Great Things for Greater People
2010 ZIMBABWEAN ICT ACHIEVERS AWARDS
It began with an unplanned visit to the ICT ministry department last Thursday, where two of our fellow company members returned with unexpected but thrilling news, that our very own Managing Director the ingenious Kudzai Sadomba had been nominated for the prestigious Young Innovator of the Year Award. The event was held on the 4th of December at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and I had the pleasure of accompanying Kudzai. Various dignitaries graced the event, including the Zimbabwean ICT Minister himself, the honorable Nelson Chamisa who was the guest of honour.
The programme began at 6 pm local time which is technically 6.30, but we arrived around 6.45 just in time for the serving of dinner. The room was filled with various celebrities and we even had the pleasure of sharing a table with the popular local poet, Albert Nyathi, I was especially happy with this because it meant the increased likelihood of more photo opportunities. The event was hosted by the very capable Barry Manandi and Sharon (whom we failed to catch her last name) kept us entertained all night with their witty comments. Keeping the audience further entertained was the lovely Jazz band, Jazz Invitation. After the serving of dinner there were speeches given by the guests of honor including Minister Chamisa, who gave an enthralling speech about the importance of ICTs to the country and above all the continent. His speech was also filled with religious commentary considering that the Minister is a religious man, resulting in the MC Barry, retorting “Thank you pastor” after the speech, an amusing mistake on his part.
The first Award to be announced was a special award, the lifetime contribution to ICT award, which was awarded to the late Nhamo Mukonyora, for his contribution to the industry. Further awards were given, including the company of the year, awarded to Econet wireless, Business man of the year, awarded to Douglas Mboweni. Business woman of the year, was awarded to Rudo Mudavhanu, ICT Journalist of the year to Mqhele Tshuma, ICT Project of the year public sector to Netone, for their solar powered base stations, to name but a few. These awards composed of a winner and runner up, the award we were highly anticipating, Young innovator of the year was unfortunately awarded to Verengai Mabika another young entrepreneur but Kudzai received the runner up award, which was still a great honour. As he was receiving the award, Minister Chamisa asked “who is Kudzai Sadomba?” a question that no other winner or nominee was asked. He responded very well with a briefing of what he has accomplished as an individual and as managing director of Sadomba Mahari, I could tell the audience was highly impressed as he received a thundering round of applause.
The night came to an end with a vote of thanks by the honorable permanent secretary of ICT engineer Kundishora. These awards were the first of their kind in the country, they were highly successful with even cash prices being provided for the winners of up to USD 500. The organizers reassured everyone that they will be held every year from now on if possible, so as Sadomba Mahari we are confident that we will have more than one nomination next year as well as a win.
By Kgomotso Ruzvidzo