Mufaro Chakabuda – WOMAN of ACTION™


A Celebration of Women™ 

is elated to Celebrate the Life of this visionary with the heart and soul of strength that enabled her to excel in the world of female entrepreneurs; winning a plethora of Awards; and as of 2010,, a not for profit organization was founded by Mufaro. Zimscholarships is an organization dedicated to promoting Zimbabwe’s future, by giving scholarships to deserving Individuals in their undergraduate or Master’s Programs.

… and now is here to help the Women of our World.





Mufaro Chakabuda


Originally from Zimbabwe, at 19, Mufaro Chakabuda came to Canada to study at Dalhousie University. She did her BA and started studying business courses towards an MBA. Mufaro is the founder and CEO of the Maritime Centre for African Dance Inc, the President of Chaks Publishing House, the President of

She also founded a charity for scholarships geared towards Zimbabweans called and has volunteered in the community sitting on the Cultural Opportunities grant board, the Africans in the Diaspora of the Maritimes Executive board among others.

Mufaro enjoys entrepreneurship and leadership, and is passionate about sharing that with others around her. Even though Mufaro came to the Maritimes and to Canada, without knowing anyone, and for education, she has become a part of the community leader.

From her University degree, where she achieved milestones such as being the first black Resident Assistant, (appointed), first black President of her residence, (nominated), to being the first female African student to run for the Vice President of Finance for the Dalhousie Student Union.

To date, she has received numerous awards including the Progress Women’s Excellence Awards 2009 (Atlantic Canada), and nominated for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008 and 2009, nominated for the Portia White Prize in 2007 and 2008.

Most recently, second in Canada among all female entrepreneurs for the RBC Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Start Up Category, 2010.

In 2011, Mufaro was nominated for Canada’s RBC Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Profit and Excellence in Entrepreneurship and Leadership.

In 2012 she was selected as Atlantic Canada’s Top 21 Young Emering Leaders.

Mufaro ‘s first business, Maritime Centre for African Dance Inc, (MCAD Inc), was launched $20, a lot of guts and a dream.

With no funding or loans, MCAD Inc has grown from to a larger corporation with staff in Toronto and Ottawa, and a cultural mix of employees ranging from office staff to dancers and drummers from all over the world.

MCAD Inc has also expanded to Africa, with a branch beginning in Zimbabwe, and with plans to expand to other regions in Africa, and within North America.

MCAD’s business model focuses on not only services but also products.

The dance troupe that performed at President Obama’s inaugural ball will be presenting a 60-minute workshop at the Cole Harbour library on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. Anyone can call and register to take part in this fun and energizing hour where participants can learn modern and traditional dance moves from Africa.
The Halifax-based Maritime Centre for African Dance will be showcasing their own special brand of drumming and dancing at this workshop as a means to not only entertain but to enlighten people everywhere to Africa’s culture and beliefs.

“The Maritime Centre for African Dance has in total 14 drummers and 18 dance instructors across the Maritimes,” said Mufaro Chakabuda , founder and CEO of the Centre.

“Together African dance and drum create a language that is an integral part of African Culture.”

The group features different drummers and dancers from all across Africa because it is large continent with 54 countries, said Chakabuda. A fact that many people forget , she said.
Mufaro is the author of the book, “From $20 – an Artpreneur’s success story” which has been available since September 2011.  As the CEO of Chaks Publishing House Inc, a divison of the Maritime Centre for African Dance, Mufaro has also written multiple books and hopes to bring authors of African Descent in the diaspora to publish other books.

“From $20 – An Artpreneur’s success story” now available for order by Mufaro Chakabuda
Book now available for order, “From $20 – An Artrepreneur’s success story” by Mufaro Chakabuda.

TO order your copy, you can email


This book highlights, how from Mufaro from Zimbabwe, began her business with just $20 6 and a half years ago, and has turned it into hundreds and thousands of dollars. She knew no one in the community, had just finished her degree at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia Canada, and had no general life direction. Now her business has turned over profits, still to this day, without any loans, and she has created a brand not only in Canada, but across the world. Her story is truly worth reading.

Mufaro has a strong belief in working with the community. As of 2010,, a not for profit organization was founded by Mufaro. Zimscholarships is an organization dedicated to promoting Zimbabwe’s future, by giving scholarships to deserving Individuals in their undergraduate or Master’s Programs.

Mufaro still has a lot more to she would like to achieve. Her motivation is her family and parents who taught her to stay focused and never give up!



The Dikita Festival begins on Friday, October 19 with our opening ceremonies, hors d’oeuvres, guest speakers and performances. It is a 2 and a half our opening.

Venue: ST. Mary’s Boat Club
FOR WOMEN BY WOMEN hosted by the Maritime Centre for African Dance

On Saturday during the day, we have workshops that begin at 10am featuring Eyptian Dance, Meditation, Yoga and African Fitness.

On the Saturday evening, we have our dinner and dance which are our closing ceremonies, featuring dinner, african drumming, and a dance at the end.

We would love to have your folks attend our whole event, and have great group discounts. We also do have group rates available for the Saturday Dinner and Dance which are our closing ceremonies. *Our group registrations begin at 10 people and up.

The costs are $185 for the whole weekend.




To encourage a team of inspired and motivated staff, (office staff, drummers and dancers), who are dedicated to promoting and sharing african culture, through authentic african cultural performances, classes, camps, DVDS, competitions and discussion panels in communities across Canada and the World, while providing superior customer service.



  • East Coast Nominee for RBC Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship 2012
  • 21inc Young Entrep Emerging leaders in Atlantic Canada 2012 Nominee
  • Zimexpo Nominee Business Community Leader (Canada) 2011
  • East Coast Nominee for RBC Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship 2011
  • East Coast Finalist (atlantic and quebec) for RBC Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2010
  • Board member for Junior Achievement 2011
  • Nominated for BDC Entrepereneur of the Year Award 2010
  • Atlantic Canada Women’s Excellence Awards 2009
  • Portia White Prize Nominee 2007/2008
  • Black Business Initiative Entrep. of the year nominee 2009


  • Workshops for schools, corporations etc.
  • Performances for schools, corporations etc.
  • DVD’s
  • The DanceOff
  • Dikita Womens Festival
  • Afro Dance Camps





Contact Information

Mufaro C
CEO Maritime Centre for African Dance
Chaks Publishing House
CEO Zim National Drummie Squad

Halifax 902.225.9267
Toronto 416.549.8005

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Brava Mufaro! 


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