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Muzvare Betty Makoni to be honoured as Image of Africa by Voice Achievers Awards

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The Voice Achievers Award is established in the Netherlands as project of The Voice magazine to recognize Africans and friends of Africa of outstanding achievement on a yearly basis. Since 2012, the award took a global outlook recognizing people outside of the Netherlands

The Voice Magazine is the First and the biggest African news Magazine published in The Netherlands. It was established in August 1999 to provide a voice for the African communities in The Netherlands and African people in the Diaspora at large. We have in every sense of commitment, engaged in this noble course over the years.
Over these years, we rose to a professional and moral call to unveil Africa to Europe and the rest of the world from the perspective of the African people. Being the first formal African News Magazine published in the Benelux region of Europe, we have reviewed the tremendous development and growth within Africa over the period.
The Editorial Board of the Magazine constituted an Award Committee that would under strict but objective appraisal; nominate distinguished Africans and friends of Africa, worthy of appreciation and Honour at every forthcoming “The Voice Achievers Award” in the Netherlands.

It is intended that this Award ceremony will be annual to encourage Africans and friends of Africa in various fields of human endeavours to do more and attain an outstanding status. We are in no way saying these people we have chosen are the best but they do have outstanding qualities that we are proud to present to the world.
“The Voice Achievers Award’ is programmed to be a spectacular media and mentoring event. The award is designed to serve to mentor people to aspire for excellence in all facets of human activities. It is a mixture of young and older minds being rewarded on the same platform.
This Award is unique because it offers not only recognition per excellence to the winners but also create an opportunity to meet other professionals and entrepreneurs from other communities in an interactive atmosphere to exchange new ideas.

We recognize governments, institutions, entrepreneurs as well as charities, social enterprises and those businesses that are making proven positive social or economic impact on Africans or a particular country in this contest.

2015 Nominees List
African Leadership Award
Alie Kabba
African Woman leadership award
Judge Florence Mumba
African Political Leadership Award
Pascal Bida Koyagbele
African Hero Award .
Pastor E.E.H. Hongerbron
African Distinguished Career Award
Dr. Lanalee Araba Sam
Spiritual leadership Award
Apostle Frank Quaye-Aikins
Diaspora Media Woman of the Year Award
Princess Moradeun Adedoyin-Solarin
Africa Image maker Award
Hrh Muzvare Betty Makoni
African Motivational Award
Leontine van Hooft
African Community Builder Award
Marinda Holtzhausen
African Foundation Award
Smiles Dental Foundation Dr. Mrs. Elfrida Angelina Quaye-Aikins
African Entertainment Award
Tammy Clarizza Abusi
Inspirational Award 2015
Mercedes Monden
African Gospel Music Award
Minister Sonnie Badu
African Humanitarian Service Award
Rosalia Sibulelo Mashale
African Community Service Award
Bob Hensen
African Diaspora Producer Award
Kevin Bob Kargbo
Diaspora Man of the Year
Abubakar Bangura
Africa Dance Act Award
Petit Bagaza
Business Entrepreneur Award
Yvonne Williams
Diaspora Health Care Award
Carmelita Haynes MammaeCare Body & Mind
African Top Model Award
Nella Santo
African Special Recognition Award
Albert Chapel
African Heroine Award
Fatoumata Jahumpa Ceesay
African Designer Award
Carlos Dauvia Nijenhuis Liandro
African Cultural award
Taremeredzwa Munzara
African support Group Award
Women of Integrity
African Public Service Award
Hon. Samson Raphael Osagie
African Ambassador Award Ambassador
Odette Melono Cameroon Amb. to The Netherlands
Diaspora Woman of the Year
Bridget Fomukong Christopher Okigbo
African literary Icon Award (Posthumous)
African Writer Award
Steve Mwase
Diaspora Media Man of the Year Award
Quayson Kwabena
African Business Excellence Award
Turkish Airlines Europe
Life time Achievement Award
Jan Pronk
Life time Achievement Award
Chief Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia
African Supporter Award
Dick Becht

Muzvare Betty Makoni on Top 12 AfroNews List African Carribean Women in UK

This year, for the first time, The AfroNews has compiled a list of remarkable Black women in the UK who have made a great difference in different sectors.

While of most of them are social activists leading the fight for human rights, fight against racism and other forms of discrimination, others are doing brilliant work in the charity and voluntary work sector. At the same time, others are a source of inspiration in entertainment and sports, etc.

We know that there are many other outstanding Black women in the UK who deserved being included in this list. In fact our team found it very hard to come up with this list because of hundreds of exceptional candidates we had at the beginning.

We would therefore encourage those who have not made it this time to continue doing good since we will be observing their achievements while preparing the next list of Top 12 African & Caribbean Women of the Year in UK.

“As a newspaper committed to promoting the positive image of members of the Black Community in the UK, we find it right to celebrate these women who have excelled in different fields. This is our way of encouraging and thanking them for their good work, while at the same time challenging others to follow their footsteps,” said Stephen Ogongo Ongong’a, Editor of The AfroNews.

Muzvare Betty Makoni (BA Gen, BA Special Hons) is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Girl Child Network Worldwide. Muzvare(Her Royal Highness Fourth Generation of women of the Royal Family of Makoni in Manicaland in Zimbabwe. Officially conferred with title on 1 June 2001. Recently she was selected to be in the team of UK experts for Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative for FCO as a gender based violence expert. In her many high profile titles, millions across the world passionately call her CNN Hero as she was the top in 2009 category for Protecting the Powerless and was honoured by UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman. Betty Makoni has over 40 global awards including Decade Child Rights Hero Alongside President Nelson Mandela, Ashoka Fellow as part of Global Network of social innovators who have changed lives in their communities and beyond.

Muzvare Betty Makoni maybe the highest globally awarded African woman in the world. Many awards from the  grassroots level like National Contribution in Zimbabwe  to United Nations Red Ribbon  honour her work  for excellence, innovation and passion for girls and women`s rights. She was selected amongst 150 women who shake the world-News of the World-2011, Top 12 List of African Caribbean Women in UK and Europe-AfroNews 2013 was featured in Metro UK as Woman of Courage -2012. She is a Published Author, Poet and Well Sought After Speaker, Mentor and Coach. It is believed that Muzvare Betty Makoni work features on all major mainstream media around the world making it the most globally covered work of one of the once poorest girls in the world of the 1980s..

In 1998 Muzvare Betty Makoni formed Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe. Today many girls networks are all over the world and she works to share the Girl Child Empowerment Model she developed in Zimbabwe with girls in situations where they need to mobilise and organise themselves for self-empowerment -whether formally or informally affiliated to Girl Child Network Worldwide

The Top 12 African & Caribbean Women of the Year in UK

For the full list of candidates Click here

With Debbie Ariyo of AFRUCA

Muzvare Betty Makoni amongst winners of prestigious Women of Love Award for girls’ education

Cork City, Ireland

13 July, 2013


Top female musician of all times  from Nigeria now living in Ireland who to many in the past would otherwise be like what Whitney Houston was to USA launched  a Women for Love organisation to put girls education at the centre of her legacy. Esse A Agasse is not a stranger to many Nigerians not only because of her music but because of what her life has become to many and just recently moving proactively to launch a prestigious award where her organisation brings together champions of those supporting girls education worldwide and honouring their commitment, hard work and dedication to girls who would otherwise failed to secure their future due to lack of education.

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Dr Ngozi OlejemeA dinner gala on 13 July, at the Women of Love Seminar/Fundraiser took  place at The Ambassador Hotel with high profile guests ranging from high profile female politicians to members of the royal African families as well as mostly female leaders from the African communities across Europe. It turned out to be a seminar of thinkers, strategists and activists who feel something should be done to support girls education especially in Africa where most girls have dropped out of school due to harmful cultural practices, poverty, disease, gender based violence and war. If ever there is a high profile who sat around a table and like a small self-made UN for women this seminar  came up with action plans at individual and organisational level.


Passionately known as  Visionary  Esse Agesse, founder of Women of Love announced winners of the prestigious award amongst who was Muzvare Betty Makon who received Overall ‘Women of Love’ Award for Excellence in Ireland from Melissa Moulane, Top Politician


Accepting the award Muzvare Betty Makoni said,` It is my first time to get an award I yearned for. One where Love is what matters in what we do. As a child I was never loved or appreciated. To think this happened tonight, makes me fill a huge gap of what I never got as a child has been filled. The award is exceptional in as far as it comes from women doing what they can to help with love. I am honoured and I congratulate my fellow awardees whose work touches and transforms lives.`

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Princess Yinka Dixon OludaiyeAmong some top and global winners of the prestigious award was Princess Olayinka Dixon-Oludaiye who is one of the few African women who brave themselves to run for political office. She is popular amongst women with her Inspirational women stories and awards as well as the popular magazine called Becky.

Gov Ibrahim Shehu Shema

Hon. Nasir Ingawa received the award on behalf of  His Excellency, Gov. Shehu Shema who is the first male political leader in the whole world to defy traditions and set up a girls education initiative in his state in Katsina.


Catharina Twomey, Dr Ngozi Peter OghinaOlejeme, Peter Oghina and Elsie Ijorugu  are heroes of our era and each received women of love award for sterling work to save humanity.

Amongst top guests and dignitaries who graced the Dinner/ Gala awards  was the internationally accomplished  seasoned presenter, broadcaster and PR Guru, Princess Deun Adodyin- Solarin who spoke passionately about  the work of Girl Child Network Worldwide founded by Muzvare Betty Makoni. Princess Deun is Chair of Trustees and Global Spokesperson for the charity and she set out a world plan on what should be done to support girls’ education at community level replicating the Girl Child Empowerment Model.
SAM_7529A powerful singer filled with wonderful messages of Love, Billy Gbadamosi  performed live and moved the hearts of many.

Notable amongst some guests are Miss Nigeria Ireland past and present who announced projects ahead at some orphanages in Nigeria.

Women for Love is a growing  movement of mostly African women and girls stepping out to make a change using love and in support of those organisations like Girl Child Network Worldwide trying to make a difference. Notable amongst guests were young women who were part of organising and mobilising communities to understand the urgent need to support girls education. The night was filled with young women who want to take immediate action to make education accessible to girls in a project that is growing to change ways girls are supported worldwide.