Harare, Zimbabwe – Junior Chamber International’s Zimbabwean chapter (JCI-Zimbabwe) will on 30 July host a gala to celebrate ten outstanding young Zimbabweans aged between 18 and 40 at the 7 Arts Theatre in Harare.
According to JCI Zimbabwe president, Patson Mahachi, the aim of the event is to honour young people who are creating positive change in the country in business, environmental activism, personal development, cultural activities, community service, child and women’s rights activism among others.
“The theme of the 2011 gala is “Celebrating Success”. We are expecting many young people to come through and join us in celebrating fellow young active citizens creating positive change,” said Mahatchi.
Founded in 1967 in the then Rhodesia, JCI Zimbabwe currently has more than 220 members across the country. Its mission is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create change in their communities.
JCI Zimbabwe National Public Relations Director said that the ten finalists will compete at international level with nominees from over 100 countries around the world. He added that Afro-jazz musician, Victor Kunonga is expected to perform at the event.
“Victor is a symbol of success as shown by the number of accolades he has collected. We find him befitting to lead the line-up of young artists that have agreed to come and celebrate positive change with us. His music has good doses of inspiration,” he said.
“It is a great honour to come and share the evening with great achievers. We hope that this will be a good opportunity to showcase ourselves as alternative role models and be recognised as good ambassadors for positive change,” said Kunonga.
Four Zimbabwean have made it into the top 10 nominees in the world to date, including, Charlene Hewat, founder of Environment Africa in 1995, Strive Masiyiwa, founder of Econet Wireless in 1999, Advocate Sabelo Sibanda founder of the School of African Awareness in 2005, and Betty Makoni, founder of Girl Child Network in 2007.