Two give up a life of luxury in a quest for knowledge

Zweli Mokgata

Zweli Mokgata

Why would a couple of successful chartered accountants suddenly leave a life of relative luxury and comfort to go back to school?

"An opportunity to study a MBA at the best business school is worth the hardships of not having that income," says George Nheweyembwa, who is currently a student at the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland.

Nheweyembwa, 27, and his best friend of 15 years Kudzanai Samushonga, 27, started out their careers as chartered accountants for Ernst & Young in their homeland Zimbabwe nine years ago.

"After working as a chartered accountant for seven years I moved to the UK with my wife. The environment in Zimbabwe was not conducive to sustainable business growth," Nheweyembwa says.

Samushonga also left about the same time as Nheweyembwa, but he went to the Channel Islands in Jersey working for Ernst & Young.

"I worked in various financial services structures and it stimulated my interest in management development programmes back home," Samushonga says.

"I wanted to learn more about management and wanted the best in the world," he says.

"George and I looked at various institutes because he had the same vision. We wanted the best in the world and we decided on IMD," Samushonga says.

"I've come to look at myself as a global citizen and I want to bring back valuable information to improve the situation in my country," says Nheweyembwa