ZIMBABWEAN fashionista Fungai Nembaware has been nominated for best female designer of the year in the 2013 UK Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts Awards (BEFFTA) set for London next Friday.
The Gweru-born and married mother of two was delighted with her nomination and urged Zimbabweans across the world to vote for her “because I am not only representing my brand but my country, my hometown of Gweru, my fellow hard working sisters and all small business people.”
She added: “A victory for me will put all these things in the spotlight for a good cause.”
A graduate of the Midlands State University and trained journalist, Fungai, who also has a Masters in Mental Health and Well-being, said she had no training in fashion but joined the industry to follow a passion of long standing.
“It’s a passion I follow and learn every day,” she said.
“ZuwaRe (her label) means sun of God and it’s a brand born out of love for conscious Afropolitan clothing. My work speaks about who I am as an African goddess, my history as a Zimbabwean, my pride to be a Zimbabwean and my love for my African print fabric.
“It’s a brand that celebrates my heroes such like Mbuya Nehanda, Josiah Tongogara, Joshua Nkomo, Robert Mugabe and many others. It is a conscious, African brand.”
Started five years ago, the BEFFTA awards honour the best showbiz and entertainment personalities in the black and ethnic communities across the globe – in the UK, USA, Africa, the Caribbean as well as Canada and globally.
“This nomination is proof that when we work hard and believe in our dreams there are people out there who will believe in you and light your torch in the right direction,” said Fungai.
“Thanks to everyone who supported me in every possible way; I am grateful. This nomination means a lot to me because of the struggles and hurdles I continue to overcome as a growing designer, mother and wife.”
The international awards seek to recognise and reward outstanding achievements and contributions from Africans, the Afro-Caribbean community and Asians in entertainment, film, fashion, television and the arts.
In addition, they also provide a networking platform for industry personalities.Advertisement
To vote for Fungai visit www.beffta.com/voting or her Facebook page www.facebook.com/ZuwareBespoke to see some of her work.
Representing Africa and Zimbabwe