On the 15th of February 2019, the Eastern Region Megafest Awards were held at the Holiday Inn, Mutare under the theme, “Think fast, Think smart, Think Disruptive”. Africa University received three nominations for, Outstanding Training Institution of the Year 2018, Business Team Leader of the Year 2018 and Best Social Investment of the of the Year 2018. The university came first in the first two categories and was awarded 2nd runner up in the Best Social Investment of the Year category.
During the formal presentation and handover of the institutional awards to the university, VC Prof. Furusa applauded the hard work of the highly professional and dedicated staff of Africa University whose efforts are recognized through awards ceremonies such as Megafest. He said,
“These awards are a testament to our impeccable levels of professionalism, care for our stakeholders and our dedication. None of this would be possible without our most valued and appreciated staff.”
Mr. Herbert Njonga, the Registrar of Africa University was recognized specially as Business Team Leader of the year and for displaying a welcoming approach to doing business. Mr. Njonga joined the Africa University management team in 2017 and since then has spearheaded many initiatives that are targeted at youth empowerment, enterprise development and creating synergies between industry and the university.
Most notably , these include partnerships with Zimbabwe’s largest telecommunications company ECONET Wireless in integrating technology into farming to increase productivity, the launch of the Elevate programme at the university campus through the i5Hub , joining the UNHCR in the #IBelong campaign that deals with issues relating to statelessness and the protection of refugees and the inception of the Africa University Business Academy that has changed the landscape of online education in Zimbabwe offering short, affordable and convenient courses and programmes for executives and professionals looking to learn, upgrade or refresh their critical skills.
Africa University has strategically positioned itself to be a market leader in the delivery of exceptional customer service and the redefining of the relationships that exist between academia and industry. The awards the institution received are an endorsement of the efforts being made towards achieving these goals and the fulfilment of its commitment to grooming the next generation of African leaders who will drive the agenda for sustained economic development and transformation of the continent.
Megafest is a passionate advocate of good business practice, that celebrates achievements in the business and higher education sector throughout Zimbabwe. Megafest has grown to become the biggest and premier awards company in the country. Its focus is to recognize and reward the courage, leadership and creativity of Zimbabwe’s most brilliant business people – who play a critical role in raising the profile of professionals in business.