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Zim Expo in Full Swing in Chicago As Rising Dancehall Star Jah Signal Promises Fireworks

Minenhle Pedzisayi, her son and a relative.
Minenhle Pedzisayi, her son and a relative.

The 20th edition of Zim Expo is in full swing with a large number of people still flocking to the Zimbabwe Embassy corner where some people are obtaining birth certificates and passports.

Some companies and individuals are exhibiting various items with the Movement for Democratic Change stand being another crowd puller.

Indications are that all people visiting the Zimbabwe Embassy corner, manned by two members of staff from Washington DC, are getting birth certificates or passports.

A smiling Minenhle Pedzisayi, who visited the center to obtain a birth certificate for her one year-old son Gabriel, was happy about services being provided by the Zimbabwe Embassy staffers.

"I'm happy that I have obtained my son's birth certificate. I live in Indiana and so it's difficult to go all the way to Washington DC to get some of these important documents. So, I decided to come here and got all what I wanted."

Another happy woman is Indiana resident Ester Gwepo. "It took a very short time for me to process all the necessary papers. I have extended the expiry date of my passport. I'm not worried at all now as I no longer need to travel to DC to extend it."

Apart from these two, Zimbabwean Shamiso Nkonkoni came to the business and social networking event this year to represent the MDC led by Nelson Chamisa.

"We have a lot of t-shirts, hats and other items that we are displaying and at the same time we are looking for new members. It's great to see that so many people support us as they are visiting out stand."

No other party is being represented at this year's event.

The Miss Zimbabwe pageant and music performances by two Zimbabwean artists are set for Saturday night with rising dancehall star Jah Signal promising fireworks.

A DJs competition and Business Dinner capped the day's proceedings on Friday night with some company executives expressing optimism of striking good deals by the end of the day Sunday.

At the same time, some individuals are also displaying items associated with their motherland, Zimbabwe. They include homemade biltong and alcoholic beverages produced in the southern African nation.