HARARE – Popular musicians Plaxedes Wenyika and Cindy Munyavi were honoured by the inaugural Women in Enterprise Conference and Awards which took place at the weekend for their contribution to Zimbabwe’s arts and culture sector.
Wenyika walked away with the first prize with the colourful Munyavi scooping the first runner-up position in the inaugural awards organised by the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC).
Beverley Pullen, the chief executive officer of Friends of Joshua Trust (FOJ) was the second runner up.
The three arts personalities were among many women achievers in various sectors of Zimbabwean society who were honoured by the inaugural ZNCC awards.
Wenyika believes being honoured by such a key business organisation will boost her own standing in the arts sector.
“I am very happy because my role in the arts industry has been recognised at such high levels of the business community,’’ Wenyika told the Daily News.
The Tisaparadzane hit-maker, who runs her record label Lucid Productions, attributes her recognition to professionalism.
Bubbly Cindy, who unfortunately could not attend the awards ceremony, lauded the organisers for recognising women achievers who are playing key roles in developing Zimbabwe.
“The awards are a very noble idea; they recognise the efforts of women in society,” said Cindy.
The diva went on to thank ZNCC for acknowledging in a very visible way that the arts and culture sector is indeed part of the business community.
“It is great that ZNCC has recognised that the arts sector is also a business like any other .This is very positive and encouraging “added Cindy.
The Hande singer also took the opportunity to urge the pubic to cease viewing women artistes in negative light.
“People should not look at female artiste in a negative frame of mind, People should understand that what happens on stage is just a script designed to entertain and not really what the artiste is like in real life,” said Cindy.
The awards that were hosted by the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) with the aim of celebrating the work of women in business also saw television personality Rebecca Chisamba, who is better known as Mai Chisamba, being included among 10 women who have been the most influential in the last 30 years.
Mai Chisamba was recognised alongside Divine Ndhlukula, Prof Hope Sadza, Kubi Indi, Florence Mashaire, Lupi Mushayakarara, Jane Mutasa, Sue Peters, Florence Ziumbe and Rose Mazula.