The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) was founded in 2010 by Conrad Mwanza. This platform was created to celebrate talent, art, business, expression and achievement in the Zimbabwean community living outside of Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwean diaspora refers to immigrants living outside Zimbabwe and over the past decades, highly trained and educated Zimbabweans have contributed significantly to communities they live in.
The theme for 2016 was Celebrating Women in Media and the Arts. ZAA seeks to applaud the work individuals are doing, their vision, determination and persistence to bring about social change in the society we live in and as an inspiration to us all. This prestigious black tie, red carpet event took place on the 7th May 2016 at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington High St, London. This is a respected event that brings together members of the community involved in business, sport, entertainment, public service and charitable works. ZAA is a glamorous, quality occasion that brings key decision makers into the same space. ZAA Chair of panelists, Dr Martha Chinouya commended the work women were doing and the barriers they have broken in the industries they are in.
The Chairman’s Honorary Award for contributions to charitable causes and children’s welfare went to philanthropist and social entrepreneur Tsitsi Masiyiwa. ZAA Chairman Conrad Mwanza saluted Mrs. Masiyiwa’s humanitarian work and how she continues to positively impact the wider community. ZAA Chairman Conrad Mwanza said ‘she (Mrs. Masiyiwa) is a credit to the community and a great ambassador. Her unyielding efforts in empowering children through education and giving them a hope for the future is admirable, and we are celebrating the wonderful work she has done and that she is doing.’ ‘Mrs Masiyiwa’s work is admirable and truly inspiring. We can all certainly learn something from her, and we can all make a difference and contribute to building a
community that we are proud of, and a nation that we have all envisioned,’ Mwanza said. Since 1996, she has devoted her life empowering disadvantaged children through education and technology to provide access to quality education as well as creating employment and opportunities for young people. She has utilized technology to bring disadvantaged children to learn 21st century skills that are required to be relevant in modern day.
Other individuals honoured at ZAA are Jeff Madzingo Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan, Japhet Mparutsa Dynamos and Warriors former goalkeeper and Debbie Thomas from Deloitte. 2016 sponsors include Steward Bank, EcoCash Diaspora and Chitoro which is a convenient, low cost and secure way to send money abroad. ZAA was widely covered by media houses such as Top News, New Zimbabwe and The Herald as well as many other social media sites and blogs.