nama 2011.jpgAttendants of the 10th edition of the National Arts and Merits Awards which took place at Avondale’s 7 Arts Theatre last night under the theme ‘A decade of excellence and creativity’, have hailed it as the most exciting NAMA event ever hosted.

 

The 2010 NAMA Awards kicked off with much excitement among the attendants. It was a truly a “Who is who?” of Zimbabwean celebrities who were truly pumped up for the occasion.

The nominees were grouped in 8 categories which are theatre, visual arts, literary arts, dance, film and television, media, music and special awards.

 

The script was certainly not written for Sungura Maestro Alick Macheso who was nominated thrice but never got any silverware. 

 

Macheso could have passed off as the night’s “biggest loser.” He was outdone by Sulumani Chimbetu for Outstanding Musician / Group , Winky D for Oustanding Album and Freddy Manjalima popularly known as Kapfupi for Outstanding Song.

 

Winky D of the Bigiman fame was the toast of the night.

 

ZBC also had its fair share of spoils at NAMA with reporter Leonard Mabvara  scooping the award for most outstanding arts reporter electronic media in the television category.

 

The radio category was won by Joseph Mandizvidza from the Voice of Zimbabwe. The occasion itself was not lacking with personalities such as politicians, captains of industry and figureheads in the arts industry.

 

Dubbed the best ever NAMA Awards to be hosted locally, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe board member and songstress Dudu Manhenga credited the success of the event to various players who contributed to its success. 

Gone but not forgotten, renowned actor Steven Chigorimbo paid tribute to artists like the late Sam Mtukudzi and Nevernay Chinyanga saying the arts industry has been robbed of great contributors.

Comedian Carl Joshua Ncube also attended the event and as usual. His contagious humour left many in stitches.

 

The National Arts Merits Awards were launched in 2001 by the NACZ and this year’s event marks ten years of its existence hence, the celebration’s theme ‘A decade of excellence and creativity’.