Allow me to start by sharing a few quotes that I hope will capture
the essence of this project and also hopefully prick some of your
The famous philosopher Aristotle believed that, “It is a sin to die
rich” and in Matthew 16:24 Jesus Christ said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”Albert Einstein said: “Only a life lived for others is worth living.”
Mahatma Gandhi said: “You must be the change you wish to see in the
world.” And US President Barack Obama said: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
And there is an Africa proverb which says: “If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito.”
And lest we forget, as we approach International Aids Day we reflect on the resilience of our mothers, grandmothers and brave children who head many households. They all labour to keep the burdened and strained family unit together.
Ladies and gentlemen, Alpha Media Holdings is in the news business.
And in the news business we are well aware that it is often the bad news that makes the news. The People’s Choice Awards turn that concept on its head:
The NewsDay People’s Choice Awards is our definitive demonstration
that good news can and will make the news! Good news means that we
are celebrating one more child who gets to complete their schooling.
We are celebrating one more community that has access to clean drinking water. One more forest that is being replenished.One more life that is being saved.One more nation that has hope.
The reason we are able to find and share the good news is because,
in the midst of political strife, economic collapse and social distress,somebody somewhere is doing something to help others. And those “somebodies” aren’t just somewhere – they are here; among us!
The people who make a difference to others in the community, who give
selflessly for no financial gain, who practise a spirit of volunteerism and live a life of servant leadership…these are the people we are celebrating.
Chosen by the readers of NewsDay, these are the men and women who
have been nominated in each of eight different categories for the NewsDay People’s Choice Awards.
When we launched NewsDay two and half years ago we wanted it to be
We wanted a daily newspaper that would carry on the tradition of credible, candid and balanced reporting that we had become known for as the publishers of the Zimbabwe Independent and The Standard.
But we wanted more than this.
We wanted a daily paper that would reflect the views, the voices and the vision of the people of Zimbabwe.
A daily paper that would become the platform on which Zimbabweans
could talk to themselves. We wanted a paper that would play a leading role in national healing, nation building, reconciliation and reconstruction.
I am happy to report that NewsDay has become just that. In just over two years of being launched NewsDay has challenged long established news brands and taken the coveted position of the best loved, most widely read and highest circulating daily newspaper in Zimbabwe.
We have captured the hearts and minds of readers who are looking for a newspaper that is engaged, investigative, accommodating and entertaining.