Naomi P. Nhiwatiwa

Born: Tue., Apr. 15, 1941
Died: Thu., Apr. 12, 2012


9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Sun., Apr. 29, 2012
Location: First Seventh Day Adventist

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sun., Apr. 29, 2012
Location: First Seventh Day Adventist

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Naomi P. Nhiwatiwa
April 15, 1941 - April 12, 2012
Naomi P.Nhiwatiwa, 70, residing in South Bend, Indiana, USA, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2012 in her home. She was the founder of Zerapath AIDS Orphanage in Harare, Zimbabwe. In her professional career she was a Director of the United Nations  World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF). She also served as a Minister in the government of Zimbabwe from 1980-1988.  She was ZANU (PF) member of Parliament for Manicaland Province. Naomi was born on April 15, 1941 in Mutare, Zimbabwe, to Elijah and Catherine (Mukotekwa) Nhiwatiwa. 
She is survived her daughter, Iyabode (Jide) Ilawole of Woodland Hills, California; her son, Hakeem Oseni of Johannesburg, South Africa; and two grandchildren, Nyasha Ilawole and Zvaitwa Ilawole. Also surviving are six of her siblings, Meshack Nhiwatiwa, Verna Gunduza, Leah Chakawa, Mary Mbiriri and Martha Nhiwatiwa (Twins) all of Zimbabwe and Shadreck Nhiwatiwa of the USA. Naomi was preceded in death by her siblings, Mati Matilda Janda, Moffat Nhiwatiwa, Nessie Kapota, Cuthbert Nhiwatiwa, and Saul Nhiwatiwa.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Naomi will be held at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, April 29, 2012 in the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1936 E. Altgeld Street, South Bend, Indiana, USA. Pastor Throstur B. Thordarson will officiate. Visitation and viewing will begin at 9:00 a.m. Sunday in the church prior to the 10 a.m. service. Graveside services and burial will follow in Southlawn Cemetery, South Bend, Indiana, USA.
Palmer Funeral Home-River Park is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at



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Angeline Musvosvi (Nee Mbiriri)
   Posted Thu April 19, 2012
It was with great sadness that we received news about the sudden death of Dr Naomi Nhiwatiwa. It is hard to come to terms with this unfortunate reality. She was a loving person whom we all admired, and very encouraging person to have around. Our sincere condolences to her family.

We look forward to the great ressurection day when the Lord himself will descent and reunite us with our loved ones. May this hope help us to look forward to that great reunion day when Christ shall come (1Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Musvosvi Family

Karen Spence
   Posted Thu April 19, 2012
I am saddened by this news. Dr. Naomi was my sister and friend and I will miss her so much. We shared birthday month and I was looking forward to a Birthday greeting this year. I know she is resting in peace. awaiting Resurrection day when she will burst out her grave to meet her Savior in the air. We often spoke about that great day. I can't wait to see her again.
My deepest condolences to the family. I know the loss will be great, but the memories even better.
Karen Spence and Family!

Bukola Mumuney
   Posted Fri April 20, 2012
Mama (Dr. Naomi Hhiwatiwa) was a great woman with an endurant legacy.

Our family was blessed to have had an opportunity to meet Dr. Nhiwatiwa and her son Tunde at Sister Shaki's (Dr. Tilghman) house where we all shared a very rewarding evening together.
From there on, Mama took me under her wings. She kindly share the blessings of her selfless community service in the area of Global Health with me. Ishall remain forever grateful for her words of wisdom, guidance, and unconditional support.
Dr. Naomi Hhiwatiwa will be greatly missed but positively remembered.

The Mumuney family send our deepest heartfelt condolences to the entire families of Nhiwatiwa, Oseni and Ilawole on the glorius but sad passing of Dr. Naomi Hhiwatiwa.

Chipo Makoni
   Posted Fri April 20, 2012
No words can express the pain that l am going through. If l could roll back the hands of time l could have done that so l could get one more hug, one more kisss one more pat on the back, one more word of encouragement, one more prayer
To my friends and relatives, let us strive to live a life pleasing unto God
Our days are numbered and if we are waiting for the resurrection morning let us all live our lives according to His will. An example that was set by
Dr. Naomi. P. Nhiwatiwa ,( -one who was just like anyone of us, facing the same challenges that we face, but God was her shield and everytime you talked to her, she prayed for you), is for us to follow so we can meet her on that great morning. May God Bless us all during this sad time of Loss.

   Posted Sat April 21, 2012
we have the sea of glass to look up to....the mutungamberas

Tsitsi Muchemwa nee Nhiwatiwa
   Posted Sun April 22, 2012
It was a day that was filled with sorrow and great sadness she was a woman of love to all both family and friends who knew her. This has been a great loss surely she will be missed and my wish is to meet her on the day of resurrection so sleep well I hope to see you that morning. Send on behalf of Richard's siblings Joel, Jeremiah and wife Esther,Jonathan's wife,Janet's husband Pastor Gore and John and wife and all their children including the Munyoros and Muchineutas whose parents were called to rest who are not represended on the siblings.

Josephine Matambanadzo
   Posted Sun April 22, 2012
A lovely lady..a heroine..heroines of faith do not die, but fall asleep. That sums up Dr. Naomi Nhiwatiwa's present state...she is asleep and will awake at the shout of the arch-angel and at the sound of the trumpet of God (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) 1Corinthians 15:12-58.My deepest condolences to all her family,friends on the loss of their loved one...MHDSRIP.

Veneka Shumba
   Posted Mon April 23, 2012
We are so sadden by the loss of Dr Naomi Nhiwatiwa, but we are so happy to have known her. She was an exemplary lady. There will never be another like her with her track record of service to her country. She helped my family tremendously and her generosity is and will always be on our minds. I hope her family can find comfort in knowing that she was loved and appreciated beyond one whole nation that she fought for; not so long ago. Please accept our most hearfelt condolences on behalf of the Shumba family.

Tola Begbaaji
   Posted Mon April 23, 2012
I'm so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in prayer. Your mom was a great lady.

Much love,
Tola Aderiye Begbaaji

Chief (Mrs.) Dianne D. Aderiye
   Posted Mon April 23, 2012
It is with great sorrow to realize that our friend of many years, Naomi Nhiwatiwa, has now passed on. May her soul rest in eternal peace. We are left to remember the fun times that we shared in Detroit, Michigan and Niagara Falls, New York before she traveled back home to be of service to her country. Through Naomi, we met and loved her sisters, Mary and Martha and her children who we knew from birth. May all the family be consoled by Almighty God. Who knew that life would end so abruptly like this, but I guess we must all pass this way. My husband and I send our fondest wishes of condolence to Iyabode, her husband and children, Hakeem, the Nhiwatiwa family, and the Oseni’s. May God bless you all and enable us all to bear this loss. Matthew and Dianne Aderiye, Lagos, Nigeria

Faku kanihu - munibho nibho
   Posted Mon April 23, 2012
I remember you in the mid eighties back in Rusape at Didymus Mutasas house. You were vibrant and an inspiration never mind I was only about 8 or 10yrs then. You were my parents hero especially my mum.

Munibho nibho wekungerevhe faku kanihu

Tabitha Phiri
   Posted Mon April 23, 2012
My condolences to all the Nhiwatiwa family and relatives. May the Lord console of you for the loss. Dr Naomi was a well loved person to many people and to those she ministered to through her work. She will be missed by many. We have this hope that burns within our hearts, Hope in the coming of the Lord. We have this faith that Christ alone imparts, Faith in the promise of His Word. Soon the Lord is coming and we will meet our beloved ones.

Tommy Sithole
   Posted Mon April 23, 2012
Tommy Sithole and Family
Lausanne, Switzerland

Victoria Oseni
   Posted Mon April 23, 2012
One of the worlds most beautiful people has left us to go cradle in the arms of her father. She was a beautiful soul, everyone who came in contact with her loved her. Her legacy will live on in her children and grandchildren. May her soul rest in absolute perfect peace.



Felix Silundika
   Posted Mon April 23, 2012
Dear Nhiwatiwa Family,
I want to let all of you know how saddened I was to hear of Dr Nhiwatiwa's passing. I know that this event has brought nothing but sadness to your family. I first met Dr Nhiwatiwa in 1980 when she deputized my father, the late George Silundika in the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in Zimbabwe's first post independence cabinet. I found her to be a person who cared deeply about her family, work and country. More recently, Dr Nhiwatiwa has been in touch with me to offer her contribution the upcoming biography of my father, and for that, I am truly grateful. Heroines of her calibre are truly hard to find. May her soul rest in peace.
Yours in grief,
Felix Silundika

Bruce Mujeyi
   Posted Tue April 24, 2012
I did not have the honour to meet Dr. Ndhiwatiwa but Hakeem is a good friend hence I join everyone in passing my condolences to him as well as the rest of the family. You are in my prayers during this difficult period.

Kindest regards


Lawrence Zimunhu
   Posted Tue April 24, 2012
It is with great shock that I have heard of Naomi''''''''''''''''s death through Zimbabwean newspapers today. Naomi Nhiwatiwa is a true Heroine for Zimbabwe. She was part of the struggle to liberate Zimbabwe from colonial rule. One of the first five female Ministers to serve in the Zimbabwean Government in 1980. May her soul rest in everlasting peace. Go well, Dr. Naomi Nhiwatiwa, daughter of the Zimbabwean soil.

Daniel Chirundu
   Posted Tue April 24, 2012
Dr. Naomi left a legacy. She will be forever remembered.

Della Nhiwatiwa
   Posted Tue April 24, 2012
Its hard to believe that my Dearest Tete is no more. She was such an uplifter. She was a such a pillar. She touched and changed many lives. A selfless woman who dedicated her life to uplifing human lives. We will greatly miss her.
I pray that we shall meet on the beautiful river on that glorious resurrection morning.
To Iyabo and Hakeem, you are in thoughts and prayers during this very sad and difficult time.

Benny Grider
   Posted Tue April 24, 2012
So sorry to hear about the passing of Dr Naomi Nhiwatiwa, I never had the pri the priviledge of meeting Dr Nhiwatiwa. but i work with her sister -n-law Susie Nhiwatiwa. and from what i have heard from Susan. She was a wonderful lady . Who will be missed a great deal by family and all who knew her. may God comfort and keep her family in this time of sorrow.

Tsitsi Dangarembizi
   Posted Tue April 24, 2012
Mhayiyo, tine hurombo. You departed when we still needed you. We will need to emulate your exemplary life...a tough act to follow,mone may add. Thank you for the kindness and generosity always. May you RIEP.

edmund maputi
   Posted Wed April 25, 2012
i never knew her until now and having read her obituary i am am convinced her life is one worth celebrating. it shows excellence and God demands excellence it only makes evangelism easier. May God comfort you. she has done so much for the world and yet she was also able to fight for my independence

   Posted Wed April 25, 2012


Sekuru Shadreck Mukotekwa and the whole of the Mukotekwa Family Clan
   Posted Wed April 25, 2012
Tine urombo nerufu rwemuzukuru wedu Naomi mwana watete vedu Catherine Mukotekwa. Zorora zvakanaka. From Sekuru Shadreck Mukotekwa( from Kambuzuma, Harare, Zimbabwe) and the whole of the Mukotekwa Family clan

Patience Masiriri
   Posted Wed April 25, 2012
My prayers continue to be with the Nhiwatiwa family, relatives and friends for the loss of such a dear member. May the Holy Spirit continue to comfort thee during these difficulty times.

Son and Daughter-in-Love Alban and Mavis
   Posted Wed April 25, 2012
We truly thank God in Heaven for such a blessing to the world. She was a mother with so much love for others, seeking to brighten her little corner of the world wherever she was...

She will be missed and much as I will remember as much as I will be looking forward to embracing her in heaven when the time comes.

It is well with my my soul

Mudiwa Mapuranga
   Posted Wed April 25, 2012
Nematambudziko. She was a virtuous woman. May she continue to live in the hearts and minds and personalities of those she came in contact with over her life. RIP

Renee Verrett-Dooley
   Posted Wed April 25, 2012
I have missed my dear friend since she left Southern California and moved to Indiana, and I will continue miss "Nay" even more deeply until we are reunited on the Sea of Glass. Hallelujah...thank You, Jesus, for the Blessed Hope we have in You! Dear family and loved ones of Naomi Nhiwatiwa; please accept Wayne's and my sincere condolences on your behalf. We are lifting you up in prayer during this time of great grief....

   Posted Thu April 26, 2012

To the Nhiwatiwas, May the Holy Ghost be your comforter at a time like this. Auntie Naomi fought a good fight and her work on earth is done. We hope we all live to see that beautiful morning when Christ comes to take us home.
Lala ngokuthula ntombazana

Petronella Mhishi
   Posted Thu April 26, 2012
We have lost a great woman of Zimbabwe. She was always an inspiration to me at the time I worked with her at World Health Organization . May her soul rest in peace and may her legacy last forever

Jonathan & Siphiwe Nhiwatiwa
   Posted Fri April 27, 2012
A lady of distinction.She held a beacon for the whole clan.A beacon whose flame said " It is possible..."All those she met ,were inspired and upifted.We are blessed to have known her...May her beautiful soul rest in perfect peace..while her legacy lives on.

   Posted Fri April 27, 2012
I had not seen Dr. Nhiwatiwa since the 1970's or perhaps 80's.She was my lecturer and mentor at the Erie Community College in Buffalo New York.I remember has as cheerful and ardent.She always encouraged me to do my best and gave me self-belief.She was a truly wonderful person who introduced me to various aspects in the field of psychology for which I would remain forever grateful.For those of us who believe in an after-life I wish her joy in the life beyond.

shelly dube
   Posted Sun April 29, 2012
My condolences to the Nhiwatiwa family may the Holy Spirit guide you tbrough this time of mourning.

   Posted Sun April 29, 2012
Dr. Naomi Nhiwatiwa was a genius (someone who sees into the present). She was one of the politically clean personalities in Zimbabwe and was loved by many. She will equally be missed by many. We commiserate with her family in their loss and hope that her spirit will join the many departed spirits in the fight for genuine freedom and independence. R.I.P. Doc.

Dorothy & Cleo Kaliati
   Posted Sun April 29, 2012
We are all saddened with the loss of a mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, a friend - who accepted all. We look forward to the great ressurection day when the Lord himself will descent and reunite us with our loved ones. (1Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Gone but not forgotten.

Mabonga Family
   Posted Sun April 29, 2012
I spent time with tete in South Africa in 2010 and she taught me the beauty of true humility. She was full of wisdom, integrity and still very passionate about justice and equity.
You made your mark in people's lives dear girl and it wasn't just a small dent.
Rest in Peace

Fungai Mabonga, Southland New Zealand

Bernard Mutopo and family
   Posted Mon April 30, 2012
I knew Dr. Naomi when she was a minister more than 30 years when she helped bring independence to Zimbabwe. She has always identified with the downtroden and the underpreviledged. She will be sadly missed and has left a great legacy which will be hard to match.

I am particlarly happy that she loved the Lord. I can only say we shall meet at the sea of glass when the Lord himself will have changed our mortal bodies.

Rest in peace Dr. Naomi Nhiwatiwa.

Bernard Mutopo and family
   Posted Mon April 30, 2012
I knew Dr. Naomi when she was a minister more than 30 years when she helped bring independence to Zimbabwe. She has always identified with the downtroden and the underpreviledged. She will be sadly missed and has left a great legacy which will be hard to match.

I am particlarly happy that she loved the Lord. I can only say we shall meet at the sea of glass when the Lord himself will have changed our mortal bodies.

Rest in peace Dr. Naomi Nhiwatiwa.

Calimesa, California USA

Frederick T Simpson
   Posted Mon April 30, 2012
I so enjoyed the home going of Naomi - it was a validation and inspiration of the faith that I have in our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ and what GOD has done for us and HIS putting your loved one Ms. Naomi in my life.

I so look forward to seeing her again and I know she is talking with my dad in heaven.

Frederick Simpson

Sharon D. Jamison
   Posted Wed May 02, 2012
Praying God''''s continued strength in enduring the loss of Naomi.
May God keep His arms wrapped around you all.

Betty Pitts-McCollough
   Posted Wed May 02, 2012
I am truly saddened by the passing of Dr. Naomi....I remember all the times she brought her granddaughter Yewandi to Sabbath School every Sabbath for awhile, she always wanted to make sure she received the word about Jesus. She always had that beautiful smile on her face & a warm hug...she will truly be missed....but I pray the family stay close to one another and stay close to Jesus....I am sure will see her on the other side*** Much love to all*** Note: I apologize if I did not spell Yewandi correct***

VN Manyonda
   Posted Fri May 11, 2012
I was so moved by the home going ceremony and all the wonderful testimonies. I too can attest that she had an incredible ability to meet you at your level and truly connect with you. She also had an incredible capacity to love and make others feel loved and feel that they mattered to her. After all her material accomplishments, she knew what truly mattered in life - to love others and to love the Lord. All these other things were of little importance to her, a great lesson for us all. I will miss her terribly. Hakeem and Iyabo, how blessed you were to have been given such a wonderful mother. She set the bar high. May she rest in peace. God bless.

Dr. Djibril Diallo
   Posted Sat September 22, 2012
It was with great shock that I read today about Dr. Naomi Nhiwatiwa''s passing away. I was thinking about her this morning and decided to "google" to find out her latest undertaking and that was how I came across the news of her untimely passing away.
Dr. Nhiwatiwa and I were colleagues at UNICEF during the 1980s and the 1990s. She made a tremendous difference to the survival, protection and development of Africa''s children.
May she rest in peace.
Djibril Diallo
Senior Adviser to the Executive Director of UNAIDS(the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS), New York, USA

Fadzai Kanyangarara
   Posted Sun February 10, 2013
Ambuya sadly missed even to this day! Rest in peace.

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