Glo Diamond, real name Glorianne Francis is a Zimbabwean entrepreneur, politician and Zanu-PF member. Glorianne is the CEO of Gloramo Concierge & PR Ltd and Director for African Partnership Ltd.

Glo Diamond, Glorianne Francis
Glo Diamond Glorianne.jpg
Born Glorianne
Occupation
  • Entrepreneur
  • Public Relations Professional
Organization Gloramo Concierge & African Partnership Ltd

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Background

Glorianne attended Girls High School until she completed A-Level. After working at the Casinos in Harare, left Zimbabwe at the age of 18 to settle in the United Kingdom. She was taken in by a Zimbabwean nurse after she had been admitted and then released from the hospital due to hyperthermia.


She got her first job at McDonald's where she was earning £3.40 per hour.[1]

Career

Glorianne started organising shows starting with the Zambian Independence celebrations for the UK Diaspora. Eventually, she started bringing artists to the UK to perform. Such artists as Brenda Fassie, Oliver Mtukudzi, Temptations and others. She has also done public relations work for Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and others.


September 2016 Car Accident

On September 3, 2016, she was injured in a car crash that killed her friend, Belinda Mutinhiri, who was the daughter of the Minister of State for Mashonaland East Province retired Brigadier-General Ambrose Mutinhiri and former Zanu PF MP Tracy Mutinhiri. Belinda was the one driving. The two were reportedly intoxicated and were coming from a club. Belinda was also reported to have been "several times beyond the drink drive limit & took a huge risk by going behind the wheel."[2]

Belinda's mother reportedly said they failed to locate Glorainne after the accident even though they expected that at some point she would talk to them about Belinda's last moments. Belinda's mother also indicated that she suspected foul play.[3] Belinda's sister, Vimbai Mutinhiri, also expressed anger at Glorainne and at one point accused her of witchcraft that caused Belinda's death.[2]

Political Career

Glorainne Francis' Zanu-PF campaign poster for the 2018 Harmonised Elections

In April 2018, it was announced that Glorainne was running for the MP seat for Harare Central Constituency in the Zanu-PF primary elections.

References

  1. Michael Shoko, From being homeless to building an Empire: The story of Zimbabwe’s Glo Diamond, Zimbuzz, Published:24 Aug 2016, Retrieved: 9 September 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 Chofamba, Friends close to both women also spoke of how quite intoxicated the two women were on the fateful day., Twitter, Published: 25 April 2018, Retrieved:25 April 2018
  3. Bridget Mananavire, Ex-minister suspects foul play in daughter's death, Daily News, Published: 14 Nov 2016, Retrieved: 25 Apr 2018