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ZimAchievers Australia Announces 2018 Contenders

By Tidi Kwidini

As Zimbabwe Achievers International’s global awards campaign draws to an end for 2018, the Australian edition has entered the final phase, announcing over 75 nominees for this year’s awards ceremony.

ZAA Australia Committee – Rav Mukushi

Sponsored by WorldRemit, the London based Fintech Company, has been part of all four chapters this year.

ZAA International Chairman, Conrad Mwanza applauded all the organisers in each country for a successful year, adding that Zim Achievers could only get bigger, better and stronger.

“It has been another wonderful year of recognising and celebrating the work that Zimbabweans are doing across the world and we are grateful to our global partner WorldRemit for being part of it this year.”

“Zim Achievers is a global community initiative that has progressed since 2010, where it started in the UK and it is now present in South Africa, the US and Australia, and we are putting plans in place to introduce Canada shortly.

There is still so much more to achieve and I am both humbled and proud of the various teams across the world, as well as all our partners and those who, year in and year out, support the brand. ZAA continues to thrive because of the people around it who give it life,” he added.

Meanwhile, voting for this year’s group of nominees is now open and will close on 21 November, The event will take place on Saturday 24 November 2018 at the Marriott hotel in Melbourne.

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

Organisers announced earlier in the campaign that Mandisa Mlisa will host this year’s gala.

Australia’s Organising Director, Method Mukundu said: “This year’s awards campaign has revealed another cohort of exceptional Zimbabweans doing well in a number of sectors in Australia.”

“What is unique about Zim Achievers, is that every year we uncover hidden talent. We find out more about the individuals who are making a huge difference.

“Individuals who we would not ordinarily recognise, if it were not for the general public who help us discover them and we thank everyone who played a part this year,” he added.

The awards, which started almost a decade ago, have become a permanent fixture in four countries and have 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.

2018 Australia Nominees

Academic Excellence

  • Professor Bruce Mutsvairo
  • Dr Sithembinkosi Dube
  • Dr Jerry Parwada
  • Finex Ndlovu
  • Dr Stella Gwini

Business of the Year

  • Global Union Shipping Company
  • Mukushi Legal
  • Right at Home Padstow St George
  • AZBC
  • Mopane Community Health

Community Organization of the Year

  • Ebenezer Foundation
  • The Single Mother Foundation
  • Nokutenda Disability Foundation Inc.
  • United Methodist Church VIC
  • Loza

Community Champion of the Year – Female

  • Tendai Togara
  • Noma Mbereko
  • Renny Chivunga
  • Zanele Thebe
  • Lucky Ngoshi

Community Champion of the Year – Male

  • Tafadzwa Chitambo
  • Mr Athanas Zivave
  • Shingirayi Mari
  • Tawanda Karasa
  • Dr Alfred Chidembo

Cultural Ambassador

  • Nehanda Yemaya Imana
  • Simba Mushete and The Echoes of African music
  • Ivy Ziyambe
  • Taku Mbudzi

Event of the Year

  • A.D Flavors
  • OzLinkup Festival
  • Farai’s High Tea
  • Special Moments
  • Millennium Promotions

Female Entrepreneur

  • Jane Munzabwa
  • Olivia Kanosvamhira
  • Raviro Nzenza
  • Tracey Nyatsanza Mupedzi
  • Tanya Hodza

Male Entrepreneur

  • Prosper Taruvinga
  • Muduwa Collen
  • Godwin Hungwe
  • Evans Mukozho
  • Enock Buranda

Music Artist

  • Thando Sikwila
  • ZIIMUSIC
  • Simba Mak
  • Ruvarashe Ngwenya
  • Fungai Katiyo

People’s Choice

  • DJ Dante
  • Michelle Kudakwashe Majuru
  • Mukoma Masimba
  • Judith Mari
  • Obey Chingorivo

 Professional of the Year 

  • Chido Manoah
  • Tariro Ruwiza
  • Gordon Chakaodza
  • Gracious Chidhakwa
  • Dr David Tapfumanei Pfidz 

Sports Personality of the Year

  • David Pocock
  • T Zihori
  • Tafadzwa Chitambo
  • Farai Murwira
  • Tando Velaphi

Media Personality of the Year

  • Dj Ras George
  • Ivy Zee
  • Sista Zai Zanda
  • Joseph Chitambo
  • Ronald Nhokwara

Trend, Fashion and Design

  • Emily Jokwiro
  • Farai Chiwedza
  • 21UP
  • Molinda Danda
  • Shayne Tinotenda Maramba

Young Achievers Award

  • Yummy treats unlimited by Lilian
  • Michelle Sibanda
  • Great Joy Maposa
  • Albertina Thabisani Ncube
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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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2017 ZAA UK Nominees Announced

Zim Achievers 7th campaign produces another Superlative Shortlist as 2017 nominees are announced

THE Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) nominee shortlist is out and, like the last six years, it keeps producing bright, brilliant and extraordinary Zimbabweans excelling in the UK.

Organisers of the high profile event announced over 80 nominees across a reshuffled 18 category list at a press conference held at the Isle of Dogs in London.

The Music Video of the Year award is the latest gong to feature in this years categories, and with the standard of music videos produced in the past year, the contenders include Charlie Kay’s Vimbai, Lamont Chitepo’s Maiwe, Karizma ‘s Shisha Pipe, Xavier Offishal’s Check Your Balance and Kambo Boys’s Melo

ZAA Panel Chair Tawanda Chiwira praised the team of panellists for doing a remarkable job whittling down the shortlist.

“We have been inundated with some outstanding nominations this year, and it highlighted the exceptional work that Zimbabweans are doing, not only in the UK but aboard,” Chinouya said.

“The Zim Achievers have been around for seven years and in that time, the vision that started simply with highlighting and recognising what Zimbabweans are doing in the UK has turned into something bigger.

The community spirit that has been built and the calibre of individuals and organisations that we have recognised over the years really shows how talented, determined and studious Zimbabweans are in building something we can all be proud of,” she added.

Voting will commence on Monday the 20th of March and will run until the 30th of April. Thereafter, votes will be verified by ZAAs Panel of professionals who will arduously assess shortlisted candidates and match up their achievements with the set criteria before emerging with this year’s list of winners.

“We would like to thank the members of the public for taking their time to participate and nominate their peers.

“It is truly pleasing to see that seven years on people are still engaged with the awards programme and that more people are taking up the opportunity to help us highlight the hard work of so many individuals and organisations. We received over 2000 nominations again this year,” said Chinouya.

The awards for the past seven years have celebrated the accomplishments of individuals and organisations in fields that include business, sport, entertainment, arts and culture.

Profiles of this year’s nominees will be featured on www.zimachievers.com/uk  and will detail the noteworthy successes of the shortlisted candidates.

This year’s awards will be held on Saturday 6th May 2017 at the Cumberland hotel right in the heart of central London where Oxford Street meets Parklane.

The spectacular venue is a stone’s throw away from the popular high street and the British Museum and offers breath-taking facilities.

The Organising team have a new ticketing system in place, with a three-tier ticket campaign ongoing throughout March and April. Tickets are currently on sale for £65 until the end of March.

ZAA Chairman, Conrad Mwanza urged the public to take advantage of the current ticket discount before the offer ends.

“Our revised ticketing system will give all those wanting to attend an opportunity to get their tickets early and at a discounted price.

I would encourage all those wanting to attend to get their tickets and reserve the best seats in the house as they are being snapped up daily.” Mwanza said.

“There are a limited number of early bird tickets for £65, and this campaign will end on the 31st of March. Thereafter, tickets will be £75 until the end of April,” he added.

The ZAA annual gala dinner has become the society red carpet event and the most popular date on the Zimbabwean community’s calendar. It remains the pinnacle of celebration for the accomplishments of Zimbabweans who are settled in the UK.

The organisation is set to announce Australia in the coming weeks. Australia will become the fourth country in the world to have a ZAA presence.

The organisation is also adding another rousing programme to their annual agenda and there are plans for a global summit in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Economic Society in Dubai in September.

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