ZIMBABWEAN songbird Cindy Munyavi on Saturday scooped the Best Female Artiste for African Music Awards (Afrima) at a ceremony held at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria.
Interestingly, the Ndidzorere Moyo Wangu singer speaking to NewsDay early this year during the official opening of her a boutique in the central business district said she never wanted to be a musician.
“It was all peer pressure. Friends kept pushing me. I never knew I could sing, but my friends pressured me into singing,” she said. “I actually thought I would be a designer, but when I started singing, it was like I had a new toy and never stopped.
However, it seems the songstress is now enjoying the fruits of being a musician.
Cindy expressed her gratitude to the nation in a post she wrote on her social network (Facebook) page on the same night.
“Thank you for your votes and support . . . We brought the Afrima for the best female artist in southern Africa. I cannot contain my joy Byce Nation Over Everything,” she wrote.
Nigerian RnB twin brothers Peter Okoye and Paul Okoye, popularly known as P Square, 2 Face, Davido, and Heavy K, among others, were also awarded for their outstanding works in the year 2014.
From the award night, social networks were abuzz with congratulatory messages from all corners of the country.
One Dzikamayi Chibaya, wrote: “Congratulations Cindy Munyavi and the whole #BryceNationTeam for scooping the AFRIMA 2014 Best Southern African Female Artist Award!!! You just put Zimbabwe on the map.”
Another follower Tapiwa Gold wrote: “Guys, Cindy has done it for Zimbabwe. Let’s back up our talent. This is a good thing. Let’s talk about our very own Cindy.”
True Nhema also commented: “Oh Cindy, well done! Keep it up! God bless you. You made us proud.”
Cindy is a National Merit Awards nominee who has done collaborations with Nigeria’s 2 Face and South Africa’s Bongani Fassie.
She has shared stage with both local and international artistes, among them Jamaican chanter Beenie Man.