Jacob Chikuhwa was born and raised in Zimbabwe. After having been detained by the white minority Rhodesian Front regime between 1964 and 1965, Jacob Chikuhwa escaped into Zambia, in 1966, from where he secured an Afro-Asian scholarship to study in the former Soviet Union. In 1972, upon completion of his studies, Chikuhwa moved to Sweden.
Dr Jacob Chikuhwa holds degrees in economics and international relations from Ukraine's Kiev Institute of National Economy and the University of Stockholm in Sweden. A Zimbabwean national, Chikuhwa has lectured on economics, finance, and administration both in Zimbabwe and Sweden. In April 2005, he lectured at The New School Graduate Program in International Affairs, New School University, in New York City.
He was an economics professional for 26 years, then turned to writing full time. His books include A Short Tour of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe: The Rise to Nationhood. He was editor of the ZANU monthly journal in Scandinavia, Zimbabwe Chimurenga, Impi ye Nkululeko (1974-1976) and founded A Quarterly Abstract of PTC Statistics in 1983. He is currently working on Venturing into the Unknown (Kumaziwandadzoka), a film on HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe, and another title called The Pendulum. Chikuhwa has three further titles pending publication.