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Join award-winning actor, Vongai each week as she brings you exclusive, honest and insightful conversations from Zimbabwean changemakers and trailblazers across the diaspora. Grab your plate of sadza and a cold drink cos it's a celebration! #zimexcellence

    Ryan Koriya : Dispelling African Stereotypes (2)

    Ryan Koriya : Dispelling African Stereotypes (2)

    Ryan Koriya is an artist who wears many many hats. He is a musician and composer born in Harare and now based in Ibiza, Spain where he is developing various music projects under his own record label Runway Vertical Records. He is also business marketing and branding consultant, who helps creatives and entrepreneurs around the world succeed in today's fast-paced digital world.
    As well as founder of ZimXcite, a Zimbabwean culture fashion brand, that promotes a fun spirit of inclusion and global diversity, inspired by all things Zimbabwe. Also in development is African Astronauts, a multi-media project to help empower and unite Africans the world over by providing a platform for Africans to tell their own stories. 
    Websites
    https://www.ryankoriya.com/
    https://www.africanastronauts.com 
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/ryankoriya
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/zimxcite
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zimxcite
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/RyanKoriya
    Resources mentioned: 
    Zimbabwean Artists Playlist: 
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2PxSzEE2htWT4ioYDjA5n3?si=34ad18d14b904a41
    CD Baby Free Artist Resources
    https://diymusician.cdbaby.com/
    Ari Herstand's Take Music Industry Blog
    https://aristake.com/blog/
    Damien Keyes Music Industry Education
    https://www.youtube.com/user/Damiankeyes
    Burstimo Free Music Industry Advice
    https://www.youtube.com/c/Burstimo
    Books 
    The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson* 
    Everything Is F*cked : A Book About Hope by Mark Manson*

    *The following is an affiliate link. If you decide to make a purchase using it, I may receive a commission that helps support the show. Thank you in advance. :)
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    • 32 min
    Ryan Koriya : Dispelling African Stereotypes (1)

    Ryan Koriya : Dispelling African Stereotypes (1)

    Ryan Koriya is an artist who wears many many hats. He is a musician and composer born in Harare and now based in Ibiza, Spain where he is developing various music projects under his own record label Runway Vertical Records. He is also business marketing and branding consultant, who helps creatives and entrepreneurs around the world succeed in today's fast-paced digital world.
    As well as founder of ZimXcite, a Zimbabwean culture fashion brand, that promotes a fun spirit of inclusion and global diversity, inspired by all things Zimbabwe. Also in development is African Astronauts, a multi-media project to help empower and unite Africans the world over by providing a platform for Africans to tell their own stories. 
    Websites
     https://www.ryankoriya.com/
    https://www.africanastronauts.com 
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/ryankoriya
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/zimxcite
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zimxcite
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/RyanKoriya
    Resources mentioned: 
    Zimbabwean Artists Playlist: 
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2PxSzEE2htWT4ioYDjA5n3?si=34ad18d14b904a41
    CD Baby Free Artist Resources
    https://diymusician.cdbaby.com/
    Ari Herstand's Take Music Industry Blog
    https://aristake.com/blog/
    Damien Keyes Music Industry Education
    https://www.youtube.com/user/Damiankeyes
    Burstimo Free Music Industry Advice
    https://www.youtube.com/c/Burstimo
    Books 
    The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson* 
    Everything Is F*cked : A Book About Hope by Mark Manson*

    *The following is an affiliate link. If you decide to make a purchase using it, I may receive a commission that helps support the show. Thank you in advance. :)
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     zimexcellencepodcast@gmail.com

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    • 36 min
    Joe Njagu : Leap Of Faith (2)

    Joe Njagu : Leap Of Faith (2)

    Joe Njagu is a Zimbabwean filmmaker who directed his debut feature film Lobola in 2010, which paved the way for a new chapter of independent film-making in Zimbabwe. His next feature film, The Gentleman, won him Best Foreign Language Director at the America International Film Festival and Best Film at the NAMA awards in 2012. He has directed several other feature films, including Something Nice from London, Escape, Tete B and The Letter. Joe has also produced the multi award winning film Cook Off - the first Zimbabwean film to be acquired by Netflix. Joe is a YALI alumni and a Mandela Washington Fellow, the flagship program of President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative. In 2014, he was listed among the top 35 under 35 in Media in Africa by the non-profit Young Professionals in International Affairs. Joe was recently awarded with a NAMA legend award in 2021, He runs Joe Njagu films based in Harare, Zimbabwe.
    Website: www.joenjagufilms.com 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joenjagu
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/joenjagu
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/joenjagu

    IMDB : https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4755154/ 
    Resources mentioned: 
    FilmContact.com
    PlayAfrika
    Side By Side (2012) documentary 
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    • 39 min
    Joe Njagu : Leap Of Faith (1)

    Joe Njagu : Leap Of Faith (1)

    Joe Njagu is a Zimbabwean filmmaker who directed his debut feature film Lobola in 2010, which paved the way for a new chapter of independent film-making in Zimbabwe. His next feature film, The Gentleman, won him Best Foreign Language Director at the America International Film Festival and Best Film at the NAMA awards in 2012. He has directed several other feature films, including Something Nice from London, Escape, Tete B and The Letter. Joe has also produced the multi award winning film Cook Off - the first Zimbabwean film to be acquired by Netflix. Joe is a YALI alumni and a Mandela Washington Fellow, the flagship program of President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative. In 2014, he was listed among the top 35 under 35 in Media in Africa by the non-profit Young Professionals in International Affairs. Joe was recently awarded with a NAMA legend award in 2021, He runs Joe Njagu films based in Harare, Zimbabwe.
    Website: www.joenjagufilms.com 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joenjagu
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/joenjagu
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/joenjagu

    IMDB : https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4755154/ 
    Resources mentioned: 
    FilmContact.com
    PlayAfrika
    Side By Side (2012) documentary 
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    • 38 min
    Dr. Praise Matemavi : Passion & Purpose (2)

    Dr. Praise Matemavi : Passion & Purpose (2)

    PART 2.  CONTENT WARNING : The following part of this episode features an adult conversation about teenage pregnancy, surviving domestic violence and the #MeToo movement which may be triggering to some audiences. Listener discretion is advised.  To avoid this section please skip to  [17:31]  where we talk about the Rose Gift Foundation and menstrual inequity.   As always take care of yourself. Thank you.   

    National Domestic Violence Hotline (US) 
    https://www.thehotline.org/

    National Gender Based Violence Call Centre (ZW)
    Toll Free Number 575

    How To Help A Victim
    https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-help-a-victim-of-domestic-violence-66533

    Dr. Praise Matemavi is a Zimbabwean born abdominal transplant surgeon and assistant professor of surgery. She is the award-winning author of Passion and Purpose: Black Female Surgeons. She is the 2020 recipient of the Lake Michigan College alumni achievement award as well as the Michigan State University young alumni award. She is a follower of Jesus, a mother and wife, beloved daughter, sister aunt and friend. She is the CEO of The Rose Gift Foundation, a non-profit that serves, empowers and elevates the rural girl child in Zimbabwe and fights to eliminate period poverty in the Delta in Mississippi. She loves life and finds beauty in everything around her as well as looks for the best in everyone that she meets. 
    Website: rosegiftfoundation.org
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therosegiftfoundation
    Personal Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drpraisematemavi/
    Rose Gift Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rosegiftfoundation/
    Podcast Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/praisematemavipodcast/
    Twitter : www.twitter.com/drmatemavi
    Resources Mentioned: 
    Passion and Purpose: Black Female Surgeons*
    *The following is an affiliate link. If you decide to make a purchase using it, I may receive a commission that helps support the show. Thank you in advance. :)
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    • 40 min
    Dr. Praise Matemavi : Passion & Purpose (1)

    Dr. Praise Matemavi : Passion & Purpose (1)

    Dr. Praise Matemavi is a Zimbabwean born abdominal transplant surgeon and assistant professor of surgery. She is the award-winning author of Passion and Purpose: Black Female Surgeons. She is the 2020 recipient of the Lake Michigan College alumni achievement award as well as the Michigan State University young alumni award. She is a follower of Jesus, a mother and wife, beloved daughter, sister aunt and friend. She is the CEO of The Rose Gift Foundation, a non-profit that serves, empowers and elevates the rural girl child in Zimbabwe and fights to eliminate period poverty in the Delta in Mississippi. She loves life and finds beauty in everything around her as well as looks for the best in everyone that she meets. 
    Website: rosegiftfoundation.org
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therosegiftfoundation
    Personal Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drpraisematemavi/
    Rose Gift Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rosegiftfoundation/
    Podcast Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/praisematemavipodcast/
    Twitter : www.twitter.com/drmatemavi
    Resources Mentioned: 
    https://www.umc.edu/news/News_Articles/2020/08/POTU-Praise-Matemavi.html

    Passion and Purpose: Black Female Surgeons*
    *The following is an affiliate link. If you decide to make a purchase using it, I may receive a commission that helps support the show. Thank you in advance. :)
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    • 37 min

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