By Kudakwashe Vhenge
Bustop TV comedienne and actress, Sharon “Maggie” Chidewu yesterday scooped the 2020 Youth Recognition award in the arts sector at a glamorous event held in Harare.
The inaugural awards that were hosted by 4-H Zimbabwe and its various supporting partners under the theme “Celebrating youth trendsetters in reviving Zimbabwe’s economy” recognized youths excelling in different sectors as well as enhancing career opportunities, peer learning and global exposure.
Speaking to this reporter, an excited Maggie who was awarded in her absentia expressed gratitude to the organizers of the event for acknowledging her efforts in the entertainment sector.
“It’s always quite exciting and shocking when you are nominated for any award. We always say the nomination is a enough recognition in whether you win or lose, winning to me is quite an honor so I just have to say I feel honored.
“When I got the pictures from my colleagues telling and showing me that I have won, it really raised my spirits. Although I couldn’t be at the event due to health reasons, when the news was broken ndakabva ndapora. I would like to thank all those who believe and recognize the work that I put through.”
Speaking at the event, guest of owner Permanent Secretary for Youth Sports Arts and Recreation Dr T Chitepo applauded the first edition of youth recognition and mentorship program saying it has the potential to transform the country’s economy.
“The inaugural mentorship program being launched here today sets the foundation for engagement that helps develop individual youth and enable them to influence their spheres.
“It is our firm belief that that the success of the mentorship program will play a role in the revival of the nation’s economy and will facilitate innovation, food security, increase health, wellbeing and production of the general population especially in the context of immense economic pressure which has been exerted on the country by the Covid-19 pandemic”, she said.
4-H Zimbabwe country director Mr John Muchenje also reiterated that the initiative was to identify the talent that lies within the youths so as to harness it and help youths reach their full potential and aid the country in achieving vision 2020.
In the same arts category in which Sharon “Maggie” Chidewu was the ultimate winner, popular socialite Lorraine Guyo also got a certificate of recognition.
The List of winners