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 🙂

 

  1. SPOKEN WORD AWARDS

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

 

2. LITERARY ARTS AWARDS

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

 

3. THEATRE AWARDS

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

 

4. DANCE AWARDS

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

 

5. VISUAL ARTS AWARDS

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

 

6. FILM AND TELEVISION AWARDS

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

 

7. MEDIA AWARDS

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

Jera

Black Toe TV

 

8. MUSIC AWARDS

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

 

9. SPECIAL AWARDS

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: