Rufaro Monalisa Mpofu walked away ZWL$30 000 richer after landing the first price as the curtain came down on the Dreamstar’s 5th edition in Harare yesterday.

Mpofu shrugged of competition from 16 other contestants to win the top price with Xul Boy coming second while MK settled for third.

Xul Boy won himself ZWL$15 000 while MK pocketed ZWL$7.500.

Guest of honour at the event, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said arts and culture exchange programmes through talent search between Zimbabwe and China are important to cement cooperation and relations and creates more content for media houses.

“Chinese and Zimbabweans are rich and unique in their characters as we have already seen,” she said.

Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Guo Shaochun and Dreamstar chairperson Mr Steve Zivanai Zhao said their country is fostering good relations with Zimbabwe through China-Africa cooperation.

“The Dreamstar platform has become a good programme to tap into and nature Zimbabwean young people’s talents to help them reach their full potential through the arts,” they said.

The Dreamstar Zimbabwe talent search was established by the China Economic and Cultural Exchange Research Centre six years ago and offers degree scholarships to Zimbabwean students who excel in the arts industry to study in China.