BOY band Mokoomba, actress Chipo Tariro Chung, music executive Taponeswa Mavunga and motocross biker Tanya Muzinda are among those lined up to receive awards at the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) 10th anniversary celebrations set for Victoria Falls on April 10.
The event is also part of ZimThrive’s Homecoming initiative that is being sponsored by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), Fastjet, African Medallion Group (AMG), African Sun, ZimCon and Mhukahuru Tours, among others.
Others expected to win awards are academic Tererai Trent, entrepreneur Divine Ndhlukula, diplomat Arikana Chihombori-Quao, community champion Esther Minyoro, sommelier Joseph Dhafana, rugby star Tendai Mtawarira and inventor William Sachiti, among others.
The celebrations and awards dinner gala will be held at the Elephant Hills Resort in Victoria Falls.
This marks the first time the awards are being held on home soil, running under the theme; “Our heart has always been home”, hence paying homage to the motherland where the journey started for so many of the country’s success stories.
Speaking at a press conference in Harare, ZAA founder Conrad Mwanza noted that the event will welcome various members of diaspora-based communities whose contributions in their respective fields and endeavours have made a global impact and shone a positive light on the country by virtue of their great ambassadorial role to the rest of the world.
“Unlike regular ZAA edition formats, there will be no public voting or nominations for this special celebratory edition and recipients will be awarded the honorary ZAA Global Impact Award as determined by the ZAA advisory board panel from various territories and celebrating the achievements of the country’s global trailblazers as well as some unsung heroes based in Zimbabwe and abroad,” Mwanza said.
Mwanza added that ZAA is committed to not only celebrate achievement but also looks at creating strong networks and synergies within its various spheres of influence to propel the national aspirations forward and is also actively involved in partnerships with other goodwill parties through its foundation.
“We are also keeping a close watch on various factors pertaining to the event and would like to allay fears that the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases reported in neighbouring countries will affect the event.
“We continue to monitor the situation closely while also following government and World Health Organisation guidelines and proceeding with plans for the event, which are now at an advanced stage,” Mwanza said.
ZAA is an international awards brand that recognises, honours and celebrates outstanding Zimbabwean talent around the globe from various fields such as leadership, business, media, sport, entertainment and proactive community initiatives, among other notable contributions.
Since its inception in 2010 with the flagship ZAA UK edition, it has grown over the years and expanded to other countries, giving birth to other editions namely ZAA USA, ZAA Australia, ZAA Canada and ZAA South Africa.
The ceremonies are held annually through an open nomination in relevant categories by people, followed by a shortlist and voting process on the ZAA website, culminating in the annual awards gala.