Jestina Mukoko

Jestina Mukoko is a human rights activist and the director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project, a group responsible for human rights monitoring and documenting human rights abuses by the Zimbabwe government who at one point had Jestina abducted by secret police. She was honored by Michelle Obama at the U.S. State Department’s International Women of Courage Awards in 2014.

Illustrated by Johnny Selman

Zimbabwe

Jestina Mukoko’s portrait is inspired by the long history and early mastery of stone sculpture in Zimbabwe. Shona sculpture, as it’s commonly called, is named after a large tribe of artisans. Zimbabwe is derived from the Shona word dzimba-dza-mabwe, meaning ‘house of stone’. Flowing, organic lines and cubist planes are definitive of the Shona style.

Total Area
390,757 km2 (60th)

Demonym
Zimbabwean

Government
Dominant-party Presidential Republic

Population
12,973,808 (73rd)

Capital
Harare

GDP (PPP)
$2,133 per capita