ICMF Empowers Female Coaches with Disability at the 5th ICMA Awards
The event was about to start when my wife and I drove into Cresta Lodge Sango Conference Centre in Harare recently. A train of classy vehicles driven by leading coaches, faith leaders and captains of industry from all walks of life streamed into the five-star facility, all lit-up with stupendous anticipation to witness the events to follow at the 5th International Coaching and Mentoring Annual Awards (ICMAA) hosted by International Coaching and Mentoring Foundation (ICMF).
To put flesh to the excellent set-up in the room, the slay coach Chipo Mashingaidze took to the podium as the Director of Ceremony. She didn’t disappoint as she called to stage in style the graduating coaches to share with the audience their journey through coaching and mentoring.
Two individuals stole the lime light, they challenged odds and came out shining. A storm of applause brought the ceiling down as Coach Florence Mudzingwa moved on her wheel chair to the front both to testify and to get certified. Indeed she proved that disability isn’t inability.
“The stigma that accompanies disability gnawed deep into my confidence from when I was young. Fighting it was like fighting a mad gorilla, however that was the case until I met Master Coach Duri who became my saviour. It is his coaching and encouragement that has placed me this far, I am a proud product of ICMF.” Tears glistened on her cheeks in the evening light as she told this heart pricking episode of her life.
Looking around the audience, one could easily observe that her words didn’t just hit the speakers for nothing, they indeed sparked a light of inspiration in the hearts of tens of guests that were present in the room. Later on, the albino community couldn’t be outdone, the 25-year old queen of albinism in the country Coach Sithembiso Mutukura clad in black long dress sashayed to the front.
After spitting a number of power points that makes up her powerful profile, she hit the punch line:
“In2018 I was crowned Miss Albinism Zimbabwe, and after serving my tenure, I received a scholarship. I’m currently doing a degree in Social work at the University of Zimbabwe. The stigma surrounding albinos and the urge to represent woman on high platforms has catapulted me this far.” As she concluded, the ecstatic queen of ramp cat-walked out of stage-light amidst a round of wild applause.
“Thumbs up to ICMF, they have demonstrated that all humanity is equal and must be given an equal opportunity to showcase their various potentials. We hope to see more participation of people with disabilities in the 2021 awards.” One unidentified guest was heard screaming in the audience.