Tafadzwa Zimoyo : Arts Reporter
The 6th Zimbabwe Achievers Awards UK nominees will be announced this Friday. The awards celebrate inspirational role models in the fields of business, sport, entertainment, philanthropy and popular arts and culture from the diaspora Zimbabwean community in the UK. The awards run under the theme: “Black tie” and will be held at Royal Garden Hotel, UK on May 7.The awards, which so far have honoured personalities across the United Kingdom, South Africa and Zambia, will be launched in Zimbabwe later this year.
Awards chairman Conrad Mwanza, who was in Zimbabwe recently to negotiate the ZAA deals, said preparations were at an advanced stage.
He said the awards promise to be bigger and better this year.
“The awards are getting better with time and I am happy since 2011 we have been getting good response from the corporate world. A three-course dinner will be served an hour and half before the start of the show.
“We are continuing to make the change. Now in its sixth year, the ZAA UK nominees will be out this Friday ahead of the Zimbabwean launch anytime soon,” said Mwanza.
“I came back home to sort out some issues of which we should be happy to share the results once we are done. All I can say is we now want to have the same style awards in Zimbabwe celebrating locals not diasporans,” he said.
Mwanza said the show would include a red carpet feel with live interviews that would be streamlined.
“We are still negotiating on the team to do the red carpet interviews which will be broadcast live online and on some television stations.”
He said the nominees would be announced during a cocktail this Friday.
“The awards seem to be improving when it comes to fashion and style and this should be included in the planning,” he said.
“Everything is conducted step by step and hence each week we will be releasing more like a bulletin online from hosts to performers, having their little profiles, what they will be wearing, some of the programmes lined up, among others.”
Mwanza said nominations for the Zimbabwean edition would be announced when the awards are launched locally.
“I will be back in Zimbabwe soon to finalise the local version which we want to make different and trendy,” he said.
Mwanza said the awards were born out of a simple vision, to recognise Zimbabweans in the UK.
The Zimbabweans are recognised for pushing boundaries and flying the Zimbabwean flag high.
“The awards are noted as one of the most significant and prestigious events within the Zimbabwean and broader diaspora community calendar, becoming a major annual event bringing together business leaders from all sectors, Government officials, diplomats, the civil society, finance and trade and the international media,” he said.
The awards have to date honoured celebrities and personalities who include Dereck Chisora, Takesure Zamar Ncube, Brian Soko and Oliver Mtukudzi.