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



Have your say on who the most outstanding Zimbabwean women across the globe are

Going iZIWA-2015nto its second year, the Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards (ZIWA) stands as one of the few prominent platforms that celebrates and honours the achievements of Zimbabwean women across the globe.

This awards show was created by Juliana Jonathan and Maud Goba in 2013 and is growing from strength to strength.  With the goal of honouring and magnifying unsung heroines, the ZIWAs shine a light on Zimbabwean women and their successes which have mostly been invisible within a patriarchal society.

The search for exceptional Zimbabwean women has officially begun with ZIWA 2015 now open for nominations. People are encouraged to submit nominees 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.”


Nominations can be made simply using the ZIWA 2015 online form or emailing 2015nominations@ziwaawards.com 21 of the 22 categories are open to public nominations – these are:

  • Artist of the Year
  • Actress of the Year
  • Author of the Year
  • Blogger of the Year
  • Business Woman of the Year
  • Community Champion Award 2015
  • *Courage Award 2015
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Fashion Blogger of the Year
  • Fashion Designer of the Year
  • Humanitarian Award 2015
  • Inspirational Woman of the Year
  • Media Professional of the Year
  • Motivational Speaker of the Year
  • Musician of the Year
  • People’s Choice Award 2015
  • Professional Woman of the Year
  • Sportswoman of the Year
  • Women’s Collective 2015
  • Young Achiever of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

Nominations will be open until the end of June 2015, after which the panel of judges will go through a rigorous process of shortlisting the nominees. The ZIWA nominee shortlist will be announced in August 2015 and public voting for the shortlisted nominees will open soon after.

Winners of ZIWA 2015 will be announced at a glittering ceremony on Saturday 3 October at an iconic venue which will be revealed in August.

Key dates for ZIWA 2015 are listed below:

  • June 2015 – Nominations open
  • July 2015 – Selection panel shortlists nominees
  • August 2015 – Nominee shortlist announced and voting opens
  • August 2015 – ZIWA 2015 tickets released and venue details announced
  • 3 October 2015 – ZIWA 2015 Awards ceremony

For more information on nominations and the ZIWA 2015 Awards ceremony, please contact the ZIWA team at info@ziwawards.com or visit www.ziwaawards.com

Forging ahead in celebrating the global impact and success of Zimbabwean women

Juliana Jonathan, Founder of the Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards (ZIWA) gives her insight on the upcoming ZIWA 2015

Juliana Jonathan, ZIWA founder
Juliana Jonathan, ZIWA founder

As Sojourner Truth once stated, “If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down, these women together ought to be able to turn it right again.”

With this in mind, myself and Maud Goba set to amplify, the voice of the Zimbabwean woman and to challenge our societal perception of women in 2013. Therefore, ZIWA is by Zimbabwean women for Zimbabwean women. We celebrate and recognise our unsung heroines making a contribution to our community and breaking the glass ceiling in entrepreneurship, business, education, social, charity, entertainment and the arts.

Last year we hosted our very first award ceremony , receiving inexorable support from all corners of the earth. We thank you all for this, without you, ZIWA 2015 would cease to exist. Together we can bring about significant change in our community and make a difference ourselves and thus influence other communities. Let’s all work together with the ethos; “Act locally, think globally.”

We have a passionate team dedicated to bringing you the second annual ZIWA ceremony to be held later on this year. They have all been working tirelessly around the clock in the past few months. We will be releasing video content featuring the team discussing what to expect of ZIWA 2015, highlights from last year and all the wonderful ways in which you can get involved.

Here are some keys dates to save to your diary so you can get involved with ZIWA 2015:

  • June 2015 – ZIWA nominations process
  • July 2015 – ZIWA panel starts deliberations to shortlist nominees
  • August 2015 – ZIWA nominee shortlist announced and voting opens
  •  August 2015 – ZIWA 2015 tickets released and venue details revealed
  •  3 October 2015 – ZIWA 2015 Awards ceremony

Please do stay in the loop and we look forward to celebrating with you the tremendous successes of Zimbabwean women globally!