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ZimAchievers Awards USA/Canada announce nominees and virtual event dates

Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) yesterday announced the nominees for the virtual ZAA USA and Canada 2020 editions in a live broadcast online, which features a shortlist of the outstanding Zimbabwean people and organisations based in the North American countries.

The two editions will hold a combined virtual event with a segment for each, on 16 January 2021 after pushing the initial dates for the respective editions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Voting for both editions begin on 28 December on the ZAA website www.zimachievers.

“The ZAA USA and Canada 2020 virtual edition is here to recognize, celebrate and honour some of the leading lights this year. It has been a difficult year for everyone but our people’s exploits have been a constant source of inspiration for all that Zimbabweans can and continue to do. I would like to congratulate all the nominees and thank our partners and everyone who has worked to fly the Zimbabwean flag high,” said ZAA Chairman Conrad Mwanza.

This year’s virtual edition is sponsored by global remittance company WorldRemit, funeral insurance firm ZororoPhumulani and South African-based property investment company Burmain Properties.
The nominees for both countries feature an impressive line-up headlined by motorcross sensation and humanitarian Tanya Muzinda, actor Tongayi Chirisa,entrepreneur Michael Maponga, Malume Thamu of Asakhane Live and Amanda Nothando, among others.

The Zimbabwean communities abroad have gone beyond their achievements to foster unity and charity among themselves together with the home communities, especially during these trying times.
“It has been a difficult year for most people but we are pleased with how people have come up with ways to support each other and those facing dire straits. There are many community based initiatives by various groups and individuals and even a fund set aside by well-wishers to help others. In it all, I am proud that we have not lost our roots as Zimbabweans and as ZAA we are happy to celebrate with our people once more,” said Savanna Madamombe at the nominee announcement event.

ZAA USA and Canada editions will be marking the 5th and 2nd anniversary, respectively, of celebrating Zimbabwean achievers around the world. The virtual event follows hot on the heels of the physical events held in December for the 6th annual ZAA SA in Johannesburg and the inaugural ZAA Botswana edition in Gaborone.

Here are the full list of nominees – ZAA USA
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Zweli’s Kitchen
Yangu Beauty
Braii Hut
NL4Better
Tisu Zim Goodies
Afriforce Data
Afro Land TV
FEMALE PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Letwin ‘Letty’ Manjala – (zimfitmums)
Kumbirai Musariri-Moretta – Leap Fitness
Tammy Mutasa
Sibongile Mlambo
Caroline Makamache-Dhewa – Rutendo Hope Foundation.
COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD
Dr. Simbiso Ranga
Dr. Monalisa Muchatuta
Chiwoniso Mpofu
Fredda Chanakira
COMMUNITY ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR
ZIMDFW Alliance
Zim Catholics USA
Love Sisters
Qoki Community Group USA
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ENTERTAINMENT
Tongayi Arnold Chirisa
Godwin Jabangwe
Sue Ellen Chitunya
Brian Soko
Charles Chiyangwa
MUSIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Tinashe Chivaviro
Zivanai Masango
Sophia Shiraz
Brian Nhira
Rumbidzai Praise Magonga
Closer Music
Loveness Euhelio
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
Tinashe Chivaviro
Letwin ‘Letty’ Manjala – Zimfitmums
Zivanayi Masango
Sibongile Mlambo
VIRTUAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
Christian Fellowship International – CFI
Women of Dominion Conference – WOD
Women of Faith Conference – WOFC
Women of Wisdom – WOW
VIRTUAL SHOW OF THE YEAR
Diaspora Talk – Savannah Madamombe
Let’s Talk – Pastor TD
SalveTV – Monica Kunzekweguta
The Dialogue with Pastor T – Pastor Teresa Dangwa
VOA Studio7 Live Shows

YOUNG ACHIEVERS AWARD
Tanya Muzinda
Michael Jonga
Michelle Makai
Maka Chikowero

FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Sipho Gumbo
Skhumbuzo Moyo
Farai Machina
Rumbidzai Magoga
Ropa Mupambwa
MALE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Kudzai King
Josh Jima
Tawanda Kanhema
Michael Maponga
Tendai Rukambe
Ralph Chambati
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT – PROFESSIONALS
Tatenda Shopera Ph.d
Dr Bhukekosi Dube
Dr. MonaLisa Muchatuta
Tawanda Kanhema
James Manyika
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SPORT
Tanya Muzinda
Benjamin Lock
Ngoni Makusha
Eddie Munjoma
OUTSTANDING AWARD – CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
Ziva kwawakabva
Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa – Zimbabwe kids summer Camp
Children Can Conference -Rise Fellowship
Mbira Guild Zimbabwe
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN EDUCATION
Dr. Tererai Trent
Rudo Mudiwa
Prince Makawa Abudu
ZAA CANADA NOMINEES LIST
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
263 True North Inc.
Michele’s event planning & catering services
Nakai Skincare and Cosmetics
Sima Shayla Mabaleka (Wellness empowered)
Celyn Roze
COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD
Prudence Zinzile Ntutha
Rev Tazvionepi Nyarota
Sara Moses
Malume Thamu (Asakhane Live)
Qoki Organisation
COMMUNITY ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR
Beauty of Africa
Boxed Hope Foundation
Sue’s Stokvel
Nqabayezwe Ndlovu (Best Option Health)
Qoki Community Group
Mothers Union -Anglicans
CULTURAL AMBASSADOR
Boluwatife Adefemi
Magdalene Lafontant
Takunda Rukuni
Sibongile Munjanja
Malume Thamu (Asakhane Live)
FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Linda/Lulu
Magdalene Lafontant
Nyasha Kudzaishe Chibangu
Thabi Francis
Lulu Mash (Liit Care Inc)
FEMALE PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Amanda Nothando
Ropa Mupambwa
Ruth Madziire
Yolanda Machena
Natasha Hescelle
Fadzaiishe Zarimba
MUSIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Calie Bonce
Chinowawa
Elvis bokosha
Tatenda Mahachi
Lawrence Sibanda(the general)
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
Natalie Mudzurahona
Natasha Herschelle
Nyasha Chibangu
Sandra Maenzanise
SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR
Phillip Matombo
Kudakwashe Murasiranwa
YOUNG ACHIEVERS AWARD
Natasha Heschelle
Nyasha chibangu
Thabo Chinake
Boluwatife Adefemi
MALE ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Dickson Maiden Financial advisor
Ronnie Mupambwa
MALE PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Mike Moyo (Master Moyo TV
MC Bonde
Malume Thamu (Asakhane Live)

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