Elleck Mashingaidze

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Elleck Kufakunesu Mashingaidze (born 4 April 1939) is a historian and diplomat from Zimbabwe. He served as Zimbabwe’s first Ambassador to the United States of America and Zimbabwe’s first Permanent Representative to the United Nations.[1] He twice held the post of President of the United Nations Security Council (1983 and 1984).

He earned a PhD from the University of York.

He co-authored the history book "From Iron Age to Independence" (ISBN 9780582651111)

He was born in Mberengwa, Zimbabwe and is a member of the Lemba tribe. He is married to Sylvia Jane Mashingaidze (d. September 2009). They have two children: Kundai Mashingaidze and Tapiwa Mashingaidze.


  1. ^ "Zimbabwe Is Welcomed Into U.N.". The New York Times. 26 August 1980. p. A4. 

From Iron Age to Independence