ZAA Australia opens nominations as Alfred Kainga wins big in Washington

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By Diaspora Correspondent

Rising stand-up comedian, Alfred Kainga, was among the top winners at this year’s edition of the Zim Achievers USA awards ceremony held in Washington over the weekend.

The ceremony, which recognised young achievers excelling in various sectors that include sport and business, also celebrated several academics and businessmen, including the late Jack Ramsey whose contributions to the game of basketball were recognised globally.

His foundation, Africa Outreach, also received the Chairman’s Honorary Award for services to the community. His grandchildren accepted the award.

Keynote speaker, Dr Lance Mambondiani, delivered another captivating speech, challenging Zimbabweans in the diaspora to invest in Zimbabwe.

He also encouraged them to be innovative and to keep working hard to achieve their goals and ambitions.

Other speakers on the night included Dr Reggies Wenyika and Mtimandze Group Chairman and CEO Muzi Kunene, who commended the work that Zimbabweans are doing and praised them for celebrating each other.

African Union ambassador to the United States, Dr. Arikana Chihombori- Qao, who also attended the ceremony, urged guests to rise up and be united in helping restore the southern African nation.

Other winners

Former ZBC presenter, Maimba Mapuranga was awarded the Ambassador Award for his work with Celebrate the Children. He dedicated it to all the underprivileged children in Zimbabwe.


The event this year was proudly sponsored by fintech company, WorldRemit. The enterprise is this year’s global sponsor and has sponsored the South African and UK versions as well.

ZAA USA director, Faith Banda extended her thanks to the sponsors for their continued support and congratulated all the nominees and winners.

“The Zim Achievers process continues to surprise us each year,” she said.

“We get to recognise and celebrate the hard work and achievements of Zimbabweans who are excelling in the US in their various disciplines and we thank the public for helping us highlight the magnificent work that they are all doing.”

“We are committed to community engagement and we are thrilled that the Zimbabwean community is growing in the US,” Banda added.

Upcoming Events

Meanwhile, nominations for the Australian edition are now open. The awards ceremony will take place on 24 November 2018 at the Marriott Hotel in Melbourne. To nominate visit

Now a permanent fixture on the Zimbabwean community calendar, the awards are now in four countries. There are also plans in the pipeline to introduce a Canadian version of the awards soon.

2018 U.S. Winners list

Business of the Year
Zim Tuckshop

Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Thabisile K. Francis

Male Entrepreneur of the Year
Steve Mutizwa

Professional of the Year
Phillip Bamu

Academic Excellence
Dr. Chipo Dendere

Sports Personality
Dr. Rev Mwase

Music Artist
Pastor Chaka Ngwenya
Tino Chambati

Outstanding Achievement – Entertainment
Alfred Kainga

Personality of the Year
Simba Usore

Media Personality
Marvellous Mhlanga Nyahuye

Event of the Year
Women of Dominion

Community Champion of the Year
Cassandra Sibanda

Community Organization of the Year
Women of Dominion

People’s Choice
Portia Kandemiri

Young Achievers- honorary awards
Tariro Kandemiri
Ru Chibanda
Nyasha Zimunhu
2 bros in the Kitchen
Danielle Sebata

ZAA USA Special Recognition Award
Dr. Reggies Wenyika
Dr. Tawanda Gumbo

Ambassador Award
Maimba Mapuranga

ZAA Chairman’s honorary
Dr. Jack Ramsay
Africa outreach

ZAA Panel’s Choice Award
Savannah Madamombe

ZAA USA Friend of Zimbabwe
The Salvation Army Church- Harlem