Harare set to host Zimbabwe’s first High Tea society

From left: Mbo Mahocs, Ntombizodwa Sibanda, Nonhlanhla Pitso, Evey Mwatse and Diana Washe are part of the organising committee of Zimbabwe's High Tea event. Picture: Starbaptista Photography

Zimbabwe Digital News

The High Tea society announced its entry into the Zimbabwe social networking community this week, saying the event is a delicious excuse for the ladies to dress up, look good and share inspirational stories – over tea, and good food.

Organiser for the event, Bonnie Chimanikire told zimbabwedigitalnews.com that the day-long event will allow like-minded Zimbabwean women to share unique experiences over a classic High Tea menu of savoury experience, and delicateseen.

The High Tea was founded by Chimanikire and her business partner Ntombizodwa Zoe Sibanda. Chimanikire is a business coach and voice-over artist, while Sibanda is an attorney, thought leader and is passionate about human rights.
The two, who are based in Johannesburg, unveiled the High Tea concept to great reviews in Johannesburg last year, and have since decided to take the concept into other countries, and possibly the continent.

The High Tea targets women in business, aspiring female entrepreneurs, women making a difference in communities, professionals as well as all women looking to be amongst women who are driven for positive change in their spheres of influence.

A ticket costs US50 (about R650). “Every detail has been deliberately looked into,” Chimanikire said, adding that  “…this is far more than meeting for a simple cup of tea. It is an afternoon designed to impress, inspire and pamper all our guests. We will have a fashion show case directed by one of Zimbabwe’s own Gilmore Tee.”

“Zimbabwe’s finest fashion forward designers, based locally and abroad will be show-casing their products. We have entertainment lined up – from Neo-Soul artist Prayersoul, Caroleen Masa and IAmLanga. Our popular segment #AskAMan will bring in a panel of men from across the country to be at the disposal of our guests as they will be interacting with the guests with the hope of decoding the mysteries between our sexes,” Chimanikire said.

A mystery top-end guest from South Africa has also been lined up for this segment.

The High Tea will be hosted in Chisipite, Harare at the Organikks on April 29. Sticking true to their “empowerment” theme, the organisers had chosen a female-owned venue, Organikks, an all-female team, an all-female led media partner and Zimbabwe’s first female plus size model RuTendo DeNise as the host MC.

Sibanda said that the organising team was not pulling any punches with regards to the quality of the event. “We have worked hard to establish a record of perfection for our High Tea in South Africa, we intend on doing the same for Zimbabwe, and every other country where we will launch the concept. This is not a high tea after all, it is The High Tea,” she said.

The dress code is expected to be a typical high tea-themed one of hats and heels with a vintage touch. There will be a prize for the best dressed lady.

The speakers of the event will be unveiled weekly on their social media pages. Judging from their website, it is clear that these ladies have mastered the art of throwing high teas that are not only exceptional, but the talk of the town.

Media personality and Zim-SA Forum vice-president Yvonne Katsande, and businesswoman Moodis Hove at the High Tea event in Johannesburg last year

Businesswoman and socialite Zari Hassan (left) and Ghanaian comedian and radio personality Afia Schwarzenegger

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