PREPARATIONS for the annual National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) to be held in Bulawayo for the first time have reached an advanced stage.
Report by Khulani Nkabinde Entertainment Reporter
National Arts Council of Zimbabwe deputy director Nicholas Moyo in an interview said the ceremony would be held at Large City Hall on February 16.
Moyo said a total 35 awards were up for grabs from the eight arts categories.
“We also have new awards for poetry and comedy,” he said.
Moyo said stakeholders were delighted to have the event in Bulawayo following an announcement by National Arts Council of Zimbabwe director Elvis Mari last year.
Past Nama ceremonies have been held in Harare.
“We are excited that stakeholders took ownership of the event ,” he said.
Moyo said 1 000 guests were expected to be seated inside the hall while others would have to follow proceedings from huge screens outside.
“I came here to meet the Bulawayo taskforce and give Bulawayo assurance that the awards will be held at Large City Hall without fail,” he said.
Moyo called on artistes to work hard.
“People should continue to do good work. Good works live longer than the creator of the work,” he said.