#LLANews – Zimbabwean Journalist Debra Matabvu wins the 2020 APO Group African Women in Media Award

Debra Matabvu

APO Group, the leading pan-African communications and business consultancy announced Zimbabwean journalist Debra Matabvu as the winner of the 2020 APO Group African Women in Media Award.

The award recognizes, celebrates, and empowers African women in the media who support female entrepreneurship throughout the continent.  Debra’s win was announced at the 6th Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Virtual Conference and Awards, held on 2nd – 3rd December 2020.

The judging panel for the APO Group African Women in Media Award consisted of 100 luminaries, with global icons such as Naomi Campbell joined by senior executives from every major industry on the continent, from Visa to Hilton; Facebook to FIFA; and Uber to LEGO!

It was the largest and most influential panel of judges ever assembled for an African media award, reflecting the importance of recognizing gender equality in business and the media.

The jury voted on a shortlist of five finalists, and chose Debra as the winner for her article “Ethel defies Gokwe myth“. The piece tells the story of Ethel Chiwara-Mupambwa who challenged the traditional rules of life in her community to become a successful businesswoman and the Founder of MoneyMart Finance.

Debra receives a USD2,500 cash prize, and will also be invited to attend online courses from one of the most respected universities in the world.

Debra Matabvu is a news reporter at The Sunday Mail, a weekly newspaper owned by Zimbabwe Newspapers (Zimpapers). She joined The Sunday Mail in 2014. Debra has a BSc in Journalism and Media Studies from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe. She has also worked with Reuters and is a member of the World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)’s 2020 Women in News Leadership Accelerator Programme. She is passionate about Women, Education and Health issues.


We extend our warmest congratulations to Debra Matabvu on winning this reputable world. 

This article was originally published on APO Group


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