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Zim Achievers reveal headline sponsors as nominees are announced

by Tidi Kwidini
20 Mar 2016 at 09:20hrs | Views
LONDON - The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards campaign moved into the homestretch on Friday with the live announcement of the nominees and headline sponsors for the 6th Edition of the awards event.

Taking a leap forward, the ZAA organisers informed the public that Ecocash,Chitoro and Steward bank,which are all part of the Econet group, would this year be the headline sponsors for the event which honours the achievements of Zimbabweans in the diaspora.

ZAA Vice Chairman Zeb Manatse said he was thrilled about the partnership and the journey ahead.

"We are delighted to welcome Ecocash,Chitoro and Steward bank as the new Headline Sponsors for the 6th Edition of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards."

The trios involvement with ZAA only proves its ongoing commitment to engaging and supporting the Zimbabwean community in the UK.

" We are honoured to have their support and we thank them for coming on board and being a part of the vision we have for ZAA," he added.

Organisers of the high profile event also announced over 80 nominees across 18 categories at the press conference held at Amba Hotel Marble Arch, London.

Nominations opened at the beginning of December last year, giving the public plenty of time to put forward those individuals or organisations they felt excelled in various ventures over the past year.

Voting will commence on the 25th of March and will run until the 29th of April. Thereafter the votes will be tabulated and verified by the ZAA Panel of experts who will arduously assess all the candidates and match up their achievements with the set criteria before whittling the list down to this years winners.

ZAA Panel Chairperson Dr Martha Chinouya said she was delighted with the positive response, and praised the public for the tremendous and well deserved nominations that were received for this years event.

"We would like to thank everyone who took the time to participate and nominate their peers. We received more than 2000 nominations, which is a huge increase on the previous year."

"There were strong entries across all categories this year and after lengthy deliberations by the panel, we have emerged with an exceptional list of contenders who have distinguished themselves remarkably over the past year and are deserving of recognition," Dr Chinouya said.

The awards celebrate the accomplishments of individuals and organisations in fields that include business, sport, entertainment, arts and culture.

Profiles of this years nominees will be featured on and will provide the public with information about the remarkable achievements of this years shortlisted candidates.

The Red Carpet Affair will be held on the 7th of May at the swanky five-star Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington. With breathtaking views of Kensington Gardens, it too boasts views of the capital's rooftops and iconic architecture. It also overlooks the spectacular Kensington Palace.

Providing an ambience of splendour, the venue has become home to the much anticipated event of the year.

Tickets are available for £65.95. The current discount has been extended to the 27th of March, and will then revert back to the standard price of £89.95.

ZAAUK CEO Peter Soko urged the public to take advantage of the current ticket discount before the offer ends.

"Our revised ticketing system has allowed our guests to choose their seats upon purchasing their tickets for the last two years, and this has proved to be a very popular and efficient system."

"I would encourage all those wanting to attend to get their tickets and reserve the best seats in the house, as these will increasingly become limited over the next couple of weeks," Soko said.

Now in its 6th 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.

Zimbabwe Achievers Awards 2016 Finalists

Company of the Year
Trish and Parker Estates
Nicola Holden Designs
MTM Accountants
Couture and Tiara Bridal

Male Entrepreneur
Nkosinathi Zvimba
Peter Konoro
Jeff Madzingo
Belvin Tawuya

Female Entrepreneur
Nicola Holden
Hanani Nqo
Tafadzwa Chigudu (TafaCakes)
Lindiwe Sachiti
Mary Majoni

Business Innovation Award
Chii App
Wagona Maths
Tafa Cakes

International Music Artist of the Year
Eska Mtungwazi
Jah Prayzah
Tkay Maidza

International Gospel Artist of the Year
Obert Mazivisa ll
Mathias Mhere
Fungisai Zvakavapano Mashavave
Rev T T Chivaviro

Author / Academic Award
Getrude Nyirenda - Author
Professor Chigara - Academic
Dr Julius Mugwagwa- Academic
BB Goldsmith - Author
Aaron Hess - Academic

Community Organisation of the Year
Zim Health
Zane UK
Globe Hand of Hope International
Zimbabwe Health Training Support

Community Champion of the Year
Witness Dzobo
Samukeliso Sam Tennyson
Julius Muzuva
Linda Satimburwa
Patience Ndebele-Omijie

Tourism Award
Imbalabala Zambezi Lodge (Safari)
Matthew C Matino (Zimguide)
Brian Kalunga (Msuna travel)

Radio Presenter / Club DJ of the Year
Pelagia Mutake
Silvaa King
DJ Timeless
Big Nero
Empres Trisha

Fashion House/Designer of the Year
Fashion by Marita
Messiah Couture

International Sports Personality of the Year
Walter Gahadza ( Black Sniper)
David Pocock
Tamuka Muchapondwa
Brendan Zibusiso Galloway
Grant Flower

Event of the Year
Summer Fiesta
Summer Splash
Zimbabwe Fashion Showcase
BIG Network Event
Ayenda neNyika Tour

People's Choice
Kevin Ncube
Xavier O'fishal
Sakhile Miss Classique
DJ Timeless
Nyasha Duri

Personality of the Year
Senamiso Mathobela
Kevin Ncube
Xavier O'fishal
Chipo Kureya
Memory Savanhu

Media Organisation of the Year
Star FM -Radio
ZiFM - Radio
The Daily News
The Herald
NewsDay Zimbabwe

Young Achievers Award
Bridget Okhioigbe
Korrine Sky
Samuel Mangoro
Nicole Mujuru
Sakhile Classique

Source - ZAA