After hours of waiting for the official list and some disappointment from Zesa, the ‘intense seven weeks of adjudication’ finally produced a list of the 17th edition of the annual NAMA awards to be held on the 17th of February in Harare. A total of 1334 entries were submitted from the 1st of December 2016 to the 30th of November 2017. Before sharing the list of Nominees I just want us to pay special attention to observations from the adjudicators which we can build on as creatives in our 2018 projects. Here are some of the observations:

There were serious shortcomings in children’s books especially in editing, proofreading and general packaging of the book. This is not the first time this has been raised (not just in the children’s book category but across all literary spheres).

In the 3D Visual Art work there was a lack of creativity and originality throughout the submitted entries. For people who are competing regionally and nationally we really need to work on this. There is so much content unique to Zim that we can play around and export beyond borders.

However there seems to be a general increase in quality and number of submissions compared to previous years (especially online) which shows a growing trust in NAMA as a national benchmark of awards in the arts sector. We need to collaborate across projects too as there was an observed trend of self publication and editing in most projects which had unforgivable errors.

Oh, the submissions for the 18th edition have opened and you can start sending your submissions. For Now here are the nominees, let’s discuss 🙂



Outstanding Poet

Tinashe Tafirenyika

Shingirai Manyengavana

Mercy Dhliwayo

Special Mention Takesure Taringana


Outstanding Comedian

Tinaye Chiketa

Samantha Kureya aka Gonyeti

Mandlenkosi Mathe aka D Comedian



Outstanding First Creative Published Works

Blooming Lilies by Dean Murinda [Pen Featherz Media]

Nei? by Lazarus Sauti [Royalty Books]

Ndofa Ndisina Mwana by Jesca Rushwaya-Marwiro [ZPH]


Outstanding Children’s Book

Paradise Stories by Eve Nyemba-Mazando

Nomvundla and the Chilli Eating Contest by Fortune Tazvivinga

The Magician by Aleck Kaposa [Essential Books]


Outstanding Fiction

Moving On by Jane Morris (editor) [AmaBooks]

Survivors Café by Stanley Mushava [Underclass Books & Films]

Live Like an Artist by David Mungoshi [Bhabhu Books]

Special Mention Tsvura Ngoko by Ishmail Penyai



Outstanding Actor

Gift Chakuvinga in Double Funeral

Leonard Phiri in Ihloka

Julian Tshuma in Double Funeral


Outstanding Actress

Charlene Mangweni in The Incident

Nomvuyiso Mabi in Double Funeral

Edith Masango in Narratives from the Dark


Outstanding Theatrical Production

The Incident directed by Elizabeth ‘Zaza’ Muchemwa

Double Funeral directed by Thulani Mbambo

Ihloka directed by Matesu Dube


Outstanding Director

Zaza Muchemwa for The Incident

Thulani Mbambo for Double Funeral

Matesu Dube for Ihloka



Outstanding Female Dancer

Ndomupeishe Chipendo in Kutamba Zve

Melany Carruthers in Southern Soul

Yeukai Zinyoro in Variety


Outstanding Male Dancer

McIntosh Jerahuni in Fullstop

Malcom E. Chirove in LA Puissance

Sean Mambwere in Online


Outstanding Dance Group

Afro Dance

Breakthrough Productions

M & M Dance Factory

Special Mention Ezimnyama Dance Ensemble


Outstanding Choreographer

Sean Mambwere – Online

Melany Carruthers – Southern Soul

Malcom E. Chirove – LA Puissance



Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work

Twisted Yoke Ropes by Webster Mubayirenyi

Iwe Neni Tine Basa by Calvin Chimutuwah

AU Logo Design by Quentine Nyoni


Outstanding 3 Dimensional Work

Dudu Manhenga by Josiah Chigondora

Loving Memories by Gift Chimufombo

Proud of my Hair by David White


Outstanding Mix Media Work

Recurring Success by Munyaradzi Mazarire

Madam Vebvoda Foni by Evans T. Mutenga

Camel and Friends (Zizi) by Johnson Zuze


Outstanding Exhibition

Dis(colour)ed Margins by Thandazani Dhlakama & Fadzai Muchemwa at NGZ

Colour Revolution by Gary Thompson at The ‘A’ Gallery

From Line to Form by Helen Lieros at Delta Gallery



Outstanding Actress

Kudzai Msungo in Muzita Rababa

Gamuchirai Dube in Kushata Kwemoyo

Nothando Nobengula in Like a Good Woman Should


Outstanding Actor

Eddingtone Hatitongwe in Muchaneta

Charles Muzemba in Kushata Kwemoyo

Zolile Makeleni in Wenera


Outstanding Music Video

Ndinokakama produced by Naxo Films ft. Dereck Mpofu

Bhero produced by Studio Art Pictures ft. Shadrick Kwarire

Over Again produced by Vimbai Mukarati ft. Vimbai Mukarati


Outstanding Screen Production (Television)

Muchaneta directed by Eddingtone Hatitongwe

Wenera directed by Zolile Makeleni

Muzita Rababa directed by Shem Zemura


Outstanding Screen Production – Short Film

Ruvimbo’s Wedding directed by Ben Mahaka

Things We Do for Love directed by Derby Bheta

Baba the Joys of Fatherhood directed by Ignatious Matope


Outstanding Screen Production – Full Length Film

Like a Good Woman Should directed by Gilbert Mupiwa

Kushata Kwemoyo directed by Shem Zemura

One Woman and Her Mbira directed by Hope Masike



Outstanding Journalist – Radio

Nicola Ndoro – Star FM

Lastword Musekiwa – Star FM

Patience Musa – ZiFM

Special Mention Babongile Sikhonjwa – Skyz FM


Outstanding Journalist – Print

Vasco Chaya – Daily News

Prince Mushawevato – Sunday Mail

Stanley Mushava – Herald


Outstanding Journalist – TV

Regis Mhako – ZBC

Andrew Neshamba – ZBC

Sifiso Mpofu – ZBC


Outstanding Online Media

Bustop TV


Black Toe TV



Outstanding Male Musician

Enock Munhenga aka ExQ

Trevor Dongo

Mukudzei Mukombe aka Jah Prayzah


Outstanding Female Musician

Ammara Brown

Janet Manyowa

Selmor Mtukudzi


Outstanding Album

Inhliziyo by Caleb Msipa

Beyond by Trevor Dongo

Kutonga Kwaro by Mukudzei Mukombe aka Jah Prayzah


Outstanding Song

Pamamonya Ipapo by Soul Musaka aka Soul Jah Love

Ndini Ndamubata by Mukudzei Mukombe aka Jah Prayzah

Akiliz by Ammara Brown



Outstanding Promoter

X-MO Squad

2 Kings Entertainment

Divine Assignments


Here is the delayed part one of the live stream of Prof. Ruby Magosvongwe announcing the Nominees before Zesa pulled a Zesa. Pay attention on the adjudicators’ observations: