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ZAA Foundation gives back to Caledonia Community

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Zimbabwe Achievers Awards Foundation (ZAA Foundation) yesterday handed over food parcels donated by ZAA Alumni to Esteemed Children’s Trust (ECT) Caledonia branch in an effort to assist the charity’s work with underprivileged children in communities.

The groceries which included mealie meal, cooking oil, sugar, salt, tea and flour were donated by former ZAA winners Adiel Mambara, Samantha Ncube, Sinkiwe Moyo, Samantha Tapfumaneyi, Codilia Gapare, Patrick Ndlovu and ZAA Foundation Ambassador Farai Mudariki.

“ZAA Foundation is the goodwill arm of the ZimAchievers Awards and our desire is to see positive change within our communities. We are grateful for the work being done by our community champions in helping others during these difficult times and we remain committed to assist in various ways through the Foundation and our partners,” said Maimba Mapuranga, ZAA Foundation Ambassador, speaking on the side-lines at the handover ceremony.

ECT is a self-funded charity run by Madrine Chiku which helps and sponsors children in Epworth and Caledonia through feeding programs, medication and education sponsorship. Most of the children are from disadvantaged backgrounds and face challenges to get by on a day to day basis since most are orphaned and some have special medical needs such as antiretroviral treatment (ART).

“Most of our children here face unimaginable challenges that range from food scarcity, let alone nutritional balance. Some are constantly at risk of exploitation in society and as ECT we are currently seized with trying to acquire land so we may set up a proper shelter and resource centre to meet the needs of our beneficiaries. We are so grateful for the continued support from ZAA Foundation and we shall be rolling out the second phase of the donation at the Epworth centre on Friday,” said Madrine Chiku.

The ZAA Foundation was represented by Maimba Mapuranga who also gave a motivational talk to the children at ECT and reaffirmed the Foundation’s commitment to help out the charity beyond just the food challenges but also set up a more permanent relationship. The sentiments were also confirmed by ZAA founder Conrad Mwanza.

“The work of the ZAA is not only limited to celebrating high achievement but we also look to uplift our communities by working together and we applaud the kind gesture from our Alumni and the work done by ECT and many other people to make things better for those in need amongst us,’’ said Mwanza.

“We plan to work with the Trust and sponsor some children at ECT with the help of our partners through school fees, winter clothing and blankets especially given the season and also work with other charities around the country and the Zimbabwean communities in South Africa. In the long term we want to set up IT Labs where we can teach coding and IT courses to the children. I have been so encouraged by the togetherness shown by many people and businesses both back home and in the diaspora in aiding others and I urge everyone to keep on doing our bits of good, it goes a long way in shaping communites,” he added.

Each child received a food pack containing basic commodities and had an opportunity to share their dreams and life goals in a heartfelt session at the centre. Currently ECT Caledonia uses the home of volunteers Mr and Mrs Nyamudo as the centre for their exercises and appealed for wider assistance in securing land for the Trust as the needs and beneficiary list keeps expanding.

The ZAA Foundation was launched last year and works with the ZAA’s Alumni and partners in philanthropic work in communities. The Foundation has partnered with various causes and also made grocery and utensils donations at the ECT Epworth centre last year with Zimbabwe and Worcestor Warriors rugby star Farai Mudariki, who was named as the Foundation’s Ambassador.

Conrad MwanzaZAA Foundation gives back to Caledonia Community
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ZAA Australia Date and Venue announced

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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.

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Louis Charema

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Louis Charema (Chief of Staff) is a pragmatic Business Leader who has established himself in the Corporate Business world over the last 15 years both in the UK and recently in Zimbabwe. After acquiring his CIMA qualification at Emile Woolf in 2004, he has held numerous senior positions managing multi-site operations leading change process for various portfolio clients, initially with Chubb (since 2000). In 2010 Louis Charema started a thriving Facilities Management Company, One Simple Solution Ltd, which to date has acquired an impressive client base including a number of London Boroughs and Councils.
On completing his MBA at London’s LSE he also joined CMG International Media Group as a co-director, focussing on an expansion strategy encompassing operational, financial and corporate integration processes to further expand the group. Through CMG, Louis facilitated the recent Steward Bank Launch in the UK and previously, Eco-Cash and World-Remit. Louis is also heavily involved and works with the Zimbabwe Investment Authority on various investment projects.
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Blessing Rufaro

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Velvet Lovejones (Born Blessing Rufaro) is the CEO and Founder of Lovetown Inc.,Bizzie Doin Nuthin, Zimvibes with (DJ Losa) and ZimEntertainment. He has extensive experience in the music and film industry and holds a Bsc Degree in Creative Technology and Enterprise, as well as a Diploma in Music Technology. his career as a radio personality saw him interviewing the likes of Reverend Jackson, Kirsty Coventry, former Zimbabwean Vice President Joyce Mujuru, Popcaan, P Square, Tony Rebel, the late Chiwoniso Maraire, Ice Prince and Buju Banton. Together with Tich Mataz, he presented the ZBC radio show Coca Cola Jam Zone. At the University of Portsmouth, Velvet Lovejones was one of the pioneer radio presenter at Express Fm, a radio station based in Portsmouth UK.

 

As a television producer Velvet Lovejones  created the popular ZBC Rockers’ Vibes, the first ever Television Reggae Show in Zimbabwe, where he also had the role of presenter. Lovejones was also the Producer and presenter of the ZBC music show, Coca Cola on the Beat. His career as music producer  spans over 15 years at Lovetown Studios where he has had the opportunity to work with local and international  artistes, including the late  Chiwoniso Maraire, Jah seed(Bongomuffin, Cynthia Mare, BK and Kazz, Rassie Ai, Tanga WekwaSando, Pied pipers, Junior Brown, MC Chita, Mizchief, Wargames, Mic Innity, Abra Tribe, Jusa Demementor,Blue James from Basement Jacks. Love Town Studios also spearheaded the Zimdancehall movement. As a contribution to the local community, Love Town Studios offers free studio time to up and coming artistes.

 

Lovejones landed a role in the Zimbabwe sitcom Waiters and he also featured in the movie The Last Picture, directed by Farai Sevenzo. His involvement in film  includes being an Creative Director at Mighty Movies. Lovejones contributed to the filming and creation of the DVD to help market Zimbabwean and  Zambian tourism, working together with Honourable Minister of Tourism, Walter Muzembe. In the last Zimbabwe Elections, Lovejones had an active part in the Election Media Committee and while in Portsmouth UK he contributed to Portsmouth University, Portsmouth Museum,  Portsmouth City Council and the Mayor’s office. Velvet Lovejones continues to work as a Master of Ceremony for reggae festivals and corporate events.

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Tawanda Chiwira

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Tawanda Chiwira is a multiple award winning Olympic athlete and World Championship finalist and no stranger to high level, high quality hospitality delivery. Tawanda competed for 10 years for Zimbabwe from 1994 to 2004. Mr Chiwira also served as a committee member for the Zimbabwe Diaspora Olympic Support Network for the 2012 Zimbabwe Summer Olympic Teams.  He was also a panelist for ZAA 2013 and an Event Coordinator for ZAA 2014.
Tawanda currently works as the Human Resources Manager for FRANTEC based in Ipswich. He is also an Associate at El Cee Chic Fashion and Personal Styling as well as a member of Zim Sports Legends and Athletepreneur. In his spare time he is a sports mentor and DJ on Deeplomatikk Radio and Musiq Ave.
Tawanda Chiwira
ZIM SPORTS LEGENDS
3 time NCAA All American
U of I and Big Sky Conference Record Holder 400m
1996 & 2000 Summer Olympian
1997 World Championship Finalist 4x400m
Tawanda Chiwira
ZIM SPORTS LEGENDS
3 time NCAA All American
U of I and Big Sky Conference Record Holder 400m
1996 & 2000 Summer Olympian
1997 World Championship Finalist 4x400m
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Mike Tashaya

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Mike Tashaya, MARKETING COORDINATOR

Mike Tashaya is responsible for coordinating all day to day marketing activities, with a special emphasis on raising the profile of the awards both locally and internationally digitally. He is an astute and well experienced digital marketer with great influence and authority on social media.

Mike has helped launch and been involved in managing multiple projects which portray a positive image of Zimbabweans and Africans globally, notably Zimfest, Face Of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair.

His personal achievements include running a successful digital marketing agency Quartz Marketing which has presence in both the UK and Zimbabwe with some notable clients which have included Moneygram, First Mutual Holdings, Invictus Capital, Amalgamated Ltd, to name a few.

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Dr Martha Chinouya

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Dr Martha Chinouya is the Chairperson of the Panelists.

She is currently based at Liverpool University, Finsbury Square, London.  She is in the Public Health Department where she teaches on the Masters in Public Health Programme.   She also conducts research and her interests interrogate the interactions between migration, identities, stigma and health/medicines.  She is also interested in gendered violence in Africa.  She has led a number of research projects that involved African migrants living in England and has worked in various African settings.   Importantly, Martha has led some benchmark health research with Zimbabweans in England.  She has published widely and has worked in numerous universities in the United Kingdom and around the world, particularly supervising postgraduate students including doctoral candidates.

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Vickie Storm

Vickie Storm is passionate about live television and understands its power of influence in this modern day society.

Vickie Storm is an Award winning TV and Radio presenter with expertise in broadcasting.  She has appeared on a numerous
radio stations in Zimbabwe and the UK including the BBC. Vickie is a founder of Mind After Christ Kids/Youth organisation
affiliated to Scripture Union which host annual Christian camps each year. She trains children between the
age groups of 8 years and 17 years in basic life skills through Biblical teachings and practical approaches. She works with young
ladies of different backgrounds through mentorship focusing on basic life skills (Prov31 lady).  She has been involved in project
management of charitable events including cancer awareness, pioneering online radio stations. Vickie currently stands as the Panel Co-ordinator of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards Panelist that deliberates and identifies award winners. Vickie is a holder of a BSc Honors in Occupational Therapy from Northampton University.
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Winston Mano

2012 Academic Award winner in the Zimbabwean Achievers Awards. Dr Winston Mano has been  Director of the Africa Media Centre at the University of Westminster since 2009. He is also a Reader in Media and Communications and Course Leader of the MA in Media and Development. Mano edited Racism, Ethnicity and the Media in Africa (2014) and has other forthcoming publications. His publications include chapters in Popular Media, Democracy and Development in Africa(2012), Radio in Africa Publics, Cultures, Communities (2011), Zimbabwe’s New Diaspora: Displacement and The Cultural Politics of Survival (2010) and Internationalizing Media Studies (2009).  He is the Principal Editor of the Journal of African Media Studies published by Intellect Ltd and has published in journals that include Media, Culture & Society, The Radio Journal, Southern Review, Critical Arts, Communicare and the Global Media and Communication Journal. Mano’s research interests include Democracy and the Media; China- Africa Media; Audiences; Media and Development in Africa. He teaches Communication Policy and Development, Media Audiences, Audience Studies and supervises MA and PhD students. Mano has helped establish the CAMRI Africa Media Series of annual conferences at the University of Westminster. Mano joined the University of Westminster’s Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) in 2000 from the University of Zimbabwe where he was a Lecturer in the Dept of English and Media Studies. He studied in Zimbabwe, Norway and Britain.

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Joshua Chigwangwa

Joshua Chigwangwa is the founder member of Karumazondo Africa International Ltd (KAI) which is involved in Independent Research work focussing on strengthening business strategies for emerging markets. Josh holds a BA (Hons) Admin degree from the University of Hertfordshire and a Diploma in Public Sector Accounting and is a qualified member of the Association of Accounting Technicians in Zimbabwe (ZAAT). Josh is currently employed by Hertfordshire County Council and is actively involved in UK politics as a Black and Ethnic Minorities Officer in Hertfordshire. He is contesting in the local elections this year and his passion is to encourage as many people to engage in governance issues and tackling polarization in contemporary politics. He routinely writes on global issues and his blogs can be followed on jmchigwangwa.blogspot.co.uk.

Prior to this, he worked for Ocado as a Personal Shopper and for 4yrs. He started his in the Public Sector in Zimbabwe specializing in Local Government Finance and supporting implementation of the Civil Service Reforms to focus on mission statements and results oriented service delivery ethos. Josh is actively engaged in charitable activities. He was a Trustee of Welwyn Hatfield Ethnic Minorities Group in 2010 and helped restructure the entity to a company limited by guarantee and transform to Kaleidoscope Enterprises Ltd. Josh sits on the judging panels of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (UK) and the African Enterprise Awards (UK). He is a Convenor of the Zimbabwe Community Groups (UK) and the Zimbabwe Business Network (UK)

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Chofamba Sithole

Public Relations

Chofamba Sithole is a public affairs and communications professional with extensive experience in journalism earned as editor in news media both in Zimbabwe and the UK. A prolific commentator on Zimbabwean and African affairs, Chofamba is regularly interviewed on major TV networks such as the BBC, Al Jazeera, Press TV and Voxafrica. He is also a regular speaker on African and Zimbabwean issues on such platforms as the UK’s leading press club, The Frontline Club, the Royal African Society, and at Britain Zimbabwe Society’s annual research day held at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. A keen advocate of community organisation and diaspora engagement, Chofamba has been with ZAA from its second edition and has served as awards publicist since 2013.

 

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Dennis Mawadzi

panelist10Mr Dennis Mawadzi (MSc, PGDip Management, RMN, MIRP) is well respected business person and a role model to many. He is a seasoned clinician, outstanding healthcare Recruiter and a business turn around specialist. Mr Mawadzi has organically established five successful businesses in the UK. Most notably, he is the proprietor of Renaissance Personnel which has flourished to enviable national recognition as one of the best recruitment agency for Healthcare sector. The unrivalled Renaissance brand has been widely recognised as evidenced by scooping several business awards.

Mr Mawadzi is a passionate community activist who has done tremendously well in supporting good causes and mentoring other business people. He is an industrious individual who still finds time to supports others irrespective of his success and busy schedule. Mr Mawadzi is a dedicated panelist and judge for both the Zimbabwe Music and Arts Awards (ZIMAA) and the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA). As a former recipient of the ZAA Company of the Year Award, he is well placed to feel the emotions associated with being judged and being a judge. He is proud and grateful for being invited to take part in the ZAA 2014 awards.

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Jane Doka

panelist13Jane Doka is an influential award winning UK based singer song-writer who exudes international appeal through her exceptional stage presentation and event management. Her work within the UK has attracted various acclaimed mainstream media to feature her for public interviews including BBC3 Radio, OHTV (Sky 199) and BEN TV to name a few. Besides previous numerous Zimbabwean nominations and accolades including ZAA Gospel Artist of the Year and ZIMAA Gospel Artist of the year, she was nominated in the Africa Gospel Music Awards in the category of Artist of the Year Europe region 2013. Apart from her significant musical achievement, Jane is also a renowned public speaker and business woman who holds a degree in Law from the Nelson Mandela School of Law in South Africa.

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Nanzy Sebata

Event Manager

Nanzy Sebata is a ZAA’s Event Manager.

Her role is to put together all divisions of the ZAA Event so it flows without a hitch.
Nanzy has vast experience in running successful events, this is a niche she hopes to further refine in ZAA. Her goal is to ensure that this years ZAA experience exceeds the previous year’s.

Nanzy is also a Promoter and the Marketing and Events Manager for Icons of Africa, an events management and Promotion company whose greatest accolade includes the 2011 ZAA Award winning event of the year show with Oliver Mtukudzi & Ringo Madlingozi.

Nanzy, together with Ruva and Colline are the brains behind the ZAA Axxess (The Red Carpet Experience).

Nanzy has also been a Radio Presenter with Afro-Sounds Radio and Visions Radio, she has also starred on british television and is a socialite who has links with top class celebrities. Nanzy sebata is a great hostess with exceptional people management and organisational skills. She is currently and undergraduate persuing at degree in Events Management and Leisure Marketing at Bournemouth University.

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Blessing Maregere

panelist1Blessing is a 21 year old Multi-Award winning Entrepreneur, Author & Inspirational speaker. Blessing moved to the UK in 2006 from Zimbabwe to live with the family. After finishing his GCSE exams in 2009 he struggled to find a part time job, so he decided if he cant find a job he is going to create one for himself. Blessing launched a contract cleaning company called Essential Cleaning Company. ECS provided contract cleaning services to local business. The business was a success, after 3 months Blessing was employing 6 cleaning staff and turning over £10K monthly.  Blessing went on to sell the business after trading for a year. In 2010 He launched his own social enterprise charity called Bright Futures Enterprise, BFE is on a mission to inspire young people to become successful.  Since launching in 2010 Bright Futures Enterprise has received over £50K of grant funding and it has worked with over 15,000 young people nationwide. Whilst running BFE Blessing is also an Inspirational speaker, Youth success coach and also is the Director & property specialist for Estates Direct. More info:www.blessingm.com

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Cecilia Kupera

Cecilia Kupera, one of Zimbabwe’s youngest innovators at the age of 19 years old, has successfully built her media career and brand Effuse in the past years, since she started on her new journey of self discovery. A Journalism student at the University of Salford, Beauty pageant winning model, including published work in Vital Woman Magazine, she has managed to win several titles within the UK African community and Zimbabwean UK community.
With a passion for empowerment and positivity, she currently is the Chief Editor and Founder of Effuse Magazine, which is a platform for young people within different communities coming together showcasing their talents. The platform Effuse was introduced by Cecilia after going through life experiences which gave her a voice to be able to help others who might have or those currently facing similar situations as her. Effuse, as a brand and a Magazine, has grown to be known internationally and has touched the hearts of many world wide with the positive message it sends.
One of her most recent awards includes Young Woman Achiever of the Year for Black African Women Rock awards hosted in United Kingdom. She has managed to use different platforms to put the African Community and Zimbabwean culture on the map. Cecilia is currently working on her magazine which focuses on empowering and educating the young and the old through celebration of arts, achievement, culture and entertainment.
As an aspiring journalist, Cecilia currently works with Afro Retro Barcelona as their writer and publicist, Vital Woman Magazine, published articles by Nehanda Radio, managing three other different blogs including TKC Church blog and the chief editor of her own magazine Effuse.
At a very young age Cecilia Kupera has managed to gain high recognition with the different inspirational platform she works with.
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Blessing Maregere

panelist1Blessing is a 21 year old Multi-Award winning Entrepreneur, Author & Inspirational speaker. Blessing moved to the UK in 2006 from Zimbabwe to live with the family. After finishing his GCSE exams in 2009 he struggled to find a part time job, so he decided if he cant find a job he is going to create one for himself. Blessing launched a contract cleaning company called Essential Cleaning Company. ECS provided contract cleaning services to local business. The business was a success, after 3 months Blessing was employing 6 cleaning staff and turning over £10K monthly. Blessing went on to sell the business after trading for a year. In 2010 He launched his own social enterprise charity called Bright Futures Enterprise, BFE is on a mission to inspire young people to become successful. Since launching in 2010 Bright Futures Enterprise has received over £50K of grant funding and it has worked with over 15,000 young people nationwide. Whilst running BFE Blessing is also an Inspirational speaker, Youth success coach and also is the Director & property specialist for Estates Direct. More info: www.blessingm.com

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Lesly Mutekedza

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Lesly is the director for IC Digital Limited, a web and system development company based in the United Kingdom. He has developed the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards website for the past 3 years and is the brains behind the new website. IC Digital Limited is also an official Zimbabwe Achievers Awards sponsor.

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Ruva Masiyanise

Project Coordinator

Ruva is working with us for the third year now and is our Lead Project Coordinator and Administrator. She is the main link between the Executive, the Committee and our guests and nominnes. She is a consultant business adviser and project manager (Prince2 qualified). Currently she works as a para-planner for an independent financial adviser and is working on expanding into financial management for individuals and businesses

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Gamu Gore

com6Event Coordinator

Gamu is a well-known radio presenter for the 1st ever Zimbabwean Internet radio station (zimNETradio). She is a lady with women at heart, she has presented shows that inform, motivate, innovate, encourage, support and empower women to be better in their roles as wives, mothers, employees and specially as sisters. She is humble yet innately strong with family values and a sense of self awareness. Gamu holds 2 degrees in Business Administration and Business Management from Leeds Met University.

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