WORLD’S MOST INFLUENTIAL YOUNG PERSON 2013 – amazing Global Citizen, Gilmore Tee.

Posted: January 24, 2014 in news and updates
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Eduzine is delighted to introduce amazing Global Citizen, Gilmore Tee.
Gilmore is the Managing Editor of Deck magazine and also a member of the British Council Global Changemakers International Network. Gilmore has been involved in the global arts & cultural industry since the age of 16. He has sat on international panels and has contributed greatly to the development and sustainability of the creative industries of Zimbabwe. He boasts working with Alliance Francaise, Civic World, Tallberg Forum, UNESCO and British Council, amongst many international establishments he has influenced. Gilmore Tee holds Diplomas in French, Development Studies and Leadership. He is involved in a full range of artistic programs worldwide and has been listed as one of the world’s ‘Most Influential Young People’ by organisations in the UK and Worldwide. Indeed at Eduzine, our research suggests that Gilmore is the Most Influential Young Person in the world. However, speaking modestly of himself, Gilmore says “Gilmore Tee is simply an Arts Practitioner.”
Gilmore’s Story

Gilmore T. Moyo was born in 1990 in the city of Kings and Queens, kwaBulawayo, the second largest city of Zimbabwe. He grew up in Bulawayo and spent his first few years schooling in the countryside whilst living with his grandparents. Thereafter he continued his education at McKeaurtan Primary School with his three siblings. He recalls enjoying art, music, reading and writing from an early age and at the age of 10 he was selected to represent his school at a national arts event. This event took place at the National Art Gallery of Bulawayo. Little did he know that one day he would be working with the respected individuals who run the gallery!
“Weirdly my best friend at primary school was the Head Boy even though I was one of the naughty kids! I used to do a lot of paintings at that time for my sister and my mother. I also wrote a composition about the most beautiful thing in my life – my mother. I remember being called into my grade teacher, Mrs Gwebu’s office with my mother, thinking I was in trouble. However, I had been called in to read the composition to her and to all the grade classes. She thought I had described my mother in a unique way with a unique way of writing.”
Gilmore remembers looking forward to the visit from the mobile library and enjoying the Hardy Boys and Famous Five novels. He used to participate in sports but only those he had to (baseball, cricket and swimming) as he was not particularly interested in sporting activities.
“My mother stayed at the SOS Children’s Village where she looked after the orphans and gave them motherly love. Although I lost my dad at the age of 4, I had a close relationship with my grandfather and two brothers. I think my childhood times taught me how to give time to others. My mother used to give her love and time to others and I learnt to do the same.”
“Going to high school was such a step ahead. Having to go to a multi-racial school with all new faces was a bit overwhelming and scary at the time. It was not easy learning 9 subjects at the same time. I found myself falling behind and having no time to play, as we had 2 hours of sport after classes which didn’t please me. However, after 4 months I did find myself falling in love with cricket and slowly starting to enjoy the busy high school life.”

“I was in a clique of very competitive individuals which helped me become one of the top English students in high school. My compositions and English skills were often advocated as an example to the rest of the 1,000 students in the school. I am a very practical person and during my teenage years I loved art, technical graphics and metalwork. I also excelled in commerce, but English was my best subject. It helped me gain an accent and I would even be mistaken for a ‘white boy’. I had friends of all races and always used to say that what we had in common was as important as the unique differences we have. Having to interact with people from diverse backgrounds gives you a better understanding of others and helps you grow as an individual.”
Gilmore went on to involve himself with school projects to help young people with disabilities. He found himself inspired by his mother to help others through community work. He participated in the Rotary International Youth Exchange Programme and was selected as one of only 15 people from Zimbabwe to be given this opportunity. As a Youth Ambassador he went on to work at Thembelihle House, a home in the suburbs of Mpopoma which looked after people with HIV and AIDS. “It made me realise that, infected or not, we are all affected by what is going on around us. This realisation gave me more courage to do things to benefit the youths living in Zimbabwe. I wanted to be able to bring smiles to faces by my own efforts.”After high school ‘O’ level success, Gilmore went on to continue his education at Advanced level. He was selected as Vice-Head Boy for his school and went on to hold a number of responsible positions including Vice-President of Toastmasters and was also introduced to Radio Dialogue FM by his now work colleague, Sonny Jermain.

Gilmore continued to write and had one of his short stories published as part of an anthology in the Umthwakazi National Arts Festival. He also had current affairs articles published in a newspaper called the Weekly Agenda. “I went on to join Radio Dialogue, hosting their youth programmes and doing their podcasts. I was also sub-editor of the Youth Press Bureau monthly newsletter. My name was becoming familiar amongst many and led to my joining the British Council’s International Youth Programmes and also organising the first Creative Industries Youth Conference with Butholweze Nyathi, artist Fisani Nkomo and author Njabulo Moyo in 2009. The same year I set up an initiative called Change-Zim, which I co-founded with Kudzani Dube. We would print t-shirts, caps and had a website that offered youths the ability to create positive change around them.”
“Change-Zim then became a brand name and established my identity. I then went on to apply for the Global Youth Summit which was to be held in the UK and I was selected as one of 7 African representatives to make up the total of 60 young activists from around the world. I went on to attend the summit as well as becoming involved with British Council’s Global Changemakers Network.”
“During the summit I was one of the 10 delegates selected to meet Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street. Being the first young Zimbabwean to go into 10 Downing Street, at a time when the UK and Zimbabwe had a rough relationship, was a scary but exciting moment for me. Through that, I got a lot of media attention and people back home wanted to find out more of what I had done. Before the summit ended I had my first international recognition in a Portuguese magazine called Visao as one of the ‘Most Inspirational and Inspiring Individuals’ from across the world.”
“Coming back to Zimbabwe in 2010 led me to setting up an arts initiative aimed at addressing stereotypes, prejudices and negative perceptions. The project, which aims to encourage young people to fight against racism, tribalism, apathy and social injustice, is called Peace of Art. I invited Joao Rafael Brites, a break dancer from Portugal who had just attended the Davos World Economic Forum, to lead workshops for this project. I also worked with the British Council International to host the ‘Africa Projects’ meeting in Harare, which was attended by a few young achievers from across Africa. The Vice-Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Arthur Mutambara addressed the participants at this week-long event.”
“Peace of Art involved 30 youths from different artistic, social and racial backgrounds within Zimbabwe. Its purpose was to demonstrate to the rest of the world that young people can come together for the love of art and peace. We all share, breathe and walk in the same air. We all enjoy music, sports and culture yet we can’t seem to find a common language to bridge gaps and restore our humanity.” This project was not only recognised locally but also went on to be named as one of the most inspiring projects in Zimbabwe and Africa by the Interdependence Movement.
More Recently “I continued with my French studies with the Alliance Francaise de Bulawayo, with whom I attained my two First International Diplomas. Towards the end of 2010 I was invited to attend the Interdependence Summit in Germany. I shared panels with global entrepreneurs, artists and respected humanitarians. During my stay in Germany I even got involved with directing a music video for an American artist called Jasiri X. At the same time I had the opportunity to interact and network with the KORA award winner Ade Bantu and dancer Sasha Waltz as well as many other influential people. This time proved to be incredibly exciting for me and in 2011 I was selected by UNESCO as a Youth Peace Ambassador and went on to facilitate the Euro-Africa Youth Summit held in Belgium in 2012.”
Having already achieved an enormous amount in 21 young years, Gilmore went on to form TeamdEck, the 5 individuals behind dEck magazine. dEck started as an in-house company magazine called Horizon which aimed to address the misconceptions people had of Africa and how African people lived. He approached Mbo Mahocs, a young fashionista studying architecture, Ntandoyenkosi Moyo a local comedian studying law, Chris Nqoe a contributor to the African Human Rights Network and Sonny Jermain, the director of Action Youth and a popular electro DJ. Gilmore says, “They had so much knowledge and so much to say but no platform to share their views. After a few months of publishing the Horizon magazine we moved on to set up dEck.”
“We called it dEck as a deck is the surface that holds any form of extraction or establishment. We are all young people and want to share information and knowledge with the world. Our magazines’ stories do not only come from us but from young aspiring contributors. We want to be a voice for people anywhere in the world. Our content is generally lifestyle – anything that makes an individual tick! I foresee dEck going international, publishing Zimbabwe’s and Africa’s stories from a global perspective, bringing many dimensions to what might previously have been a one sided story. We are an urban lifestyle magazine and trendsetter; we lead and point the way for many. Our design is fresh and that’s thanks to Bulawayo’s most talented graphic designer/writer/columnist, Babusi Nyoni.”
“The website is basically there to offer easy access to our stories and will link you with our Facebook and Twitter sites. You can also sign up and receive updates. We change our theme colour regularly to keep the website fresh. The simple front page can take you wherever you want to go. We are looking forward to going into print soon.”
“We aim to be a magazine as highly in demand as magazines such as GQ and Vogue and also aim to have established a lifestyle TV show. Most of our readership and feedback comes from outside Zimbabwe and we hope to change this and have our fellow Zimbabweans be part of the amazing response we’ve had from this initiative.”
“I call myself a Global Citizen because I believe that many parts of the globe have made me who I am today. I continue with my love of visual arts and have recently created a few covers for local authors. Additionally, I am a vocalist and I sing soft rock, jazz and soul. Music gives me peace of mind and helps me to unwind. I also love clothes and work with a few local fashion designers that have been doing well in the recent years. I love discovering new talent and promoting it. I already have a few artists and projects I am managing and I am in the process of setting up a management agency. I believe you should always seek to inspire someone through your abilities and actions. Through my international experiences I have been fortunate enough to meet some incredible people, including Nicolas Cage, Emma Thompson, Melinda Gates, Jamie Oliver, Africa’s songbird – Zahara, and politicians Gordon Brown and Arthur Mutambara, amongst many.”
In conclusion, Gilmore says, “Basically my passion lies in the areas of social sustainability & development, youth work, art and culture. Being named as one of the World’s Most Influential Young People is such an honour. I keep myself grounded by looking at my simple ambition; to bring a smile to the next persons face, through my work, each day. I would advise anyone to work with the thought that their work needs to impact someone’s life. With that in mind you will never get tired of doing what you do!”
Eduzine is extremely grateful to Gilmore, for taking the time to talk with us and demonstrating that achievements of such distinction are within the grasp of everyone. We are in complete admiration of Gilmore’s amazing achievements, which demonstrate that Gilmore Tee really is a genuine and truly great International Young Achiever!

*STYLE ICON OF THE YEAR NOMINEE – Zimbabwe Fashion Week Awards 2013
– Eduzine Magazine UK


The Culture Fund envisions a thriving Zimbabwe that is confident in its innovation and creativity that is nurtured through a culture of open dialogue and creation of knowledge accessible to all its citizens. The Culture Fund plays a leading role in gearing the country towards becoming a creative society benefiting from a creative economy. It supports the cultural sphere through results-based programming.



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