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ZimAchievers Awards host inaugural ZAA Botswana gala

Zimbabweans in the diaspora have been urged to keep working together as they play an important role in nation building. The remarks were made by Zimbabwe Ambassador to Botswana HE Batiraishe H. Mukonoweshuro at the inaugural Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) Botswana edition held at Cresta Lodge in Gaborone on Friday.
The awards dinner gala was held to recognize and celebrate the achievements made by Zimbabweans based in Botswana as the ZAA launched the latest chapter on their international roster.
“The Government recognizes the important role played by the diaspora in various fields. Our Government encourages Zimbabweans to join hands and contribute to national development through various activities. The adopted the Zimbabwe Diaspora Policy in 2016 to formalize engagements with its nationals in the diaspora and I assure you of the Embassy’s readiness to assist the various efforts to the resuscitation of our economy for the betterment of Zimbabweans back home,” he said.
“It gives us great joy to see Zimbabweans celebrating each other’s successes such as this. This is not a celebration for achievements of individuals alone, but of the outstanding achievements of Zimbabwe as a nation. Today’s achievers do proud for both themselves and their fellow countrymen and women, congratulations to all the nominees and winners,” he added.
Ambassador Mukonoweshuro also thanked various corporates and individuals who donated to the embassy to assist the over 3000 Zimbabwean nationals who were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic induced lockdowns. ZAA Founder and International Chairman Conrad Mwanza concurred with the sentiments expressed by the Ambassador in a recorded video speech.
“As the theme says we want to celebrate excellence and you are the people who make it special. ZAA is more than a celebration, it’s an African story that is ongoing celebrating our pride, where we are coming from and where we are headed.” said Mwanza.
The ZAA Botswana edition became the latest chapter in the international awards brand and rolled out a well-polished event which honoured the first recipients of the ZAA Botswana awards. Entrepreneur Samuel N. Njanji walked away with two awards as Young Achiever and Professional of the Year winner. The awards were held in partnership with CMG International, Adventureland, RSM, Scot Race, Space & Place and Bakertilly.
“As ZAA celebrates a decade of existence, this is testimony to our commitment to celebrate excellence in Botswana. Our theme for this inaugural event is Celebrating Excellence! We indeed live to the ethos of excellence. In a year like no other, we have decided to celebrate positivity in the midst of the negativity brought by the pandemic. We are committed to create these memorable experiences,” said Davison Charamba, ZAA Botswana Country Director.
The awards were graced by a limited number of guests due to lockdown public gathering restrictions. Also in attendance were Counsellor at the Zimbabwe Embassy in Botswana Mr Francis Chimina, with the event hosted by Marshal Chimedza and Sehlule Ndlovu.
Here are the winners from the inaugural ZAA Botswana edition
Young Achiever Award – Samuel N. Njanji
Male Entrepreneur Award – Jonathan Hore
RSM Female Entrepreneur Award – Irene Dzinza Patsika
Academic of the Year Award – Strike Mbulawa
Executive of the Year Award – Samuel N. Njanji

Tendai Guvamombe