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NAMA 2017 nominations received with mixed feelings

NAMA 2017 nominations received with mixed feelings

The National arts Merit Awards received excitement and profound distaste soon after release of NAMA 2017 nominees yesterday.  Art practitioners and fans from various parts of the country took to social media to express disappointment bringing to question criteria used to select those who will be honored for milestone achievement during the award ceremony slated for February 18, at the 7 Arts Theatre in Avondale, Harare.

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe promises fire works for this year’s awards and adjudicators have applauded the geographic spread of entries across all genres and quality of artworks, despite limited resources although revelations in a statement issued by NACZ spokesperson, Catherine Mthombeni that music videos directed by foreigners were not eligible for NAMA left many with their jaws dropped to the floor trying to bring question to reason 0n how this affects Zimbabweans abroad and investment made in videos filmed abroad to bring face to Zimbabwe arts will amount to nothing but loss of recognition during the “Prestigious awards’.


A press release sites, adjudication was based on submitted entries also  adjudicators sited mediocrity and lack of originality resulted in a handful of submissions being relegated for award consideration. However it is a notable concern despite any appraisal of standards a fore mentioned, that NAMA entries have dropped from 11o4 to 775 entries this year. Which bears clear testimony how the relationship between NAMA and arts practitioners currently stands. See full list of the nominees below:






Outstanding Actor

Fortune Ruzungunde in Untikolotshi

Mehluli Dube in Warrior

Everson Ndlovu in Liberation


Outstanding Actress

Rumbidzai Karize in Liberation

Tsitsi Gumbo in Untikolotshi

Farirai Mukumba in The Graduate


Outstanding Theatrical Production

Untikolotshi by Theatre for Everyone

Liberation by Savanna Trust

Warrior by Umkhathi Theatre Works

Special Mention

The Dream by  Chaplin High School Drama Club


Outstanding Director

Charles Munganasa for The Graduate

Styx Mhlanga for Untikolotshi

Matesu Dube for Warrior




Outstanding Poet

Tinashe Tafirenyika

Lerato Ndlovu aka Nqindi

Desire Moyo


Outstanding Comedian

Ntandoyenkosi Moyo aka Ntando Van Moyo

Samantha Kureya aka Gonyeti

Nqobizitha  Dube aka Q Dube





Outstanding First Creative Published Works

Tears and Scars by Penjeni Madzikangava  [Harp Bookz International]

Behind the Wall Everywhere by        Farai Mungoshi [Mungoshi Press]

Misodzi Yerombe by Kelvin Mangwende [Pen Featherz Media]

Special Mention

Vicious Circle    by  Stephen Mutsago



Outstanding Children’s Book

My Son by    Albert Nyathi & Ignatius Mabasa [Imbongi Arts]

A Magical Adventure in Chewore by Chellie Conlon

The Unwelcome Visitor by Farai Nyandoro [Jomo Kenyatta Foundation]


Outstanding Fiction

Judas Files by Robert Mukondiwa [Publish Nation]

The Latter Rain by Phillip K. Chidavaenzi [New Heritage Press]

Whose Land is it Anyway by Benjamin S. Sibanda

Special Mention

Mars His Sword by Philani A. Nyoni




Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work

Gumbeze Renherera by Anthony Bumhira

Eyes on Tobacco by Webster Mubayirenyi

Special Mention

Together Enjoying by  Resta Chikomo


Outstanding 3 Dimensional Work

Happy Times by Rufaro Murenza

Welcome Kiss by Andamiyo Chihota

Washing Hair by Edson Kangadza


Outstanding Mix Media Work

Mhodzi Dzemusango by Semina Mpofu

Burning Three Witches by Voti Thebe

Father’s Bull by Victor Nyakauru


Outstanding Exhibition

Eye Report Curated by  Misheck Masamvu & Gina Maxim  at Village Unhu

Woman Curated by  Valerie Kabov & Rodney Badza at First Floor Gallery

It is Without Curated by Valerie Kabov at First Floor Gallery





Outstanding Female Dancer

Ndomupeishe Chipendo in Namaste

Christina Jenkins in Ghost

Chaleen Chimara in Power of Love


Outstanding Male Dancer

Stephanie Thomas in Phantom

John Cole in Dancing with John

Peter Lenso in Mukati



Outstanding Dance Group

Ezimnyama Dance Ensemble

Breakthrough Productions

Kinkini Dance Company

Special Mention

St. Peters Tokoyo School – Antalia Expo in Turkey


Outstanding Choreographer

Peter Lenso – Internal Vibrations

Ketan Nagar – Rengeela Power of Dance

Timikha Fisher  – Listen




Outstanding Actress

Jesesi Mungoshi in Muzita Rababa

Charlene Mangweni in Conflicts

Donna Ncube in Insuku Zokucina


“NAMA award’s 16th edition: Wenera submitted but not nominated.”-Eddie Ndhlovu


Outstanding Actor

Ishmael Muvingi in Insuku Zokucina

Anthony Tongani in Conflicts

Admire Kuzhangaira in Muchaneta


Outstanding Music Video

MaObama by Walter Chawota ft.  Takura Shonhai

Mari Yangu by Nico Abote ft. Eve Kawadza

Zino Irema(Ndirikukuwonai Zvangu) by  Andy ‘Cutta’ Sobhuza   ft.  Takura


Outstanding Screen Production (TV)

Simba Savannah directed by Tommy Deuschle

The Arthur C Evans Show directed by Trey Ncube

Tiriparwendo directed by Aaron Chiundura Moyo


Outstanding Screen Production – Short Film

All We Need directed by Mhle Nzima

Seiko directed by Sydney Taivavashe

The Way It Is directed by Daniel Lasker


Outstanding Screen Production – Full Length Film

Muzita rababa directed by Nick Zemura

Mwanasikana 2 directed by Beauty Nakai Tsuro

Escape  directed by Joe Njagu (and Agnieszka Piotrowska)





Outstanding Journalist – Print

Vasco Chaya – Daily News

Tinashe Muchuri – News Day

Sindiso Dube – News Day


Outstanding Journalist – Radio

Tawanda Gudhlanga  – SFM

Nyaradzo Makombe – Star FM

Chila Mutimbanepasi – ZiFM


Outstanding Journalist – TV

Jesina Kuwana – ZBC

Andrew Neshamba – ZBC

Nkosana Vuma – ZBC


Outstanding Online Media

Fokus Magazine

Onvi TV





Outstanding Female Musician

Ammara Brown

Thamsanqa Moyo  aka  Tamy

Fungisai Zvakavapano Mashavave


Outstanding Male Musician

Wallace Chirimuko aka Winky D

Takura Shonai

Mukudzei Mukombe aka Jah Prayzah


Outstanding Album

Gafa Futi by  Wallace Chirimuko aka Winky D

Huya Uone Zvaakuitika by Fungisai Zvakavapano Mashavave

Mdhara Vachauya by Mukudzei Mukombe aka Jah Prayzah


Outstanding Song

Takangodaro by Kelvin Kusikwenyu aka Killer T

Mukoko by  Tytan ft. Ammara Brown

Mdhara Vachauya by Mukudzei Mukombe aka Jah Prayzah





Outstanding Promoter

Xtratime Entertainment

2 Kings Entertainment

Divine Assignments