ANZ COO clinches two top accolades

HARARE - Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ) chief operating officer (COO) Sharon Samushonga yesterday clinched two prestigious accolades from the Women’s Heritage Society World Organisation.

Samushonga, who has been at the helm of ANZ, publishers of the market-leading Daily News, the Daily News on Sunday, the WeekendPost and a plethora of successful magazines since 2011, scooped the Top Businesswoman of the Year and Top COO of the Year awards.

“My mother worked hard as a domestic worker. And coming from Mbare, this is an honour I never thought I would ever receive in my lifetime,” said an elated Samushonga at a glittering awards ceremony in Harare.

“I would like to thank my family and dedicate this award to them because they have always supported me when the chips were down. There is also the ANZ team, without this team, I wouldn’t even be standing here. To them I say this is not my award, but colleagues, it is our award.”

TOP ACHIEVER...Guest of honour and Women's Affairs minister Nyasha Chikwinya (right) hands over the Top Businesswoman of the Year award to ANZ's COO Sharon Samushonga (centre) while her son Kudzi looks on.

Samushonga was instrumental in the re-launch of ANZ after its unjust closure, and has led the growing media house as COO since its re-launch four years ago.

Meanwhile, Traverze Travel managing director Zodwa Mkandla also walked away with three awards. She clinched the Top Female MD of the year award, Top Female-run Travel and Tours Company and the Top Tourism and Hospitality Business.

TV talk show host Rebecca Chisamba was crowned TV Personality of the Year while Lucia Gunguwo was awarded the Top Radio Personality of the Year.

ZiFM’s Pamela Gwawara walked away with the Top Female Sales and Marketing award as Anna Muguni was awarded Top Sports Administrator.

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange chairperson Eve Gadzikwa was crowned Top Female Board chairperson.

Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe public relations manager Sibonginkosi Muteyiwa was crowned Top Female Public Relations Personality of the Year.

AB Communications’ CEO Susan Makore was also crowned Top Chief Executive while Choice Parirenyatwa was awarded Top Female Entrepreneur.

Celebration Ministries’ Bonnie Deuschle was awarded the Top Female Recording Artist of the Year, while Melody Nyawo was crowned Top Female Religious Leader.

Ruvimbo Funeral Assurance secretary Donna Maseko was also crowned Top Female Secretary of the Year. Rawson Estate Agent’s Tamari Matenga won the Top Female Realtor of the Year award.

The awards, which give recognition to prominent Zimbabwean businesswomen, are set to go regional as an awards ceremony for top African business women is on the cards.

Meanwhile, Women’s Affairs minister Nyasha Chikwinya told delegates that her ministry was planning on launching a “unique business opportunity for all women in business”.

“All I can say at this moment is that it is going to have a nationwide impact and has the same prominence as the Women’s Bank,” Chikwinya said.

Comments (1)

well done tete. keep up the good work you are doing at the daily tabloid, the best there is in zimbabwe. second to none. others follow.

tula - 5 August 2015

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