Obert is a blogger, photographer, graphic designer, web designer, digital rights enthusiast, digital storytelling enthusiast, aspiring filmmaker, and online publisher.
Obert is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Canadian Progressive, an independent political blog dedicated to producing fearless, evidence-based, adversarial, unapologetic, progressive, and activism-oriented journalism situated right at the intersection of politics, technology and human rights.
Obert is a former political aide to Margaret Dongo, a prominent former Zimbabwean lawmaker, human rights defender, former freedom fighter, Zimbabwe’s first post-independence Independent MP, and pioneer of the Southern African country’s current democratic movement.
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Obert grew up in Zimbabwe, where he worked with various pro-democracy, human rights and developmental organizations before fleeing to Canada as a political refugee in 2003. While in Zimbabwe, Obert worked with and supported various political and human rights movements fighting the late Robert Mugabe’s trigger-happy, previously-tolerated genocidal dictatorship and its backbone, Mugabe’s still-ruling, bloodstained ZANU PF (Zimbabwe Africa National Union – Patriotic Front) party.
Obert joined and served in the unforgiving trenches of the deadly war against the then largely-tolerated tyranny of Robert Mugabe after learning that the now-deceased Black African genocidal dictator had received an honorary doctorate of law degree from Scotland’s Edinburgh University (1984), an honorary doctorate of law degree from the University of Massachusetts (1986), an honorary degree from Michigan State University (1990), and a British knighthood, the Knight Commander of the Order of Bath (1994), after slaughtering 20,000 Black members of Zimbabwe’s Ndebele-speaking minority in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland and Midlands provinces during the so-called Gukurahundi genocidal massacres of the 1980s, planned and executed in the name of fighting dissidents allegedly sponsored by apartheid South Africa.
Obert was part of Margaret Dongo’s sublime, game-changing “Battle for Harare South” during Zimbabwe’s 1995 general election. Dongo unexpectedly defeated Robert Mugabe and the ruling ZANU PF party, becoming Zimbabwe’s first post-Rhodesia independent MP.
“We defeated a then powerful Black African genocidal dictator who had just received a British knighthood, the Knight Commander of the Order of Bath, given after he and the Zimbabwean state had slaughtered more than 20,000 Black Zimbabweans during the 1980s Gukurahundi massacres.”
Obert served in the unforgiving trenches of a deadly struggle against a then-rewarded Robert Mugabe in a moment HIV/AIDS “accounted for more than half of annual deaths in the late 1990s” in the late dictator’s previously-tolerated Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, according to data released by Our World in Data, a scientific online publication that strives to make the world’s “big problems,” such as poverty, disease, war, hunger, inequality and climate change “accessible and understandable.” The publication’s research team is based at the University of Oxford.
From 1995 to 1998, Obert served Dongo as a speechwriter, personal assistant and constituency office manager.
Obert has previously worked as an international development administrator in Southern Africa, including Zimbabwe, and in Canada. From January 1998 to June 2000, Obert served as a senior international development executive with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF), a Germany international development agency.
From 2003 to 2010, Obert worked for a then Toronto-based “white saviour industrial complex”-informed, “white fragility”-nurtured, racially-illiterate Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)-registered Canadian charity that received substantial funding from Philanthropy Canada, ordinary Canadians and the Government of Canada – through Health Canada, Service Canada’s Canada Summer Jobs program, the federal International Youth Internship Program (IYIP), the Voluntary Sector Fund and Innovation Fund of the former Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), now part of Global Affairs Canada – in the name of empowering vulnerable African AIDS orphans, materially-impoverished Black African HIV/AIDS outreach workers, and resource-starved, Black-led African HIV/AIDS Community Based Organizations (CBOs), in Black-majority sub-Saharan Africa.
Obert is published or quoted here: The Huffington Post, CBC News, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Sun, Rabble.ca, Metro News, The Charlatan, EMC Kanata, The Dominion, Ground Report, AfricaFiles & New Zimbabwe.
Obert was part of the Occupied Ottawa (formerly Occupy Ottawa) movement in the fall of 2011. He has previously addressed numerous rallies organized by Canadian labour unions and grassroots movements, and events organized by universities and high schools across Ontario.
Obert is currently contemplating writing his memoirs.