The search for exceptional Zimbabwean women is underway with the finalists for ZIWA 2015 now up for a public vote. People are encouraged to vote to ensure that unsung heroines are officially recognised for the excellent work that they are doing and the benchmark they are setting for their communities and the country of Zimbabwe.

Founder Juliana Jonathan says “Everyone knows of a Zimbabwean woman who is making a significant impact within her environment whether it’s in business or her local community – this is why we have 22 categories so that we can include these achievers at every level of society.  We have made it very easy to submit nominations this year. We encourage you to not just nominate, but also to help us spread the message so we can applaud ALL successful Zimbabwean women who are making strides in Zimbabwe and across the globe. ZIWA 2015 will continue to serve as a platform to empower, inform, highlight, influence and challenge the perceptions of Zimbabwean women, and the nominations are the first step in that process.”

2015 FINALISTS:

(Click on the category names for the nominee profiles)

1. Artist of the Year
Helen Leiros – ZIM
Virginia Chihota-Sulzberger- ZIM
Sheena Chadwick- ZIM
Nancy Mteki-ZIM
Ruramai Rudo Musekiwa- SA

2. Actress of the Year
Chipo Chung-UK
Denise Edwards-ZIM
Memry Savanhu-NIGERIA
Ratidzo Mambo-USA
Hannah Madzikanda-ZIM

3. Author of the Year
NoViolet Bulawayo-USA/ZIM
Epi Mabika-UK
Taurayi Mary Sadomba-UK
Bertha Mukodzani-UK

4. Blogger of the Year
Tendai Marowa – SA
Sakhile Khanye-UK
Harriet Mupungu-UK
Kudzai Pasirayi-UK
Dorcas Gwata-UK

5. Business Woman of the Year
Julia Senah-UK
Takudzwa Chitsike-ZIM
Faith Domingo Nechironga – UK
Rumbi Serima Fowler-UK
Sifiso Nxumalo-CANADA

6. Community Champion Award
Simangele Moyo-ZIM
Sakhile Sibanda-Kamera-ZIM
Scholastica Munaku- ZIM
Jenny Ngulube MBE -UK
Nyaru Mashayamombe -ZIM

7. Courage Award (Panel)
TO BE ANNOUNCED AT THE EVENT

8. Entrepreneur of the Year
Tarisai Tsveta-UK
Ruth Mthombeni – ZIM
Lungile Dlodlo-ZIM
Jackie Mgido-USA
Lani Masuku-AUS

9. Fashion Blogger of the Year
Natasha Ndlovu – Bisous (UK)
Paloma – Lolos Kloset(UK)
Cynthia Hungwe – Skittlisfashion (UK)
Robin Tatenda Chaibva – Concrete Jungle (ZIM)
Tendai Kamusikiri – Signature Toscie – ZIM

10. Fashion Designer of the Year
Trudy Furusa-UK
Joy Ndundu – UK
Yvette Ndaba- ZIM
Unique Sibanda-UK
Phoebe Mwanza-AUS

11. Humanitarian Award
Rumbidzai Dube-ZIM
Clarissa Regede-ZIM
Rumbi Bvunzawabaya-UK
Tariro Nhari- UK
Vu Mashengele, Lorraine Bere & Thuli Mazwi (You Have It In You Foundation) Canada

12. Inspirational Woman of the Year
Vonayi Nyamazana-UK
Ivy Chatora-UK
Thandi Haruperi-UK
Hatifare Munongi -ZIM
Tsitsi Chituku-UK

13. Media Professional of the Year
Candice Mwakalyelye-ZIM
Mai Chisamba-ZIM
Tsitsi Mutendi-ZIM
Vimbai Kajese-Sibanda-CHINA
Vimbai Mutinhiri-SA

14. Motivational Speaker of the Year
Tendai Garwe – ZIM
Ruth Mutanda- UK
Teurai Chanakira-AUS
Pamela Dunduru -UK
Tendayi Ndoro

15. Musician of the Year
Nobuntu-ZIM
Ammara Brown-ZIM
Chashe -UK
Tinashe-USA
Hope Masike-ZIM

16. People’s Choice Award
Kudzai Violet Gwara (KVG)- ZIM
Lilian Choruwa-ZIM
Jenny Musonza-UK
Cecelia Kupera-UK
Fadzi Jaravaza/Sista Zai Zanda – AUS

17. Professional Woman of the Year
Mary Majoni-UK
Felicity Ukoko-UK
Nyarai Kadungure-UK
Kundai Chinyenze-ZIM
Tsitsi Grace Penduka-ZIM

18. Sportswoman of the Year
Teurai Chanakira-AUS
Rutendo Nyahora-ZIM
Sharon Tavengwa- NETHERLANDS
Tanya Muzinda-ZIM
Yolanda Mubaiwa-ZIM

19. Women’s Collective Award
Kusimudzirana Women’s Trust-ZIM
The Musi Trust-ZIM
Zim Women Association Northampton-UK
The Life Project (Mpilo Maternity) -UK
ZVIPO The Girl’s Legacy-ZIM

20. Young Achiever of the Year
Vongai Ruzive-UK
Nicolle Ndiweni-UK
Cynthia Masiyiwa-UK
Thando Sikwila – AUS
Sh’anesu Angela Gutsa-UK

21. Panel Choice Award
Vanessa Sanyauke -UK
Hanani Dube -UK
Mellisa Mazingi – ZIM
Dr Marina Hudson – Isle of Man
Faith Katsaura-Mawande-ZIM

Voting is now live and will be close on 20 September 2015 so be sure to have your say by voting for your favourite ZIWA 2015 nominees. Winners will be announced at the ZIWA 2015 ceremony to be held in Birmingham, UK on Oct 3, 2015.

Cast your vote at www.ziwaawards.com/voting

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