ZIMBABWE’S first and only Forbes Best of Africa Award winner, businessman Kenneth Sharpe, was recently conferred with the Leader in Real Estate of the Year 2021 Platinum Award at the just-ended Megafest National Leadership Awards ceremony in the capital.
An entrepreneur with tentacles in real estate, manufacturing, ICTs and services, Sharpe beat a strong and illustrious field of contenders to be named the platinum winner following his leadership exploits at West Properties.
His wife and business partner, Joanna, had to receive the Megafest award on his behalf as he is currently outside the country. Joanna dedicated the accolade to hardworking Zimbabweans.
“We dedicate this award to our stakeholders, firstly our customers, partners, employees, suppliers, regulators and all hardworking Zimbabweans who continue to challenge us to do better.
“As West Properties, we are committed to providing both luxurious and affordable housing units. All our unique projects are in areas of high access and opportunity, with proximity to amenities.
“We have gone out of our way to ensure that all our projects are constructed with utmost regard to architectural excellence, world-class construction quality and aesthetics. Combined with our zealous commitment to timely delivery and innovation, all of our projects are designed to offer both convenience and utility as well as to stand the test of time,” she said.
It has been a terrific year for Sharpe and his team at West Properties.
He was one of few African entrepreneurs celebrated by United Arab Emirates (UAE) Africa Networking Group in September at the Titans of Africa book launch and reception in Dubai.
The UAE Africa Networking Group is a Dubai based networking business platform that promotes collaboration between the UAE and various African markets. That acknowledgement by the UAE Africa Networking Group came hard on the heels of another global recognition when the real estate trailblazer fittingly became the first Zimbabwean to scoop the coveted Forbes Best of Africa Award of Excellence after being recognised as the continent’s most Innovative chief executive officer of the year 2021.
Sharpe’s business dominance and innovativeness across Africa was recognised by the Foreign Investment Network (FIN) Leadership and Philanthropy Roundtable at an auspicious virtual awards ceremony.
He believes the latest honour is an endorsement of his goal of building Zimbabwe’s own Dubai.
“There is nothing that can stop us from making another Dubai in Zimbabwe; It is very possible.
“We want our high-quality prestigious properties to dominate the skylines of many urban centres in Zimbabwe. We want to make a difference in the overall social-economic growth of the country,” he said.