The Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards – ZIWA – was birthed from the realisation that many worthy and deserving Zimbabwean women across the globe are overlooked. Adhering to Ghandi’s assertion to ‘be the change you wish to see’, we set out to change this status quo, and in 2014 launched an event to host and celebrate trailblazing divas of  Zimbabwean origin. Through recognising women internationally, we seek not only to applaud them, but also to inspire others to know that the glass ceiling is only but a mirage. Zimbabwean women are known for their work ethos; as Huchu rightly states in the novel ‘Hairdresser of Harare’, ‘we have forgotten who we are: ‘the children of the builders of the great Zimbabwe, the eternal city of stone.’

ZIWA are excited to share with you our latest developments. This year we are taking it to another level! Our team has expanded. We have also launched the ZIWA Community Programme that we hope can help empower the next generation. We encourage everyone to get involved. This programme will offer free personal development and empowerment support echoing the well-known adage, ‘if you educate a girl you educate the whole nation.’ We have also built a strong network of inspirational women, who are making big strides in their respective professional fields to act as mentors in our Mentorship Programme.

In addition, ZIWA will offer an awesome cocktail of empowerment opportunities that include our Single Parent, Health and Wellbeing, and Business Support Network Groups. These programmes are in the reach of every Zimbabwean woman, and we invite all to take part.

Our website – http://www.ziwaawards.com – will launch in April 2015 with details of the 2015 ZIWA Celebration and supporting programmes.

Shingai Mushayabasa for ZIWA

About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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