NACZ announces 15th Nama nominees


THE National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz) has announced 106 nominees for the 15th edition of the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) scheduled for February 13 at the 7 Arts Theatre in Avondale, Harare.


Among the nominees was NewsDay Features and Lifestyle Editor, Phillip Chidavaenzi, whose second novel, The Ties that Bind, was nominated in Outstanding Fiction category, alongside Dzinonyandura (edited by Rabison Shumba), Textures by John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo and The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah.


Chidavaenzi first won a Nama award in 2007 for his debut novel, The Haunted Trail, in the Outstanding First Creative Published Work category.

Nacz communications and marketing officer, Cathrine Mthombeni said the council appointed a team of monitors, who tracked excelling artistes throughout the year and then submitted reports, which were used by adjudicators together with the submitted entries.

“A panel of independent adjudicators, guided by a set selection criteria, was appointed to preside over all the submissions. Nominees and winners were selected for each award category,” she said.

Mthombeni said another team of adjudicators appointed after the submission deadline acknowledged the increase in the submissions, which they commended as very encouraging.


Outstanding First Creative Published Works
Shower of Poetic Vistas by Shumirai Nhanhanga (Zimbabwe Women Writers)
Chaotic by Samantha Chihuri (Ess Tee Publications)
Who will Feed by Tshengina Ndlovu (Multi-Media Box)

Outstanding Children’s Book

Tsuro naGudo: Misi yese Haifanani by Daniel Mutendi and Wilbur Kandiero (DanTs Media)
The Mystery of the Waterfalls Thief by Tatenda C Munyuki (Darling Kind)

Outstanding Fiction

Dzinonyandura by Rabson Shumba (263 Nhetembo)
Textures by John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo (AmaBooks)
Ties that Bind by Phillip Chidavaenzi (New Heritage Press)
The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah (Faber and Faber)


Outstanding Male Dancer
Sean Mambwere (M & M Dance Factory)
Mehluli Dube (Umkhathi Theatre Works)
Mclntosh Jerahuni (Tumbuka Dance Company)

Outstanding Female Dancer

Timikha Fisher (Breakthrough Productions)
Chaleen Chimara (Dance Trust of Zimbabwe)
Sibonisiwe Sithole (IYASA)
Outstanding Dance Group
Tumbuka Dance Company
M & M Dance Factory

Outstanding Choreographer

Mclntosh Jerahuni (Tumbuka Dance Company)
Sean Mambwere (M & M Dance Factory)
Maylene Chenjerayi (Tumbuka Dance Company)
Stanley Wasini (Tumbuka Dance Company)


Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work
Kuna baba Kune dzimba Dzakawanda by Anthony Bumhira
Shadows from the Past by Boarding Dzinotizei
Tears of a Woman by Mavis Tauzen

Outstanding 3 Dimensional Work

Vhukonani by Israel Israel
Happy Elephant by Farai T. Tandi
Mother’s Day by Rufaro Murenza

Outstanding Mix Media Work

The Dog and the Bone by Johnson Zuze
Kusina mai hakuendwe (Xenophobia Pain) by Forbes Mushipe
In my Grandmother’s Jacket by Israel Israel

Outstanding Exhibition

Agostinho Neto Curated by Raphael Chikukwa at National Gallery of Zimbabwe
Between Dreams and Realities Curated by Jimmy Saruchera at Koa-Vah Gallery
Mutations and Permutations: A Situationist Proposal Curated by Raphael Chikukwa at NGZ


Outstanding Poet
Philani Nyoni
Barbra Anderson
Freedom Nyamubaya

Outstanding Comedian

Sam Farai Monro aka Comrade Fasto
Victor T Mpofu (Doc Vikela)
Michael Kudakwashe


Outstanding Actress

Nyaradzo Nhongonhema (Chimbwido the Girl of War)
Priviledge Mutendera (Where There is a Will)
Musa Sibanda (The Taking)
Chiedza Mlingo (Ananias and Sapphira)

Outstanding Actor

Gift Chakuvinga (The Taking)
Tafadzwa Hananda (Chimbwido the Girl of War)

Outstanding Theatrical Production

The Taking by Homegrown Arts
Ananias and Sapphira by Charles Munganasa
Chimbwido the Girl of War by Stanley Mukuwe

Outstanding Director

Memory Kumbota for The Taking
Charles Munganisa for Ananias and Sapphira
Stanley Makuwe for Chimbwido the Girl of War

Film and Television Awards

Outstanding Actor

Anthony Tongani in Ngozi
Nick Zemura in My Lady
Tinashe Nhukarume in Through the Night 2

Outstanding Actress

Paula Ndlovu in Journey Home
Chipo Mbizvo in Mwanasikana
Fortune Perezu in My Lady

Outstanding Music Video

Breaking Through by Kudzai Chikomo ft. Admire Kudita
Jerusarema by Willard ‘Slimaz’ Makombedze ft. Jah Prayzah
Huyai Tinamate by Charles Mawungwa ft. Hope Masike
Ndomira Pamuri by Andy “Cutta” Sobhuza ft. Janet Manyowa

Outstanding Screen Production — Full Length Film

My Lady directed by Michael Zemura
Mwanasikana directed by Beauty Nakai Tsuro
Far From Yesterday directed by Blessing Chinanga et al.

Outstanding Screen Production — Short Film

The Christening directed by Tswatswa Mutasa
Jane the Ghost directed by Learnmore Sibanda

Outstanding Screen Production (TV)

Tonight with Zororo directed by Nqobizitha Mlilo and Zororo Makamba
Wenera directed by Eddie Ndlovu
Zambezi News directed by Kevin Hansen
The Maid directed by Shupai Kamunyaru

Outstanding Journalist Print

Beaven Tapureta — The Herald
Vasco Chaya — Daily News
Mbongeni Msimanga — Sunday News
Tony Mhonda — The Patriot

Outstanding Journalist TV

Sifiso Mpofu— ZBC
Josephine Mugiyo — ZBC
Andrew Neshamba — ZBC

Outstanding Journalist Radio

Sifiso Mpofu — ZBC
Josephine Mugiyo — ZBC
Tichaona Meza — ZBC

Outstanding Online

Writers International Network (WIN)
Three Men on a Boat

Outstanding Female Musician

Hope Masike
Selmor Mtukudzi
Tariro ‘negitare’ Chaniwa
Agatha Murudzwa

Outstanding Male Musician

Wallace Chirimuko aka Winky D
Mathias Mhere
Mukudzei Mukombe aka Jah Prayzah
Kelvin Kusikwenyu aka Killer T

Outstanding Album

Gafa Life By Wallace Chirimuko aka Winky D
Jerusarema by Mukudzei Mukombe aka Jah Prayzah
Glory to Glory by Mathias Mhere
Ngoma Ndaimba by Kelvin Kusikwenyu aka Killer T

Outstanding Song

Ebenezer from Ebenezer — Tirimunyasha by Rev. Togarepi Chivaviro
Eriza from Jerusarema by Mukudzei Mukombe aka Jah Prayzah
Tirikuda Kumbofarawo by Kelvin Kusikwenyu aka Killer T
Disappear from Gafa Life by Wallace Chirimuko aka Winky D


Outstanding Promoter

Danchip Investments t/a Legends Sports Bar
Chipaz Promotions
Simmad Entertainment


  1. On music your list of nominees is not only shallow but shows bankrupcy and narrow minded ness. How on earth do you reapeat same people with same genre (dancehall) at the expense of other music genres. Its really nauseating, tasteless and makes someone dislike the whole program. Dont tell me that Zimbabwean music is all about dance hall. Oooh, I see, that’s the reason our shallow promoters only bring in zvima rombe, the Jamaican street fellas saying they are bringing celebs. And we have have heard our dance hall “stars” also wishing to be famous and go to Jamaica. What is there in Jamaica?, when the Jamaicans are running to USA. Please , can someone please save us from this horrible and monotonous nomination. We have hip pop artists who made waves such as female rapper Trey Young, We have Allellua by Ex-Q and Roqui, we have T-Gonzie. Cindy, Dianna Samkange. Also your NAMA sounds regionalistic, dont tell me in Bulawayo there are no better artists. You cant even honour Zimbaweans excelling internationally such as Tinashe, Gigi Lamaine and Kapital K, who has even shaken attention of legendary P diddy. Ooooh, poor horrible NAMA. Don’t tell me Trevor D was not outstanding. Look at Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzanziam Kenya etc, they promote all genres and make waves in Africa, Europe, Asia, and America. No wonder why promoters there are not only glued to Jamaican vagrants like Zimbabweans. Kusara zvakadaro. Move with times. I was surprised to here one of the local dance hall artists dreaming that one day he will be played on Trace urban, he is forgeting that Trace is for hippop and R n B. Anyway, I am not attacking Zimdancehall but I am against the way it is idolised as a genre at the expense of other genres. learn from South Africa. Of course who will complain if they nominate Winky D, but not like on all categories its dancehall. yet we had equally good artists from Afro pop, Urban Grooves and Hi pop, why being rigid.

  2. NACZ be serious. Honestly how can you repeat same artists when in actually fact they are not only the ones who were popular

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