THE forthcoming 18th edition of the annual National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) has recorded a sharp increase in entries, with 1 436 received to date, against the 1 334 entries submitted at the last edition.

In an interview with NewsDay Life & Styleyesterday, awards organisers, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz)’s spokesperson, Cathrine Mthombeni, said the increase in the number of entries was confirmation of the popularity of the programme and appreciation of the awards.“Last year’s 17th edition of the Nama entries was 1 334. There is an increase in entries for the current edition, purely because the awards are credible and are supported by reputable partners, hence people generally want to associate with a quality product,” she said.“The increase is also testimony that Nama is a stable brand that is growing annually, in recognising excelling artists and acknowledging their immense contributions in arts promotion and development.”

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