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Press Statement

Zimbabwe Achievers Awards would like to inform the public that the ZAA 10th Anniversary celebrations and Awards Dinner Gala set for Friday 10 April 2020 in Victoria Falls have been postponed to December as part of wider protective measures taken in  the interest of public health in light of the spread of the Corona virus.

The decision was made after wide consultations and advice from relevant authorities and actors such as the World Health Organization (WHO),  governments and health experts and have come to a collective decision along with principal partners ZimThrive and other sponsors.

The ZAA 10th Anniversary event was set to welcome a large number of people based in various parts of the world, but in a bid to minimize the risk of the spread and impact of the virus the event will now be held in December in the resort town.

The event was part of ZimThrive’s homecoming initiative along with various other affected events and we are optimistic of a successful event once the precautionary measures are lifted and the situation under control. 

“Following advice and guidelines from WHO, the Zimbabwe government and respective governments globally we feel that minimizing travel at the time will reduce the spread and impact of the virus.”

“Our key priority is the safety and health of our fellow Zimbabweans and we have collectively made the decision to postpone the impending homecoming set for 1-30 April 2020. The event will now take place from 1-31 December 2020,” read part of the statement released by ZimThrive.

As ZAA we put the public interest and safety above everything else and will continue cooperating with relevant health authorities regarding advice on the matter and apologize for any inconvenience caused in the meantime.

We would also like to advise that at the moment all other editions on our regular calendar are going ahead as planned with ZAA South Africa scheduled for April 25th, ZAA UK on May 30th and ZAA USA edition taking place on June 6th 2020. Any enquiries pertaining to the events can be addressed to

We would also like to thank all stakeholders, media and partners who have been playing a key role in preparations and look forward to hosting the event in December. The exact dates will be announced in due course after completion of consultations.

ZimAchievers Team

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ZimAchievers Awards Australia 2019 Dates And Venue Announced

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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.

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WorldRemit renews sponsorship of ZimAchievers UK and Canada editions

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Online money transfer company WorldRemit has renewed its sponsorship of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (Z.A.A) UK and Canada editions for the fifth year running, following a successful partnership for the ZAA South Africa edition in April.

ZAA highlights the successes and achievements of Zimbabweans and brings together business leaders and innovators from all sectors to celebrate, empower and network.

Using the WorldRemit app or website, the Zimbabwean diaspora living in over 50 countries, including the UK and Canada, can send money home in just a few taps from their smartphones. The company offers a variety of convenient ways to receive money in Zimbabwe, including cash pickup in USD at over 250 locations across the country – the widest network of any other international remittance service.

To celebrate its renewed partnership with ZAA, WorldRemit is offering new customers sending money from the UK or Canada to Zimbabwe zero fees on their first transfer if they use the code ZAAPROMO[JB1] when making payment.

ZAA International Founder Conrad Mwanza

ZAA International Founder and Chairman, Conrad Mwanza said: “We are glad to announce a new partnership with WorldRemit for the UK and Canada editions and look forward to making these events even more successful than previous years.

“WorldRemit is a globally recognised brand that makes life easier for the Zimbabwean diaspora who send many home to support their families and communities. We are delighted to continue our work with the company to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the diaspora in the UK and Canada.”

Nominees and tickets – UK edition

The UK edition is the flagship event in the ZimAchievers Awards series. The 2019 ceremony will be held on Saturday 25th May at the Millennium Gloucester hotel in London and marks the awards’ ninth anniversary. The event will be hosted by Makho Ndlovu with explosive musical performances by the Noisettes frontwoman, Shingai.

Read about this year’s nominees here. Voting is now closed.

A limited number of tickets are still available here.

Nominees and tickets – Canada edition

The Canada edition of the ZAAs will be held on Saturday 29thJune at the Radisson Hotel in Edmonton.

Voting for this year’s nominees will open on 5thJune 2019. To vote and buy your ticket, click here.

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Farewell Oliver Mtukudzi

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Dr Oliver Mtukudzi with Mama Thandi Modise, chairperson of the South African National Council of Provinces at ZAA South Africa 2018

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.
Tinashe MukonoFarewell Oliver Mtukudzi
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USA delivers another success ZimAchievers Event

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ZAA Founder Conrad Mwanza expressed delight after yet another successful Zimachievers event, this time in Dallas, Texas on Saturday 11th November 2017 at the Prestigious Intercontinental Hotel.
“Putting such events together is not easy, it takes a lot of dedication, 2017 has been a rewarding experience and, seeing all the hard work delivered by the team over the last few months has been amazing” Mwanza said .
“Every campaign has its up’s, downs and challenges, but what makes it worth it, is the commitment and perseverance of the team and network around you, and the amount of support received throughout. ZAA could not be possible without the dedicated local partners”
“I would also like to extend gratitude to all the sponsors who stood with us, and helped us fulfil the vision” Mwanza addedVez Nkomo ZAA USA Organising Chair thank the team ”This week proved the heart of champions that is in this group, you pulled it off, all the hard work delivered by the team over the last few months was a pleasure to see on Saturday,” Nkomo said. I would also like to thank our sponsors both internationally and locally, WorldRemit, Steward Bank, EcoCash, Leander Villas, Property101, Zim Tuckshop, Exodus Capital LLC, Batteries and Bulbs, ClearFlow, ProMarket Insurance Services, BitiMari, Double Portin Transportion LLC and Socks Law Associates

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Richard Maseko Worldremit Country Director added ”WorldRemit is proud to be associated with the positive and inspiring work the Zimbabwe Achiever Awards is doing in connecting Zimbabweans across the globe. When Dr Ismail Ahmed set up the company he understood the challenges we often face in trying to study, work and support family and friends at home and the frustration of having to take time off work to make the journey to queue at an agent knowing your family and friends would have to do the same thingBy 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”Meanwhile ZAA International has announced that it will launch ZAA South Africa on the 14th of December in Sandton Johannesburg with details to follow


The 2017 ZAA USA Winners are

Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Jackie Mgido

Male Entrepreneur of the Year
Dr Kudzai Chikwava

Business of the Year
Data Agility Group (DAG)

Community Champion of the Year
Pastor Emmanuel Sundire

Community Organization of the Year
Orphans Guardians Angel

Personality of the Year
Mutsa Majero

People’s Choice Award
Savannah Madamombe

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Outstanding Achievement in Music
Sandra VitoOutstanding Achievement in Entertainment
Makho Ndlovu

Professional of the Year
Lumbie Mlambo

Academic Excellence of the Year
Dr Gillian Kupakuwana-Suk

Outstanding Achievement in Sport
Farayi Mutatu

Young Achiever
Washe Shumba

Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr Precious Guramatunhu-Mudiwa

Chairman’s Award
Professor Charles Enos (Chiedza) Maponga

Special Recognition Award
Zimbabwean Naturals (Hair Maintenance)

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Friend of Zimbabwe Award
Apostle George W. JobeFriend of Zimbabwe Award
Joel Laviolette

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Another 1st for ZAA as Zimachievers Australia Successfully held

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Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) Australia got off to a remarkable start , as
Zimbabweans from different parts of Australia converged to the South Australian City of
Adelaide. The Inaugural Zimbabwe Achievers Awards was held on Saturday 28 th
October 2017 at the prestigious Hilton Hotel.

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Before the proceedings began Honorable Walter Muzembi who is the new Zimbabwean
Minister of Foreign Affairs gave a brief speech via an audio-visual recording. He said
that he was ‘pained’ for not being able to attend the first edition in Australia but asked to
be pardoned as he has been recently appointed to a new role. The Minister wished the
best to the nominees and congratulated those who would walk away with awards on the
He acknowledged Honorable Zoe Bettison, Australian Minister of Communities and
Social Inclusion and Senator Gichuhi, Australia’s first black African Senator, Mr Conrad
Mwanza, the ZAA Chairman and the sponsors ‘for having the faith in the concept of
celebrating our Zimbabweanness and excellence in various areas of our pursuit’.
Honorable Muzembi emphasized that under his new portfolio, the Diaspora Investment
and Remittances Facilitation programme would be a major pillar of his foreign policy
thrust. Very soon the Zimbabwean Diaspora would be hearing on how their home
country’s government would work together with them.
One of the night’s major corporate sponsors WorldRemit also revealed that it would be
working on easing the cash crisis in Zimbabwe. “As family and friends back in
Zimbabwe are facing the challenge of how to get cash in the current cash crisis,
WorldRemit is looking at new solutions to helping customers and will be guaranteeing
cash for collection in Zimbabwe coming very soon,” said a statement.
The statement further stated, “Over the coming months WorldRemit will be working with
the ZAAs to highlight these success stories of the diaspora and those back home and to
help in working together to inspire others and show them what is possible.”
WorldRemit also expressed their pride in associating with the positive and inspiring
work the Zimbabwe Achiever Awards is doing in connecting Zimbabweans across the

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Mr Conrad Mwanza further highlighted the significance of the Zimbabwean Diaspora.“The Zimbabwean Diaspora is an important constituency that the Zimbabwean
government cannot afford to ignore and they need to engage more to be able to unlock
its (vast) potential. Through ZAA we have been able to see a lot of successful

Zimbabweans who are patriotic and they want to contribute, however, it is a case of
finding ways to engage them,” he said
Trevor Manyame, ZAA International Executive added ‘’Congratulations To All The
Winners & Nominees of The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards Australia Edition! Many
Thanks To All Our Major Sponsors Steward Bank WorldRemit Pacific One
Drop SAMMY Bennett Foundation, Distinguished Guests Hon Senator Lucy Gichuhi,
Minister for Multicultural Affairs Hon. Hon Zoe Bettison MP, Dr. Joseph Masika Doc
Sammy Sika, ZAA Australia Local Partners Zimpride Australia & Many More, As Well As
ZAA Australia Team, Mr Mutusva, Method Mukundu, Jaison Midzi & Many More. Words
Cannot Express Our Gratitude! Let Us All Unite, Work Together & Make It Even Bigger
Next Year!’’

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Meanwhile the ZAA US Edition will be held on Saturday 11 th November at the Marriot
Quorum, for more info and tickets visit
The 2017 ZAA Australia winners are
1. Business of the Year:
Omasters Accountants
2. Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Ruby Lyn
3. Male Entrepreneur of the Year
Guardian Mashangwe
4. Professional of the Year
Dr Gerald Chitsunge & Dr Pethidia Mango
5. Community Organization of the Year
Single Mother Foundation

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6. Academic Excellence
Cephas Chiduku
7. Community Champion of the Year Female
Thembelihle Moyo Ncube

8. Community Champion of the Year Male
Japhet Ncube
9. Cultural Ambassador
Felix Machiridza
10. Event of the Year
Cancer Girls’ Night In
11. Musician/Artist of the Year
Tkay Maidza
12. Personality of the Year
Obey Chingoriyo (Terry Obza)

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13. People’s Choice
Lucky Ngoshi
14. Sports Person of the Year
Amanda Chigeza
15. Music Video of the Year
Tkay Maidza
16. Media Personality of the Year
Joseph Muvengi (Papa Joze)
17. Trend Fashion & Design Award
Emily Jokwiro – (Klassic Designs By Emily) Melbourne
18. Young Achievers Award
Takudzwa Nyamvura
19. Friend of Zimbabwe Award
Senator Lucy Guchui20. Life Time Outstanding Contribution Awards
Audius M'tawarira

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21. Chairman’s Honorary Award
Ruth Pasi Magodo

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ZAA UK and South Africa Call for Nominations

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The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) International has commenced its 2018 campaigns for its UK and South Africa Editions.(ZAA) UK returns for its 8 th  Anniversary with organisers calling on the public to nominate prospective recipients for this year’s honours while S
outh Africa has been growing strong and plans are underway for its 4 th  Edition.

Award nominations are now open across all categories and the public will have until 31st January to put forward those individuals and organisations they feel have distinguished themselves in various ventures over the past year. The nominee announcement for both editions are scheduled to take place in March and the awards ceremonies are scheduled for April in South Africa and May in the UK. “From our professionals working in various fields to our artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and charities, Zimbabwean talent is making its presence felt in our host countries’’ the Chairman for ZAA International Conrad Mwanza said.

He added, “the idea for ZAA was birthed from my motivation to recognise the hard work and achievements of Zimbabweans living and working abroad. Every year, I continue to be amazed at how . Zimbabweans continue to break barriers in their respective fields and that’s what keeps ZAA relevant.”

ZAA International has also released a 3 tier ticket range with early birds at £65pp before 31st  January, £75pp from 1st February to 31st  March and £85pp thereafter. South Africa will follow a similar model with R500 in January, R650pp in February and R800pp thereafter. As per our usual standards, both events will include a 3 course meal and a drinks reception, added Bridget Mudhosi, ZAA South Africa Director.

The high profile occasion has become the highpoint of celebration for professional and artistic achievements by Zimbabweans around the world. Last October, ZAA successfully launched another edition in Australia. The organisers, who have consolidated the awards brand in the UK, US and South Africa felt it was time to extend the platform to Australia, which hosts a number of Zimbabweans. There is a huge pull to host the event in the Motherland and plans are now underway.

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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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ZAA Launched in South Africa in 2014

The inaugural MoneyGram Zimbabwe Achievers award winners were announced at a glittering gala event on Saturday November 8th, 2014, with a star-studded line-up of artists that included the legendary Oliver Mtukudzi, HHP and Berita Khumalo performing at the black tie event held at Gallagher Convention Centrej Johannesburg, South Africa. Actor Leroy Gopal and Radio 2000 talk show host Bertha Charuma ably presented the show as masters of ceremony.

The MoneyGram Zimbabwe Achievers Awards were truly a celebration of extraordinary Zimbabweans’ positive impact on the South African economy, entertainment industry, business, media and sport. MoneyGram Regional Director, South and East Africa Anton Luttig reinforced that MoneyGram is proud to be the headline sponsor of the inaugural MoneyGram Zimbabwe Achievers Awards SA event.

It was an extraordinary night attended by the who is who with proudly Zimbabwean roots gracing the event and ZAA-UK was represented by Executive Director Brian Nyabunze and the Chief Executive Office, Peter Soko.

Warrior’s stars Willard Katsande and Kingston Nkatha were part of the celebratory night with those that donned the national colours before them such as former Highlanders captain Alexander Maseko and long serving Kaizer Chiefs star Tinashe Nengomashe. Comedian Barry Hilton took many by surprise with his revelation that he is Zimbabwean. Top Billing presenter, Simba Mhere born to Zimbabwean missionaries, also showed his allegiance to his roots by joining his fellow countrymen.

Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Walter Mzembi and the ambassador to South Africa represented the government and gave the keynote speech.

“Zimbabweans continue to make a positive impact around the world and South Africa in particular, but it is also important for you in the diaspora to think of how you can also make a contribution at home,” said Mzembi to a thunderous response from the guests.

The uplifting message from the minister was well received but it was no doubt who the stars of the night were. The 79 year old Afro Jazz singer Dorothy Masuka, popularly known as “Auntie Dotty” was recognised for her long service in flying the Zimbabwe flag in South Africa and the world.

Mtukudzi, who fondly calls her his mother, handed the sultry singer the Lifetime Contribution award.

Another special award was conferred posthumously on the late Alice Chavunduka when she received the chairman’s award.

The biggest winners in the night of recognition for Zimbabweans doing well in South Africa, was the Mail & Guardian newspaper owned by Trevor Ncube. The newspaper has become the leading voice of South African media since Ncube took over the weekly paper. On the sport front, Springkbok prop Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira edged out Katsande to bag the Sports Personality of the Year.

The full list of winners were:

Business of the year.

Mail and Guardian

Female Entrepreneur of the year.

Dr Samukeliso Dube-Molokele

Male Entrepreneur of the year.

David Tayler

Professional of the year.

Geoffrey Masuta

Community Organization of the year.

P-Stem Foundation

Community Champion of the year.

Sister Rudo Garedondo

Music Artist of the year.

Mkhululi Bhebhe

Sports Personality of the year.

Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira (received by family friend Thembi Ngoma as Beast is on tour)

Media Personality of the year.

Simba Mhere

Personality of the year.

Barry Hilton

Lifetime Outstanding Contribution Award.

Dorothy Masuku


Academic Excellence of the year Award.

Professor Sabelo Gatsheni Ndlovu

People’s Choice Award.

Tonderai Mupamhanga

Friends of Zimbabwe Award.

The Department of Home Affairs

Chairman’s Award.

Alice Chavunduka


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