Tariro Washe

A passionate, pan-African and storyteller, Washe is dedicated to reclaiming the African narrative by having African stories, told by Africans, the African way. As a conservationist, Washe believes that African solutions will solve Africa’s conservation problems.

Washe believes narratives shape perceptions and so influence culture and is therefore, committed to intentional storytelling for the establishment of a unified, dignified and proud Africa. Her debut production “Gonarezhou The Movie”, an anti-poaching film, has won a string of awards including and most notable, Best First Feature Film at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles (2020) at its World Premiere.

In 2021, Washe released “The Story of Nehanda”, a period piece on the trial of Mbuya Nehanda, a female spirit medium who led the first uprising against colonial rule in Zimbabwe in 1896. Currently, Washe is working on a multinational feature film collaboration between Rwanda, Senegal and Zimbabwe.

Washe volunteers at the Zimbabwean all-female anti-poaching unit “Akashinga” (The Brave One). She is also the Founder and President of the “NdineTariro” (I Have Hope) Foundation, an organisation that supports the hopeless to attain their dreams. Her most recent initiative, “Vana Musango” (Children in the Wilderness), enables marginalised children to experience the wild, while learning the importance of conservation.