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Canaan Banana in 1986
1st President of Zimbabwe
In office
18 April 1980 – 31 December 1987
Prime Minister Robert Mugabe
Preceded by Josiah Gumede
(Zimbabwe Rhodesia)
Succeeded by Robert Mugabe
Personal details
Born (1936-03-05)5 March 1936
Essexvale, Southern Rhodesia
Died 10 November 2003(2003-11-10) (aged 67)
London, United Kingdom
Political party ZANU
Spouse(s)
Janet Mbuyazwe (m. 1961)
Children 4
Occupation Minister; professor; politician

Canaan Sodindo Banana (5 March 1936 – 10 November 2003) was a Zimbabwean Methodist minister, theologian, and politician. He was the first President of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987.

On 10 November 2003, Banana died of cancer, in London at the age of 67.

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