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Farewell To ZAA Hononary Patron Oliver Mtukudzi

The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards mourns the loss of an iconic musician and patron of the organisation.
Dr Oliver Mtukudzi was an industrious member of various charitable organisations over the years and was both instrumental and inspirational in the shaping of our African continent.

His influence to the music industry, together with his fearless and creative spirit both inspired and motivated us. His wisdom and leadership stimulated significant change in key areas vital to the development of music and the  arts industry in Zimbabwe.
As one of Zimbabwe’s most renowned and most recognised voices to emerge from the country onto the international scene, and with  67 albums to his name, he earned a devoted following across Africa and Europe.
He was a humble man and an exceptional role model. We remember and celebrate his work, his life and for being an example of the excellence to which we as a community aspire
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Zimbabwe Cyber-Security Expert To Be Honoured In Australia

The author of the successful book, the Five Anchors of Cyber Resilience, Phillimon Zongo will be honoured at the Australian edition of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA).
Zim Achievers International announced earlier this week that Zongo would receive recognition for his outstanding contribution to the cyber security sector and for his published work.

The award-winning book tackles issues related to cyber security, the threats it faces in the industry and corporate responses to them, within a framework of “five anchors.”
He is the CEO and founder of CISO Advisory and has been published in a number of journals. He has also received numerous awards from several professional bodies, including from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

For over decade, he has consulted widely with major corporations to assist with their cybersecurity strategies.

ZAA Organising Director Method Mukundu, said: “Phil has been making strides in the cyber security industry for over 15 years. The thought leadership he continues to contribute to the technology risk and cyber security profession is both ground-breaking and inspirational.”

“He has been published in over 180 countries to date, particularly in areas such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence and robotics. He is a credit to his industry, a role model in the community and a force to be reckoned with,” Mukundu added.

Charity organisation, Ladies of Zimbabwe in Australia (LOZA) will also be honoured with the Philanthropic Leadership Award, which recognises the organisations work in the community. The team were instrumental in fundraising for the recent Cholera crisis in Zimbabwe, working in partnership with Pastor Evan Mawarire.

Stephen and Shillar Sibanda will be honoured as joint recipients of this year’s prestigious Chairman’s award. The husband and wife are being recognised for their selfless and outstanding work in the Zimbabwean community in Melbourne and Victoria.

They have been very instrumental in advocating and fostering African integration and influence in Australia through their organisation, the African Australian Communities Leadership Forum (AACLF). Their efforts caught the attention of the Victorian Government, which has since become more engaged with African communities and has provided  over $8 million in funding for numerous projects.

President of the Mental Health Foundation of Ghana, Dr Francis Acquah will receive the Friend of Zimbabwe Award. Francis has played a critical role in the healthcare sector, predominantly in the area of mental health. His clinical practice includes psycho-cultural counselling and advocacy for refugees and immigrants, specifically within the African community in Australia. He has also provided counsel to a number of Zimbabweans and businesses and has helped many set up business practices in the healthcare industry.

ZAA Australia Executive Member – Trevor Manyame

ZAA executive committee member, Trevor Manyame said: “Dr Francis Acquah has played a massive role in issues around mental health and raising awareness of it globally, mainly in African communities, where it  is regarded a taboo subject.”

“His work in the Zimbabwean community has had a massive impact on the outlook of the  healthcare sector in Australia.

Many individuals have set up businesses with his support and consultation, and we want to recognise and appreciate him for being a global leader in our community.” Manyame added.

Meanwhile, voting for this year’s group of nominees closed on 21 November.

The event will take place on Saturday 24 November 2018 at the Marriott hotel in Melbourne.

Tickets are still on sale for $90 and can be purchased exclusively from www.zimachievers.com/aus/buy-tickets.

The Australian edition, now in its second year, has become a permanent fixture and this year took the step to move it across state lines from Adelaide.

The brand is now present in four countries and has been highlighting the successes and achievements of Zimbabweans, as well as bringing together business leaders and innovators from all sectors to celebrate, empower and network. There are plans to introduce Canada in the coming year.

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Mandisa Confirmed ZimAchievers Awards Australia Host

THE nomination deadline for the Australian edition of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards is fast approaching and the public have until October 26 to put forward candidates they feel have excelled in the last year.

ZAA Chairman Conrad Mwanza said that Australia has grown since its inaugural event and the calibre of candidates continues to astound him.

“Australia has a long list of Zimbabweans excelling in business, sport, the arts and music and, every year brings well deserving candidates whom we are thrilled to recognise and celebrate, and l am optimistic that this year will be no different,” he said.

Organisers of the event have also confirmed sought-after event host, Mandisa Mlisa as the compere of this year’s event.

The gala, scheduled for 24 November 2018, will be held at the luxurious Marriott Hotel in Melbourne.

“This gala dinner is the highlight of a big weekend in Melbourne for the Zimbabwean Diaspora in Australia and I am honoured to be the host of this glitzy and glamourous event.

“I expect to see a lot of beautiful and well-dressed people and we will have a great time,” said Mandisa.

Born and raised in Bulawayo, Mandisa is an astute entrepreneur with a passion for empowering others through communication and positive engagement.

Meanwhile, the shortlisted nominees will be announced on Sunday 28 October via livestream on the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards Facebook page at 6pm Melbourne time. Voting will commence and run until Wednesday 21 November.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased exclusively from

http://www.zimachievers.com/aus/buy-tickets for $90.

Meanwhile, London-based fintech Company, WorldRemit will continue as the global partner for ZAA International. They will this year headline the event which honours the achievements of Zimbabweans in Australia. The company also headlined the South African, UK and USA and editions.

The awards have become one of the most prestigious and significant events in four countries, bringing together business leaders and innovators from all sectors to celebrate the outstanding achievements of people of Zimbabwean heritage who reside in the UK, USA, South Africa and Australia.

ZAA International have also confirmed that there are plans to introduce Canada to the fold in the coming months.

To nominate for this year’s awards visit

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ZAA Australia Opens Nominations As Alfred Kainga Wins Big In Washington

Rising stand-up comedian, Alfred Kainga was among the top winners at this year’s edition of the Zim Achievers USA 2018 awards ceremony held in Washington over the weekend

The ceremony, which recognised young achievers excelling in various sectors that include sport and business, also celebrated several academics and businessmen, including the late Jack Ramsey whose contributions to the game of basketball were recognised globally.

His foundation, Africa Outreach, also received the Chairman’s Honorary Award for services to the community. His grandchildren accepted the award.

Keynote speaker, Dr Lance Mambondiani, delivered another captivating speech, challenging Zimbabweans in the diaspora to invest in Zimbabwe.  He also encouraged them to be innovative and to keep working hard to achieve their goals and ambitions.

Other speakers on the night included Dr Reggies Wenyika and Mtimandze Group Chairman and CEO Muzi Kunene, who congratulated the work that Zimbabwean’s are doing and praised them for celebrating each other.

Africa Union Ambassador, Dr. Arikana Chihombori- Qao, who also attended the ceremony, urged guests to rise up and be united in helping restore the southern African nation.

Other winners

Former ZBC presenter, Maimba Mapuranga was awarded the Ambassador Award for his work with Celebrate the Children. He dedicated it to all the underprivileged children in Zimbabwe.

Sponsors

The event this year was proudly sponsored by Fintech Company, WorldRemit. The enterprise, is this year’s global sponsor and has sponsored the South African and UK versions as well.

ZAA USA director, Faith Banda extended her thanks to the sponsors for their continued support and congratulated all the nominees and winners.

“The Zim Achievers process continues to surprise us each year. We get to recognise and celebrate the hard work and achievements of Zimbabweans who are excelling in the US in their various disciplines and we thank the public for helping us highlight the magnificent work that they are all doing.”

“We are committed to community engagement and we are thrilled that the Zimbabwean community is growing in the US,” she added.

Upcoming Events
Meanwhile, nominations for the Australian edition are now open. The awards ceremony will take place on 24 November 2018 at the Marriott Hotel in Melbourne.

To nominate visit www.zimachievers.com/aus/nomination-form/

Now a permanent fixture on the Zimbabwean community calendar, the awards are now in four countries.

There are also plans in the pipeline to introduce a Canadian version of the awards soon.


2018 ZAA USA Winners list

Business of the Year

Zim Tuckshop

Female Entrepreneur of the Year

Thabisile K. Francis

Male Entrepreneur of the Year

Steve Mutizwa

Professional of the Year

Phillip Bamu

Academic Excellence

Dr. Chipo Dendere

Sports Personality

Dr. Rev Mwase

Music Artist

Pastor Chaka Ngwenya

Tino Chambati

Outstanding Achievement – Entertainment

Alfred Kainga

Personality of the Year

Simba Usore

Media Personality

Marvellous Mhlanga Nyahuye

Event of the Year

Women of Dominion

Community Champion of the Year

Cassandra Sibanda

Community Organization of the Year

Women of Dominion

People’s Choice

Portia Kandemiri

Young Achievers- honorary awards

  • Tariro Kandemiri
  • Ru Chibanda
  • Nyasha Zimunhu
  • 2 bros in the Kitchen
  • Danielle Sebata

ZAA USA Special Recognition Award

Dr. Reggies Wenyika

Dr. Tawanda Gumbo

Ambassador Award

Maimba Mapuranga

ZAA Chairman’s honorary

Dr. Jack Ramsay

Africa outreach

ZAA Panel’s Choice Award

Savannah Madamombe

ZAA USA Friend of Zimbabwe

The Salvation Army Church- Harlem

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All Set For The Inaugural ZAA Australia Ceremony

Trevor Manyame – ZAA Committee Member

Zimbabweans living in Australia are being encouraged to be part of this historic night of glitz and glamor, at the prestigious Hilton Adelaide Hotel on Saturday 28 October 2017.

Attendance has been confirmed from high profile business people, Australian government officials.

Guests will be treated to a 3 course dinner, an assortment of beverages and mesmerising entertainment.

Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) is a distinctly special awards ceremony seeking to recognise Zimbabweans who have pushed the limits against all odds to raise the flag high and do both themselves and their fellow countrymen proud abroad.
The event has become one of the most important in the African Diaspora community, from the United Kingdom, United States of America, South Africa and now Australia.

ZAA founder and businessman Mr Conrad Mwanza said: ‘’The community spirit that has been built and the calibre of individuals and organisations that we have recognised over the years in different countries really shows how talented, determined and studious Zimbabweans are in building something we can all be proud of.”

ZAA International Executive, Mr Trevor Manyame said, “Our main agenda for the inaugural ZAA Australia edition is not just to celebrate a very broad spectrum of talent, art, business, expression and achievement in the Zimbabwean community, but to unite them to share ideas and encourage participation in rebuilding our beloved home country.
“We greatly appreciate all our sponsors, especially Steward Bank and WorldRemit for supporting this distinct ceremony. Without their support this could have not been any better.”

Dr Lance Mambondiani, Steward Bank CEO, said Zimbabwe Achievers Awards was a noble cause, applauded the organisers for the initiative while urging the community to rally behind the event. He added: ‘’Any nation that does not honour its heroes will not endure. Our association with the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards is our token of support to the rewards of core values of hard work, resilience, dedication and triumph over adversity; values without which no nation can endure.”

Also in support of the edition was WorldRemit CMO, Mr Alex O’Shaughnessy who said: “We’re proud to be associated with the positive and inspiring work the ZAA is doing in connecting Zimbabweans across the globe.

“By bringing international remittances online, WorldRemit is making the process quicker, easier and more secure –helping people to focus on making the most of their opportunities, wherever they are. Like us, the ZAA believe that the mix of experiences and perspectives the Diaspora possess offers them unique opportunities to build a better future for themselves and for people around the world. We’re therefore very proud to lend our support to ZAA’s vision.”

As the count down to this memorable ceremony continues, the organisers’ greatest wish is to extent an invitation to everyone who is willing to partner in the development of “our country’s socio-economic policies”. To this effect the ceremony will communicate directly the messages of investment opportunities, prospective and lucrative working environment as well as peace loving Zimbabweans.

“ZAA is a great leap in the right direction in uniting the Zimbabwean Diaspora community not just in Australia but globally. It’s high time we take advantage of opportunities of this nature to promote economic solution based dialogue, sharing business ideas and opportunities, as well as inspiring positive action among young Zimbabweans in particular and African citizens in general in order to rebuild our nations.” said Mr Trevor Manyame.

The Diaspora community is uniting for the purpose of nation building towards a better dispensation, and views itself as an automatic and vibrant arm to the Zimbabwean government’s efforts for sustainable development through an economic blueprint.

“It is at this juncture that we sought and found it meaningful to engage the patriotic and progressive Zimbabweans in particular and Africans in general to cross pollinate along nation and continental development. The fundamental being dialogue and proposal of action plans which will be implemented thereafter. It is of great concern that government economic blueprint clusters must be fulfilled and supported with extensive contribution of the Diaspora community as well,” added Mr Trevor Manyame.

ZAA Australia’s organization comprise of a local committee led by Mr David Shepherd Mutusva alongside Mr Trevor Manyame, Mr Method Mukundu and Mr Jaison Midzi.

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WorldRemit Partners With ZimAchievers Awards US And Australia 2017 Editions

Method Mukundu – ZAA Australia

Global money transfer service WorldRemit has partnered with the Australian and US chapters of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) for the 2017 award ceremonies to be held in October and November, respectively.

Now in its seventh year, the ZAA has grown to become the biggest platform celebrating the achievements of people of Zimbabwean heritage from across various fields of endeavour. Starting off in London, the awards have spread to other major cities across the globe with significant populations of Zimbabweans, starting with Johannesburg in 2014.

Australia has become the fourth country to host the ZAA after the UK, South Africa and the US. Preparations are at an advanced stage for its inaugural awards gala dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide on Saturday 28 October. ‘’The stage is set, the red carpet is ready, and tickets are selling out fast, I urge those who intend to attend to secure their tickets as places are limited; said Method Mukundu,, ZAA Australia Committee member.

The US awards, now in their second year, will be held on 11 November at the Marriot Quorum Hotel in Dallas. “We are looking forward to hosting another fantastic ZAA and as usual, we expect the event to sell out. I would urge people to secure their places early to avoid disappoint’’ added Vez Nkomo, ZAA US organising Chair.

Unlike traditional money transfer companies, WorldRemit is a purely digital service that allows individuals to send money to friends and family living abroad, using a computer, smartphone or tablet. The money can be received as a bank deposit, cash pick-up, Mobile Money, or mobile airtime top-up. Seeing the opportunity presented by the new mobile money technology emerging on the Continent, Founder and CEO, Ismail Ahmed, was able to help the diaspora to put money directly into the hands of recipients wherever they are and whenever they need it.

ZAA Chairman Conrad Mwanza welcomed the new partnership with WorldRemit, saying it signalled the company’s commitment to empowering the communities it worked with.

“We are delighted to be working with WorldRemit in fostering greater engagement with the Zimbabwean community around the world. Both ZAA and WorldRemit started in the diaspora and share a commitment to connect national and diaspora communities in beneficial and innovative ways. As we celebrate the achievements of our countrymen and women, we are raising awareness of our collective strength and demonstrating the huge possibilities that are within our reach as Zimbabweans,” Mwanza said.

WorldRemit CMO, Alex O’Shaughnessy said: “We’re proud to be associated with the positive and inspiring work the ZAA is doing in connecting Zimbabweans across the globe. By bringing international remittances online, WorldRemit is making the process quicker, easier and more secure –helping people to focus on making the most of their opportunities, wherever they are.

 

Like us, the ZAA believe that the mix of experiences and perspectives the diaspora possess offers them unique opportunities to build a better future for themselves and for people around the world. We’re therefore very proud to lend our support to ZAA’s vision.”

Tickets for the Australian and US editions are now on sale on www.zimachievers.com.

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Steward Bank Announced As Sponsors Of ZAA UK, USA And Australia

Dr Lance Mambondianii, Steward Bank CEO

Steward Bank is once again the official sponsor for the upcoming edition of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards taking place in United Kingdom, United States and Australia, in May, July and November respectively. The bank was the title sponsor of the awards in 2016.

The awards organisation, which was established in 2010, and is the brainchild of ZAA Chairman Conrad Mwanza, recognises and honours Zimbabweans excelling in various countries.

Mwanza said that the International Executive committee were delighted to welcome Steward Bank on board as an official partner and were looking forward to working with them.

“Steward Bank’s involvement with ZAA-UK, ZAA-Australia and ZAA-US only proves our ongoing commitment to building, engaging and supporting Zimbabwean communities around the world,” said Mwanza.

Mwanza added that the commercial banks support with the respective franchises would only strengthen an already growing relationship with the Zimbabwean community on an international spectrum.

Steward Bank launched its Diaspora Banking unit in 2014, and the product range has been growing since then, mainly to accommodate all Zimbabweans living and working in the diaspora. With the slogan “Your bank away from home” the Bank has managed to bring financial solutions to all Zimbabweans in the diaspora.

Steward Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Lance Mambondiani, is very thrilled with the partnership between the Bank and the ZAA group. The Bank`s strong innovative core identifies with the ZAA group. The Bank continues to support commendable initiatives by Zimbabweans, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility,

The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards have been a major highlight in the UK, USA, as well as in South Africa, and soon to be in Australia, and it is wonderful to see what the organisation has done over the years in recognising Zimbabweans who are excelling in their various disciplines.

The United Kingdom edition will be held on the 6th of May at the Prestigious Cumberland Hotel in the heart of London. Nominees for this year’s event were announced on the 16th of March 2017 in Canary Wharf and public voting will be open until the 20th of April 2017. The public is invited to vote at www.zimachievers.com/uk

The annual event brings together Business Leaders from all sectors, Government officials, Diplomats, Civil Society representatives from NGO’s, Heads of Finance & Trade and the International Press. The awards ceremony has become one of the most significant and prestigious events within the Zimbabwean and broader Diaspora community calendar.

ZAA Australia 2019 Sponsors

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