“I don’t know how many cars I have, of course I don’t. How am I supposed to know? It’s not like I wake up in the morning and start counting how many cars I have everywhere,” Frank Buyanga revealed during a rare interview with the Click Africa programme on Africa Magic in 2012. This is one man definitely living life in the fabulous lane, an avenue that many wannabes are trying to copy. The Zimbabwean millionaire and property investor has been listed in Africa’s top 10 young business entrepreneurs below the age of 40 years, according to African Globe, an African entrepreneurs magazine.
Nigeria and South Africa lead Africa’s newest crop of young US dollar millionaires aged below 40 years who have inspirational stories. Three each were from Nigeria and South Africa and one each from Ghana, Uganda, Kenya with Buyanga being the sole Zimbabwean representative.
According to Ventures Africa, the ten young millionaires embraced new technology and utilised foreign investment to boost businesses that diversified Africa’s economic landscape through technology innovation, property, mining exploration as well as brokering of lucrative government contracts.
“Zimbabwe may be experiencing the worst economic meltdown in its history but Frank Buyanga has proved to be an entrepreneurial ray of hope for young businesspeople hoping to make it,” the New Age reported.
Buyanga, the paper added, is “among the richest young businesspeople in Africa . . . with impressive investments in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Zambia and as far as the United Kingdom.”
The report glosses over Buyanga’s controversial brand blaming the negative reports on petty jealousies: “(His success has) upset his competitors in his home country who accused him of conning people of their properties” is says. Buyanga was placed under police investigation since 2008, which was wound up in January with the Zimbabwe Republic Police stating in High Court papers that it had found no evidence of criminality against him.
Born Tawanda Buyanga in the UK 33 years ago, he reinvented himself as Frank Buyanga Sadiq a few years back.
For a flashy personality who believes in conspicuous consumerism, Buyanga is strangely media shy.
The Saturday Herald Lifestyle spoke to Buyanga about the accolade and he said he is honoured to get the recognition. He would not be drawn into commenting on his recent clearance by the police except to reiterate that he has always maintained his innocence.
“I have always made my position on that clear,” he said.
Like many other rich people in the country the provenance of Buyanga’s wealth is subject to much speculation. He stuck to his story saying, “The source of my wealth is not a secret. I have explained it before.”
In May 2012, Buyanga revealed that he received US$25 million from British property tycoon, Nicholas van Hoogstraten, in 2008.
“He gave me money, US$25 million. One of my property companies received US$25 million as a facility, and out of that I think we used US$10 million and that’s it,” Buyanga revealed on Click Africa on DSTV’s Africa Magic channel.
It is perfectly comprehensible that Buyanga should disdain to talk about the number of his cars for it is not how many they are but rather what they are which matters. Buyanga owns an Aston Martin DB9, a Range Rover, a BMW M6, two Lamborghinis, a Bentley Continental, a latest Mercedes 4

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