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Conrad Mwanza
Conrad Mwanza

Global money transfer company MoneyGram is the main sponsor of this year’s edition of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) due to take place on Saturday 20th April at the Millenium Gloucester Hotel in London.
Announcing the sponsorship at a press conference held at MoneyGram’s London headquarters today, ZAA Chief Executive Conrad Mwanza said: “We are really grateful to MoneyGram for supporting this event from its inception three years ago. And with this year’s sponsorship, they’ve now gone two years in a row as our main corporate supporter. We receive their backing as clear evidence of their ongoing commitment to our community and also as an expression of their shared hope in the success of our home country.”

MoneyGram’s Marketing Executive Oluwaseyi Oke said: “Giving to and supporting the communities that use our services is another way of saying thank you as without our customers, there is no MoneyGram! We are delighted to be associated with the Zimbabwean Community and ZAA in particular to celebrate and honour excellence within this great community. That is why we are the headline sponsor of ZAA for the second year running. In the UK, customers can send money to Zimbabwe from every UK Post Office, Thomas Cook and anywhere you see the MoneyGram sign or online at www.moneygram.co.uk. It costs just £4.90 to send £100.00 and money arrives in minutes.”

ZAA Executive Producer Peter Soko said this year’s awards show is set to scale the heights of glamour and thrill audiences with an impressive repertoire of entertainment to be headlined by the US-based singer and actress, Tinashe Kachingwe. Dubbed as the next Beyonce, the 20-year old singing sensation has opened for acts such as Justin Bieber, sold close to one million copies of her acclaimed mixtape ‘Reverie’, and has acted alongside Charlie Sheen in the popular CBS comedy Two And a Half Men.

“This year, Zimbabweans can expect an even more professionally organised awards show at a prestigious hotel in one of London’s most fashionable districts, and enjoy a full three course meal, including a champagne reception and wine on the table, all for the very reasonable price of £65.00,” Soko said, adding that this year’s after-party has been organised in-house and will be a great improvement on last year’s.

ZAA also announced a list of this year’s recipients of the Chairman’s Awards. Notable recipients include former African Development Bank Vice-President Prof Nkosana Moyo, who receives the Chairman’s Honorary Award, and legendary musician Oliver Mtukudzi who receives a Lifetime Contribution to Music and Culture international award.

In keeping with its social responsibility policy, ZAA will this year be supporting the following charities:
Ndoro Children Charity
Diaspora Relief
Ubuntu Company Investments
Pahushamwari Trust

Now in its third year, the ZAA are a distinctly special awards ceremony seeking to recognise Zimbabweans who have pushed the limits against all odds to raise the Zimbabwean flag high and do both themselves and their fellow countrymen proud. Now a prominent red carpet fixture on African community calendar, the ZAA is the only event that pays tribute to Zimbabwean success across all walks of life, emphasising inspiring achievements and highlighting inspirational role models in the fields of business, sport, entertainment, philanthropy and popular arts and culture.
The shorlist of 2013 award nominees will be announced at the Nominations Launch Party on Saturday 2nd March from 6.00pm at:

Henry’s Canary Wharf
Unit C West
India Quay, Canary Wharf
E14 4AX

Nearest Station: West India Quay or Canary Wharf. For further details on the launch party as well as tickets, voting and any other information please see www.zimachievers.com

late Rev Evans Ngandwe
Late Rev Evans Ngandwe

WE hereby to announce the passing on (death) of our late Rev Evans Ngandwe in London.

He was in London studying at Roehampton University. He served as a Rev under Grace Ministries while in Lusaka, Zambia. The body shall transported to Zambia as soon as all logistics are in place.

We are all encouraged to support in every area especially financially to meet the costs. For further information, please contact Pastor Boniface Mambwe.

You can deposit your contributions in Mr. Boniface Mambwe account by calling +44 (0)7983750042.

Your assistance will be appreciated and we shall account for every money contributed to this noble cause. The expense to have the body take home (Zambia) is £3000. God bless you.

Pastor Boniface Mambwe

Miss Maimbolwa Namutabo
Miss Maimbolwa Namutabo
Miss Maimbolwa Namutabo passed away in London on 3 February 2013 aged 51 years.

Maimbolwa who worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers came to school in UK mid 1970s’.

Maimbolwa was the daughter of Mr. Robertson Mukubesa Namutabo a former Governor in Zambia just after independence who later became a prominent businessman and now a farmer. Maimbolwa’s late mother was the immediate elder sister of the late Honourable Mundia Sikatana.

There will be a church Service from 19.00hrs to 21.00hrs at following address:

Victoria House
T Cribb & Sons Funeral Directors
10 Woolwich Manor Way
E6 5PA

Maimbolwa will be put to rest next week at her father’s farm, “Namakondondo” shimabala, Chilanga along Kafue Road.

T Cribb & Sons are just across the road from Beckton Docklands Light Rail Station and good access by several bus routes to ASDA Beckton Bus Station which is also adjacent.

For more information you may contact the family representative Godwin Lewanika
on mobile 07769583674

More snow is likely to mean further delays for passengers
More snow is likely to mean further delays for passengers
London, Saturday, January 19, 2013– The Zambia High Commission in London wishes to advise all Zambians travelling to-and-from London, that severe cold weather here has caused serious air travel disruptions that could last deep into next week.
The snow, that has reached as high as three centimetres, caused a cancellation of BA flight to Lusaka on Friday night and consequently the one from Lusaka to London on Saturday morning. Forecasters have predicted snowfall that could rise as high as 14 centimetres.
More than 100 flights in-and-out of Britain’s busiest airport, Heathrow, have been cancelled due to heavy snow that has hit London and most parts of the United Kingdom dropping temperatures to as low as minus 5.
Forecasters have predicted further misery in the coming days stressing the severe weather here can only get worse before it gets better.
Latest forecasts for tomorrow (Sunday) and Monday show a high probability of around 2-6cm of accumulating snow and low visibility at periods throughout the day, meaning the already full-capacity airport will have further reduced visibility between planes.
Following Friday’s deluge of snow, much of Saturday’s snowfall was limited to the North East of England and the east of Scotland. But tomorrow, a blanket of snow is expected to fall across more of the nation, hitting London and the South East of England first before moving north.
British Airways has warned passengers of more disruption at London’s Heathrow Airport.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning, which means “Be Aware”, for ice across much of the UK.
The flight schedule at Heathrow Airport for Sunday will be reduced by 20%, after 2-6cm of snow was forecast. Cancelling flights in advance of disruptive weather is a procedure used increasingly around the world.
Details of which flights will be cancelled will be announced by airlines when they have finalised their schedules, the airport said.
On Friday more than 400 flights were axed and thousands of passengers ended up sleeping in the airport.
The High Commission will continue to make regular physical checks and monitoring of the situation at the airport in order to provide consular, immigration and other necessary service to needy Zambian passengers.

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Zambian travel consultants touring China Town in London courtesy of British Airways.

From left to right – Catherine Kaniki, Martin Ngambi, Paula Ravenor (BA), Danielle Daniels and Veronica Hachipuka.

It was a whirlwind, exciting seven days from the 1st to 7th December for British Airways’ top five performing travel consultants in Zambia, who were up and about visiting two of the most talked about hot spots in the world, namely London and Rome.  These travel consultants were rewarded for having achieved the highest revenue for British Airways in Zambia during 2011.

Included in the group were Martin Ng’ambi from Voyagers, Catherine Kaniki from Premier Travel, Genevieve Stephenson from Uni Travel, Danielle Sillitoe Daniels from Travel Tech and Veronica Hachipuka from Mukwa Travel.  For most of the consultants, this was their first trip to London and Rome.

From London Heathrow’s Terminal 5, the home base of British Airways, to Waterside – BA’s head office, Camden Market and Leicester Square in London to St. Peter’s Basilica and Piazza Navona in Rome; one could comfortably say these five travel consultants visited some of the world’s richest heritage sites.

One of the delegates, Genevieve Stephenson, a travel consultant from Uni Travel said that the group had the best itinerary as a lot of ground was covered when it comes to seeing what happens when people travel to these destinations.

“We saw firsthand how everything works.  How people connect and where they can go to relax as they await their next move,” said Stephenson.

Stephenson said that even though people see places around the world on television or in books, it is not compared to actually being there in person.

“Besides London, I enjoyed Rome a lot.  It was my first time to go to Rome and now I can confidently advise my clients who are history lovers that Rome is the best place to go.  Even Christians would find Rome very interesting as it has a rich Christianity background,” Stevenson added.

“We watch all these places on television but the actual visit to these places is very different.  Nothing is compared to living out the story of St. Peters’ Basilica and the Vatican Museums; seeing first hand Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceilings of some of these museums.”

Paula Ravenor, British Airways Zambia Account Manager, who accompanied the travel consultants on this trip, said that the tour was both educational and fun, which enabled the travel consultants to experience firsthand cities that they market to their customers.

She said that the Zambian travel consultants were able to visit several interesting places in London and Rome.

“The agents were able to enjoy the whole travel experience, i.e., arrivals, departures, flight connections as well as the British Airways Galleries lounges at Terminal 5.  They also visited the most talked about places in London and Rome,” said Ravenor.

In Rome, the group went on an open bus tour to various tourist sites including St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Piazza Navona and the Vatican Museums.

Other places they visited in Rome were Ara Pacis, Piazza del Popolo, Fontana di Travi, Bocca della Verità, Arco di Costantino, Galleria Borghese and Trinità dei Monti.

Ravenor said that the airline spent approximately K140 million to take the five consultants on this familiarization tour.

Camden Market - one of the 4th most popular tourist attractions in London, which consists of large retail markets that has everything from clothing, crafts, and fast food, attracting 100,000 visitors each weekend.

China town in the east end of London is famous because in the 20th century the Chinese population was concentrated in that area, setting up business which catered to the Chinese sailors who frequented the docklands. The area boasts over 80 restaurants showcasing London’s finest and most authentic Asian cuisine.

Leicester Square, which is in the heart of London’s West end, is famous for shopping, entertainment, and bright lights decorating the streets during the festive season. It is within the City of Westminster and it is claimed that the square contains the cinema with the largest screen and the cinema with the most seats (over1, 600).

St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, which remains one of the world’s largest churches and is considered one of the Catholic Church’s holiest sites as most of the popes have been interred here.

Piazza Navona was built in the 1st century AD.  It follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The ancient Romans came there to watch the agones (“games”), and hence it was known as competition arena.

The Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani), inside the Vatican City are among the greatest museums in the world, since they display works from the immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. Displays original paintings on ceilings by Michelangelo. The Vatican Museums broke attendance records in 2011 with just over 5 million people.

Via Condotti is a busy and Fashionable Street of Rome, It begins at the foot of the Spanish Steps.  Today, it is the street, which contains the greatest number of Rome-based Italian fashion retailers.  Via Condotti is a center of fashion shopping in Rome, In addition to Valentino, other designers such as Armani, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Gucci, Prada and Dolce has stores on Via Condotti.


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Live Band “80s to Late” based in London

The Jollyfisherman, the only pub owned by a Zambian in the UK on Saturday, 10th November celebrated its 6th anniversary. The celebrations were attended by Zambians and other nationalities with Music provided by a Live Band “80s to Late” based in London.

Zambians joined by different nationalities danced and celebrated through out the night into the morning hours. There was dancing, drinking and feasting backed-up by a live Band.

Pub owner, Bernard Chisanga with some of his loyal pub visitors

Pub owner, Bernard Chisanga told UKZAMBIANS that the last 6 years have been challenging but at the sametime happiest of his life.

“I have been disappointed with low support from my fellow Zambians, they have not been supportive, but I should thank some of my other loyal customers especially the ‘Control towel’ “.

Pub owner, Bernard Chisanga with Zambian pub goers

He said without support from a variety of other nations in the UK, we would not have made it this far.

“I owe my success to all my patrons who are some many I can not mentions their names that included UKZAMBIANS media”, he said.

BM as he is popularly known said, apart from some Zambians, he has a very royal clientele of people from different nationalities.

Dancing, drinking … backed up by a live Band

“Check around, there are many nationalities here celebrating today, I thank them all.

Fans: Plenty of support from fellow Zambians – the Lewanika’s, Cheela Katwishi and more…

Jolly Fisherman is located in East London, Barking, its also a popular venue for Zambian artists visiting the UK. Prominent visitors includes likes of  JK, Mampi, Dandy Crazy, Danny Kaya, etc.

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