Chairperson of the NAMA Adjudication Committee Professor Ruby Magosvongwe Announcing the 19th NAMA nominees

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) has announced the nominees for the 19th National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) to be held on the 29th of February 2020. Presenting the Nominations, Chairpersons of the Adjudication Committee, Professor Ruby Magosvongwe announced the addition of two new categories to the awards the Outstanding Poetry Book and the Outstanding New Comer in Music.

Professor Magosvongwe noted that there was a lot of artistic depth in the entries submitted across all disciplines.

“In some areas like theatre and film, there was high competitiveness as artists were pushing the bar to produce quality projects. The artists were also commended for a lot of originality and innovation exhibited in the entries submitted for the awards,” she said.

There were no nominees for some dance categories as the entries submitted showed a lack of seriousness.

“The adjudicators noted that there were no significant appropriate dance productions that were submitted and a number of the works submitted in this category were not well packaged, “said Professor Magosvongwe.

A total of 1290 entries were received at the close of the nomination window for the 2020 awards. The full list of Nominees is as follows.


Outstanding Poet

Tanaka Effort Chuma

Sithembile Siqhoza Ndebele         aka   Zingizwanizinja

Tatenda Murigo


Outstanding Comedian

Learnmore Mwanyenyeka     aka    Long John

Hubert Dumisani Ndlovu    aka   MaForty

Andrew Manyika




Outstanding First Creative Published Book

Hatiponi     by Oscar Gwiriri     [Progressive Booksellers & Publishers]

A People’s Fight   by   Fradreck Hombiro        [Hombiro Media Company]

Nharo Dzemusango   by      Chenjerai Mazambani  [Bhabhu Books]

Special Mention

Ensukwini Zalamhla    by Onesimo Mpofu     [Onesimo Mpofu]


Outstanding Children’s Book

Songs of the Little Creatures    by    Phumulani Chipandambira   [Chipandambira Archives]

Chitima Nditakure    by    Oscar Gwiriri   [Progressive Booksellers & Publishers]

Kuku Wins the President’s Clean Environment Award by   Aleck Kaposa    [Essential Books Publishing Company]


Outstanding Fiction Book

Shasha Dzokurera        by        Marcilyn Mugariri    [Marcilyn Mugariri]

Chasing the Wind    by    Phillip Chidavaenzi        [Royalty Books]

Out of Darkness, Shining Light     by     Petina Gappah      [Scribner]


Outstanding Poetry Book

Rhyme and Resistance   by  Stanley Mushava  [Underclass books and Films]

Under My Skin   by   Prince Rayanne Chidzvondo    [Prince Rayane Chidzvondo]

Agringanda Like a Gringa Like a Foreigner  by   Tariro Ndoro   [Modjaji Books]

Special Mention

Nhambetambe  by   Phumulani Chipandamira     [Chipandambira Archive]




Outstanding Actor

Ronald Madodana Sigeca         in         Imbokodo

Anthony Mazhetese                 in         The Gang Leader

Ngonidzashe  Chikowore         in         Inside out

Liberty Mwenje Mthole            in         Inside out


Outstanding Actress

Davina Green               in         The Gang leader

Charmaine Mudau        in         Imbokodo

Agnes  Ncube              in         Imbokodo


Outstanding Theatrical Production

The Gang Leader         by        Zim Theatre Academy

Bongile                        by        Chiedza Makwara

Imbokodo                    by        Nhimbe Trust


Outstanding Director

Yeukai Yvonne Chandiposha              of         Bongile

Teddy Mangawa                                   of         Gang Leader

Norbert Makoche                                  of         Imbokodo




Outstanding Female Dancer

Michelle Msopero                    in               Sobahle

Lynsey  Nyamakwenje             in               Infinite Possibilities

Dadirai Mupandawana             in               Ezimnyama Dance Group


Outstanding Male Dancer

Tawanda Tanaka  Fireyi                       in         My journey to the International Scene

Tichaona Chikara                                 in         Hero’s +

Selemani Mpochi   aka    Majuice        in         Ochestra Mberikwazvo


Outstanding Dance Group

No nominees


Outstanding Choreographer

No nominee




Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work

Cyclone Idai where is Mommy?           by        Calvin Chimutuwah

Revolutionary Freshness                      by        Talent Kapadza

Focusing on Green Economy                by        Webster Mubayirenyi


Outstanding 3 Dimensional Work

My Sister Loves Me                                by      Rufaro Murenza

Ancestral Family                                     by     Nichodimus T. Mutasa

Tribute to the mother of generations     by        Stanley Mutanga


Outstanding Mix Media Work

Kurima Hohwa                         by        Victor Nyakauru

Distorted History                      by        Anthony Bumhira

Rehab Queen                            by        Calvin Chimutuwah




Outstanding Exhibition

Pieces for Peace, Pieces, Revolutionary Freshness   by     Talent Kapadza & Schuma Herscovitz

Purple Rhythm                                                           by    Calvin and Prudence Chimutuwah

Engaging the 45th Year                                               by     Helen Leroys




Outstanding Actress

Charmaine Mudau        as         Bonke       in    Another wedding

Antoinette Sango         as         Thandi      in     Mandla

Sarah Mpofu Sibanda  as        Thalitha    in     Home Affairs


Outstanding Actor

Godfrey Chivese          as  Mile                 in     The Call

Brian Chitongo            as  Mandimutsa     in     Kuchina the Genesis

Percy Soko                   as  Mandla             in     Mandla


Outstanding Music Video

Tichichema      Directed  by     Edible Elevens   ft. Ammara Brown

Sunshine City   Directed  by     Kalai Faye Barlow ft.  Flying Bantu

Kure (remix)    Directed  by      Kudzai Maneswa  ft.  Ishan

Bless                Directed  by      Kalai Faye Barlow ft Ammy and The Calamities


Outstanding Screen Production (Television Series)

Muzita Rababa             Directed by      Shem Zemura

Dudzai                          Directed by      Farai Mungoshi

Mandla                        Directed by      Solomon Mandaza

Special mention

Pink and Purple        Directed by          Mthabisi Onias Ndlovu


Outstanding Screen Production – Short Film

Redefining the Road           Directed by        Tapiwa Gambira

The Call                              Directed by        Godfrey Chivese

Home Affairs                      Directed by        Elton Sibanda


Outstanding Screen Production –  Full Length Film

S’mbimbindo   3       Directed by          Von Tavaziva

Stay with Me            Directed  by         Nick Zemura

$400                         Directed by         Kudzai Chikomo




Outstanding Journalist – Print

Kundai Marunya                                   –           Herald

Prince Tungamirai  Mushawevato        –           Sunday Mail

Tafadzwa Kachiko                                 –           Newsday


Outstanding Journalist – Radio

Anesu Masamvu            –            ZiFM

Yvonne Tivatye             –            Star FM

Thulani Munyandu        –             National  FM



Outstanding Journalist – Television

Patience Nyagato              –      ZBC

Alexio    Gwenzi               –      ZBC

Masceline Bondamakara  –       ZBC


Outstanding Online Media



3 Men on a Boat




Outstanding Newcomer

Isheanesu Chigagura    aka    Ishan

Panganayi Hare

Ngonidzashe Dondo     aka    King 98


Outstanding Female Musician

Thamsanqa Moyo        aka       Tammy Moyo

Janet Manyowa

Ammara Brown


Outstanding Male Musician

Wallace Chirumiko      aka    Winky D

Darlington Katsetsa      aka   Mambo Dhuterere

Tinashe Gonzara          aka   Ti Gonzi


Outstanding Album

Uhuru                by        Willis Kachambwa  aka  Willis Wataffi

Dare Guru           by       Darlington Katsetsa     aka  Mambo Dhuterere

Gango                 by       Energy Chizanga         aka   Freeman


Outstanding Song

Ngaibake                                  by        Freeman ft Alick Macheso

Kure                                          by        Ishan ft Ti Gonzi

Mugarden                                 by        Winky D ft Gemma Griffiths

Mweya Ndisesekedze               by        Mambo Dhuterere




Promoter of the Year

D & G Promotions

Big Scale Entertainment

Ngoma NeHosho


Artist in the Diaspora

Vusa Mkhaya

Tapfuma Charles Katedza aka Charlie Kay

Gemma Griffiths

Norah Chipaumire