


  1. jirla

    September 16, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    what a laugh! or is it honorary?

    • Author Unknown

      September 17, 2014 at 2:40 am

      She’s probably just really gifted.

    • Human

      September 17, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      of course..she’s gifted with a powerful/dick-tatorial hubby

  2. Dezz

    September 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    She pulled a Dame Patience Jonathan on them, lol

  3. Ifeanyi

    September 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Stories that shouldn’t be taken seriously…mtsheeeeew!

  4. AW

    September 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Chai! I should have gone to university of Zimbabwe. Imagine the time and money I would have saved.

  5. Ivy

    September 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    She has “sorted”….lol.

  6. bruno

    September 16, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    GOD!!! Why the hell I’m I black. This has just rubbished all the other Phd holders who worked hard and tirelessly to achieve their degree. Shameful

    • blah blah

      September 16, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      What has being black got to do with it? How has any other person’s phd been rubbished?

    • Presido

      September 16, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      BRUNO I thought you were atheist? Which God is it that you’re calling/tying in capital letters? Abi is it sàngó or ifá that you’re calling? Confused dude!

    • bruno

      September 16, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      This has destroyed the credibility of that university, just like a terrible actress winning an oscar, that will destroy the credibility of the awards in general. She has a Chinese degree also, so laughable, african woman speaking mandarin or chinese.

  7. sonia paloma

    September 16, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    PHD ke tehehe that goes to show the level of corruption and how power is misused. shiorrr!

  8. sonia paloma

    September 16, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    PHD KE? tehehehe that goes to show the level of corruption and how power is misused there (in fact, in Africa)

  9. Halia

    September 16, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Hmmm smh something fish

  10. Halia

    September 16, 2014 at 5:38 pm


  11. ATL's Finest

    September 16, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Lmao!!! BN y’all know how to crack me up.. Chai what was I thinking suffering and bursting my ASS off in Med school years ago here in the States; instead of heading to Zimbabwe for an easy breezy Med degree. Smh even those with Masters can’t get a PhD in two months.. You can’t help but love, cry and laugh with this article. I’m not laughing at them

  12. i no send

    September 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm


  13. god'slove

    September 16, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    There is God o.

  14. yummie

    September 16, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Choiii, Africa my africa i salute thee.. smh…..

  15. Senavoe

    September 16, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Lmaoo, the chinese degree sef

    • Bella

      September 17, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Omo! LOL

  16. Shadie

    September 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Zimbabweans have bigger issues to bother with in that country, the First Ladies PHD is the least of their problems.

    • God's love

      September 16, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      It’s probably the biggest issue they have to worry about. He’s preparing her for presidency.

    • Bella

      September 17, 2014 at 11:26 am

      My dear you have just hit the nail on the head o!

  17. Tony

    September 16, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Bia BN wona know how to make me laugh. As earlier said by another blogger, she has sorted. I do not trust even the Chinese degree. Thats why we africans get scrutinised when seeking admission to foreign educational institutions. Dictatorship at its peak. lol

  18. Jackie Onassis

    September 16, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    She just won the trophee… ahhahahahaha!! Ph.D in 8 weeks.. Ya’ll with those Phd.. after 4 years of hard work, research papers.. we are the losers In front of Mrs. Mug…Na big wawooooo!!

  19. tunmi

    September 16, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    This is very sad, nothing to laugh about.

  20. Vanessa

    September 16, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Mugabe is on another level. African leaders are busy shaming us to the world day in and day out. Every day has its’s share of unbelievable happenings. I’m worried and concerned.

  21. Kili

    September 16, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    African countries have same problems

  22. baby

    September 16, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    The reason why the West can’t take us seriously

  23. porsh

    September 16, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    She Just broke Guinness world record. PhD honorary degree in 8 weeks. African leader will never cease to amaze me. Shame!!!!

  24. Bukky

    September 16, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    And here I am working my butt off, trying to write the best portfolio for my sociology degree!
    Oga oo…

  25. kaycee

    September 17, 2014 at 2:08 am

    no give am now make u hear nwee. they had to give her for national peace otherwise d vc and his lecturers would have been rounded off to jail

  26. Fey

    September 17, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Controversy is this family’s middle name

    • Bella

      September 17, 2014 at 11:25 am

      add Fraud and all that other jazz to it too!

  27. Olajumoke Okedairo

    September 17, 2014 at 9:56 am


  28. Bella

    September 17, 2014 at 11:25 am

    There is nothing credible left about that country under his regime! Another selfish dictator ruining the lives of normal citizens that posted him into power!

  29. Berry Dakara

    September 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I pity anyone in that school, because all their degrees have been made irrelevant!

  30. Gobsmacked!

    September 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    @ATL’s Finest
    It indeed is such a shame that the credibility of University of Zimbabwe degrees have been marred by this event! In the past the University of Zimbabwe was a highly accredited academic institution and the Medical degree was one of the toughest to pass in Africa. Postgraduates used to come to pursue Masters in Medicine degrees to the University of Zimbabwe Medical school from all over Africa, even from the Middle East as well, but alas with the ruin of the country that has all changed in recent years.

    • Concerned_Boyfriend

      September 17, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Wasn’t it the same university that was rated at top 20 universities in Africa couple years ago ?

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