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!

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.









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.


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.


Ella Bvumbe

Ella Bvumbe (born February 17, 1991 in Harare) owner of (HouseOfElla Ltd) an online boutique for women’s wearspecialising in Celebrity Fashion *Celebrity BodyconDresses* at the age of 22. An only child to her mother and father, when she was 2 years old Ella lost her father (CharlesBvumbe). Ella’s father had 13 children, making Ella the youngest of all his children. Losing her father at 2 had a… strong impact is her life considering she was the only child for her mother. Ella’s mother worked extremely hard to support Ella throughout her childhood, she was very lucky to have family members to help her raise Ella whiles she worked an 8am – 8pm job in Zimbabwe. Ella attended Blackstone Primary school in Zimbabwe and was transferred to a boarding school in Bindura (Shashi View Primary School) .

Ella’s dream was to become a midwife and after finishing herGCSE at (The Ravenscroft School) in Barnet, she went on to study Child Care Level 3 (DIPLOMA) at (Barnet College). During her studies her mum was diagnosed with cancer, it was a very devastating moment for her and it was hard for her to take on the news. She had to now balance her studies and look for a job to support herself and her mother. She started out as a sales adviser and later on trained as a financial adviser. Her experiences fueled her desire to start her own fashion business. When her mother’s health improved, she decided to take the plunge and start her business. She worked extremely hard even though she was going through tough times with her mum battling cancer. Her mum fought through cancer and she is now healthy and well. Ella developed skills during her times working with leading companies likePhones4u, Money Shop and Cash Generators to start as a sales consultant and ending up being the youngest Manager for Cash Generators .

She decided to start her own Business in May 2013. Ella’s Boutique was nominated Best Online Store by (simplesit.com). Lookfab4less Boutique website which has recently rebranded to (HouseOfElla Fashions) launched on the 15th of June 2013 it has over 80,000 views. Ella has worked extremely hard to launch her new website which lunched inNovember 2013 designed by John Smarts. She also involves herself promoting different kind of events within the Zimbabwean Community (Yoira Ngoma) was her most recent one which was a success throughout her community. Ella has featured in music videos such has; Fitted (John Smarts ft Jusa) and Too much for money (Aj Tipsy ) some of the top Zimbabwean music artists . Ella enjoys taking part in a lot of events within her community to improve her knowledge behind her business.On the 7th of September she took part in Miss Zimbabwe UK 2013, coming the 2nd Princess. The Miss Zimbabwe UK 2013 interview was broadcasted on Vox Africa TV Channel.

Her passion is to inspire young people to become whatever they dream of becoming no matter the circumstances, her phrase of encouragement is (if l can do it, you can do it too) a positive role model at a young age.