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Zim Achievers announces global partnership with WorldRemit as UK 2018 nominees are revealed

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THE Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) campaign has entered the final phase with the live announcement of the nominees and headline sponsor for the eighth edition of the red carpet soiree.

London Fintech Company, WorldRemit were announced as the global partner for ZAA International. They will this year headline the event which honours the achievements of Zimbabweans in the UK. The company is also headlining the South African,USA and Australian editions.

Speaking on the partnership, ZAA Chairman, Conrad Mwanza welcomed and thanked the company for coming on board for all four countries , adding that it is an honour to be in partnership with a well-respected brand that has community at the heart of what it does.

“Their synergy and dedication to community initiatives has shown us that we are not alone in bringing our vision and mission of recognising the talent our Zimbabwean community has, both locally and internationally.”

From left to right: Tidimalo Kwidini, ZAA Publicist, Alix Murphy, WorldRemit Head of partnerships, Conrad Mwanza, ZAA Chairman, Dorcas Gwata, ZAA Advisory Board

“Now, more than ever; is a time for us to unite and bring to light what Zimbabweans are doing. It’s time to tell our story because we do have a story to tell,and have so much more to achieve for the betterment of our community here in the diaspora and for our nation,Zimbabwe,” he added.

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 their 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.

WorldRemit representative, Alex Murphy echoed Mwanza’s message saying: “We are delighted to be in partnership with ZAA. They are at the heart of the community and embody what we do; and strive to achieve.”

Meanwhile, over 85 nominees across 17 categories were announced at a press conference held at the WorldRemit headquarters in London.

An exciting new addition to the category list this year is the breakthrough award and has top talent such as Voice contestant, Donel Mangena and creative events duo Afrokings vying for the prize.

Cargo transporters, Savannah Freight and Vaka Buildings will this year sponsor the People’s Choice and the Community Champion awards, respectively.

Voting will commence on Friday 16 March and close at the end of April. Profiles of this year’s nominees will also be featured on zimachievers.com/uk and will detail the remarkable achievements of the shortlisted candidates.

ZAA Panel Chair, Tawanda Chiwira, said that the public’s response, as expected, was very positive and applauded them for the remarkable and well deserved nominations that were received for this year’s awards campaign.

“We received some exceptional nominations this year. The public have helped us to unearth the extraordinary talent we have in the Zim UK community.”

“There were strong entries across all categories and after extensive deliberations by the panel, we have come up with an excellent shortlist of candidates who have distinguished themselves in various sectors in the last year,” he added.

South African edition

Voting for the South African edition is currently underway. The event is scheduled for 7 April at the Hilton hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg and tickets are available for R650.

The United Kingdom’s edition will be held on Saturday 12 May 2018 at the Grange City Hotel in London. The luxury hotel is a stone’s throw away from the River Thames and overlooks the Tower of London and the iconic Tower Bridge.

Now in its eighth year, the awards have become one of the most prestigious and significant events within the UK Zimbabwean community calendar, bringing together business leaders and innovators from all sectors to celebrate the outstanding achievements of people of Zimbabwean heritage who reside in the UK.

Tickets are also on sale and are being sold exclusively for £75 until the end of March.

USA and Austrialia

Elsewhere,dates for the USA and Australian editions have been announced. The USA will hold their ceremony on 29 September and Australia will follow five weeks later on November 3. For more information,including nomination information,

Zimbabwe Achievers Awards 2018 Finalists                                                                                                                                                

Business of the Year

·         Genesis Law

·         Ekhaya

·         The Bantu Chefs Kitchen

·         Banya Family Placement Agency

·         Rainbow Medical Services Ltd

Male Entrepreneur

·         Dr Joseph Toindepi

·         Milton Mutukwa Sakutukwa

·         Ben Masina

·         Ndumiso Hlabangana

·         Chef Ray

Female Entrepreneur

·         Moira Chirara

·         Fungai Ndemera

·         Dee Mapasure

·         Julie Condliffe

·         Ennie Mupoto

Professional of the Year

·         Portia Khumalo

·         Fortune Mahwire Chigwende

·         Tongai Kunorubwe

·         Brian Mangwiro

·         Dr Caroline Makaka

Community Champion in association with Vaka Buildings

·         Jay Mawaka-Smith

·         Sithule Tshuma

·         Tariro Magombo

·         Dumie Moyo

·         Bongi Sibanda

Community Organisation

·         Touched By An Angel

·         Stevenage Kadoma Link Association

·         Afreec

·         St Mary’s Foundation Trust

·         Qoki Zindlovukazi

Music video of the Year

·         Kudana – Kazz Aka Mr_Boomslang

·         What U Need Ft Ian Green) -Valerie Sibanda

·         Kambo Boys – Sweet Larrisa

·         Lahlumleze -Black Diamonds

·         Real G- Icey Stanley Ft Mr Macee

Music artist of the Year

·         Ice Stanley

·         Black Diamond

·         Thabo Mkhwananzi

·         Valarie Sibanda

·         Kwaye

International Gospel Artist

·         Sabastian Magacha

·         Rev TT Chivaviro

·         Janet Manyowa

·         Michael Mahendere

·         Carol Nyakudya

Male Personality

·         Jacob “Mc/DJ Sebhelebhe” Mbofana

·         Vic Taks

·         Gineas Mupfayi

·         Gearbox

·         Munashe Comedy

·         Bawren Tavaziva

Female Personality

·        Dj Ru-Samantha Katsere

·         Olinda Chapel

·         Tendai-Dj Petitte

·         Natasha Ndlovu

·         Eugene Majuru

Fashion Designer

·         Leyelesi

·         Sinikiwe Moyo (Nikimoyo)

·         Diana Ntimane (Akani Fashion House)

·         Ngoni Chikwenengere (We Are Kin)

·         Joyline Munaiwa (Joy-Line Clothing)

Sports Personality

·         Don Armand

·         Seth Patrick

·         Trevor Mazhande

·         Cecil Nyoni

·         Tinotenda Chibharo

Event of the Year

·         Woman Of Valiance (Vow) 2017

·         Financial Markets Indaba – London

·         Zim Connect 17

·         Zimfest 2017

·         Zimlinkup All White Party

People’s Choice in association with Savannah Freight

·         Olinda Chapel

·         Gearbox

·         Big Kev

·         Gerald Belts

·         Dj Small Boy Taf

Breakthrough Award

·         David Matsekeza and Munya (Afrokings)

·         Donel Mangena

·         Nomalanga Creates

·         Empire Lounge-Leicester

·         Changamiri Coffee Shop

·         Nandi

Young Achiever

·         Theo Chikomba

·         Amanda Nkomo

·         Harry Phinda

·         Kudzanai Hwami

·         Tanaka Travels

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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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Ezra Sibanda among Community Pioneers honoured at Zim Achievers – 2017 Winners List

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Renowned Broadcaster Ezra Sibanda was among those honoured by ZAA Chairman Conrad Mwanza at the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards held at the Cumberland hotel in London on Saturday.

Sibanda said that he was both humbled and honoured to be recognised and thanked everyone who has supported his career and philanthropic work over the years.

Other Honorary recipients included Marshall Gore, for his contribution to sports and community development and Tawanda “Jusa” Sibotshiwe for services in music, and for creative entrepreneurship as a music producer.

“Last year we honoured the women who are doing amazing things in the media and this year it was only fitting to recognise the men, Legends and pioneers who have excelled for decades and are continuing to do outstanding work in the UK and abroad,” said Founder and Chairman Conrad Mwanza.

Senior Pastor of Christ United Ministries Liberty, Pastor Jide David Modede was awarded the Friend of Zimbabwe Award for his contribution to the Life Project.

Mwanza congratulated all the winners and thanked those who attended the seventh anniversary of the awards.

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“We have been doing this for seven years. Sometimes we have got it right and there are times where we have got it wrong but, we have continued to persevere and run with the vision that started as an idea in conversation,” Mwanza said.

“It is not easy to put on an awards show of this magnitude. We have a team, both at organising level and at panel level who work tirelessly for months and I salute their efforts.

We had a few hiccups this year and there were a number of things that were a slight oversight on our part but, we are grateful to all those who attended, who made it memorable and, who continue to support the vision and the brand. We hope to come back bigger, better and even stronger next year,” he added.

The event was hosted by Radio and TV personality Candice Mwakayele. There was also a surprise performance by dancehall artist Killer T.

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2017 Winners

Community Champion of the Year – Dorcas Gwata

Event of the Year – SAMA Festival 2016

Fashion Designer of the Year – Tapiwa Dingwiza

Female Entrepreneur – Hanani Nqo

Female Personality of the Year – Ellen Chiwenga

MTM Financial and Management Accountants Business of the Year Award – Senditoo

Community Organisation of the Year – The Life Project

Innovation of the Year – Sharon Odongo

International Gospel Artist of the Year – Fungisai

Male Entrepreneur of the Year – David Zinyama

UK Sports-Person of the Year – Lovejoy Chawatama

Male Personality of the Year – Tafara Dube

Media Personality of the Year – Samantha Ncube-Mahlangu

Professional of the Year – Adiel Mambara

UK Music Artist of the Year – Lamont Chitepo

Music Video of the Year – Charlie Kay (Vimbai)

Young Achiever of the Year – Miss Sakhie Classique

Savannah Freight People’s Choice – Duchess Cleo

Panel’s Choice Award – ZimHealth

Special Recognition Award – Killer T


Ezra Sibanda – Services to Music and Arts.

Marshall Gore – Services to Sport and Community Development

Billy Katiyo – Services to Charitable Causes

Lastone H Mliswa – Film Industry and Arts.

Wellington Tafirenyika – Services to Music and Arts

Tawanda Sibotshiwe – Services to Music and Arts.

Kisset Chirengende   – Services to Sports Development.

Alfred Munhenga – Services to Music and Community development

Chairman’s Honorary Awards

Dr Ian Chikanza – Services to Business and charitable causes

Doug Munatsi – Services to Business and charitable causes

Fikelephi Jackson – Services to Charitable Causes

Lettie Chimbi – Services to Charitable Causes

Pastor Jide David Modede – Friend of Zimbabwe


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Zim Achievers UK opens nominations for 2017

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Image result for zim achievers The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) has commenced its seventh awards campaign in the UK, announcing the opening of nominations for 2017.

The nominee announcement is scheduled to take place in March and, the awards gala is scheduled for May with a date and venue to be announced in due course.

The ZAA’s have become the biggest awards night of the year for Zimbabwean’s living in the diaspora and marks the culmination of a season of awards, both local and international, leading up to the event.

Last summer the organisation launched the US edition and held a successful inaugural event in Frisco, Texas, with the South African version also putting on an outstanding gala in December, hosted by comedian Carl Joshua Ncube.

Nomination lines opened on Monday and a total of 18 categories have been announced.

Nominations will run until the end of February and can be made on www.zimachievers.com/uk with the finalists being announced shortly after.

“The awards season has come around once again and, we get another opportunity to celebrate our working professionals contributing in various fields, as well as our entrepreneurs, philanthropists and artists who are distinguishing themselves daily in their artistic and business endeavours,” said ZAA Founder, Conrad Mwanza.

“The Zimbabwean community has grown over the year’s and it is wonderful to see how we are all working together to build a strong Zimbabwean community, with the help of our patrons in the UK and abroad.

“We have so many talented Zimbabwean’s and it is always amazing to discover the untapped talent that is out there year after year,” he added.

Members of the public have just over a month to put forward the individuals and organisations they feel have been outstanding over the past year.

The high profile event has become one of the most celebrated awards ceremonies and has firmly cemented itself as a premium platform for recognising the hard work and achievements of Zimbabweans living and working in the UK.

Last year some of the awards recipients included businessman and founder of eZimtech Distributors, Nkosinathi Zvimba, musician Jah Prayzah, and Gospel star Tembalami.

Philanthropist Tsitsi Masiyiwa received the Honorary award and, actresses Danai Gurira and Chipo Chung were among the recipients honoured by the ZAA Chairman for their contributions to the media industry.

For more information or to nominate visit www.zimachievers.com/uk


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Zim Achievers to host first ever winners and nominees reception

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Winners and finalists at this year’s Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) will get a chance to toast to their success and recognition at a dinner to be held in their honour on 24 July 2015 at the popular Mama Jumbe’s restaurant in East London.

In a first post-awards event of its kind, the ZAA will once again roll out the red carpet for all those who won or were nominated for awards at the 2015 ZAA gala dinner, which was held in Kensington, London, on the 9th of May.

ZAA Executive Director Brian Nyabunze said the event will give award winners and nominees a special opportunity to celebrate their recognition and also network and share notes about their endeavours.

“It’s only right to honour and continue to recognise all those individuals who are raising the Zim flag high on a daily basis, and working hard to champion various initiatives and businesses here in the UK and abroad,” Nyabunze said.

“As ZAA, we’re honoured to provide platforms of encouragement and recognition for such focused, hardworking, determined and inspiring individuals and organisations. We see this as our humble contribution to the success of our country and compatriots,” he added.

Terrence Jumbe, proprietor of Mama Jumbe’s, said: “We are honoured to host the first ever Zimbabwe Achievers Awards winners and nominees’ dinner because we view the ZAA as a premier franchise in the Zimbabwean diaspora. The ZAA coming to Mama Jumbe’s is symbolic to me as the owner because although my outlook is Pan-African, I am proudly Zimbabwean and I see this event as a stamp of support and approval by my own brothers and sisters.

“I invite all Zimbabweans in the UK to come and celebrate the outstanding achievements of those who have been recognised for flying our flag high.”

The dinner is by invitation only and free of charge for this year’s winners and nominees, but the after-party that will be hosted in the nightclub section of Mama Jumbe’s afterwards is open to all.

After five years in the business, the ZAA is now widely recognised as the leading excellence awards platform in the UK and South Africa and will soon be launching in Zimbabwe itself before the end of this year. A total of 19 awards and more than a dozen special honours were handed out at this year’s ceremony. Up to 85 people and organisations made the final shortlist and have all been invited for the special dinner.

Mama Jumbe’s has carved its niche as a Pan-African restaurant and bar operating a dine, drink and dance concept. Serving a legendary gourmet buffet of Africa’s favourite dishes, the venue also provides after-party late night entertainment in its intimate basement lounge. Mama Jumbe’s is situated at 350 Katherine Road E7 8NW in East London.

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The intimate, cosy basement nightclub at Mama Jumbe’s


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Fifth anniversary of Zimbabwe Achievers Awards a resounding success

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ZAA Chairman Conrad Mwanza with Pedro Gastal (r) and Carolina Rogelis Terán, both from World Remit who supported Saturday’s event.

The fifth edition of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards was held successfully on Saturday 9 May as hundreds turned out to celebrate the achievements of this year’s nominees and winners.

Held at the five-star Royal garden Hotel in Kensington, London, the awards also saw four churches and two community groups receive the Chairman’s special recognition for making significant and consistent contributions to the Zimbabwean community.

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Chashe performs at the ZAA gala dinner

They are ZAOGA Forward in Faith Ministries, Apostolic Faith Mission UK, Zimbabwe Catholic Community UK, Methodist Church Zimbabwe Fellowship UK, Zimbabwe Association, and Zimbabwe Christian Men’s Fellowship.

The groups were recognised as part of ZAA’s 2015 theme “Stronger Community, Secure Future”.

ZAA Chairman Conrad Mwanza hailed the groups for their work as the community’s support pillars and also called on the diaspora community itself to come together and embrace its role in rebuilding Zimbabwe.

“We can certainly make a difference, and I’d like to urge all of us to embrace this challenge and step up to the task of building the Zimbabwe that we would all like to see.”

Mwana Africa CEO Kalaa Mpinga received a Friend of Zimbabwe award for services to business while ANC youth representative in the UK Xolani Xala and Tor Clausen also received a friend of Zimbabwe award. Zimbabwe Tourism Authority’s UK representative Felicia Munjaidi was recognised for services to tourism while musician and community advocate Lucky Moyo was recognised for services to the community.

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Mwana Africa CEO Kalaa Mpinga, honoured as a Friend of Zimbabwe for services to business

This year’s gala dinner was also a remarkable achievement for the ZAA in that the event was almost entirely self-financed. The money transfer agency World Remit gave a small financial donation on the eve of the awards to signal its support for the ZAA as a positive community platform.

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

Company of the year: Local Care Force

Local Care Force

Local Care Force

Female Entrepreneur: Lisa Chuma

Lisa Chuma

Lisa Chuma

Male Entrepreneur: Godfrey Mushandu

Godfrey Mushandu

Godfrey Mushandu

International Music Artist: Brian Soko

Brian Soko

Brian Soko


International Gospel Music Artist: Takesure Zamar Ncube


Takesure Zammar Ncube

Takesure Zammar Ncube

Radio Presenter/ Club DJ: Young Chidzy

Young Chidzy

Young Chidzy

Event of the year: All white boat party (Portsmouth)

All white boat party

Author of the year: Tendai Huchu

Tendai Huchu

Innovation: Moses Murandu

Dr Moses Murandu

Tourism: The Zimbabwe Parks and Wild life Management


Community Organisation: The 4cs (Climate Change Community Champions)


Community Champion: Dr Brighton Chireka

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Dr Brighton Chireka

Sports Personality: Stanley Madiri

Stanley Madiri

People’s choice: Ivy Mango Chatora

Ivy Chatora

Personality: Heather Shekede

Heather Shekede

Media Organisation: Zimbo Live TV

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Young Achievers: Charles Chavi

The 5th grand Zimbabwe Achievers Awards Uk 2015

Fashion Designer: Pam Samasuwo Nyawiri (Vanhu Vamwe)

Pam Samasuwo

The ZAA has become the premier platform for recognising and celebrating the achievements of people of Zimbabwean heritage.

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Visa delays hit Carl Joshua Ncube as X-Factor star is announced for Zim Achievers Awards

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Delays in the processing of his visa have forced comedian Carl Joshua Ncube to pull out of his role as host of this year’s Zimbabwe Achievers Awards that are scheduled to take place on Saturday 9th May in Kensington, London.

The news of Ncube’s withdrawal come as the ZAA organisers have also announced the participation of three new artistes at tomorrow’s event. Teeside singer Bre Musiq who made it up to the Judges Houses stage of the 2014 X-Factor competition will wow guests with his funky and soulful R&B and will be joined in tomorrow’s line up of performers by Essex rappers Yung Jo and Leroy and Mbira-playing crooner John Falsetto.

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Bre performing at X-Factor 2014

Comedian Ncube, who was looking forward to his maiden performance in the UK and entering the country legally, is all but left with stowing away on a cargo plane or somehow chartering a military jet and then parachuting himself down in London’s Hyde Park in order for him to make it for tomorrow’s show. But being an abiding observer of the law, Carl has accepted, regretfully, that he will not make it to the UK in time for his maiden UK performance.

Announcing the news of Carl’s visa delays which have led to his withdrawal, ZAA Executive Director Brian Nyabunze said: “We would like to apologise unreservedly to all our guests who were looking forward to Carl Joshua Ncube joining us for the fifth edition of the ZAA’s this coming weekend.

“Owing to the length of time to process visas it is unfortunate that Carl will not be able to meet the date for our awards event despite all attempts made to ensure his attendance.”

Carl, who is scheduled to tour Europe in early July, has said that he will still continue with the visa process and has agreed to do a show on a date to be disclosed which will be free for all holders of ZAA tickets.

“To all those who have purchased tickets for the awards on the 9th, your tickets will remain valid for an evening with Carl on a date to be announced soon,” said Nyabunze.

A statement released by Ncube’s management expressed sincere apologies on behalf of Carl and the team.

“Due to the unforseen circumstances beyond our control, Carl Joshua Ncube will not be able to attend the awards as previously anticipated. Carl who is due to tour Europe soon has offered to set a day aside to come to the UK and entertain ZAA guests who have purchased tickets for the awards.

“On behalf of Carl and the team, we apologise for the disappointment and inconvenience this has caused and hope you will continue to support the awards. We also look forward to seeing you very soon once all documents have been processed,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, all preparations for tomorrow’s show are now complete and organisers expect to deliver a successful night of celebration, glamour and entertainment. The newly announced performers bring a fusion of traditional and urban styles that will see guests compelled to part with the comfort of their seats and take to the dance floor.

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John Falsetto


Falsetto, real name John Pfumojena, has a voice that resonates with the nuances akin to a musical legend, albeit one in the making. With powerful and dynamic vocals he has not only toured countries ranging from Algeria to Ireland, he has also performed alongside African musical juggernauts such as Oliver Mtukudzi, Salif Keita and Ismaelo. Combining Mbira, with traditional sungura strings and a voice that evokes sounds of otherworldly beauty and nostalgia of a past land, John Pfumojena is definitely a star in the making.

Bre Musiq has supported acts including Professor Green, DJ Ironik and Tinie Tempah. Last year saw him audition for the X Factor where he created buzz with his rendition of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity”.
“I’ve heard some good things about the Zim Achievers Awards in the past, and to be given the opportunity to take part is an honour. I am really chuffed if I have to put it in one word.”

“I will also have to compete with Carl Joshua Ncube for the ladies attention, he may dazzle them with his humour but I plan to serenade them with music.Seriously though, I can’t wait to be part of such a prestigious event”

Bre, who was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, joined his school choir at the age of 12 and quickly found his passion to sing and perform.

“I was lucky enough to have been surrounded by gospel choirs when I was a kid, 
picking up a wealth of experience in performing to crowds and developing my confidence as a person and as an artist as well.” Bre said.


Yung Jo & Leroy

He moved to the UK in his early teens and through his love for music formed a group called Young Rydaz. For three years the group were at the peak of their career ,performing and collaborating with other well known artists and featuring on TV and getting airplay on local radio stations in the UK.

The Southend-on-Sea rappers, 22 year old Yung Jo and 20 year old Leroy have been honing their craft as wordsmiths and poets-on-beats got hooked on rhymes from their early teens and have built up up a respectable underground following for their craft. Guests can expect to two-step to some hard spitting on sick beats as the duo strut their stuff as they serve a flavour of UK Zimbo youth culture.

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Zimbabwe Achievers Awards to honour church and community groups

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com11THE Zimbabwe Achievers Awards will this year give special recognition to UK-based church and community organisations that have made significant and consistent contributions to the Zimbabwean community.

ZAA Executive Director Brian Nyabunze said the popular awards event, now in its fifth year, will run under the theme “Stronger Community, Secure Future”.

“Every community needs its institutions as support pillars in order to stand firm over time and secure the interests of its members,” Nyabunze explained.

“The Zimbabwean community in the UK is relatively young when compared to older diaspora communities from the Afro-Caribbean and West Africa, for instance. But we’ve grown in leaps and bounds through sometimes very trying experiences.

“And along that journey, our churches and community organisations have provided us with a reliable and accessible support system where none would have been available to us. For that, we at ZAA would like to take our hats off to them.”

Zimbabweans began to migrate to the UK in droves in the late 1990s courtesy of a visa free arrangement that existed at the time between the two countries.

The numbers surged until 2002 when a visa was introduced. Most of the new immigrants faced challenges of regularising their stay for the longer term as well as accessing employment that was equivalent to their training and experience.

Churches and community groups have played a vital role in providing pastoral care, advice and psychosocial support to members of the community.

Dealing with new ways of working, alienation from family and a familiar culture, or being marginalised by the immigration system often took such a heavy toll on the physical and mental wellbeing of those going through such experiences.

After 2005, and as people’s immigration and economic status became more secure, community organisations focused on issues of business, national development and philanthropy also began to gain prominence.

“Today we can now boast of having set up our own businesses, charities that support people locally and back home, and churches with branches across the UK that continue to play a supportive role,” Nyabunze added.

ZAA 2015 will be held on the 9th of May at the five-star Royal Garden Hotel in London’s affluent Kensington district. The awards event has become the premier platform for recognising and celebrating the achievements of people of Zimbabwean heritage.

In keeping with global awards shows where popular comedians are engaged as hosts, organisers have secured comedy king Carl Joshua Ncube’s services as the host for the evening’s proceedings.

Ncube, who has been described by CNN African Voices as the “New face of Zimbabwean Comedy”, broke onto the Zimbabwean comedy scene with his debut one-man show Carl Joshua Ncube’s Big Announcement.

He has performed around the world and will be embarking on his European tour following his appearance at ZAA.

Meanwhile, voting is still open for shortlisted nominees across all categories and closes on Thursday 30 April.

Limited tickets, going for £89.95 each, are being sold exclusively on zimachievers.com until the 3rd of May. The online ticketing system also allows guests to choose their seats online.

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ZAA announce comedy king Carl Joshua Ncube as headline act

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Carl Joshua Ncube

The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards(ZAA) are set to be a night of laughs and cracked ribs as organisers have announced comedian Carl Joshua Ncube as this year’s headline act.

In keeping with global awards shows where popular comedians such as Ellen DeGeneres, Ricky Gervais, Chris Rock and Kevin Hart are engaged as hosts, the ZAA have also secured Ncube’s services as compere for the evening’s proceedings.

The awards gala dinner is scheduled for the 9th of May at the five-star Royal Garden Hotel in London’s well-heeled district of Kensington. ZAA Executive Director Brian Nyabunze said his team were proud to have managed to bring The Big Announcement star to the UK for his first ever appearance in the country.

“We are thrilled to have secured Carl Joshua Ncube for the ZAA’s fifth anniversary event. He is loved everywhere and we expect that he will charm and entertain guests,” said Nyabunze.

“There are few stars today that have Carl’s gift for comedy, with his great warmth and personality. For years Zimbabweans in the UK have followed his exciting career and will have contributed to the growing number of his Youtube video views. However, this will be the first time that the UK community will get to see the king of Zimbabwean comedy live in action.

“People have asked us what new offerings we would have this year after the well received 2014 event. I’m proud to say we’ve set yet another standard and introduced top drawer comedy to the exquisite entertainment with which our awards show is now synonymous,” Nyabunze added.

Carl, who is also scheduled to tour Europe in the summer, is excited to be making his maiden appearance in the UK.

“I’m very happy to be coming to the UK … legally! When the visa officers asked about the purpose of my trip, I told them I was trafficking laughter. Unfortunately the joke didn’t play so well – it took me a long while to convince them that I’ve had absolutely no dealings with Liverpool striker, Raheem Sterling!

“Seriously, though, this will be an awesome opportunity to be around so many amazing achievers and make them laugh at the same time.”

Described by CNN African Voices as the “New face of Zimbabwean Comedy”, Carl literally broke into the Zimbabwean comedy scene with his debut one-man show, Carl Joshua Ncube’s Big Announcement, which set him up as the biggest Zimbabwean stand up comedy export.

In Zimbabwe Carl has done numerous one man shows and has performed at HIFA, Shoko, and Ibumba festivals around the country. Considered by his peers as an innovator who constantly pushes boundaries in multimedia in his performances, Carl is currently on a quest to take his version of Zimbabwe to the world.

To date he has performed in South Africa, Botswana, Nambia, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria ,USA (New York Gotham Comedy Club), and Australia (Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth).

Limited tickets to the event are available until the 3rd of May exclusively on zimachievers.com for £89.95. Organisers are continuing with the tried and tested world class ticketing system that was introduced last year and allows guests to choose their seats upon purchasing their tickets.

“We’ve stuck to a system that proved reliable and efficient the last time round. However, seating choices are becoming increasingly limited by the day as more people buy up tickets. So I would advise those intending to book tables to do so now,” Nyabunze said.

The ZAA has come a long way since its inaugural event in 2011 at The Mermaid Theatre in Blackfriars, London. Over the years, the glamorous red carpet event has entrenched its status as the standard bearer of recognising achievement in the UK Zimbabwean community.

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Meet 2015 Female Entrepreneur nominee Pamela Kafesu

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Pamela Kafesu

Name: Pamela Kafesu
Category: Female Entrepreneur of the Year

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I am a wife and a mother of three. I started baking as a hobby, baking for my family. Gradually I began baking for friends and relatives alongside being in full time employment. I began getting more orders and eventually decided to bake full time from home. My dream started to grow and I wanted to own my own shop which became a dream come true in July 2013 when I took over The Cake Emporium in Halesowen. Since then the business has continued to grow from strength to strength.

How did you find out you had been nominated?

I found out through friends who were closely following the ZAA nomination process.

What was the feeling when you found out you had made the shortlist?

I was very surprised and pleased that I had been recognised not only in one category but two.

What would it mean to win?

Winning would mean a lot to me as it would validate my efforts as a woman and businesswoman. It would prove that women can make it in this world alongside other daily duties of being wives, partners, mothers, family and friends.

What keeps you motivated?

There a number of factors that keep me motivated, such as striving to continue creating beautiful tasty cakes for my customers and delivering an excellent service, my family and being able to provide for them, and the challenges that come my way each and everyday and the hunger to continue growing as an individual and as a business.

What projects are you currently working on?

My projects are ongoing and differ from day to day in my industry. I have a number of wedding cakes lined up for later in the year which is a major event in this industry.

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