The Women in Business Association (WIBA) has unveiled top 36 finalists who will square it up for six awards up for grabs in this year’s annual WIBA awards to be held next month on the 21st. The six categories competed for are: Young Entrepreneur Award, Innovation Award, Male Dominated Industry Award, Female Collaboration Award, Social Entrepreneur Award and the Informal Sector Award. “One exciting addition to this year’s awards is the male dominated industry category, which seeks to celebrate those women making a mark in areas previously dominated by their male counterparts like; construction, mining, architecture, engineering, etc.,” said WIBA President Tumi Mbaakanyi.
Speaking during a media briefing on Monday, Mbaakanyi said it is interesting to note that the male dominated industry category received the most applicants and currently tops the list of finalists with 10 contenders competing for the award. Mbaakanyi said the purpose of WIBA and the WIBA Awards is to unearth and celebrate women in business in Botswana and their success stories. Like this year’s theme ‘An Infinite Sparkle, Her Success Story’ says, WIBA stands for all things that celebrate women. “We believe women are gems that should be nurtured and polished to perfection,” she said. The 36 finalists have each been given a number which will be used during SMS voting by the public. The month long SMS voting was activated today (Monday) and will be closed on October 12.
Stanbic Bank Botswana will sponsor the awards with P100 000 worth of cash, P50 000 of which will be scooped by the overall businesswoman of the year winner. A winner from each of the six categories automatically qualifies to compete in the category. Debswana will sponsor all category winners and the overall winner with jewellery while Mazars Auditors have pledged their auditing services for the awards. Local businesswoman Petronella Matumo will be the guest speaker for the night. Matumo is among other things the majority shareholder at Private Collection, an exclusive Jewellery shop, where she is also the managing director. She is also a shareholder at FSG Funeral Group at which she also serves as the board chairperson. Another guest speaker who is a regional/international Businesswoman will be announced at a later stage.