By Jackie Chibamu
It’s that time again, the time of amazing looking frocks, red carpet and everything else that comes with it. Yes the Zim Achievers Awards 2014. Every year the organizers seem to be elevating the event to a different level.
This year I caught up with one of the young ladies who was nominated in two categories in these prestigious award. Ella Bvumba is a 22 year old young lady who is the owner of HouseofElla, an online Boutique for women’s wear, specialising in *Celebrity Bodycon Dresses*.
Ella has been nominated for Personality of the Year as well as Innovation. Seeing someone who actually deserves to be nominated is a very good thing. This young lady has been through a lot and excelled despite the odds that were against her.
Having her mother diagnosed with cancer left her having to go out and find work at a young age to be able to support herself and her mother. Her mother finally recovered from cancer and is now healthy and well.
HouseOfElla was formed in May 2013 and was nominated Best Online Store by simplesit.com. Her website was rebranded and relaunched on 15th of Feb 2013, It currently has over 80,000 views.
Ella is always supportive of other events taking place in the community. As far as these nominations are concerned, no one deserves them better than she does. This young lady has a great personality if I must say so myself. She is always pleasant and always smiling.
There is never a dull moment with her, always posting encouraging messages on her facebook wall and looks forward to the next day. Ella is currently the reigning 2nd Princess for Miss Zim UK 2013.
Her passion is to inspire young people to become whatever they dream of becoming no matter the circumstances . Her hard work and perseverance makes her a great role model for young ladies.
This young lady is certainly “Bhundu Certified” in my books. I had a very brief interview with her and this is what she had to say:
Jackie : You have been nominated for 2 awards in the upcoming ZAA’s, please tell us what categories you were nominated for?
Ella : Personality of the Year and Innovation of the Year.
Jackie : How does it make you feel to be recognised for all your hard work?
Ella : When I saw my name under the categories, I was so emotional, I literally cried it felt so good. They were all tears of joy to know that my hard work was being recognised.
Jackie : What has been the inspiration of your achievements so far?
Ella : Believing in myself and my dreams, knowing how much i want this and my goal, I had to motivate myself to accomplish my dreams. My family has supported and believed in me, they never doubted me.
Jackie: As a young lady, what advice or encouragement would you give to other young ladies out there?
Ella : No matter how hard your situation may look or sound, if you have a dream, go for it. Have a faith and a positive mind.
Jackie : What does the future hold for “HouseOfElla”?
Ella : Well to be honest with you I haven’t even started yet, bigger and better things are to come and be prepared for some surprises. HouseofElla will be launching it’s new clothing line soon.
It’s always a pleasure speaking to young ladies who are living their dreams. Having events like these in our community that recognise and appreciate hard work is an encouraging thing indeed.
The award ceremony will be held on the 10th of May in the heart of London. If you have not already voted , please follow the link below and cast your vote. Lets keep encouraging and supporting these young people in our communities to keep shining bright as they are the future.