THE Australian edition of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) rounded off the global campaign in style at a gala dinner held at the Marriott in Melbourne on Saturday.
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ZAA Australia organising director, Method Mukundu, said this year’s gala dinner was a huge success as guests turned out in their numbers to celebrate the 85 nominees who made an impression throughout the year in sectors including business, media, sport and music.
“This was our second awards gala in the country and we are only going from strength to strength. ZAA is also a great platform for networking with like-minded Zimbabweans who are putting the nation on the map,” he said.
“We are also excited to announce that Sydney will host the third edition and preparations have already started.”
The notable winner was Phillimon Zongo author of the successful book, The Five Anchors of Cyber Resilience, who was honoured for his outstanding achievement and contribution to the cyber security sector and for his published work.
Stephen and Shillar Sibanda were joint recipients of the Chairman’s Award. The couple was recognised for their outstanding work in the Zimbabwean community in Melbourne and Victoria.
President of the Mental Health Foundation of Ghana, Francis Acquah, won the Friend of Zimbabwe accolade for playing a critical role in the healthcare sector.
ZAA international chairman, Conrad Mwanza, said he was proud of their global partners and teams for organising outstanding awards galas.
“Not many people understand how difficult it is to put on an awards show. All the work in the background, from nominations, to doing the research and verifying all our candidates before we come up with a shortlist is tough, but we have great teams in place who are committed to making sure that we recognise and celebrate the achievements of our fellow Zimbabweans annually,” he said.
Mwanza said the public must start thinking of candidates who have been a great influence this past year and what they have achieved in their various disciplines and industries for 2019.
Meanwhile, nominations for the South African and United Kingdom editions will open on December 1 with a South African partner set to be announced on November 30.