Zimbabwean-American academic, Tererai Trent, to be honoured with statue in New York City

Zimbabwean-American academic Dr Tererai Trent has been named as one of the World’s Top 10 Most Inspiring Women in the world as part of an initiative called “Sculpted for Equal Rights”.

A life-size bronze statue of the US-based academic will be unveiled alongside those of other honorees at Rockefeller Centre in New York City on August 26.

She shared her excitement in a tweet:

I am incredibly honoured to be standing among the World’s Top 10 Most Inspiring Women ‘Sculpted for Equal Rights’! Can you believe this rural Zimbabwean girl and just looking back where I came from to think I will have a life-size statue standing in the streets of NYC! My goodness!

The list includes Oprah Winfrey, Pink, Nicole Kidman, Jane Goodall, Cate Blanchett, Janet Mock, Tracy Dyson, Cheryl Strayed and Gabby Douglas.

The Statues for Equality are cast in bronze and installed near New York City’s iconic Rockefeller Centre. Come August 26 and celebrate the empowerment women and big dreams! #StatuesForEquality.

The monument is intended to recognise Ms Trent for her role in promoting equality and empowerment for girls and women.