Zimbabwean actress Chipo Chung, famed for her roles in Dr. Who and Camelot has been announced as the host of this year’s Zimbabwe Achievers Awards scheduled to take place at 5* The Grange Tower Hill Hotel on 28 April 2012.
Following Zimbabwe Achievers Awards’ premiere event last year which saw the actress attend the ceremony and present an award, it was an easy decision, in the words of the ZAA CEO Conrad Mwanza: “Chipo is a proud Zimbabwean who is very supportive of Zimbabweans coming together. She attended the event last year and was one of the presenters of the awards. She did such a fantastic job during that short space of time it was an easy choice for us to have her hosting the awards this year.”
“It’s an honour for Chipo to agree to be a part of the movement and obviously it give a big endorsement to Zimbabwe Achievers Awards,” Mwanza added.
Speaking from LA, Chipo said, “I was at the event last year and I really loved seeing the same kind of multicultural mix I used to see when I was growing up in Zimbabwe. I grew up in what was a ‘Rainbow Nation’ so it’s lovely to get together in the diaspora to remember and celebrate that.”
“Another reason I am excited about hosting the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards is that, as Zimbabweans, we often get bogged down in the politics of our country and forget that a nation is actually made up of people. We have a great reputation as being extremely reliable, entrepreneurial, dependable; we are great workers. We’ve got fantastic people in our community, so let’s talk about that,” added the actress.
Born on a refugee camp in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the half-Chinese and half-Zimbabwean actress spent her formative years in Harare and honed her acting talent with the multicultural theatre company Over the Edge before moving to the United States, aged 18, to study Theatre Studies and Fine Art at Yale University.
Upon graduation, Chung began her training at the Royal Academy of Arts (RADA) in London and graduated in 2003. Since then she has appeared on the London stage, in TV series, most notably Dr Who and Camelot, and made her film debut as the voice of Icarus in Danny Boyle’s Sunshine, followed by appearances in In the Loop and Proof.
Zimbabwe Achievers Awards will see the actress take time off her busy schedule and return to London for hosting duties.
In the run up to the event sponsored by MoneyGram as headline sponsors, Econet Wireless and Grange Hotels, Zimbabweans have only four weeks left to vote for nominees in a wide array of categories from fashion to business, from entertainment to sports to ensure they see their winners celebrated on 28 April with a fabulous evening which will pay host to Zimbabwe’s elite at one of London’s most prestigious venues.
Tickets can be purchased online at the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards website www.zimachievers.com
Look out for our editor Sinem Bilen-Onabanjo’s exclusive interview with Chipo Chupo tomorrow, and in the meantime sit back and enjoy Zimbabwe Achievers Awards’ latest online advert.