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Simba Sithole ZAA Canada Country Director

Zimbabwe Achievers Awards International have announced that all is set for the inaugural edition of the ZAA Canada Awards Dinner Gala set to take place this Saturday the 29th June at Radisson Hotel in Edmonton.
The Canadian edition will roll out its red carpet for the first time under the ZAA banner for the Zimbabwean diaspora community in the North American country on Saturday with a number of notable names and organisations from various fields set to be honoured for outstanding achievements abroad.
ZAA Canada Director Simba Sithole said all logistics are in place for a night of celebrating Zimbabwean excellence.
“All roads in Canada lead to Radisson Hotel on Saturday for our first edition and we are very excited to host our vast and growing community of Zimbabweans and friends here in Edmonton,” he said.
“For many years there were calls from our communities to bring ZimAchievers to Canada and we would like to thank our partners and sponsors as well as the wonderful group of achievers and friends who have been flying our country’s flag high.”
“Everyone can expect an evening of celebration and networking as we continue to unite and recognize each other for inspiring works in the fields of business, sport, arts, media, entertainment among others.”
The event will be held at the five-star Radisson Hotel and proceedings will begin at 1800hrs and tickets are still available on and is largely expected to be a success following in the wake of the South Africa and UK editions held in April and May, respectively.
Meanwhile, preparations for the ZAA USA Edition are at an advanced stage with an official announcement expected in the coming days. People are encouraged to submit their USA nominations on
The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards were founded in 2010 in the UK by Conrad Mwanza and have grown to have a presence in UK, USA, Australia, Canada and South Africa and recognize and celebrate Zimbabwean achievers in the diaspora.

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ZimAchievers UK call for nominations

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Tsitsi Masiyiwa was the guest of honour at ZimAchievers UK 2018

Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) international have opened the nominations for ZAA UK’s ninth edition.

The awards are in their eigth year of running and the UK edition stands apart as the flagship of the prestigious awards which have gone on to spawn the USA, South Africa and Australia editions with plans for Canada already at an advanced stage.

The 2018 awards were held at the Grange hotel where Tsitsi Masiyiwa was the guest of honor as recognition was given to outstanding contributions whose impact have been felt all across the Zimbabwean community home and abroad .
“Zimbabweans continue to inspire and shape destinies by achieving amazing feats in their respective fields be it arts, business, leadership , sport and philanthropy among others. As ZAA we cannot let those great deeds go unappreciated and we urge people to submit their nominations for the much anticipated UK 2019 edition,” Conrad Mwanza said.

The awards were borne out of a simple desire to celebrate Zimbabweans who are doing outstanding achievements in various fields by recognizing them with a relevant brand.

Scenes from ZAA UK 2018

Looking back on the year , 2018 has been nothing short of phenomenonal as the vast Zimbabwean community in the UK has continued to push barriers and break new ground and the public is urged to also submit their nominees for the various awards categories.

Nominations can be submitted on

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Big winners at 2018 Zim Achievers Awards UK

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THE Zimbabwe Achievers Awards raised the bar last weekend, putting on a spectacular event for the eighth edition of the honours at the Grange City Hotel in London.

Running under the theme Plough Back, the awards celebrated several academics and businessmen, including prominent African jeweller, Patrick Mavros and Legal Practitioner, Taffi Nyawanza.

Actor and singer John Pfumojena was honoured with the Made in Zwe award for being a true cultural ambassador.

Guest of honour and the event’s keynote speaker, Tsitsi Masiyiwa delivered a compelling speech, encouraging and challenging Zimbabweans in the diaspora to invest in their country.

“Zimbabwe ought to be our collective interest and we need to realise that we, the people, are its biggest asset,” she said.

“I believe foreign direct investment is critical and important. I have faith that within the diaspora community, there are amazing individuals with unique skills that can rebuild our nation,” she added.

Masiyiwa said that despite the collective efforts of all Zimbabweans and the amazing success stories, the investment needed in Zimbabwe is even greater.

“We need to persist in developing innovations for challenges that affect our families and communities in Zimbabwe, in order to restore dignity to our people.”

Other speakers on the night included CEO of Steward Bank Lance Mambondiani, Brand South Africa’s Pumela Salela and Mtimandze Group Chairman and CEO Muzi Kunene, who all echoed the need to work together to Plough Back into Zimbabwe and the African continent and bring about a nation and continent that is viable, sustainable and competitive in the world market.

Award Winners

Meanwhile, the 2018 contenders battled it out, with key players in various sectors that include business, music and sport coming out on top.

With over 85 nominees, across 17 categories, there was some very strong competition, with the Breakthrough award going to BBC Master Chef Quarter finalist Nomalanga Nyamayaro of Noma Creates and the sportsperson being awarded to Rugby star and Exeter Chief’s Flanker, Don Armand.

The community champion award also had top contenders, and was awarded jointly to Dumi Ncube and Qoki founder, Sithule Tshuma.

Entertainment and Sponsors

Headline band Friends in Christ wooed the crowd and kept them on their feet during and after the ceremony, with songs from their first album.

Gemma Griffiths serenaded the audience with several ballads, while Shanky also treated guests to tracks from her new album.

The event this year was sponsored by Fintech Company, WorldRemit and Funeral Service Provider, Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan.

WorldRemit executive Richard Igoe thanked the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards for a community initiative that brought people together around the world and that created the type of synergy and spirit that the remittance organisation embodies.

Other sponsors for the UK edition included, Propertyend, Ndasenda, eZimtech, Women in Healthcare, Vaka Buildings, Mtimandze Group, Starcover, Vavaki Architects, Richvisions, KTrio and Nurseline.

ZAA International Director, Louis Charema extended his thanks to all the sponsors for their continued support and congratulated all the nominees and winners.

“There is a lot of work that goes on in the background to produce a night like this.

Our panel and committee volunteer their time and work tirelessly to produce a list of remarkable winners and work equally hard to make sure that guests are entertained on the night,” Charema said.

“By its very definition, a community often has a cultural and historical heritage.

Both the acts of appreciation and acknowledgement have always been a huge part of our culture – our Zimbabwean culture, and I implore our community to continue to embrace these, through their love, passion and support for this initiative,” he added.

Upcoming Events

Meanwhile, nominations for the US and Australian editions will open on Monday 21st May.

The awards ceremony for the US is scheduled for 29 September in Dallas, Texas. Australia’s edition will follow five weeks later on 3rd November.

Now a permanent fixture on the Zimbabwean community calendar, the awards are now in four countries, with plans for Canada and Zimbabwe to be added to the growing portfolio soon.

2018 Winners list

Business of the year:

Banya Family Placement Agency

Male Entrepreneur:

Ben Masina

Female Entrepreneur:

Fungai Ndemera

Professional of the year:

Portia Kumalo

Community Champion – (Joint award)

Dumi Moyo and Sithule Nicole Tshuma

Community Organisation:

Qoki Zindlovukazi Manini Amahle

Music video:

Kudana – Kazz aka Mr Boomslang

Music artist:

Icey Stanley

International Gospel:

Michael Mahendere

Fashion Designer:

Sinikiwe Moyo

Young Achiever:

Amanda Nkomo

Sports Personality

Don Armand

Female Personality:

Olinda Chapel

Male Personality:

Gineas Mupfayi

Breakthrough Award:

Nomalanga Nyamayaro

Event of the Year:

Zimfest 2017

People’s Choice Award

DJ Smallboy Taf

Panels’ Choice Award:

Summer Rose

Dudu Sibanda


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Academics to be celebrated at Zim Achievers UK ceremony

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Dr Miles Tendi

Four distinguished academics will be honoured with the Chairman’s Honorary Distinction Award for their contribution to academia across all areas that include leadership, teaching and research.

The 2018 cohort were nominated in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the academic community. The recipients include Alex Magaisa, Dr Miles Tendi, Simukai Chigudu and Dr Khanyisile Moyo.

“A core element of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards is recognising and celebrating good leadership,” said ZAA Chairman, Conrad Mwanza.

“This year’s recipients have demonstrated their unwavering dedication to the academic world, playing an active role in developing strategic initiatives and an ongoing commitment to research that has been key to some socio-economic causes.”

“They are all outstanding in their respective fields and their work is recognised globally. They have also been instrumental in community engagement and public debate, as well as contributing to educational reform and innovation, he added.

This year’s honorary recipient is African jeweller, Patrick Mavros,whose brand has been creating intricate African jewellery for 35 years.

Zimbabwe Health Training Support (ZHTS) Chair, Kate Adams will be honoured with the Friend of Zimbabwe award,for her extensive work with the organisation.

Zimbabwe Achievers Theme 
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Achievers International has announced the theme for this year’s event. Dubbed Plough Back, the concept has been launched to encourage Zimbabweans in the diaspora to play a major role in rebuilding Zimbabwe.
The new dispensation has been calling on Zimbabweans abroad to consider investing in the country since the transition in December. President Mangwagwa has called on investors to share in the vision of building the southern African country, stating that ‘Zimbabwe is open for business’

“Zimbabwe needs the buy-in and investment of millions of Zimbabweans. This is an opportune time for all of us to play a significant role in turning Zimbabwe around because our biggest resource is the people,” Mwanza said.

“We have a plethora of talent across a diverse range of sectors. Leaders whose ingenuity and innovative thinking could put Zimbabwe on the map again. We have a beautiful country that has so much potential and this is the time to showcase that potential,” he added.

Awards ceremony and entertainment line-up.


Friends in Christ founders – Taku and Sharon Manatsa


The awards will take place on Saturday 12 May 2018 at the Grange City Hotel in London.
Friends in Christ,the dynamic collective,are this year’s resident band. Formed by Zexie Manatsa Jnr and his wife Sharon, the group released their nine track album in 2017, produced by popular music producer, MacDonald “MacDee” Chidavaenzi. Their new album is set for release at the end of this month.

Urban grooves starlet Theresa Shangazhike,mononymously known as Shanky and Gemma Griffiths are also part of the entertainment line-up.

Griffiths, who performed at the UK gala in 2016 and recently at the South African gala,said she was thrilled to be performing at the ceremony again.

Meanwhile, limited tickets for the ceremony are still on sale and the organisers have encouraged those still wanting to attend to purchase them as soon as possible, as there may not be any tickets available on the day. They are being sold exclusively from  and priced at £85.

The event is proudly sponsored this year by Fintech Company, WorldRemit and Funeral Service Provider, Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan. Other sponsors announced for the UK edition include, Propertyend, Ndasenda, Vaka Buildings, Starcover, Vavaki Architects and Richvision.

The ZAA annual gala is now in its eighth year and has become the society red carpet event of the year, bringing together business leaders and innovators from all sectors to celebrate the achievements of Zimbabweans living in the UK.



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Brand South Africa’s Pumela Salela announced as guest speaker for UK edition

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Country Head for the UK – Pumela Salela

We have more exciting news!Joining our star line-up of speakers, is Pumela Salela.
Pumela is the Country Head for the United Kingdom (UK) under Brand South Africa, the custodian of the South Africa Country Brand. Her role is to market South Africa in the UK, attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into South Africa, mobilise Global South Africans (GSA) abroad and manage the brand’s reputation.

Prior to serving in this role, Pumela was the Chief Director for Economic Policy Development and Planning at the Department of Economic Development in South Africa. She is a Board member of the Global Sourcing Council, an Ambassador for Sustainable and Socially Responsible Outsourcing in Africa, and sits on the Executive Committee of the Tri-Sister City Alliance (TriSCA), the first Sister City Alliance between BRICS cities in order to create jobs for knowledge workers. She was appointed to the Advisory Council of the World BPO Forum.

Among other roles, Pumela serves on the Advisory Board of the World Summit on Internet and Social Media (WSIM), as well as the Advisory Board of the Sable Accelerator LLC (SABLE), a North American organisation which is dedicated to helping South African entrepreneurs, new venture start-ups, academic institutions, and companies commercialise technology innovations, promote and protect intellectual property, fund new business concepts, finance growth, as well as expand into global markets.

Pumela is also an advisor to a digital finance institution called Digifin. The Rockefeller Foundation acknowledged her contribution and innovation in formulating systems which address poverty by selecting her as one of 18 global recipients of the foundation’s inaugural Global Fellowship on Social Innovation. She is the only South African to receive this honour.

The awards this year are proudly sponsored by WorldRemit, Steward Bank, Ndasenda, Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan, Vaka Building Materials & Hardware, eZimtech Limited,Starcover,Vavaki Architects, Propertyend,Made In Zwe, Mtizande,Nurseline and Made in Zwe. Brought to you by CMG International Media Group.

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Tsitsi Masiyiwa to deliver Keynote at Zim Achievers UK in May

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Philanthropist and social entrepreneur Tsitsi Masiyiwa has been announced as this year’s keynote speaker at the UK edition of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA), taking place in May.

Masiyiwa is no stranger to the awards, as she received the Chairman’s honorary award in 2016, for her contribution to charitable causes and children’s welfare.

“Tsitsi Masiyiwa has been an instrumental voice for a number of key initiatives and a champion of projects that have contributed massively to the growth and development of Zimbabwe and Africa as a whole,” said ZAA Chairman, Conrad Mwanza.

“She is a woman whom we learn from every day and who is always finding ways to support those in need, and we salute her for her incredible philanthropic work, as well as her personal commitment to promoting and fostering change.

“She is a credit to the community and a great ambassador. We are both honoured and delighted to have her as a keynote speaker.”

Founder and co-chair of the Highlife Foundation (HLF), Masiyiwa established the organisation with husband, Strive, and has, for nearly two decades, dedicated her life’s work to orphaned and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Burundi, Rwanda and Lesotho.

She continues to empower disadvantaged children through education and harnessing technology to create employment opportunities for young people.

HLF offers holistic and innovative solutions to poverty and through her foundation, she has supported the youth with basic education and created opportunities that have enabled many of them to go on to college and vocational training.

Masiyiwa has also been involved in identifying and nurturing young talent and over the years, hundreds of gifted African students have been offered scholarships that cover an extensive range of opportunities, from high school right through to university, including top Ivy League colleges such as Harvard and Yale.

She championed the creation of a low-cost and high-quality amalgamated learning model, with the goal of providing quality education.

The model was formed using tailored content in Zimbabwe but has been adapted across Africa. Capernaum Trust, the largest privately-funded scholarship program in Southern Africa, has students in establishments that include Waterford Kamhlaba in Swaziland and Monash College in South Africa.

They have also established the Andrew Young Scholarship, a $6.4 million-dollar fund that sends African students to attend, among others, Morehouse College in the US.

Meanwhile, this year’s awards will be held on Saturday 12 May 2018 at the Grange City Hotel in London. The upscale hotel is a stone’s throw away from the River Thames and overlooks the Tower of London and the iconic Tower Bridge.

Limited tickets for the gala are still on sale and the organisers have encouraged those still wanting to attend to purchase them as soon as possible as there may not be any tickets available on the day. They are being sold exclusively from and priced at £85.

The awards this year are being sponsored by WorldRemit, Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan, Propertyend, Ndasenda, Vaka Buildings, eZimtech and Starcover and Vavaki Architects.

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Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan announced as a major sponsor for Zim Achievers Awards

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ZIMBABWE Achievers International has confirmed that Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan (DFCP), have come on board as one of the events’ major sponsors.

Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan is a US$ cash-based funeral insurance cover which is underwritten by reputable specialist life insurance companies in different niche markets, targeted at diaspora communities.

“We are proud to be coming on board as a key partner to sponsor the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards,” said DFCP spokesperson Roda Williams.

“It is an initiative, which has for almost a decade, brought the Zimbabwean community together and, through it we have celebrated, networked and grown in our respective businesses.

“We are committed to supporting community initiatives like ZAA because it brings the community together and gives a sense of purpose. Our aim is to continue to develop that community spirit.”

DFCP Executive Director, Dr Sibert Mandega, welcomed the partnership and said he looked forward to a promising journey with the organisation.

Mandega said that the organisation is committed to supporting, engaging, building and being a source to the community in the diaspora.

“To date we have settled thousands of claims to help bereaved families give their loved ones a dignified send-off,” he said.

“We pride ourselves as an organisation whose service is structured to assist the public and that is able to bridge a social crisis.”

He added; “We are always striving to work with the community to provide a bespoke solution, to an age-old problem where bereaved families financially struggle.”

The bespoke Funeral Cash Plan is available on a guaranteed acceptance basis to every Zimbabwean and Zambian worldwide. The insurance is inclusive and covers repatriation, burials abroad, as well as cremations.

Meanwhile, Zim Achievers announced earlier in the campaign that fintech company, WorldRemit would be this year’s global partner, sponsoring the South African, UK, USA and Australian editions.

Other sponsors announced for the UK edition include, Steward Bank, Ndasenda, Propertyend, Vaka Buildings, Savannah Freight, Starcover and eZimtech.

The awards are taking place on Saturday 12 May 2018 at the Grange City Hotel in London.

Limited tickets for the gala are still on sale and the organisers have encouraged those still wanting to attend to purchase them as soon as possible, as there may not be any tickets available on the day.

They are being sold exclusively from and priced at £85.

The ZAA annual gala is now in its eighth year and has become the society red carpet event of the year, bringing together business leaders and innovators from all sectors to celebrate the achievements of Zimbabweans living in the UK.



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

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Tidi Kwidini

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 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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Deadline for Zim Achievers nominations approaches

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The deadline for nominations for the UK edition of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) is fast approaching, with organisers encouraging the public to continue to nominate their favourites across the board.

Nominations for the South African edition closed on 18 February with the nominee announcement scheduled for 22 February and voting set to begin on March 1.

Meanwhile the deadline for the UK version is Wednesday 28 February. Following the closing date, ZAA’s panel of judges will verify the nominee submissions before whittling the names down to a shortlist that will be announced on 8 March in London.

Categories will be announced in a live presentation via global live stream on and the Zim Achievers Facebook page.

“We have seen a huge increase over the years of good quality nominations in both the UK and South Africa, as more people have bought into the vision of the awards and are proud to put forward their peers who are excelling in various industries,” said panel chair, Tawanda Chiwira.

“We are edging closer to a decade of recognising and rewarding individuals of Zimbabwean heritage in the UK, and if it were not for the public who help us shine a light on the individuals and organisations that are making a huge difference, then there are a number of people who would go unrecognised.”

“We are grateful to those who have played, and are still playing, an instrumental part in keeping this vision alive,” he added.

Voting for the UK edition will commence soon after the announcement and close at the end of April.

This year’s awards 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.

Award nominations opened in the first week of January across all 18 categories. An exciting new addition to the UK category list this year is the breakthrough/newcomer of the year award which will recognise a newcomer to the industry who has exceeded expectations and thrived in the last year.

Tickets are also on sale; and the three-tier ticket campaign, introduced last year, has been implemented once again in response to positive feedback received about the special offer on tickets last year. They are being sold exclusively for £75 until the end of March.

Meanwhile, the ZAA SA gala will be held on 7 April at the Hilton hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.

South Africa will follow a similar ticketing model and tickets are available for R650 until the end of February and R750 thereafter. All tickets can be purchased from for UK residents and from for those who reside in South Africa and other neighbouring countries.

The ZAA annual gala dinner has become the society red carpet event of the year and the pinnacle of recognition for the achievements of people of Zimbabwean heritage in the UK, South Africa, USA and Australia. Canada is on the cards and an announcement is imminent.



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ZAA UK Calls for 2018 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 8th Anniversary with organisers calling on the public to nominate prospective recipients for this year’s honours while South Africa has been growing strong and plans are underway for its 4th Edition.

Award nominations are now open across all categories and the public will have until 28th February 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 1stFebruary 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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