By Jonathan Mbiriyamveka
HARARE – South Africa’s songstress PJ Powers recently wrote her own piece of history by being the inaugural recipient of the SOS Global Icon Award by the Zimbabwe’s Green Ambassadors Guild for her role in raising environmental awareness.
The legendary star was a headline performer at the Green Concert held in Harare last week where she talked about the importance of going green.
“I am so grateful for this award and for it being named after Sophie and Sharon, I being the first recipient is a great honour that I will carry with me to South Africa.
“Thirty-six years in this business and finally this recognition, I am grateful,” she said Born Penelope June Dunlop 57 years ago, PJ Powers serenaded music lovers with some of her early hits including “Jabulani” and “There is An Answer”.
Also known to her legion of fans as Thandeka, PJ Powers is a veteran on stage and her delivery enthralled the audience including Environment, Water and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri who was the guest of honor.
The awards were organised by Dereck Mpofu, who is also the Green Ambassador.
Mpofu hailed the support from the Environment, Water and Climate ministry towards hosting the event.
He said the SOS Award was named after two journalists – Sophia Chese-Msowa and Sharon Muguwu (both late), who were both passionate about environmental issues.
The award will be given to an individual who makes a positive impact on environment-related issues using music, journalism or any pubic platform to reach out to people.