ZIWA awards…..get your red carpet glam ready.

The event is getting closer and the excitement is building up, most people are worried about what they are going to wear. As this event is a red carpet/black tie event its not easy for a lot of people to choose what to wear. Pick your dress or suit early so you arent rushing around at the last minute. If you still cant decide what to wear and you know people who are attending the event, ask them what they will be wearing. This may give you a leg up on what exactly to wear.

We have some fashion expects on our team and they have managed to put together a few looks that you can go for and where you can get some of these on the high street shops.

Ladies put you your regular day handbag aside and get that clutch/evening bag. Accessorise with statement pieceslike dangling earrings, neckpiece or arm candy (bangle/bracelets), rings or keep them to a minimum depending on the type of dress and look you are going for. Pearl Earrings can give just the right amount of elegance.

Be a little daring wear a bright coloured dress or if you still working on that summer body go for less body hugging dress that will flatter your best features. Dont wear what’s on trend because it might not suit your body type




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This season high street shops have wonderful collection for the red carpet events. Below are some wonderful gowns from John Lewis and House of Fraser.






Curvy ladies they are soo many shops on high street that also sell plus size dresses. Dont stress yourself on what you gonna wear. Also check online stores that dont have high street shops. Hair can make or break the whole look a neat high bun for more sophisticated look or a loose pony for a an effortless glam look.





Not everyone is a fan of  long dress, you can still dazzle on the red carpet with a nice ahort dress. Wear what ever you feel comfortable in.




As this is not a women’s only event, men can also dress up for this occassion.

Mens look

I hope the above will help answer all the questions that we have been asked on what to wear. Our team is here to help and assist you. Happy shopping……see you on 14th of June at the Burlington Hotel in Birmingham. Get your tickets at http://www.ziwaawards.com


Awards Ceremony


The 14th of June a bit far away but yet so close. Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards (ZIWA) will be taking place in the beautiful city of Birmingham at the Burlington Hotel. Tickets already on sale and the team, nominees and entertainment is already set for this special awards ceremony, celebrating the achievements of Zimbabwean women.

First year running but ZIWA has so much to offer and a whole lot of different diverse of variety to add to the awards ceremony. A glamorous event with great expectations of high standards, ZIWA is ready and going for that mile stone to make the awards ceremony perfect and worth attending.

Make a date with ZIWA on the 14th of June in Birmingham and do not miss this spectacular awards ceremony, celebrating the hardworking success by Zimbabwean Women.

Burlington Hotel, Birmingham. Arrive on time and do not miss the red carpet interviews and special pictures.









Pamela Kafesu


Pamela Kafesu, married to Malcom and have three lovely children together. They live in Birmingham where they also run a cake shop.
Pam started baking around the same time she started cooking. Her mum was a brilliant cook and while she taught her how to cook she also encouraged her to bake. She remember growing up in Harare, everyday after school she would be greeted by the warm aroma of stew cooking or the sweet scent of so e are baking in the oven compliments to her mum. Although her mum was not big on baking, she made sure Pam mastered the trade of baking, each time she would encourage her to make a different flavor, challenging her baking skills. Pamela was keen to please as a young girl, so she would pour her heart into my baking. She would always tell herself it would be utterly embarrassing for mum to make such a delicious stew and for her to to make a horrible cake!
As she grew up to a young woman, baking was her way of expressing myself. With each cake she made, her confidence shot up. She got married and continued baking, winning her in-laws over with her baking skills. She found a way to their heart that way. She had a friend who would pick up a cake every week. She loved the home made flavour and this is how she ended up opening her services to the public. Family and friends encouraged Pamela to bake more and sell them and at that time she was employed full time. Seeing the growth in her baking business, she started working part time. This is how Delicate Delight Cakes was born, in 2011,as a home based business.
As her business grew she also gave back to the society for their support she has been involved in charitable events like Thembani Fundraising Concert, Give a Future Concert among others.
In 2013 her local cake shop went up do sale, although she was not ready at that time, she couldn’t let the opportunity pass me. Pam went into partnership with a local lady and together they own The Cake Emporium based in Halesowen, Birmingham. They make an average of 7 cakes per week and in a crazy week 18 cakes.
Baking is something she was fiercely passionate about and she did not go to college to learn. Her signature recipe which is the red velvet is a best seller. They hope to open their doors to people who want to learn baking and decorating soon as their shop has that capacity. They are also waiting for local council approval to allow them to offer work experience for high school children who are especially thinking of going into the cake industry. Pamela can’t wait to teach someone as passionate as she is because baking is now part of her daily routine


Lindani M Masuku


Born on the 13th of May 1980 and a mother of 2 boys.Full of energy and life, Lindani Moyo Masuku is a woman on a mission! She is on a mission to get women up and rocking their dreams and visions, whatever their backgrounds and circumstances. She believes that if it doesn’t kill you it can only make you stronger! Lindani is the founder of Black African Women Rock (BAWR) founded on the 18th of April 2013. BAWR is all about inspiring, motivating and empowering women to pursue their dreams. The organisation is about building a global network of women who are working at achieving their dreams and visions. Women who want to work with other women and build a support network for each other. Lindani is a woman who knows where she is coming from and where she is going. Here is a woman very proud and comfortable with who she is, a black African woman trying and making it (rocking) in a foreign land. BAWR does not discriminate against race but is a statement of who Lindani is as an individual.BAWR will be launching the first anniversary on the 3rd of May in Kingston at the Antoinette hotel.


Lindani has a dipolma in counselling and work with victim support part time . She is passionate in working and building hope for people that have lost faith in themselves. She also run her own business called Ladylievents ~that specialises in event planning , decorating and catering (finger foods) for businesses and children’s party.
She also has a mid- morning show on Pamtengo radio station , Mondays , Tuesdays and Friday – a platform to talk more about BAWR and a platform where she talks about upcoming businesswomen and events , please feel free to connect and get in touch with her, as she believes all our women rock.


Email – blackawr@gmail.com
Web – http://www.bawr.org.uk
Twitter- @bawruk
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/blackafricanwomenrock




Lisa Chiriseri

Lisa Chiriseri has over 4 years experience in community development and social work specializing in three main sectors – child education, support and rehabilitation of the homeless and young womens empowerment. She has founded four thriving initiatives since she began to pursue her passion in 2009 aged 21 – namely Street Exit Strategies Trust, the annual children’s Christmas celebration, Fund A Child’s Education Zimbabwe (FACEZ) education fund, and Girls Monthly. She sits on the boards of several other charities and consults start up initiatives specializing in systems, compliance and strategic management set up. She has accumulated much experience as a result in operating and sustaining social initiatives from inception to date. In summary her work experience has given her knowledge and skill in start up project management, organizational growth and operations, corporate social responsibility management, resource mobilization, communications, corporate relations management, volunteer management, awareness campaigns and personal coaching. She holds a Honors degree in International Business, Diploma in Systemic Counselling, a Diploma in Pastoral Ministry and several certificates in leadership and entrepreurship.image

Gail Machona


Gail Mawocha director and founder of Mustard Seed Africa. Gail was based in Swaziland when she realised that the local women were producing handicrafts but were not realising much income from their products.  There were a number of reasons for this, and she then formed Mustard Seed Africa and devoted her time to helping these women improve and market their products on an international scale.  She further organised healthcare programmes where the artisans got free health checks which included blood pressure checks and eye tests, and those with eye problems were given free spectacles!

There are a number of organisations that work with these artisans, and Gail started a concept known as the Rural To Ramp handicraft showcase, a fashion show which transforms all the handicrafts into fashion pieces and these are then modelled on a ramp.  The concept was well received in Swaziland, and Gail brought the show to Zimbabwe.  Just last year, she was invited to produce the show for HIFA2013, and the show was a huge success, attended by various dignitaries including officials from the US Embassy and the British High Commission.  Her showcase brought together artisans from Swaziland as well as Zimbabwe and they had the opportunity to work with professional designers, marketers, photographers, and others.

She works tirelessly, sourcing sponsors and funding, visiting and encouraging artisans, bringing together the right people to take the handicrafts further, choreographing the shows, and she maintains contact with the artisans even after the show.  She started the Mustard Seed Africa initiative with her daughter Iwani Mawocha, who has also taken time from her school studies to ensure that the shows are a huge success.

Videos from past shows can be seen on Youtube on the Mustard Seed Africa channelhttp://www.youtube.com/user/MustardSeedAfrica or a search for Mustard Seed Africa or Rural to Ramp on Youtube which will turn up Rural to Ramp videos uploaded by others.

Tsitsi Masiyiwa

Mrs. Tsitsi Masiyiwa is a founding director of the Trust under the Higher Life Foundation. She is one of the key visionaries behind the project. Mrs. Masiyiwa is an inspirational figure who provides both spiritual and material support to the Trusts at the same time bringing with her a wealth of local and international experience and expertise in non-governmental and volunteer Christian work.Mrs …Tsitsi Masiyiwa is the Executive Chairperson of the Higher Life Foundation overseeing five Trusts with operations in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Burundi and Lesotho namely; Capernaum Trust International, Capernaum Trust, Christian Community Partnership Trust, Joshua Nkomo Scholarship Fund and National Healthcare Trust of Zimbabwe.The five Trusts were founded by Mrs Masiyiwa and her husband Mr Strive Masiyiwa having identified the drastic developmental and social needs of African communities in the countries where their telecommunications network Econet Wireless International was in operation. The Trusts are directly funded by the personal funds and in partnership with their various companies.
Through Capernaum Trust, over 41 000disadvantaged orphaned children known as History Makers in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Burundi and Lesotho are directly assisted through interventions such as education scholarships from primary, secondary to tertiary, empowerment through evangelism, social and life skills training, food packs, medical assistance, uniforms and solar lanterns . In addition, Capernaum Trust has also offered67 international scholarships and theHistory Makers are currently studying in USA, England, South Africa, Swaziland and Singapore.

United World Colleges-Waterford College Kamhlaba, is one of the key avenues that Capernaum Trust uses to offer international scholarships to History Makers. Founded in 1961 by a British teacher,Michael Stern, Waterford College Kamhlaba, is a charitable/not for profit College in Swaziland that offers education to Forms 1 to 5 and followed by 2 years dedicated to the International Baccalaureate (IB). IB students at the College achieve an average of about 34 points, which the British university admissions system equates to more than four A grades at A-level. As a result History Makers that have been sponsored to attend Waterford College Kamhlaba have been admitted into top international universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Brown, LSE, Harvard and Yale. The Trust is currently sponsoring29 History Makers who are on the Waterford College Kamhlaba scholarship program with History Makers from Burundi 8 History Makers, Zimbabwe 14History Makers and Lesotho 7 History Makers.

Mrs. Masiyiwa displays a passion for the Gospel by serving as a Deaconess and evangelist. She is also the mother of six (6) children.


Danai Gurira

Born Danai Jekesai Gurira on Feb. 14, 1978 in Grinnell, IA, she was the second of two children born to academic parents from Zimbabwe, who moved the family back to Africa when she was five years old. There, she enjoyed a happy childhood that soon became focused on performing. After high school, she returned to the United States, where she attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota before e…arning her masters degree in acting from the Tisch School at New York University.

With Nikkole Salter, she wrote the off-Broadway play, “In the Continuum” (2006), about the lives of two women infected with HIV, which won the Obie and Outer Critics Circle Awards for writing, while Gurira herself claimed the Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress in 2007. That same year, she made her feature film debut in “The Visitor” (2007) as a young Senegalese woman who helped a widowed economics professor (Richard Jenkins) find joy and purpose in his life. Minor roles in “Ghost Town” (2008) and Wes Craven’s “My Soul to Take” (2010) soon followed, as did Gurira’s Broadway debut as an actress in a production of August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” in 2009.

That same year, she premiered her second play, “Eclipsed” (2009), about a quartet of women held captive by a rebel leader during the war in Liberia in 2003. The production won Best New Play at the 2010 Helen Hayes Awards as well as Best Playwright for Gurira from the NAACP Theater Awards that same year. In 2011, she appeared in William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” with the New York Shakespeare Festival, and then premiered her third play, “The Convert,” about a teenaged girl in 19th century Zimbabwe who turned to Christianity to evade an arranged marriage. Like its predecessors, the play won several major theater awards, including the 2011 Stavis Award and Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.
After enjoying a supporting role in a six-episode story arc on “Treme” (HBO, 2010-2013), Gurira earned her breakout screen role as Michonne, a tough, resourceful new character on the third season of “The Walking Dead.” In addition to her acting and playwrighting careers, Gurira was co-founder of Almasi, an organization devoted to supporting arts education in Zimbabwe.


Carol Nyazika

Carol’s passion is empowering women. She works towards helping women live better lives, have more income and remain empowered, inspired and motivated.

With this is in mind, she has ventured into projects that relate to women.

Caro Nyazikal is a Certified Beauty Consultant with Motives Cosmetics….
She creates entrepreneurs through their parent company Market United Kingdom, which she partnered with in 2012, supporting people to create a part time income with a potential of replacing their full time income with the brand.

Carol is founder of Ndanaka by Carol Nyazika. It is a lifestyle brand platform that showcases beauty, hair, fashion and health.

She is also founder of AWA, a project that raises the profile of women in Africa and create intra-trade within the continent. This project is highly rated by the experts in the industry and will be launching in 2014 to the public.

A Personality Of the Year 2013 Award Winner and a leader in her own right, Carol continues to positively impact women around her and pushes the boundary and challenge the norm.


Prophetess Dr Eunor Guti

Prophetess Dr Eunor Guti is the president of Gracious Women. She was ordained archbishop of the church early last year 2013, making her the first female to hold such a position in Zimbabwe and the second female Archbishop in Africa.
She is the first woman marriage officer in Zimbabwe, BA; MA; D.D in Min from Friends University. She received an Honorary doctorate Degree from Jacksonville, Florida a…nd is a state registered nurse, with diplomas in Business Administration, Bookkeeping, Dressmaking & Designing and Christian broadcasting, Radio & TV. She is a director of women’s ministry in ZAOGA Forward in Faith. She says, “Woman, highly favored of God,rise up and take your position, not above the husband’s head, not under his feet, but side by side next to his heart with a sweet spirit.”She travels together with her husband, ministering in over 100 nations. A mother and an inspiration in the ministry, and she has motivated many groups into intercession and spoken in many women conferences and leadership seminars the world over. In 2004, she received Esther’s Leadership Award, from the Third World Leaders Association, presented to her by the Honorable Prime Minister of Bahamas.She headed the Good News Deliverance Explos in 25 stadiums in Zimbabwe, preaching the word of God with prophetic healing ministry, with signs and wonders following. She is a mother of seven, six girls and one son, all in ministry. She has authored three books that is, “Challenge and Counselling of Today’s Youth, A Young Pastor’s Wife in the Ministry and Wise Woman.