Competitive NAMA postponed: 40 Legends to be honoured instead

Image courtesy of JCMC. From L-R: Mr Napoleon Nyanhi, Mr Nicholas Moyo and Mr. Elton Kurima

The next NAMA will be held on 27th February 2021 under the theme ‘Our Legacy, Our Pride’.  NAMA shall celebrate Zimbabwe’s 40th anniversary as well as the 35 years of National Arts Council existence.  “This will be a unique event in the sense that on the night we shall honour forty (40) legends as we celebrate 40 years of Independence, dubbed NAMA Legends Awards #NAMAlegends.

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“These Legends Awards provide for a strategic postponement of the competitive 20TH NAMA whose hosting hung on the balance due to COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns.”

Mr Moyo, NACZ Director

The prestigious competitive annual awards are therefore postponed for a year owing to the impact of the COVID-19 disease on creativity and the arts sector in particular over the past 8 months. In reaching the decision to postpone the competitive NAMA, NACZ is cognisant of the fact that a lack of activity in the sector has greatly affected the ability of artists to create in their usual spaces,” said Mr Nicholas Moyo, the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Director.   

Image from NAMA 19 _ Pic _ NAMA / TNASH

While we recognize that some arts disciplines have been able to operate under the stringent lockdown conditions, the whole integrity of NAMA stands to be compromised in a situation where there were significant inhibitions to creativity created by the stringent lockdown regulations.

National Arts Council Director Mr Nicholas Moyo speaks. Pic _ NAMA JCMC

“In this regard the postponed NAMA will be held in February 2022 and will reward art works created in the period 1st December 2019 to 30th November 2021. This extended period is to allow artists to resume their operations in light of the relaxed COVID19 regulations.  

NAMA 19

By hosting the Legends Awards we desire to reflect on the developments in the Cultural and Creative Industries over the past 40 years and celebrate our achievements by providing honorary awards to the people who were influential during the period in shaping the various subsectors of the CCIs. The awards are a special honour and recognition to legendary creatives who have raised high the flag of the country over the stated period, ” he said   

Events Managers, Jacaranda Culture and Media Corporation (JCMC) are up to speed with the event. 

Mr. Napoleon Nyanhi who is the NAMA Executive Director and JCMC representative said they were already preparing and planning for the #NAMAlegends. 

Speaking on the plans and things to expect, Nyanhi said “The first thing on our calendar is the Inaugural Annual Golf Day to be held in two weeks time on the 4th of December 2020 and we are saying annual in the hope that it will happen every year. Our hope is to see creatives and corporates coming together and create more synergies in such a setting.

We are thus calling artists and journalist to come on board, register and be a part of the golf day.”

Present at the press conference was Elton Kurima from Kayse Connect who expressed their joy to be working with the NAMA brand and urged more corporates to support the awards. “We are honoured to be working with NAMA and the corporate world to uplift the brand Zimbabwe through Cultural and Creative initiatives as these,” he said.

Other corporates represented were Old Mutual, Delta Beverages, Seed.Co, and Zimnat

Details of modalities of these historic Awards will be availed to stakeholders in due course.