Nama hints on live broadcast


THE NATIONAL Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) yesterday hinted the 13th edition of its National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) is likely to be broadcast live on national television.


The awards night has been slated for Bulawayo on February 15 at a local hotel, but there were concerns the venue would not be able to accommodate guests. Catherine Mthombeni, the NACZ communications manager, said due to limited space, not everyone would be invited for the glitz ceremony to honour the country’s artists, including journalists.

“Attendance is strictly by invitation, this is not to say NACZ does have an intention of shutting away people, but venues have carrying capacities that have limitations in numbers. We always strive to invest in Nama being broadcast live for all Zimbabweans to watch,” Mthombeni said.

She officially released 35 categories derived from the following genres: music, literary, dance, visual, film and television, theatre, media, spoken word and special awards. Below is the list of the categories.

  • Literary awards
    Outstanding fiction book
    Outstanding children’s book
    Outstanding first creative published work
  • Dance awards
    Outstanding dance group
    Outstanding female dancer
    Outstanding male dancer
    Outstanding choreographer
  • Theatre/ drama awards
    Outstanding actress
    Outstanding actor
    Outstanding theatrical production
    Outstanding director
  • Media awards
    Outstanding Journalist – print
    Outstanding journalist — television
    Outstanding journalist — radio
    Outstanding online media
  • Visual arts awards
    Outstanding mix media work
    Outstanding two-dimensional work
    Outstanding three-dimensional work
    Outstanding exhibition
  • Film and television awards
    Outstanding actor
    Outstanding actress
    Outstanding music video
    Outstanding screen production (television)
    Outstanding screen production (Full length Film)
    Outstanding screen production (short film)
  • Music awards
    Outstanding female musician
    Outstanding male musician
    Outstanding song
    Outstanding album
  • Spoken word awards
    Outstanding comedian
    Outstanding poet
  • Special awards
    People’s choice award
    Promoter of the year
    Arts personality award
    Arts service award