The annual Sunday Mail bridal show has come and gone.
And indeed, the event’s stakes continue to rise with each passing year. This year’s edition attracted thousands of people and was held at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC), moving away from the traditional venue, the Rainbow 7 Arts Theatre in Avondale.
The event, which kicked off with a two-day bridal expo, had a five-star line-up of entertainers that included the popular and energetic dance group Banyana Bafana, ZimPraise Choir, Sabastian Magacha, Suluman “Sulu” Chimbetu and the multi-award-winning Jah Prayzah.
As anticipated, the artistes literally brought the house down through their scintillating performances. The bridal expo that started on Friday and ended on Saturday last week gave prospective brides and grooms an opportunity to meet with local wedding service providers.
Popular marriage counsellor Pastor Lucia Gunguwo also graced the event. She urged newlyweds to respect, love and cherish each other at all times, no matter the circumstances.
Zimpapers senior officials included Chief Executive Officer Justin Mutasa, Sunday Mail Editor Brezhnev Malaba and editors from other sister papers were part of proceedings.
Sabastian Magacha, the first artiste to perform to the crowd, delivered an excellent performance that instantly ignited a jovial mood. Banyana Bafana, following in his footsteps, did not disappoint.
The ZimPraise choir was to maintain the momentum through catchy spiritual vibes. And more was still to come.
Sulu not only captured the crowd’s attention with his gleaming performance but also his flamboyant royal costume (he looked like Sinbad the sailor) that added flavour to his act. Jah Prayzah joined him on the stage and the two music giants had the crowd up on their feet during the whole performance.
Man-of-the-moment Jah Prayzah closed the event with a polished performance. He sampled songs from his forthcoming album due for release on April 16. However, it was his hit song Tsviriyo that sent revellers into a frenzy.
Zimpapers Business Manager (Marketing) Mrs Charity Gwata-Chirume thanked sponsors of the event for their trust in the country’s leading family paper.
“Our two main objectives for this event are to promote proper marriages in order to combat HIV and Aids and to support Government’s indigenisation drive through promoting local businesses. Almost all of our exhibitors this year were local.
“Through this initiative we encourage indigenous Zimbabweans to continue in business hence our reasonable expo charges. We are committed to keeping them in business,” she said.
When the time to crown the bride of the moment came, all the 12 contestants waited eagerly to hear who had been lucky to scoop The Bride of the Year crown.
It was Mrs Unity Changadzo (nee Maneswa) who emerged the winner, taking the crown from last year’s beauty Mrs Trish Konje, nee Besam. For coming out on top, Mrs Changadzo walked away US$1 500 richer with return air tickets for two, one month subscription of The Sunday Mail and flowers courtesy of Zimpapers, a 32-inch plasma television courtesy of Goldtech Electronics, three second honeymoon holidays courtesy of Rainbow Tourism Group, Stephen Margolis, Pandhari Lodge and a personal hamper courtesy of Exquisite Fragrances.
Mrs Rutendo Mutengwa (nee Mutsena) who won the first runner-up prize and walked away with US$1 250, one month subscription of The Sunday Mail and flowers from Zimpapers, Samsung home theatre system, two second honeymoon holidays from Rainbow Tourism Group, Stephen Margolis, one night bed, breakfast and dinner from Pandhari and a personal care hamper from Exquisite Fragrances.
July beauty Mrs Mildred Sambo (nee Nyambuvi) scooped the second runner-up prize and walked away with US$1 000, one month subscription of The Sunday Mail and flowers courtesy of Zimpapers, Blackberry phone from Goldtech Electronics, two honeymoon holidays from Rainbow Tourism Group, Stephen Margolis, one night, bed and breakfast for two courtesy of Pandhari Lodge, personal care hamper from Exquisite Fragrances.
The Cake of the Year grand prize went to Mrs Rutendo Mutengwa (nee Mutsena) who pocketed US$1 000 courtesy of Zimpapers, a 32-inch plasma television from Goldtech Electronics, two honeymoon holidays courtesy of Stephen Margolis, Rainbow Tourism Group, two nights, bed, breakfast and dinner for two courtesy of Pandhari Lodge and a personal care hamper from Exquisite Fragrances.
The second prize winner was Mrs Mildred Sambo (nee Nyambuvi) who walked away with US$900, a Samsung home theatre system courtesy of Goldtech Electronics, two second honeymoon holidays from Rainbow Tourism Group and Stephen Margolis, two nights bed, breakfast and dinner from Pandhari Lodge and a personal care hamper from Exquisite Fragrances.
The second runner-up was Mrs Shingai Matsika (nee Gweru Best) who walked away with US$800, one month subscription of The Sunday Mail and Flowers courtesy of Zimpapers, Blackberry phone from Goldtech Electronics, two second honeymoon holidays from RTG and Stephen Margolis, two nights, bed, breakfast and dinner for two courtesy of Pandhari Lodge and a personal care hamper from Exquisite Fragrances.
Accolades were also rewarded for the photographer of the year which saw Mr Elson Munetsi walking away with US$500, followed by Voice Mark Productions which won US$400 and Mr Shadreck Pongo who won US$300 and one month subscription each courtesy of The Sunday Mail.
The best baker was Paida Tekere who got US$500 followed by Mrs Bote who got US$400 and Mrs Chisvo who received US$300 with one month subscription of The Sunday Mail for each.
In his speech, Zimpapers CEO Justin Mutasa said the group valued readers and advertisers of The Sunday Mail as they keep the brand afloat.
“The Sunday Mail, the largest family newspaper in Zimbabwe, has consolidated its number one position because of its loyal readers and advertisers. Thank you so much for your trust in our newspaper,” he said.
He added that: “Our idea behind this event is to try and promote marriages to last. Strong marriages create a powerful nation.”
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