By ShowBiz Reporter
THE 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.
The nominees list has been released onto the Z.A.A website, social media platforms and media.
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 recognising 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 viewed on http://www.zimachievers.com/sa/zaa-sa-celebrates-diaspora-achievers-in-style/
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.
ZAA CANADA FULL NOMINEES LIST
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 Sitachi
2. Tinotenda Mungoni
3. Charmaine Mukoma
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
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 Nothando Ncube –
2. Lindiwe Sithole
3. Amanda Nothando Mangena
4. Hygenic Cleaning Services
5. Lynn Kibria
ZAA Professional of the Year Award
Employed. Excelled in their field. Not an entrepreneur
The award recognises 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
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
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
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 Mangena
4. Curtis Smith ‘Zvirikufaya’