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          18th NAMA DATE MOVED


The 18TH National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) date has been moved to 13 April 2019. As a Ministry, together with our parastatal the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, we took the decision based on the current national situation of the effects of the natural disaster, cyclone IDAI that have claimed lives and vastly destroyed properties. Cognisant that we are a culture Ministry that values unhu/ubuntu, we saw it noble that we move the awards ceremony and join the rest of fellow Zimbabweans in assisting the affected families.

My Ministry sincerely apologises to the Sector, Corporates, Events Manager AB Communication, the public and nation at large for inconveniences caused by this development. We assure that the ceremony will be held accordingly as had been planned at Harare International Conference Centre.

NAMA is a platform where National Arts Council of Zimbabwe recognizes excellence in creativity and talent. The major aim of the awards is to stimulate artistic creativity and originality. Besides, the awards aim to inspire artists to strive for higher and original forms of creativity and provide an opportunity for arts disciplines to jointly market and publicize the arts locally, regionally and internationally.

Also, I take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and the nation at large. We are together as a family in this difficult time of immense loses to human lives as well as properties. It is a sad period, we honour and respect all the efforts that are on course to assist the affected.


Hon. Kirsty Coventry


20TH MARCH 2019



The 18th Edition of the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) will be held in Harare on 13 April 2019 at Harare International Conference Centre. The initial date as per the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe usual calendar was 16 February 2019 and the ceremony has been moved forward due to logistical planning.


This year’s NAMA theme is “African Royalty” and it speaks to the quality and competitiveness of art products from Africa. The world is hungry for Zimbabwean works of art from film, visual arts, music, dance, literature amongst others and these should be packaged and marketed accordingly. The theme also speaks to the idea of our artists producing work that tells the proudly Zimbabwean story in a quality and global standard.


They are 8 NAMA categories that are Music, Literary, Dance, Visual, Film and television, Theatre, Media and Spoken Word. This year’s NAMA edition received a total number of 1 436 entries. Those who submitted include production houses, studios, stables, galleries, organisations, associations, groups, artistes, monitors and/or the public. Some of the entries were identified by monitors who were appointed by NACZ and kept an eye on any excelling artists throughout the year.


These Awards pay tribute to individuals and institutions that have made an impact in the development and promotion of the arts.  These are the National Arts Service Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Outstanding Promoter, Artist in the Diaspora award and the People’s Choice Award.  The People’s Choice Award as the name suggests is given to an individual /institution that would have received the most votes from members of the public during the voting period.


National Arts Council of Zimbabwe launched the People’s Choice voting platform on Monday 4 March 2019, voting will run until the awards night on 22nd  March 2019. The People’s Choice Award is a special award given to an artist or arts organisation selected by the public. The public is afforded the opportunity to make a choice of an artist of their own at every NAMA.

To vote for one’s favourite artist for this year’s People’s Choice Award one has to send the artist’s name to this Whatsapp number 0786286955 with the hashtag #namapeopleschoice2019. The Artist with the most votes will be awarded at the awards ceremony.

As the name suggests the People’s Choice Award is given to an individual/institution that would have received the most votes from members of the public. The public is at liberty to select an artist of their choice from the NAMA categories of Music, Literary Arts, Dance, Visual Arts, Film and Television, Theatre and Spoken Word.




Outstanding Poet

Mercy Dhliwayo   –   aka Extreme Sanity

Likhwa Ncube      –   aka  Likhwa okaNcube

Beloved Maridzanere  –  aka Beloved Poet

Special Mention

Tanaka Tshuma aka ECTS


Outstanding Comedian

Sharon Chideu   –   aka Magi

Dumisani H. Ndlovu   – aka Maforty-forty

Learnmore Mwanyenyeka   –  aka Long John



Outstanding First Creative Published Book

Gather the Children  by    Batsirai Chigama       [Ntombekhaya Poetry]

Kwaisava Kuda Kwangu  by Victor Zivanayi and Telmore Mutiwazuka [Progressive Publishers]

Ndinobvunzawo Njira Inoende KwaMakasa by  Takesure Taringana    [Dzekanyi Publications]


Outstanding Children’s Book

My Rights and Other Poems  by Pentecost Mate  [Pentolacut Publishers]

The City Girl  by  Elisha July and Tendai K. Rudanda   [Pass-Point Publishers]


Outstanding Fiction

Itai by  Abraham  Makamera   [Pearl Press Media]

Mazai Emheni by  Daniel Mutendi   [DanTs Media Publishing]



Outstanding Actor

Teddy Mangawa  in  Ukama

Ronald Sigeca  in  Zandezi

Cadric Msongelwa  in Zandezi


Outstanding Actress

Heather Mlingo  in  Ukama

Chido Tenga  in   Deep Down Inside

Qeqeshiwe Mntambo in  The Hostel


Outstanding Theatrical Production

Operation Restore Regasi by  Masvingo Theatre and Arts

Ukama  by   Savanna Trust

1983: The Dark Years by Jahunda Community Arts


Outstanding Director

Lloyd  Nyikadzino  for   Zandezi

Everson Ndlovu  for  Deep Down Inside

Thulani Mbambo for The Hostel 



Outstanding Female Dancer

Chaleen Chimara    in    Iwe Neni Tinebasa

Vein N. Alfazim  in  Black Sheep

Michelle Msopera     in Chasing Dreams


Outstanding Male Dancer

Sean Mambwere   in  Know Him

Devante T. Sangaza    in  My Journey Towards Success

Martin Chabuka   in   100% Afro


Outstanding Dance Group

Real Flex Dance Group  directed by Martin Chabuka

Ji  Lin Dance Group   directed by Devante Tatenda Sanganza

Bolamba Performing Arts  directed by Mthabisi Dube


Outstanding Choreographer

Martin Chabuka   –   100% Afro

Macintosh Jerahuni  –  Iwe Neni Tinebasa

Sean Mambwere  –    Know Him



Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work

Light Over Dark  by  Cosmas Shiridzinomwa

The Demolition  by  John Kotze

The Patriarch (Revisited) by   Percy Manyonga


Outstanding 3 Dimensional Work

Zvirimudombo  by Shelton Mubayi

Protection by  Israel Israel

The Orchestic Night  by   Givemore Mashaya


Outstanding Mix Media Work

Man From the Thirsty Land  by    Collins Chitaka

The Watchman and the Fence I   by Greg Shaw

Whose Memory Whose Place  by  Neville Starling

Outstanding Exhibition

Forever Neverland   by  Rodney Badza

To My Unborn Child  by Rodney Badza

Grotesque  by  Allen Sibanda & Talent Kapadza



Outstanding Actor

Patrick Muzvondiwa as  Tebogo in Kuchina The Genesis

Eddie Sandifolo  as  Clive in Bhachi

Stephen Chigorimbo  as  David in Ghost of Actions Past

Special Mention

Admire Kuzhangaira –  in Death and Other Complications


Outstanding Actress

Nothando Nobengula  as  Ana in Daddy’s Present

Brooke Ann Franklin  as  Laura in Ghost of Actions Past

Tendaishe Chitima     as  Anesu in Cook Off


Outstanding Music Video

Tomutenda Neyi   produced by  Andy Sobhuza  ft. Janet Manyowa

Dzamutsana   produced by  Vusa Hlatshayo   ft.  Jah Prayzah

Tekere   produced by      Andy Sobhuza  ft.  Tamy Moyo


Outstanding Screen Production (Television Series)

Muzita Rababa  directed by  Shem Zemura

Kuchina The Genesis  directed by  Blessing Gatsi

Tunga  directed by  Willard Magombedze

Special Mention

Gaza  directed by Ben Mahaka


Outstanding Screen Production – Short Film

Bhachi  directed by Shupai Kamunyaru

My Best Friend  directed by Derby Bheta

Scourge  directed by Eddie Sandifolo


Outstanding Screen Production –  Full Length Film

Daddy’s Present    directed by Lucia Kanyongo

Death and Other Complications   directed by Shem Zemura

Cook Off   directed by Thomas Brickhill



Outstanding Journalist – Print

Kennedy Nyavaya      –           Standard and Newsday

Fred Zindi                   –           Standard

Plot Mhako                 –           Herald


Outstanding Journalist – Television

Mhlomuli Ncube        –           ZTV

Patience Nyagato        –           ZTV


Outstanding Journalist – Radio

Tariro Mazvarirofa aka Mai Judah    –           Star FM

Babongile Sikhonjwa                         –           Sky Metro FM

Patience Musa & Nhire Mutimbanepasi  –    ZiFM


Outstanding Online Media


Zol Connect

Urban Culxure



Outstanding Female Musician

Thamsanqa Moyo aka Tamy

Janet Manyowa

Sandra Ndebele


Outstanding Male Musician

Stephen K. Mamhere aka Enzo Ishall

Enoch Munhenga aka ExQ

Braveman Chizvino aka Baba Harare


Outstanding Album

Grateful             by     Janet Manyowa

Ntunjambila       by     Majahawodwa Ndlovu aka Jeys Marabini

Tseu Tseu          by     Enock Munhenga aka ExQ

Dzinosvika Kure by    Alick Macheso


Outstanding Song

Sweetie           by        Nicodimus Mutize aka Jah Signal

Khal’upheth    by        Clemence Dube aka Magwaza

Kanjiva           by        Stephen K. Mamhere aka Enzo Ishal

Mebo               by        Obert Chari


Artist in the Diaspora

Donel Mangena

Danai J. Gurira

Luckson Chikutu aka Manluckerz


Outstanding Promoter

2 Kings Entertainment


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