David Tapuwa Hatendi was a Zimbabwean banker and entrepreneur. He is mostly know for being Zimbabwe's first black Rhodes Scholar.

David Hatendi
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Born David Tapuwa Hatendi
22 May 1953.
Southern Rhodesia
Died 12 March 2012 (aged 58)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Cause of death Heart Attack
Resting place Peterhouse Boys' School, Zimbabwe
Nationality Zimbabwean
Alma mater University of Zimbabwe, University College, Oxford
Occupation Banker
Spouse(s) Angelina Hatendi
Children Nyasha Hatendi
  • Frederick Hatendi (father)
  • Joyce Hatendi (mother)



Hatendi was born on 22 May 1953 in [[Marondera], Southern Rhodesia He went to Springvale School and later Peterhouse Boys' School from where he finished in 1972. He proceeded to the University of Rhodesia (Now University of Zimbabwe) where he studied for an undergrad in Sociology. In 1977, David got a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University, becoming Zimbabwe's first black Rhodes Scholar.

Business career and interests

Hatendi worked for the following organizations in his career:


Hatendi is the father of US-based famous actor Nyasha Hatendi.


On 12 March 2012, Hatendi died of a heart attack at his home.