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.
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.
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
Female Entrepreneur: Lisa Chuma
Male Entrepreneur: Godfrey Mushandu
International Music Artist: Brian Soko
International Gospel Music Artist: Takesure Zamar Ncube
Radio Presenter/ Club DJ: Young Chidzy
Event of the year: All white boat party (Portsmouth)
Author of the year: Tendai Huchu
Innovation: Moses Murandu
Tourism: The Zimbabwe Parks and Wild life Management
Community Organisation: The 4cs (Climate Change Community Champions)
Community Champion: Dr Brighton Chireka
Sports Personality: Stanley Madiri
People’s choice: Ivy Mango Chatora
Personality: Heather Shekede
Media Organisation: Zimbo Live TV
Fashion Designer: Pam Samasuwo Nyawiri (Vanhu Vamwe)
The ZAA has become the premier platform for recognising and celebrating the achievements of people of Zimbabwean heritage.