THE National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) has announced the closing date for this year’s entries.

According to National Arts Council of Zimbabwe assistant director (arts promotion and development) Barbara Gotore, the call for entries for consideration for the Namas will close on November 30.

The Namas are the most prestigious awards presented annually by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ).

They are in their 22nd  edition.

The next edition of the Namas will be held on February 24 next year at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair grounds in Bulawayo.

Running under the theme #Kwan22, the next edition of Namas celebrates the cultural diversity of the City of Kings, while also providing a world-class platform for the celebration of Zimbabwe’s finest artists.

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Artists from all corners of the country are encouraged to submit their work in the following categories:

Visual Arts Awards

  • Outstanding Mix Media Work
  • Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work
  • Outstanding 3 Dimensional Work
  • Outstanding Exhibition

Dance Awards

  • Outstanding Dance Group
  • Outstanding Female Dancer
  • Outstanding Male Dancer
  • Outstanding Choreographer

Theatre Awards

  • Outstanding Actress
  • Outstanding Actor
  • Outstanding Theatrical Production
  • Outstanding Director

Literary Awards

  • Outstanding Fiction Book
  • Outstanding Children’s Book
  • Outstanding First Creative Published Work
  • Outstanding Poetry Book

Film and Television Awards

  • Outstanding Actor
  • Outstanding Actress
  • Outstanding Music Video
  • Outstanding Screen Production (Television)
  • Outstanding Screen Production (Full Length Film)
  • Outstanding Screen Production (Short Film)

Spoken Word Awards

  • Outstanding Comedian
  • Oustanding Poet

Music Awards

  • Outstanding Female Musician
  • Outstanding Male Musician
  • Outstanding Song
  • Outstanding Album
  • Outstanding Newcomer

“Winners of the Namas receive a wide range of prizes and their works are promoted on various international platforms, where new business opportunities may be unlocked,” Gotore said.

Nama event managers Jacaranda Culture and Media Corporation (JCMC) will seek to outdo themselves once again by raising the bar for award shows in Zimbabwe.

JCMC director Tinashe Kitchen said: “Our goal is always to provide a platform for our artists to be seen, to be nurtured, and to be appreciated. We want to continuously create a Namas ceremony that we can all be proud of. So we encourage all artists to submit their works for consideration so we can celebrate our greatness together.”

To submit works for consideration, artists are encouraged to visit the NACZ head office in Mount Pleasant, Harare, or provincial offices in Bindura, Bulawayo, Chinhoyi, Gwanda, Gweru, Lupane, Masvingo, Marondera and Mutare.

Online submissions can be made via