Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi and the late South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela were honoured at the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards South Africa (ZAA) held in Sandton, Johannesburg over the weekend.
Mtukudzi got two awards in the Lifetime Achievement Award and Event of The Year categories. His long-time friend Masekela, who died this year after battling prostate cancer, was posthumously honoured with a Friend of Zimbabwe Award for his contribution and commitment in the arts in South Africa, Zimbabwe and across the world. Masekela’s award was presented to his family by Mtukudzi.
“We are so proud of all the Zimbabweans all over the world doing amazing work and raising our flag high, and proudly,” Mtukudzi said. “May you continue to learn and grow and bring the knowledge you have acquired back home.”
ZAA chairman Conrad Mwanza said the award given to Masekela was befitting. “Hugh Masekela was a true friend of Zimbabwe and played a huge role in a number of local musicians’ lives and musical journeys,” he said.
“His unmatched musicality and charm on stage were incredible, he was a teacher and those who had the pleasure of working with him learned a lot. His philanthropic work was also instrumental in shaping the minds and hearts of young African children who wanted to pursue music.”
Founded in 2010, the event was designed to identify and reward the contributions of Zimbabweans to the South Africa community as well as celebrate the success of African migrants and their contribution to South Africa. The same version of the event is also held in the UK, US and Australia.
“The ZAA is a distinctly special awards ceremony seeking to recognise Zimbabweans who have pushed the limits against all odds to raise the Zimbabwean flag high,” reads the ZAA website. “The ZAA has become one of the most important events in the African community.”
Below is a list of winners.
Friend of Zimbabwe Award
Event of the Year
Oliver Mtukudzi Live in Cape Town
Largest Enterprise of the Year
Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group
SME of the Year
Urban Grown Organics
Male Entrepreneur of the Year
Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Professional of the Year
Young Women in Business
Kim Jayde and Ancilla Mangena
Elvis “Bulawayo Bomber” Moyo
Oliver Keith aka NaJesac