Bulawayo born Actress, Radio and TV Host, Donna Ncube, known by many as Donna N, has been nominated for an Outstanding Actress Award at this year National Arts Merit Awards. The fast rising actress who has featured on film productions such as Jane the Ghost which won a NAMA Award in 2016, is surely one “IT” girl from the City of Bulawayo to look out for.
The National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) is the premier award given by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) in recognition of outstanding achievements in the arts and culture. The inaugural NAMA was held in February 2002 honouring artists who excelled in 2001. Since then, NAMA award ceremonies have been held in February of each year to recognise artists who would have excelled in the previous year. NAMA has reviewed its categories for the 15th Edition and beyond after carrying some country wide consultative forums.
Donna N who rose to fame not so many years ago, has released 3 singles so far namely Wamuhle, Walking Away and Dance, with a video for Wamuhle. She has performed twice during Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo and Ibumba Arts Festival, in the years 2015 and 2016, respectively. She has even gone to the extent of taking her brand outside Bulawayo, to performing on platforms such as the Harare Jam Sessions as well as various corporate and community events.
Above all, she is a graduated Journalist from the National University of Science and Technology. Donna has starred in film productions such as The Truth by Mhle Nzima and Invision Studios, Insuku Zokucina by Homegrown Productions, Dancing in the storm by Reality pictures, the Lost Letter by Mhle Nzima and Early Entertainment, Wonke, Ztoriez and Father’s Day by Ya Sibo? Media. To date she has done two theatre productions called Voices in my Head by Early Entertainment and Tellers The Musical by Nhimbe Trust. She has also hosted Zim Cuisine a lifestyle TV magazine show produced and directed by Trey Ncube.
I am humbled by the recognition, to think that this is the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe recognizing my work in the past year, is mind blowing. Being nominated alongside other fellow talented ladies who have been working extremely hard in the industry, gives me the urge and comfort that there must be something i am doing right. I am truly grateful to God, the giver of the gift, it is through him that i can be able to stand n such platforms. It is commendable to see women take control of narrating their stories and us as Africans being our own voices to our stories
expressed Donna N
Currently Donna hosts a daily daytime talkshow called The Hangout and an early morning inspirational show called The Inspirator on SkyzMetroFm. Above all, Donna N is a daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and also a strong believer in God.