The 20-member Zimbabwean cultural dance group that performed at the 2010 Shanghai World Travel Expo in China has been honoured by the government for its valuable contribution to Zimbabweâ€™s successful participation at the expo.The group showcased a dance or drama play titled â€˜My Zimbabweâ€™ which chronicles the countryâ€™s socio-cultural and economic- history.
The cultural group was led by renowned poet, writer and award winning journalist who is also a founding member of Mpopoma High School Drama Club now known as IYASA, Nqobile Malinga.
The group was honoured among other government ministries, and organisations that showcased their products at the 2010 Shanghai Expo in China for their promotion of Zimbabweâ€™s cultural diversity through song, dance and drama at a function held in Bulawayo recently.
â€˜My Zimbabweâ€™ is a play chronicling the history of the countryâ€™s social, political and economic history and its rich culture and Malinga co-wrote it with renowned script writers Aaron Chiundura Moyo and Memory Chirere.
Speaking to ZBC News about the honour they received from the Chinese and Zimbabwean governments, Malinga said he feels humbled to receive recognition from both governments.
â€œIt feels good when the government recognises art and itâ€™s a good sign for the industry. The drama was well-received even though the people did not fully understand English,â€ said Malinga.
The Zimbabwean government through the Ministry of Industry and International Trade awarded the cultural dance group a certificate, while the Chinese government gave the group their token of appreciation.
The dance ensemble, which was composed of artists from the countryâ€™s ten provinces, had performances in Shanghai and Gansu.