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2018 ZAA USA Nominees Announced

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ZAA USA Director – Faith Banda

The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) nominee shortlist for the USA edition  is out and several high profile personalities including fashion designer, Farai Simoyi have made the shortlist.

Organisers of the high profile event announced over 85 nominees across a reshuffled 14 category list. Nominations opened on 21 May and the public had until the end of July  to put forward individuals and organisations they felt had achieved remarkable things in the past year.

ZAA Organising Director, Faith Banda applauded the team of panellists for doing a remarkable job of coming up with this year’s shortlist.

“Zim Achievers has been around for eight years,starting out in the UK. The USA edition has made steady progress in the last three years and each year keeps getting bigger and better,” Faith said.

“The community spirit that has been established and the calibre of individuals and organisations that we have recognised since its inception shows how talented, determined and hardworking Zimbabweans are in building something we can all be proud of,” she added.

Voting will commence on Monday 20 August and will run until 20 September, with winners being revealed at the Zim Achievers gala on September 29.

The awards were established in 2010 and continue to celebrate 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/usa  and will detail the noteworthy successes of the shortlisted candidates.

This year’s awards will take place at the Gaithersburg Marriott hotel.The spectacular lakeside hotel has scenic views and is within walking distance of the popular  RIO Washingtonian Center.

The organising team have a new ticketing system in place, with a two-tier ticket campaign ongoing throughout August and September. Tickets are currently on sale for $75 until 10 September and will go up to $85 thereafter.

WorldRemit – Global sponsor

Meanwhile, London Fintech Company, WorldRemit was announced as the global sponsor for all four editions earlier in the year.

Founded in 2010, WorldRemit offers a money-transfer remittance service designed to help people send money to families back home. The company has continued to expand its services and have recently entered into a commercial partnership with top-tier English football side Arsenal, becoming the first official online money transfer partner of the Premier League club.

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

2018 USA nominee shortlist:

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR:

  1. Flame Lily Group distribution – Thabi Francis

2.County Gutters-Maria Mariposa

3.Canada Mobile X-ray inc – Steve Mutizwa

  1. Zim tuckshop –Getrude Chimhungwe
  2. Yangu Product
  3. 2 Bros in the Kitchen

 FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

  1. Thabisile K Francis
  2. Farai Simoyi
  3. Shay Leonora Chinhengo
  4. Tanya Spandhla
  5. Matipa Mutsemi & Mercy Nyamangwanda
  6. Sipho Gumbo

 MALE ENTREPRENUER OF THE YEAR

  1. Steve Mutizwa
  2. Bongani Mlambo: cinematographer
  3. Ashley Shumba
  4. Tendai Musikavanhu
  5. Philip Bamu

 PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

  1. Mark Mupfumira
  2. Rachel Makume – Senior Manager at Shell
  3. Noel Samu VP Morgan Chase
  4. Madeline Chadeumbe
  5. Alan Makambo
  6. Cyril Ruwende

 COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

  1. Women of Dominion
  2. ZimDFW Alliance
  3. Build a class Zimbabwe
  4. Love Sisters Group
  5. The Salvation Army Harlem

 COMMUNITY CHAMPION of THE YEAR

  1. Cassandra Sibanda- Washington DC
  2. Lorine Magdalene Chigwedere – New Jersey
  3. Chido Johnson – Detroit
  4. Beatrice Savadye
  5. Patricia Katanha -PA

 EVENT OF THE YEAR

  1. Women of Dominion
  2. CFI
  3. Dallas FIF Women’s High tea
  4. Zim Expo
  5. Zimfest
  6. Mokoomba Music band World tour

 ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD

  1. Dr Chipo Dendere
  2. Dr Fallon Chipidza
  3. Dr Praxidia Taruwinga Masenda
  4. Dr Wallace Chipidza
  5. MK Asante
  6. Chalenge Masekera

 OUTSTANDING  ACHIEVEMENT- ENTERTAINMENT

  • Alfred Kainga
  • Tongai Chirisa
  • Shingi Mavima – Author/Port
  • Nick Zemura
  • Sibongile Mlambo
  • Ndeipi Mudiaspora

 MEDIA PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

  1. Marvellous Nyahuye Mhlanga -VOA
  2. MK Asante
  3. Rutendo Loveness Samas
  4. Mandhla Gumbo
  5. Tongai Chirisa
  6. Tendai Sibongile
  7. Alexandra Govera

 MUSIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  1. Tanyardzwa Tawengwa
  2. Taps Mugadza
  3. Tinashe
  4. Tino Chambati
  5. Chaka Ngwenya

SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

  1. Dr. Rev Mwase

2.. Stephanie Mavunga

  1. Jona Masiya

4.Ru Chibanda

  1. Tsitsi Merritt
  2. Ruvarashe Mzinde

 PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

  1. Simba Usore
  2. DJ Tau
  3. Thokozani Mabena
  4. Sai Phifer
  5. MK Asante

 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

  1. Portia Kandemiri
  2. Tsitsi Ndoro – Afrofitcavegirl
  3. Mandhla Gumbo
  4. Rutendo Loveness Samas
  5. Tendai Sibongile
  6. Elizabeth Kanyasa Buard
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