Asia and Africa’s relationship has too often been marred with stories of misconception. There is often little to none acknowledgement of the value of the African voices or human talent in countries such as China and India. As a result you could understand our excitement when we found out about the Pride of Africa Asia Pacific Awards. On their third edition, the Pride of Africa Asia Pacific Awards are hosted by the Appreciate Africa Network. A non-profit organization centred on creating African intercultural exchanges.
It’s officially voting time and with a total of 28 award categories it’s important to note that three Zimbabweans made it on the list of Africans excelling in various fields across the Asian continent. In this article we feature these flag bearing Nominees and their Asian experiences.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL ARTS
Pfungwa and Rumbiey Chimbetete
Co-owners of Kwela Pictures a company that does events, documentaries, commercials and event media coverage. The two are currently working on a docu-series about Africans living in Shanghai titled ‘Griots’.
BEST AFRICAN DJ
Takudzwa Ganyo “DJ Ganyo”
Having graduated from Soul Candi Institute of Music, Takudzwa headed to China in 2015. To date, his mixes on platforms such as Pyro Music, have more than 64K total listeners.
“I then came in China in 2015, I started playing and I slowing made my way up the ropes. I have played and have been heard by people in various cities in China, mainly Wuhan, Beijing, Shanghai, Shijiazhuang, Wenzhou etc. My most treasured and private achievement was winning the Gold Music Award which named me the best Dj of the year of 2016.”
Gertrude (Trudy) Jaricha, hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with Honours in Industrial Psychology.
“It’s great honour to have been nominated for this award. Having moved to china over a year ago, I was quickly aware of the challenges that African teachers face on a daily basis. During job interviews questions asked were not based on qualifications, rather the focus was on my background and skin colour. After being viewed in such a negative way, it became very clear to me I had to play my part in raising awareness for Africa and African teachers…we have never had a Zimbabwean win in my category so I’m hoping this year will be different”
It’s time to get your votes to do the talking on the official website, click Start and Vote one Nominee per category, remember the system automatically goes to the next category till you finish voting. The Pride of Africa Asian Awards 2017 Edition will be held in Beijing China on the 24th of June. Winners names will be engraved on the 2017 Edition Trophy, let’s bring this one home!