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Zimbabwe Achievers Awards International (ZAA) have spread their wings further with the launch of the ZAA Canada edition which was held on Saturday at Radisson Hotel in Edmonton in a glittering ceremony that celebrated the vast array of Zimbabwean achievers in the North American country.
The Inaugural ZAA Canada Awards Gala further enhanced the efforts of the international awards brand to honour Zimbabweans who are doing inspiring works and achievements around the world.

ZAA Canada Country Director Simba Sithole hailed the successful event and paid glowing tribute to the Zimbabwe diaspora community in Canada for their work in representing the country.
“This is a record setting event today as we celebrate our community organizations and brothers and sisters here in Canada who have been working hard I holding communities and bringing pride and honour on the country,” he said.
“This is just but the beginning of bigger things for us as a whole and we believe that our communities will keep on with their impressive work”.
The Canada edition which became the fifth addition to the franchise was graced by most of the leading lights in the diaspora social and business circles who included popular winners such as MC Bonde, musician Kay L and entrepreneur Lillian Cox to mention a few.
The Chairman’s Honorary Awards for services and contributions were also bestowed on the pioneering class of the Canada edition such as Joseph Mugodo and Solomon Choga among others.
ZAA International founder and Chairman Conrad Mwanza also spoke of his delight at the first edition.
“We are proud to welcome the Canada community to our growing family and extend congratulations to all nominees and winners and everyone who is working hard to make the world a better place.”
“This is part of our vision and desire to recognize and honour individuals, businesses, organizations and initiatives that represent the excellence and innovation that makes us all truly proud to be Zimbabwean,”he said.
This was the third event that ZAA had held this year after successful runs in South Africa and UK in April and May,respectively, earlier in the year.
Meanwhile, nominations for the ZAA USA 5th Edition are open on www.ZimAchievers.com/usa/ with voting dates set to be announced in sure course.

Here is the full list of the Inaugural ZAA Canada Edition
Young Achiever of the year award – Bangerz

Music artist of the year award – Kay L

ZAA People’s Choice Award – Dr Nothabo Ncube

Professional of the year award – Wiri Kaparura

Male entrepreneur of the year award – Zeb Tsikira

Female Entrepreneur of the year award – Lillian Cox

ZAA Business of the year award – CargoLink

ZAA Community Champion of the Year award – Pastor Sheddy Mbizvo

ZAA Community Organisation of the year award – You have it in you foundation (YHIIU)

ZAA Female Personality of the year award – Ru & Ot TV

Media Personality of the Year award – MC Bonde

Honorary Award for Services to Business – Solomon Choga

Honorary Award for Services to Business – Joseph Mugodo

Honorary Award for Services to Community Outreach – ZCUSA

Honorary Award for Services to Music and Cultural Promotion – Tinos Taurai Viriri

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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 www.zimachievers.com/canada/buy-tickets/ 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 www.zimachievers.com/usa/nominations/
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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ZAA UK celebrates 9th Anniversary in style

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Ambassador Katsande with Mr and Mrs Mapondera
Zimbabwe Achievers Awards UK hosted an excellent awards dinner gala on their 9th anniversary at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London on Africa Day which saw a number of people and organisations in the diaspora honoured for their contributions within their communities and beyond.

The event was well attended and featured people from all walks of life who included dignitaries such as Zimbabwean ambassador to the UK Rtd Colonel Christian Katsande and Ambassador Tim Morris as well as various other guests who came out to a night of celebration that was marked by the launch of the ZAA Foundation.

Ambassador Katsande gave a speech that commended all the Zimbabwean people and organisations for doing amazing work in the diaspora and representing the country well and also exhorted people to make use of the opportunities opening up in the country for development.

The Ambassador’s sentiments were echoed in a speech read out on behalf of the Minister of Information Hon Monica Mutsvangwa who reiterated that Zimbabwe is open for business and Zimbabweans should continue to work towards achieving all national and individual aspirations.

There were many people who were recognized for their endeavours abroad and Ambassador Morris congratulated the diaspora community for their contributions as well as the ZAA team for the initiative.

Male Personality of the Year winner Jan-Paul Weaper

Chairman’s Honorary Friend of Zimbabwe Award recipient Sir Richard Heygate

Dr Melanie Abas Chairman’s Honorary Friend of Zimbabwe Award recipient

A number of awards in different categories were handed out and notable winners on the night included Young Achiever of the Year Stephanie Travers who scored a first for Zimbabweans by becoming the Fluid Engineer for Petronas on racing ace Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team in Formula 1. Rugby star Farai Mudariki was awarded Sports Personality of the Year whilst CNN’s Samantha Tapfumaneyi took the Female Personality of the Year on a night when the Chairman’s Honorary Awards were handed to various people that included Sir Richard Heygate, Dr Melanie Abas, Ennie Mupoto and Vusa Mkhaya among others.

Female Entrepreneur of the Year winner Sabe Connor

Rutendo Mushonga Breakthrough of the year winner

Innovation of the year winner Codilia Gapare

Farai Mudariki Sports Personality of the Year winner

ZAA founder Conrad Mwanza with Female Personality of the Year winner CNN’s Samantha Tapfumaneyi

The 9th edition of the annual awards event was headline sponsored by WorldRemit who were also running a promotion for people making their first transaction to Zimbabwe free of charge with the promo code ZAAPROMO. Other sponsors included Genesis Law, Blose Architects, eZimtech Distributors, Indlovukazi Guesthouses and Chiltern Support & Housing,Tugela Group, Henco, Made in Zwe and Stark Property Group among others.

ZAA also launched their independent goodwill arm ZAA Foundation which will give back to various community and national causes for the upliftment of the community. The first targeted initiative was the contributing to the welfare of the Zimbabwe Netball Team travelling to the UK for the Netball World Cup and £500 was raised in cash whilst pledges amounted to £2000 from various business people on the night.

Speaking at the event ZAA Foundation Chairperson Beatrice Kumalo hailed the initiative and the generous response to the call for the worthy cause.

“We would like to thank all of us for showing oneness and generosity in giving back to the community and look forward to continued engagements and collaborating on identifying needs within our communities and helping in whatever way we can,” she said.

The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards were started by Conrad Mwanza in 2010 in the UK and has now spread to the USA, Australia, South Africa and Canada which is in its inaugural year, to recognize and honour Zimbabweans who are in the diaspora. Plans to bring the awards home to the motherland were mooted at the event with Victoria Falls tipped to be the venue for next year’s ZAA 10th Anniversary through Zim Thrive initiative which aims to host the biggest homecoming for diaspora based Zimbabweans in the country at one time.

Meanwhile, with the South African and UK editions wrapped up, attention turns to the Inaugural ZAA Canada Edition set for Saturday 29th June 2019 at the Radisson Hotel in Edmonton. Voting for the nominees is open until 2nd June on www.zimachievers.com/canada/ whilst tickets to the event can be purchased online on www.zimachievers.com/canada/buy-tickets/

Full list of 9th Anniversary ZAA UK winners

ZAA UK Male Entrepreneur of the Year

Patrick Ndlovu

ZAA UK Professional of the Year

Sarah Chitongo

ZAA UK Business of the Year

Tann Law Solicitors Ltd

ZAA UK Female Entrepreneur of the Year

Sabe Connor

ZAA UK Innovation of the Year

Codilia Gapare

ZAA UK Young Achiever of the Year

Stehanie Travers

ZAA UK Community Champion of the Year

Patience Ndebele-Omijie

ZAA UK Community Organisation of the Year

Budiriro Trust

ZAA UK Cultural Ambassador of the Year

Bruce Ncube and Rejoice Bhila Kwaramba

UK Based Music Artist of the Year

Kelvin Jones

Sports Personality of the Year

Farai Mudariki

ZAA UK Breakthrough of the Year

Rutendo Mushonga

ZAA UK Event of the Year

End of Year Gospel Show

ZAA UK Male Personality of the Year

Jan-Paul Weaper

ZAA UK Female Personality of the Year

Samantha Tapfumaneyi

ZAA People’s Choice Award

Ivy’s Kitchen/Taste of Zimbabwe

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ZAA Canada announces inaugural nominees

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Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (Z.A.A) has announced the nominees list for the inaugural Z.A.A Canada edition with the Awards Dinner Gala set for Saturday 29th June 2019 in Edmonton at the Radisson Hotel.

This is the first edition of the Canada awards as the Zimbabwe diaspora community in the ‘Great White North’ joins the established list of Z.A.A editions in the UK, USA, Australia and South Africa.
Z.A.A Canada Country Director Simba Sithole expressed excitement at the upcoming event, promising that it marks a new exciting chapter for Zimbabweans in Canada.
“ We are very excited to announce the nominees shortlist for Canada edition and this bears special significance to us and our diaspora community as this the inaugural edition and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating with outstanding Zimbabwe achievers around the world,” he said.
The announcement comes on the back of the successful Z.A.A SA edition which was held on the 6th of April in Sandton South Africa where Z.A.A rolled out the honours for outstanding achievers in South Africa.

The complete SA winners list can be accessed here .
Meanwhile, voting has opened for the UK edition set to take place on Saturday 25th May 2019 in London at the Millenium Gloucester Hotel. The UK voting line closes on the 5th May 2019 and votes can be cast on http://www.zimachievers.com/uk/nominees/vote/
Zimbabwe Achievers Awards were founded in the UK in 2010 by Conrad Mwanza and recognise and honour Zimbabwean individuals and organisations who do commendable in the diaspora communities as well as back home. The awards now have a presence in five countries across the globe with UK, USA, Australia, South Africa and Canada taking the lead in honouring the achievers as well as honorary awards.

Young Achiever of the Year Award
Nominee will be 25 and below and will have been a beacon for leadership, community and cultural engagement. Will have participated in activities that demonstrate the excellence, cultural richness and diversity of being Zimbabwean. ZAA wishes to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote positive achievements of all young people.

1. Nigel Sitashi
2. Tinotenda Mungoni
3. Charmaine Mukoma
4. Bangerz
5. Ruvarashe Mutseka

Music Artist of the Year
An individual or group who have demonstrated great musicianship, quality and uniqueness of music, and performances throughout the year. They will have a huge presence and impact on their audience/listeners on multiple channels.

1. Ruvarashe Mutseka
2. Napitapi
3. Ekhaya Music
4. Kay L
5. Melissa Natasha – Rain Akai

ZAA People’s Choice Award
This category is won by the nominee with the highest count of votes, voted by the general public. Nominee will have shown enthusiasm and charisma in engaging the wider community through several channels. The Top 5 nominees are selected by picking the highest nominations.

1. Dr Nothabo Ncube
2. Lindiwe Sithole
3. Amanda Nothando
4. Hygenic Cleaning Services
5. Lynn Kibria

ZAA Professional of the Year Award
Employed. Excelled in their field. Not an entrepreneur
The award recognizes eminent public, private and educational sector professionals who have demonstrated passion, leadership and commitment to the sector.

1. Wiri Kapurura
2. Chenai Cynthia Mufandaedza
3. David Hove
4. Phil Mutamho
5. Theresa Nyabeze

ZAA Male Entrepreneur of the Year
Awarded to a business person who can demonstrate a genuine passion for social
issues and with a proven track record of operating a successful business enterprise.
Nominee will have demonstrated business excellence and acumen with a proven track
record of success in business. ZAA is honouring entrepreneurs whose boldness drives them to do things differently and change our world in the most unexpected ways

1. Allen Magama- Insurance & Ekhaya Garden
2. Zeb Tsikira
3. Andrew Utah
4. Charles Dengedza
5. TK Smooth

Female Entrepreneur of the Year Awarded to a business person who can demonstrate a genuine passion for social
issues and with a proven track record of operating a successful business enterprise.
Nominee will have demonstrated business excellence and acumen with a proven track
record of success in business. ZAA is honouring entrepreneurs whose boldness drives them to do things differently and change our world in the most unexpected ways.

1. Lillian Cox
2. Catherine Kim Chivhima
3. Charmaine Mukoma
4. Colleen Tsikira
5. Lindsey Machona Maenzanise
ZAA Business of the Year Award
A business that can demonstrate a long standing commitment of a responsible business & leadership in the marketplace, workplace, environment and the community. Business must be financially sound, active in their community.

1. Handmade with Charm
2. CargoLink
3. Proconnect
4. Lillian Cox- FlameTz Kloset
5. Busi Sells Homes

ZAA Community Champion Award
Nominee will have shown extraordinary courage and will have taken upon him or
herself to campaign tirelessly and lead in the improvement of the Zimbabwean community.
ZAA honours someone who has worked tirelessly to engage, involve and consult the community; someone who has got to the grassroots of communities, made strides to understand their priorities and campaigned on issues that matter to them.

1. ManiXe $ Money Transfer
2. Irene Samambwa
3. Pastor Sheddy Mbizvo

4. Tendai Chinhengo
5. Dr Raino Mutamba

ZAA Community Organisation of the Year Award
A charitable organisation that has worked and campaigned tirelessly to deliver a sustained positive impact to the Zimbabwean Community.

1. Forward in Faith
2. ZimMarket Classifieds
3. Angie’s Kitchenette
4. You Have It In You Foundation
5. Associations of Zimbabweans in Calgary

ZAA Female Personality of the Year Award
Influential, inspiring and in the news. From all walks of life- politicians, actors, sports stars, artists and models. Others have a lower profile but still intrigue with their determination to make their mark.

1. Sandra Chuma ‘Ndini Media’
2. Noreen Judith Sibanda
3. Colleen Tsikira
4. Shumba & Beta
5. Catherine (Kim) Chivhima

Media Personality of the Year Award
This is awarded to a prominent personality who is in the public eye and commands a following among audiences within the media space. Nominee must be trending, easily recognized and positively ignites conversation and attract media spotlight.

1. MC Bonde
2. Vusa Mabaleka
3. Amanda Nothando
4. Curtis Smith ‘Zvirikufaya

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Message from the Chairman

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ZAA Chairman Conrad Mwanza

Distinguished Friends and Family

It has been quite a year for Zimbabwe Achievers Awards International, but it would not have been possible, if it were not for our partners,patrons and supporters.

We hosted four awards shows in four different countries, which is an in incredible feat, and we are just about to expand to the fifth.

The brand has gone through a transformation since its inception in 2010, beginning in the United Kingdom. As this edition(UK) enters its ninth year, we continue with our pursuit of being a worldwide brand, that not only highlights the successes and achievements of Zimbabweans, internationally but, that engages the wider community, globally.

Our growth has not come easy but what we have begun to understand, is that a journey is not a ‘one day trip’ and the destination is still a long way. More importantly, a community cannot be built by a single person but by a group of people who are willing to go somewhere and have a desire for greatness.

Invest in Africa
As we close the chapter on 2018, it is imperative that we focus on the fundamental issues within our community and drive an agenda that allows us to establish a network that is engaged and committed to shaping a Zimbabwean community that is ready to invest in Africa.

We have a plethora of talent. Brilliant minds, with innovative ideas who deserve a seat at the table, who deserve to be recognised and who deserve to be heard, and Zim Achievers is committed to redefining the playing field and working closely with the wider community in putting Africa on the map.

We need to remind the world that we have a voice and that we have stories to tell that will resonate with this generation and the generations to come.

We are expanding
Zim Achievers, as mentioned earlier, is now present in four countries – the UK, South Africa, the US and Australia. We are currently finalising plans to add Canada to the fold and mid next year we will host the first awards ceremony in the country.

We are still building on the vision of creating multiple platforms where Zimbabwean talent and achievement is consistently highlighted, and where we continue to celebrate,be inspired and motivated by every individual who is raising the flag high, pushing us to reach excellence and live in our purpose.

Countdown to 2019
The new year is fast approaching and we have already got the ball rolling. The UK and South African nomination lines have opened and I’d like to encourage you all to help us uncover the hidden talent in our community. Many of them are our current and future leaders. I believe they will be among those who will rewrite history and will make a difference, not only in their respective sectors but, specifically in Africa.

We have some exciting news for South Africa

Zororo-Phumulani has come on board for ZAA South Africa

We are excited that Zororo Phumulani has signed a three year deal with us and will headline the fifth edition.

Zororo came on board for the fourth edition this year and over the years have become a major player in the community. As our focus is not only recognising the achievements of Zimbabweans but, also driving community progression and engagement, we are happy to be working with a company that understands what we do and why we do it.

Thank you to our stakeholders

We are grateful to,and owe credit to our stakeholders, who have helped us achieve results this year, either through direct engagement, or through the constructive feedback we have received.

We are especially thankful to WorldRemit for being our global partner this year. We appreciate and value your support immensely.

We also extend thanks to all the other major players this year;Steward Bank, Diaspora
Funeral Cash Plan, Propertyend, Ndasenda, eZimtech, Women in Healthcare, Vaka Buildings, Mtimandze Group, Starcover, Vavaki Architects, Richvisions, KTrio, Nurseline,Fastjet, Zimcon, African Medallion Group, Mopane Community Health and Interprime Consulting.

There is still a lot of work to be done and we look forward to maintaining our broad and diverse range of partners and building on delivering all our aims and objectives.

As we get ready to remember and embrace the reason for this season, we do so in thanksgiving, and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed and prosperous 2019.

Warm regards,

Conrad Mwanza

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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 www.zimachievers.com/uk  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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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 www.zimachievers.com/uk 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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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 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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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 zimachievers.com 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 zimachievers.com/uk for UK residents and from zimachievers.com/sa 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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