nama 2011.jpgThe 11th edition of the National Arts and Merits Awards which took place at Avondale’s 7 Arts Saturday night saw emerging talent scooping more awards with traditional nominees being outdone in some categories.

The event was described as special considering the developments witnessed in the arts within the past decade and the sad losses of some of the most illustrious artists.

The nominees were drawn from theatre, visual arts, literary arts, dance, film and television, media, music with the personality and arts service award putting an icing on the cake.

Man of the moment, Wallace Chiromuko, better known as ‘Winky D’, was the peoples’ choice, with outstanding album going to fast emerging, Blessing Shumba.

Former Big Brother Africa runner up, Munyaradzi Chidzonga got the outstanding actor, Film and Television, for his role in the Gentleman.

Outstanding actress went Caroline Mashingaidze’s way.

The arts service award went to the late Tendai ‘Prince Tendai’ Mupfurutsa who was recognised posthumously for his contribution to the arts.

Outstanding song was Pastor Charles Charamba’s Nyika yeZimbabwe.

ZBC also had its fair share of spoils at NAMA with Arts and Features Correspondent Terrence Mapurisana scooping the award for most outstanding Arts Reporter electronic media in the television category.

The Radio Category was won by Nqobile Malinga.

The occasion itself was not lacking with personalities such as politicians, captains of industry and figureheads in the arts industry.

Dubbed the biggest ever NAMA Awards, Guest of Honour at the occasion, Mr. Isheunesu Makuzwa said this year’s edition comes at a time when the arts industry has positioned itself strategically, with more international artists now engaged in shows and collaborations with local artists. 

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 to recognise and honour the emeritus work from the arts industry.

The 11th edition was running under the theme ‘Celebrating creativity and Diversity through the Arts.’