Maud Chifamba: From overcoming poverty to a remarkable Chartered Accountant.

Meet – Maud Chifamba, at age 14, she was accepted to study Accountancy at the University of Zimbabwe, becoming the youngest University student in Africa. 

At age 18, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSc Honours) and a Master of Science (MSc) in Accountancy at age 20 from the University of Zimbabwe. 

Maud lost her father when she was just 5 years old. Her mother was suffering from cancer and she could not take care of her and her younger brother. They fell under the care of their step-brother, in 2003. 

In 2005, when she was in grade 3, during the mid-year exams, she was mistakenly given a grade 4 exam paper, on which she scored 100%. The same year, she requested a grade 5 test paper and passed with distinction. She went on to finish grade 7 at the age of 9. 

In 2009, Maud did not have money for high school, she studied on her own and completed her Ordinary Level in just two years.

She was later identified by the Ministry of Education and awarded financial assistance for her Advanced Level and she scored 12 points in 2011. She lost her mother the same year. 

At age 23, Maud Chifamba qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe and certified as a Public Accountant by the Public Accountants and Auditors Board Zimbabwe. 

She is currently an MBA in Finance candidate at The Wharton School, USA. 

She previously served as an Audit Senior In Charge at Deloitte, Audit Senior In Charge at SAPRO, Internal Audit Intern at Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA), Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, Guest Lecturer at Chartered Accountants Academy (CAA), and Chairperson of the Board at Zimbabwe Youth Council. 

Maud Chifamba – Quotes:

“After Grade 7 there was no school for me to go to, the normal thing in our community was getting married. I did not like my mother`s marriage that is one of the things that motivated me to work hard.”

“At home, we attempted to start businesses to change our circumstances. They always looked good on paper, but they failed. This is why I decided to study accounting, to understand why businesses failed.”

“Although I was the youngest, school was easy for me at university because I did not have to catch up like I had done through primary and high school. Every semester had its workload which I managed with ease.”

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