“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.”The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards last Friday released the nomination list and headline sponsors during the live announcement for the 6th Edition of the Awards event.Sponsors include Steward Bank, Econet Group and Chitoro among others.
Zimpapers radio station StarFM and leading newspaper The Herald have been nominated for Media Organisation of The Year.
ZAA vice chairman Zeb Manatse said he was thrilled about the partnerships 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 trio’s involvement with ZAA 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 in 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 runs from March 25 to April 29.
The votes would then be tabulated and verified by the ZAA panel of experts who would arduously assess all the candidates and match up their achievements with the set criteria before whittling the list down to this year’s winners.
ZAA panel chairperson Dr Martha Chinouya said she was delighted with the positive response hailing the public for its tremendous and well deserved nominations that were received for this year’s 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.”
She said: “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.”
The awards celebrate the accomplishments of individuals and organisations in fields that include business, sport, entertainment, arts and culture.
Profiles of this year’s nominees will be featured on zimachievers.com and will provide the public with information about the remarkable achievements of this years short-listed candidates.
The red carpet affair will be held on May 7, 2016 at the swanky five-star Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington.
Tickets are available for £65,95.
The current discount has been extended to March 27, and will then revert back to the standard price of £89,95.
ZAA-UK chief executive 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.”
He encouraged interested people to get their tickets and reserve the best seats in the house as they are limited.
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
Couture and Tiara Bridal
Tafadzwa Chigudu (TafaCakes)
Business Innovation Award
International Music Artist of the Year
International Gospel Artist of the Year
Obert Mazivisa ll
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
Globe Hand of Hope International
Zimbabwe Health Training Support
Community Champion of the Year
Samukeliso Sam Tennyson
Imbalabala Zambezi Lodge (Safari)
Matthew C Matino (Zimguide)
Brian Kalunga (Msuna travel)
Radio Presenter / Club DJ of the Year
Fashion House/Designer of the Year
Fashion by Marita
International Sports Personality of the Year
Walter Gahadza( Black Sniper)
Brendan Zibusiso Galloway
Event of the Year
Zimbabwe Fashion Showcase
BIG Network Event
Ayendane Nyika Tour
Sakhile Miss Classique
Personality of the Year
Media Organisation of the Year
StarFM — Radio
ZiFM — Radio
The Daily News
Young Achievers Award