ZIWA 2015 finalists revealed

With less than two months until the Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards (ZIWA) are presented on 3 October, the ZIWA team has announced the list of finalists across the 21 categories.

The Awards demonstrate the increasing influence and impact of Zimbabwean women to business, the economy and society as a whole.

Here are the nominees for ZIWA2015 – 102 phenomenal women based in 8 countries across 4 continents.

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)

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
Ammara Brown-ZIM
Chashe -UK
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/

Don’t forget, tables and tickets for the ceremony, which is being held in Birmingham, UK on Saturday 3 October can be booked online or by emailing info@ziwaawards.com



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.


Langa Sibanda-Lloyd

At 25, she was representing the country on world-famous ramps in Las Vegas, United States of America, as a Miss Universe contestant. She dazzled the world on the catwalk and launched her clothing line upon her return from the American voyage, and now she has made a grand entrance into the cosmetics world. Her name is Langa Sibanda-Lloyd and
her product line, which is already causing a stir in the …cosmetics field, goes by the name House of Langa.Born 31st July 1969 in Zimbabwe. The British Founder of Leaf Trust and entrepreneurial business woman.Langa was born in Kezi and is the youngest daughter of Pardon and Khiwa Sibanda. She attended Homestead Primary School in Kezi before moving to Bulawayo at the age of eight. Langa attended Losikeyi Primary School moving onto Eveline High School and Townsend High School. Attending the University of Zimbabwe Langa graduated with an honours degree in Political Science and Administration.Langa started modelling at University and in 1994 she modelled the winning designer outfit at the Rothmans Designer of the Year. She later participated in the Durban July. Later in 1994 she entered Zimbabwe Supermodel of the Year and received special mention from the judges with high praise which led to a modelling contract with G3 Model Agency in South Africa.
In 1995 Langa moved to South Africa and starred in the WELLA Television commercials among other commercials of the time. In 1996 Langa entered the Miss Universe competition for Zimbabwe, representing the country in Las Vegas. Langa launched her own clothing line called ‘Langa Design’ and dressed the country’s most elite woman. In 1998 Langa became the first black designer to win ‘Zimbabwe Designer of the Year Award’. Following on from this Langa opened a ladies boutique in Harare expanding her business to include wardrobe planning and investment dressing for frontline office staff and corporate clients.
Langa used her modelling experience to help others and worked at the Silhouette Modelling Agency in Zimbabwe helping launch the careers of promising young models including Marilyn Ngondo, Leonie Chalmers, Heather Tshuma and Lenah Zinyama who went on to win second place in the Elite Face of Africa. Using her retail knowledge Langa went on to open her own gift shop in 1999 which supplied gift solutions for corporate clients.
In 2001 Langa migrated to England where she met her husband, Justin David Lloyd. They married in 2002 in Surrey and now live in Kent. They have an adopted daughter Nanziwe and a granddaughter Owami.
Langa worked closely with World Vision Zimbabwe and other charities during her reign as Miss Zimbabwe. Langa launched the child sponsorship programme for World Vision Zimbabwe and through her charity work Langa realised how much she could help others. This love of charity work has stayed with her and in 2011 launched Leaf Trust. Lifeline Education Advancement Fund (LEAF) is a non-profit, education trust based in the UK, dedicated to investing in the education of orphans and underprivileged children in Zimbabwe. In the first 6 months of the Trust Langa was able to provide the funds to sponsor 25 children through school who would have otherwise not been in the education system. Her work is on-going and fundraising efforts are key to the success of the Trust.


Maud Chifamba

She might be young but this young girl is an inspiration not only to young girls but even to some grown women.
Maud Chifamba 16 year old University Accounting Student. At 14-years old, Chifamba made history when she became the youngest student (male or female) in Zimbabwe and possibly the whole of Southern Africa to enroll at university. The young genius was admitted to the University of Zimbabwe …where she is doing a Bachelor of Accountancy Honors Degree. An orphan, Chifamba’s mother passed away December 2011, days after she sat for her final exams, and her father 11years ago when she was five years old. Despite this and abject poverty (her two brothers were unable to pay her fees for regular school), Chifamba home schooled herself and broke academic records earning a four-year scholarship of nearly USD$10,000. THIS GIRL ROCKS.