3rd ZAA Australia Winners Announced

The Zimbabwean diaspora community and friends came out in full force on Saturday night to celebrate some of the best achievers of the year at the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards Australia 3rd Edition at the InterContinental Hotel in Sydney which was running under the theme ‘Celebrating excellence and promoting the health and wellbeing of Zimbabweans in Australia’.

This year’s edition which was graced by HE Ambassador Joe Tapera Mhishi among other distinguished guests, saw the reunion of ZAA and headline sponsor, life insurance company ZororoPhumulani once more setting the platform to celebrate Zimbabwean achievers and coincided with the launch of ZororoPhumulani’s WorldWide Funeral Services (WWFS) plan which is targeted at the diaspora communities in offering repatriation and funeral services.

Method Mukundu, the ZAA Australia Country Director elaborated on the theme in his opening speech. “As we celebrate and honour those amongst us who have excelled, we also intended to highlight the importance of maintaining good mental and physical health, balanced finances and strong networks that can sustain a fully integrated, healthy and stable Zimbabwean Community in Australia”.


ZororoPhumulani CEO Edwin Anderson also spoke of their delight in supporting the efforts of ZAA and diaspora communities in provide peace of mind for all communities and their expansion into the USA, UK, Canada as well as other territories where the diaspora communities are. The WWF Plan by ZororoPhumulani is powered by Doves to offer a diaspora-oriented funeral plan for those in Australia with packages including repatriation services and air tickets for two persons to travel with the deceased to Zimbabwe where Doves will take over from there till the final destination.

Notable amongst the winners was ZimGems Netball Team star Joice Mada Takaidza who scooped 3 awards in the categories of Sport Personality of the Year, People’s Choice and the Chairman’s Award to become the first recipient to earn 3 awards in one night since the inauguration of ZAA Australia in 2017.


Rising Zimbabwean born lawyer Harutsari Marunda picked up two awards; one on behalf of her law firm HCM Legal in the Business of the Year category and the other in her personal capacity as recipient of the Outstanding Achiever Award. Tendayi Ganga was also a double award winner in the Community Champion of the Year (Female) and the Community Organisation of the Year through her Born to Shine Women’s Organization. Completing the list of double award winners on the night was Simba Mushete who was awarded for excellence in the categories of Music Artist of the Year and Culture and Fashion Ambassador.

Lucky Ngoshi became the first recipient to win an award in each of the three successive ZAA Australia events after she won this year’s Female Entrepreneur of the Year award after being the winner of the People’s Choice Award in 2017 and the Philanthropic Leadership Award for her selfless community work in 2018.

The event was hosted by cybersecurity expert and author Phillimon Zongo with entertainment provided by the Echoes of Africa band led by Simba Mushete and gospel singer Nyarai Takaidza. The ZimAchievers Awards have been a fixture on the diaspora social calendar since 2010 with editions in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa taking place annually.


In 2020 the awards make their long awaited bow on home soil for the 10th anniversary celebrations and awards show at Elephant Hills Lodge in Victoria Falls on 10th April under the ZimThrive Homecoming initiative.



Full list of ZAA Australia 2019 winners

Young Achiever’s Award

The Mango Twins (Julian & Juliet Mango)


Business of the year

HCM Legal


Community Organization of the Year

Born to Shine Women’s Organisation


Community Champion of the year Female

Tendayi Ganga


Community Champion of the year Male

John Shumba


Culture and Fashion Ambassador

Simba Mushete


Event of  the Year

ZimOz Summer Festival


Female Entrepreneur of the Year

Lucky Ngoshi


Male  Entrepreneur of the Year

Tobias Mahohoma


Music Artist of the Year

Simba Mushete


People’s Choice

Joice Mada Takaidza


Professional of the Year

Tecla Muriri Masunda


Sports person of the Year

Joice Mada Takaidza


Media Personality of the Year

Kim Renee Wadyehwata


Leadership in Mental and Everyday Wellbeing Advocacy Award

Gladys Mutongoreya


Academic Excellence

Dr Fidelis Mashiri


Outstanding Achievement Award

Haatsari Marunda


Philanthropic Leadership Award 

Alfred Chidembo


Philanthropic Leadership Award 

Precious Mugadza


Friend of Zimbabwe Award

Mally Ellis


Chairman’s Award

Joice Mada Takaidza


Chairman’s Award

Debra Manson


ZimAchievers Awards Australia nominees revealed

The organizers of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) Australian edition have announced the final shortlist of nominees for the prestigious awards after a month long nomination process by the public and revealed ZororoPhumulani Funeral Services as the headline sponsors of this year’s Awards Dinner Gala.

The annual international awards which awards Zimbabwean achievers in the diaspora are in their third edition Down Under and will be held on Saturday 23rd November in Sidney at the InterContinental Hotel with awards to be given in 20 categories. ZororoPhumulani who provide a number of services such as funeral cover and policies as well as repatriation services in the diaspora among other services, returns to the ZAA fold after headlining the successful ZAA SA edition earlier this year.

ZAA Australia Country Director Method Mukundu confirmed the developments and also announced that the voting platform will open at midnight and will run until Wednesday 20th November as the countdown to the big day officially begins.

“We are thrilled to welcome ZororoPhumulani as our headline sponsor as we also reveal nominee list. Our voting platform goes live at midnight today so people can vote for their achievers of the year. Ticket purchases can also be done on the website and this being our third edition, we are pleased to note the progress and contributions that our brothers and sisters, as well as friends of Zimbabwe are doing here in Australia and beyond. The countdown is now on and all roads lead to the InterContinental on the 23rd.”

The ZAA Australia 3rd Annual Dinner Gala will also roll out honorary awards to various people such as mental health professional Gladys Mutongoreya, lawyer Haatsari Marunda, philanthropists ALfred and Precious Chidembo for ther various contributions to communities. Netball star Joice Mada Takaedza will receive the prestigious Chairman’s Award after her exploits together with the netball national team ZimGems charmed the world at the Netball World Cup finals.

Voting can be done on the ZAA Australia website http://www.zimachievers.com/aus/vote/ whilst tickets can also be purchased on http://www.zimachievers.com/aus/buy-tickets-2/
ZAA has five editions around the world with South Africa, UK, Australia, USA and Canada, with the ZAA 10th Anniversary celebrations set to be held in Zimbabwe for the first time on Friday 10th April 2020 at the Elephant Hills Lodge in Victoria Falls, with further details to be revealed in due course.

Full list of nominees for ZAA Australia 2019
Young Achiever of the Year Award
1. Mango Twins
2. Fortune R
3. Takunda Muzondiwa
4. Assiel Mafuriranwa
5. Takunda Chipangura

1. Bernard Muchemwa
2. David Pocock
3. T Zihori
4. Joice Mada Takaidza

1. Tendayi Ganga
2. Tatenda Musemburi
3. Noma Mbereko
4. Dj Ras George
5. Kim Renee (Wadyahwata)

1. Joice Mada Takaidza
2. Michelle Majuru
3. DJ Terry Moyaz
4. Tracey Nyatsanza
5. Farai Katiyo

1. Simba Mushete
2. Farai Katiyo
3. Frederick Mutswagiwa
4. Carmouflage Rose
5. Mabasa Ziyambi

1. ZimOz Summer Festival
2. Townsville African Festival 2019
3. Glow Up For Change by Special Moments
4. Best of Both Worlds Tour by Millennium Promotions

1. Renny Chivunga
2. Phibeon Muranganwa
3. Susan Vivian Mutami
4. Chido Manoah
5. Tecla Mururi Masunda

1. Gift Mathe
2. Theophilus Mutsigwa
3. Hebias Mafungate
4. Clemence shingirayi Danha
5. Tobias Mahohoma

1. The Duo of Stephyne Chido Chisvo & Florence Chisvo
2. Blessing Chabvamurambo
3. Lucky Ngoshi
4. Leanne Majuru
5. Christina Muchenagumbo

1. Elroi Furniture and Designs
2. House of Planx
3. The Wealth Edge Group Pty Ltd
4. Rumbie & Co
5. HCM Legal

1. Simba Samuriwo
2. Tracey Nyatsanza
3. Simba Mushete
4. Tatenda Musemburi
5. Nehanda Yemaya Imana

1. Sam Sebenzo
2. Tawanda Karasa
3. John Shumba
4. Tafadzwa Irvine Nzenza
5. Jon Chabvamurambo

1. Thembie Ndlovu
2. Liz Bokani Pasipanodya
3. Kupakwashe Matangira
4. Ruth Pasi Magodo
5. Tendayi Ganga

1. Zimbabwe Multicultural Community Radio
2. Born To Shine Women’s Organization
3. Spirit of Africa Townsville
4. The Single Mother Foundation
5. Australia Zimbabwe Business Council

Direct Award Categories
Mental health Professional, Mentor, Counsellor and Author of the inspirational book “Another Chance”!

Outstanding divorce and family lawyer who is assisting Zimbabweans and Australians at large, with matters related to Immigration, Family and Parenting, Property Settlement, Divorces, Domestic Violence, Wills and Epas, Conveyancing and Criminal matters.

Selfless givers who have set up libraries and shipped over 60 000 books and library furniture to Zimbabwe to change the lives of thousands of young people in Zimbabwe!

A prolific goal shooter who was a key member of the Zim Gems Netball team that left a lasting impression at the recent Netball World Cup finals in England.


Zongo To Keynote The 2019 Zimbabwe Achievers Awards Australia

Phil Zongo, the recipient of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards Australia’s prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award, will keynote the 2019 ZAA Australia Awards Ceremony to be held at the InterContinental Hotel in Sydney on Saturday the 23rd of November. ZAA Australia country director, Method Mukundu confirmed Phil Zongo’s billing and stated that, “we are very excited to have Zongo, a previous recipient of ZAA Australia Awards, speak at this year’s gala dinner and I am certain that he will inspire and galvanise the audience to action. As those that attended the previous two events can attest, we are always aiming higher and this year the organising committee is committed to making sure the Sydney event will be the best so far”

Zongo’s acceptance speech at the 2018 ZAA Australia event in Melbourne, in which he challenged delegates to step away from the path of least resistance, inspired thousands of people all over the world. “I had no idea that my personal story, which started with prolonged difficulties, would inspire people from all walks of life to cease blaming circumstances and take extreme ownership of their destinies”, claimed Zongo. “I am humbled and excited to see the ZAA event, which casts spotlight on the great contributions by Zimbabwean Australians, finally coming to the harbour city. I look forward to sharing important lessons from my journey with my fellow countrymen. The most powerful driver for change is when people see those that look like them do something they aspire to do. It numbs fear and inspires possibility”, he continued.

Zongo embarked on transformation journey three years ago and has fast grown to become a voice in-demand on the critical area of cyber resilience. Last year alone, he spoke at more than 14 high-profile events, conferences and universities. Recently, he was invited to co-present to hundreds of business leaders alongside the former Head of the FBI Cyber Crime. He will also be participating on the executive keynote panel at CloudSec 2019, a conference that will bring together more than 1200 delegates to Melbourne.  

In 2018, Zongo published The Five Anchors of Cyber Resilience, which rose to Amazon best-selling list within a week, and remained there for several months. The book has received widespread positive reviews and distributed to dozens of countries. The IT Wire, a respected IT magazine, called the book “a mandatory reading for any senior corporate manager or board member”.

He has written extensively on cyber resilience, blockchain machine learning, killer drones and digital transformation. He has been featured the ISACA International Journal, The Australian Journal of Financial Planning, The New Zealand National Business Review, etc. 

In 2017, Zongo was invited to Chicago, where he was honoured with the International Best Article Award, one of ISACA’s highest global honours that recognises individuals who have made major contributions to the fields of IT governance and cyber security. ISACA is the largest IT governance professional association in the world that serves approximately 460,000 engaged professionals across 180 countries. Phil was also part of the 2019 ISACA Sydney board of directors, a chapter that servers more than 1600 members.

In addition to the 2018 Zimbabwe Outstanding Achievement award, Zongo has received several other accolades, including 2018 Australian African Professional Excellence Award, the Pride of Africa Asia Outstanding in Business Award - recognitions for achievements that far exceed the norm.

He has been nominated for the 2019 Australian Information Security Association (AISA) Cyber Security Professional of the year, among others. He is an influential LinkedIn voice with almost 27 000 connections, and posts generating millions of views.


ZimAchievers Awards Australia 2019 Dates And Venue Announced

Zimbabwe Achievers Awards International has opened the nominations and revealed the dates and venue for the 3rd edition of ZAA Australia, slated for Saturday 23rd November 2019 in Sydney.

The annual awards ceremony are in their third year running Down Under and will be held in a typically glitzy event that is expected to bring together various Zimbabwean diaspora achievers and guests to the 5-star Intercontinental Hotel Sydney. ZAA Australia Country Director Method Mukundu confirmed the developments and promised another stellar event.

“For us at ZAA Australia, this year marks our third annual Awards Gala Dinner which is a very meaningful milestone to us. The first event was an inaugural one and the second was an affirmation of our relevance, whilst this year’s event will be about growth and endearment,” he said.

“Our purpose remains the same- to showcase and highlight milestones and achievements by Zimbabweans living in the Australasian region. We aim to continue recognising the people who do all the hard work behind the scenes and these awards are just a clap at them.”

The ZimAchievers Awards recognise and celebrate Zimbabweans who are setting the pace and raising the country’s flag high in the diaspora in various fields such as business, academics, sport, entertainment, media among others, with past winners of the Australian edition including the likes of Tanya Hodza, Evans Mukonza, Ivy Ziyambe and Phillimon Zongo among others.

Nomination lines have opened for this year’s categories here and will run for 6 weeks before shortlisting and voting starts. Mukundu urged all the Zimbabwean diaspora community and friends to come for the awards ceremony.

“Gather your friends and get a table of 10 together, and enjoy a memorable dining experience with and entertainment whilst networking with high achieving Zimbabweans and various other guests.”

Meanwhile, early bird tickets for the event can be purchased on Eventbrite.

The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards were founded by Conrad Mwanza in 2010 and continue to grow and now have a presence in five countries, with successful events in the UK, South Africa and Canada having been held earlier this year with the USA edition expected to round off the ZAA international run after ZAA Australia.

The much anticipated ZAA 10th Anniversary celebrations will be held on the 12th April 2020 in Zimbabwe at the Victoria Falls as part of the ZimThrive Homecoming initiative.


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

Message From The Chairman

ZAA Chairman Conrad Mwanza

Distinguished Friends and Family

It has been quite a year for Zimbabwe Achievers Awards International, but it would not have been possible, if it were not for our partners,patrons and supporters.

We hosted four awards shows in four different countries, which is an in incredible feat, and we are just about to expand to the fifth.

The brand has gone through a transformation since its inception in 2010, beginning in the United Kingdom. As this edition(UK) enters its ninth year, we continue with our pursuit of being a worldwide brand, that not only highlights the successes and achievements of Zimbabweans, internationally but, that engages the wider community, globally.

Our growth has not come easy but what we have begun to understand, is that a journey is not a ‘one day trip’ and the destination is still a long way. More importantly, a community cannot be built by a single person but by a group of people who are willing to go somewhere and have a desire for greatness.

Invest in Africa
As we close the chapter on 2018, it is imperative that we focus on the fundamental issues within our community and drive an agenda that allows us to establish a network that is engaged and committed to shaping a Zimbabwean community that is ready to invest in Africa.

We have a plethora of talent. Brilliant minds, with innovative ideas who deserve a seat at the table, who deserve to be recognised and who deserve to be heard, and Zim Achievers is committed to redefining the playing field and working closely with the wider community in putting Africa on the map.

We need to remind the world that we have a voice and that we have stories to tell that will resonate with this generation and the generations to come.

We are expanding
Zim Achievers, as mentioned earlier, is now present in four countries – the UK, South Africa, the US and Australia. We are currently finalising plans to add Canada to the fold and mid next year we will host the first awards ceremony in the country.

We are still building on the vision of creating multiple platforms where Zimbabwean talent and achievement is consistently highlighted, and where we continue to celebrate,be inspired and motivated by every individual who is raising the flag high, pushing us to reach excellence and live in our purpose.

Countdown to 2019
The new year is fast approaching and we have already got the ball rolling. The UK and South African nomination lines have opened and I’d like to encourage you all to help us uncover the hidden talent in our community. Many of them are our current and future leaders. I believe they will be among those who will rewrite history and will make a difference, not only in their respective sectors but, specifically in Africa.

We have some exciting news for South Africa

Zororo-Phumulani has come on board for ZAA South Africa

We are excited that Zororo Phumulani has signed a three year deal with us and will headline the fifth edition.

Zororo came on board for the fourth edition this year and over the years have become a major player in the community. As our focus is not only recognising the achievements of Zimbabweans but, also driving community progression and engagement, we are happy to be working with a company that understands what we do and why we do it.

Thank you to our stakeholders

We are grateful to,and owe credit to our stakeholders, who have helped us achieve results this year, either through direct engagement, or through the constructive feedback we have received.

We are especially thankful to WorldRemit for being our global partner this year. We appreciate and value your support immensely.

We also extend thanks to all the other major players this year;Steward Bank, Diaspora
Funeral Cash Plan, Propertyend, Ndasenda, eZimtech, Women in Healthcare, Vaka Buildings, Mtimandze Group, Starcover, Vavaki Architects, Richvisions, KTrio, Nurseline,Fastjet, Zimcon, African Medallion Group, Mopane Community Health and Interprime Consulting.

There is still a lot of work to be done and we look forward to maintaining our broad and diverse range of partners and building on delivering all our aims and objectives.

As we get ready to remember and embrace the reason for this season, we do so in thanksgiving, and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed and prosperous 2019.

Warm regards,

Conrad Mwanza


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.


ZAA Australia Date And Venue Announced

The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards International has announced the 28 October as the date of the debut Australian version of the globally-spreading award series.  The Awards will be held at the beautiful Hilton Hotel Adelaide. Tickets are available and can be purchased directly from www.zimachievers.com/aus 

Nominations have since opened and people have until 31 July to put forward names of Zimbabwean persons and businesses they believe are excelling and have potential to win various categories.

“We urge people to send in time their nominations of Zimbabweans living in Australia and to also purchase tickets as this a great opportunity to network and bring progressive Zimbabweans together, the inaugural event will be a unique opportunity for the many Zimbabweans in Australia to celebrate their own successes, said Shepherd Mutusva, ZAA Australia Country Director

The Zimbabwean community Down Under, as Australia is commonly known, has grown over the years; with many venturing and excelling in different economic fields like in other countries such as the UK, USA and South Africa where Zimbabwean communities have traditionally settled. Interestingly Australia has seen a growing number of Zimbabweans moving to settle there for various reasons, with some individuals having been in that country for decades and doing very well.

“As such, the Australian version is expected to be just as exciting as the editions we have held in UK, US and South Africa,” said Mutusva.

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Meanwhile ZAA International has announced that the USA edition will be held on 11 November at the Marriot Hotel, Dallas while the South African edition is scheduled for 2 December this year with venue yet to be confirmed. People are being encouraged to send in their nominations for all the ZAAs through the website www.zimachievers.com and selecting the country of choice.The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards is held in countries where there is a sizable community of nationals from the southern African country. The global event has become the epitome of excellence among Zimbabweans who have chosen to live outside their home country, like many other diaspora communities from across the globe.

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The high profile awards, founded by Conrad Mwanza in 2010 have become the highlight of celebration for professional and artistic achievements by Zimbabweans in the UK and has spread to South Africa, USA and now Australia.


Full List Of The 2016 ZAA UK Winners

The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) rolled out another spectacular event on Saturday  when they hosted the sixth annual awards gala in London. Hundreds turned out to celebrate the achievements of this year’s nominees and winners. 

Kazz (Mr Boomslang) during his performance at the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards 2016 in London
Kazz (Mr Boomslang) during his performance at the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards 2016 in London

Held at the five-star Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, the awards,which ran under the theme Celebrating Women in Media and the Arts honoured five women excelling in the media,music and the arts industry.

Head of Publicity for Columbia Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Taponeswa Mavunga, Forbes’ Magazine contributor Farai Gundan, award winning writer Petina Gappah and actress Chipo Chung were among the women who received the Chairman’s special recognition award for making remarkable, consistent and outstanding contributions to the Zimbabwean community in the UK and abroad.

In her speech, ZAA Chair of the Panelists, Dr Martha Chinouya hailed the work that the ladies were doing and the barriers they have broken in the industries that they are in.

“It is not easy to be a woman,let alone a woman who holds a very high position in fields such as media,music and film, and  we celebrate these women who are breaking the so-called glass ceiling and emerging as powerful and influential women in their various industries,” said Dr Chinouya.

The Chairman’ Honorary Award for contributions to charitable causes and children’s welfare went philanthropist and social entrepreneur Tsitsi Masiyiwa.

ZAA Chairman Conrad Mwanza saluted Masiyiwa’s humanitarian work and how she continues to positvely impact the wider community.

“Mrs Masiyiwa’s work is admirable and truly inspiring. We can all certainly learn something from her, and we can all make a difference and contribute to building a community that we are proud of, and a nation that we have all envisoned,” Mwanza said.

Jeff Madzingo, founder of Diaspora Funeral Cash plan and CEO of NewZimbabwe was honoured for his pivotal role in business and services to the community, while Football legend, Japhet Mparutsa, received the Legend’s Award for services rendered to sport.

Deloitte’s Debbie Thomas received the Friend of Zimbabwe award for her continued support and contribution to initiatives in the Zimbabwean and wider African Community. DJ Edu also received special recognition for his work in pushing and promoting African music.

The entertainment lineup did not disappoint. Gemma Griffiths who headlined the blacktie affair, dazzled the audience with her rendition of Winky D’s Musarova Bigman. Xavier had the audience in stitches with his comedic sketch of Na2lani and Kazz  took the audience back in time with his classic hits Amina Kadeya and 7 Wonders.

The guests were also treated to a surprise special from Gospel star Tembalami who flew in all the way from Zimbabwe to give them a memorable experience.

This years awards were proudly sponsored by Econet groups umbrella of companies, Eco-cash Diaspora ,Chitoro and Steward bank. Reputable Care Agency Local Care Force were also a proud sponsor of the awards.

ZAA CEO, Peter Soko extended his thanks to all the sponsors for their continued support.

“An event of this magnitude is not easy to put together.”

“Alot of work goes on in the background to produce a night like this; but none of it would be possible without the support and partnership of all our sponsors who have believed in this brand and the vision it has to building a stronger and viable community,” Soko said.

Now a permanent fixture on the Zimbabwean community calendar,the awards have grown over the years and in a few weeks the brand will open its doors in the US as plans are in motion to launch there.

Here is the full list of all the winners on the night:

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Company of the year: 

MTM Accountants

Female Entrepreneur:

Nicola Holden

Male Entrepreneur:

Nkosinathi Zvimba

Business Innovation Award:


International Music Artist:

Jah Prayzah

International Gospel Artist:


Community Organisation:


Community Champion:

Linda Satimburwa

Author/ Academic Award:

Professor Ben Chigara

Tourism Award:

Imbabala Zambezi Safari

Fashion Designer:

Rahima Mohamed (RAAAH)

Sports Personality:

Walter Gahadza

Radio Presenter/Club DJ:

Pelagia Mutake

Media Organisation:

Star FM

Event of the Year:

Summer Splash

Personality of the Year:

Kevin Ncube

Peoples Choice:

Ofishal Xavier

Young Achiever:

Nyasha Duri


ZimAchievers To Honour Women In Media And The Arts

THE Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) will this year give special recognition to women in the media and arts industry.

Running under the theme, Celebrating Women in Media and Arts, the awards ceremony will celebrate five outstanding women who have excelled in the areas that include broadcasting, film and literary arts.

According to organisers, Head of Publicity for Columbia Records,Sony Music Entertainment,Taponeswa Mavunga, Forbe’s Farai Gundan, The Walking Dead actress Danai Guriria, Author Petina Gappah and former Dr Who star, Chipo Chung will be honoured at the ceremony on the 7th of May at the Royal Garden hotel in London.

“Over the years we have recognized various individuals and a number of institutions, but this year we wanted to show our support for the extraordinary work that women do that aim to uplift the community in various ways,” said ZAA Chairman, Conrad Mwanza.

“Many women are still undervalued in a number of industries, including business, and we applaud successful businesswomen like Taponeswa, Farai, Danai, Chipo and Petina who are climbing the ranks in their various industries with their passion and energy,” added Mwanza.

The prestigious awards ceremony, which celebrates its sixth year, will provide a reflective context to examine the achievements of women in the field of media, the arts and emerging technologies.

“Women have always been an integral part of crafting culture, and now, with help from the internet, they’re at the forefront of the current “maker” movement around the world.

“From television to holding top positions in a tough industry like music which has over the years been dominated by males, these women have broken barriers and are inspiring the next generation of female Zimbabweans to pursue careers in journalism, literary arts and business,” Mwanza said.

“From the suffragettes of the 20th century, the Bra burning campaigners of the 1970s, to the third wave of feminists trying to crack the so-called corporate glass ceiling, women have been fighting for equal rights for centuries.  While there may still be wider issues, women are continuing to break the mould and are emerging as power-houses not only in the corporate world but in the media industry, as we are now seeing an increase of female directors and producers in the film sector who are influencing major projects and shaping things for the generations of women still to come.”

Mwanza said ZAA salutes and appreciates the efforts all women of Zimbabwean heritage, especially the journalists, media professionals, writers, actresses and producers who are continuing to make immense contributions to the growth and development of the media and arts world in Africa and abroad.

“Incredible women like the five being recognised at ZAA this year are all around us, leading, innovating and mentoring the next generation.

“Every once in a while it is important to shine the spotlight on women and celebrate the inspirational journeys and achievements of some of the brightest talent in the media landscape,” he added.

Over the years, the Zim Achievers has continued to evolve. With the UK awards well established, and with South Africa up and running for the past 3 years, the organisation continues to spread its wings.

With plans for expansion, ZAA will be launching in the United States in the next few weeks and nominations will open shortly after.

Voting for the UK version of this year’s awards has ended and the ZAA’s panel of experts are currently deliberating to come up with the list of winners for the awards ceremony.

Special Recognition Awards Recipients


Forbes Farai Gundan

Farai Gundan

Farai is a 2015 Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum and a Dangote Fellow. Farai has been listed as the number one among top 10 writers for Forbes.com. She also writes for ESSENCE, a leading US publication that focuses on women of colour. She is the recipient of the 2015 Media Excellence Award by African Women Awards and 2014 Emerging African Leader Award by Temple University. Ladybrille Magazine named Farai as one of “20 Influential African Women Entrepreneurs in America to watch in 2015”. In 2013, Forbes named Farai as one of its Top 30 Best Entrepreneurs from Africa. Farai runs FaraiMedia, a media consultancy that focuses on Africa.



Head of Publicity at Sony -Taponeswa Mavunga

Taponeswa Mavunga

Taponeswa Mavunga is the Head of Publicity for Columbia Records,Sony Music Entertainment. She was recruited from Viacom Africa after spending a year as Head of Talent and Music across MTV, MTV Base and the recently launched [in Africa] BET channels.

Prior to this, she was Senior Publicity Manager at Atlantic Records UK where she oversaw numerous campaigns over the years, including JAY Z, Estelle, Ed Sheeran and Rudimental, for which she won a Music Week Award for Best PR Campaign in 2014.


Third novel out in November … Petina Gappah

Petina Gappah

Petina Gappah is a lawyer and an author. She has law degrees from Cambridge University, Graz University in Austria and the University of Zimbabwe. She completed her PhD at the age of 26. She works as Counsel at the ACWL, an international organisation in Geneva that advises more than 70 developing country governments on the laws governing the World Trade Organisation.

In 2014, Petina was nominated by the government of Zimbabwe to be a Member of the Appellate Body, the tribunal that arbitrates word trade disputes. She was the only third African woman to be nominated since 1995, the first being her mentor, Ambassador Amina Mohammed, currently Kenya’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister. Although she was closely beaten to the post by Ambassador Shree Servansing of Mauritius, Petina considers this her most successful professional achievement.

As a writer, Petina uses both English and Shona. Her first book, An Elegy for Easterly, was awarded the Guardian First Book Prize in 2009, an honour she shares with Dambudzo Marechera who received the Guardian Fiction award in 1979. The book was also shortlisted for Zimbabwe’s NAMA Award for Outstanding First Book, Ireland’s Frank O’Connor Prize, the Los Angeles First Book Award and the Orwell Prize. Her second book, The Book of Memory, was shortlisted for the NAMA Award for Outstanding Fiction, long-listed for the 2015 Financial Times Oppenheimer award and the 2016 Baileys Prize, making her the first Zimbabwean writer in twenty years to be recognised for this honour. Her third book, Rotten Row, will be published in November 2016. One of the stories from that book has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Award, the world’s richest award for a single short story.



The Walking Dead Actress – Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira

Danai is an actress and playwright. She has started in numerous films and TV shows, including popular series The Walking Dead.

In 2007, Gurira starred in film The Visitor for which she won Method Fest Independent Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has appeared in films Ghost Town 3 and Restless City. From 2010 to 2011, she appeared in HBO drama series Treme. In 2013, Gurira played a lead role in director Andrew Dsunmu’s independent drama film Mother of George, which appeared at the Sundance Film Festival. She received critical acclaim for her performance as a Nigerian woman struggling to live in the United States.

Gurira has also written and starred in a number of Broadway plays. Her 2009 play, Eclipsed, which starred Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o made it to Broadway from Off-Broadway. The play is set in war torn Liberia and focuses on three women who are living as sex slaves to a rebel commander, and is about how they deal with this difficult situation. The play was inspired by a photograph of female fighters and their tale of survival.

In January 2016, it was announced Gurira had been cast as Tupac Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur in All Eyez on Me, a biopic about the rap star.


Doctor Who Star … Chipo Chung

Chipo Chung

Chipo trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and graduated in 2003. She is known in science fiction circles for her work in Doctor Who where she has appeared in several episodes. Other TV appearances include, The Last Enemy and as a reporter in an episode of Sherlock.

In 2011, she had a recurring role as Vivian, an indentured servant at King Uther’s court in the medieval romance drama series Camelot. She appeared in the 2015 British TV series Fortitude as Trish Stoddart. In the same year, she won the acclaimed role of Mary Magdalene in the TV series, A.D The Bible Continues. The show was hailed for its international and multi-racial casting and opened to 11 million viewers in April 2015.

Chipo co-founded alongside founder Nick Reading, the charity SAFE- Kenya which develops theatre for social change in Kenya, focusing on HIV education and abolishing clitoridectomy. She currently sits on its Board of Trustees. She works closely with the charity Peace Direct in support of Envision Zimbabwe, a women’s trust that works towards consensus-building and peace in Zimbabwe.



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