Betty Makoni(BA Gen, BA Special Hons), CNN Hero 2009 for Protecting the Powerless, has endorsed Zimbabwe Achievers Awards with a special poem titled “Zimbabwe Achievers Awards, Building a New Dzimbahwe”.

The much decorated CNN hero with 27 global awards for innovation, commitment and passion for her work to protect over 300 000 girls in Zimbabwe has inspired millions around the world to replicate the Girl Child Empowerment model. Besides her work with Girl Child Network Worldwide and building many Girl Child Networks in Africa and world over Betty Makoni is a mentor, coach, trainer for many women and girls who want to do similar work.

Honoured by the United Nations Red Ribbon award and rewarded An Honorary Decade Child Rights Hero Award(2011) she received alongside President Nelson Mandela, Betty Makoni is an Ashoka Fellow and singled out as one of the investors in poor and marginalised women and girls deserving of this life honour as a fellow. She has a lifetime of volunteerism and service to many causes and has served on Oxfam Novib  and UNAIDS Round Tables. She sits on many boards of high profile organisations like RESTORED UK and serves as Ambassador and Patron of Africa Achievers Award and Zimbabwe Achievers Awards.

Also a published author with her volume of poetry A Woman Once a Girl- Breaking Silence which was recently launched in London, it is only fitting that Makoni extend her support for the ZAA in a poetic manner.

The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards brought by headline sponsors MoneyGram and co-sponsors Econet Mobile will take place on Saturday 28 April at The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel and promises to be a night of celebration not only for the Zimbabwean community but for Africans in the UK where more than thirty Zimbabweans will be rewarded for their outstanding work in all walks of life from entertainment to fashion, from literature to business.

You can still purchase tickets on the ZAA website.

 

Zimbabwe Achievers   Awards –Building a New Dzimbahwe

 

When a whole community gathers to celebrate

When achievers one by name and all by achievements

Build with modern achievers stones-the new Dzimbabwe

Each inspired and with inspiration and aspiring

Appreciated, anointed and uplifted

In a Five Star Grange Hotel, Heart of great city

Top Hill where Queen peeps and pampers

With jubilee jubilations from afar in physic and so near in heart

To citizens of one great colony who amidst odds more achievers come

A nation of geniuses with own Guinness book of records

Zimbabwe Achievers Awards –Building New Dzimbabwe

 

Amongst them achievers come each in a Five star

Nominated from many and named winner of Five star

Musicians who sing for community coherence

Journalists who journey with news only truth and more truth

DJs who Dhigong our dances with their radios stationed in our souls

Community crusaders of noble causes for marginalised and invisible

Personalities never taking things personally

Inspiring, inspired Zimbabwe Achievers of Five star

Hovering like eagles, proud of them like peacocks

In glamour, grandeur and greatness

Zimbabwe Achievers Awards-Building New Dzimbabwe

 

Celebrating achievers anchors Zimbabwe

Celebrating achievements cultured Zimbabweans

Whatever achievement   ends with Maita, Tatenda, Siyabonga Khakulu

Life hunters with a big feast, women pour out a totem

Maita Shumba, Maita Mhofu, Maita Nyati, Maita Simboti

Maita Shava, Maita Nzou, Maita Dziva, Maita Soko

In totem lie the award to uplift achiever

To anchor and to uplift even to greater heights

Zimbabwe Achievers   Awards –Building a New Dzimbahwe

 

Ever seen female power in achievers turned male

Maita VaMaDube, VaMuzvare, AmaMoyo

Zimbabwean woman carrying totem and male title

Tilting honour and accolades left right and centre

With Dzimbahwe a house of granite stone

Whose big house achieved without falling

Now Zimbabwe Achievers Awards here our modern Dzimbahwe

Embracing women who don’t fall and never failures

Zimbabwe Achievers Awards –Building a New Dzimbahwe

 

Zimbabwe Achievers Awards-Building New Dzimbahwe

Taking once forgotten modern stones of building civilisation

Seeing them who did it best with awards to do even more

Not with negativity, waste of energy never an award

Never you   gather for negativity when positivity energy brings

With Five star honour each shining so bright and so wise

Where Achievers gather, let energy rejuvenate

A community once punched with negativity

Here then pamper with positivity, achievements of achievers

Anything you can rub off, but not an achievement of an achiever

Zimbabwe Achievers Awards –Building a New Dzimbahwe

 

 

 

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