Full List | NAMA Awards 2023 Nominees announced

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe has announced the nominees for the 21st edition of the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) for the creative works produced in the period from 01 December 2021 to 30 November 2022. The event will be held at the HICC, Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare on the 25th of February 2023.

In an online video, the Chairperson of the Adjudication Committee Hope Masike revealed that a total of 1266 entries were received. These comprised 897 physical entries and 394 online entries at the close of the nomination period.

The highest number of entries was recorded in the Literary category which had 277 entries, followed by Film and Television category with 267 submissions, Visual Art category (252), Music category (232), Theatre/Drama category (76), Dance category (66), Spoken Word category (45), Media category (26) and Diaspora category (25). These entries came from all 10 provinces of Zimbabwe with the highest number coming from Harare Province.

Across the various categories, the adjudicators made the following key observations.

  • In Dance, much as there generally were good quality submissions, we observed that some of them were very amateurish and lacking creativity. Poor picture quality and lack of pointers to identify the main subject of the submission militated against some entries.
  • In the spoken word category, the submissions were generally of very good picture and sound quality. Adjudicators were concerned with the low number of entries in stand-up comedy which, among other possibilities, might suggest that the sector is losing it’s vibrancy.
  • The overall quality and quantity of entries submitted in the Media Category were in most cases not up to the expected standard. Perhaps indicating a lack of innovation and a lack of knowledge of the art forms themselves. 

In the music segment, the adjudicators noted that the year was unique because of numerous singles and albums released but without longevity. Also of concern was the reduced activity from outside Harare province musicians.

  • Most impressive was the high number of entries for the Literary category. However, much as the entries included some very high quality books, there were also very inferior ones which were poorly written and/or edited. 
  • The quality of Film and music videos continues on an  upward trend. Directors and/or musicians clearly invested in unique concepts and storylines, fresh locations and sets, good quality equipment, casts and crews, and the overall entertainment value of the videos. 

    Outstanding Female Dancer
    Praise Dube in Ngomdladla the dunamis
    Ndomupeishe Chipendo in Teleunga
    Lesley Mushaninga in Silently Complicated
  2. Outstanding Male Dancer
    Terrence Kapesa in A Kid from Bulawayo
    Sean Mambwere in Silently complicated
    Devante Sangaza in A Champion’s year
  3. Outstanding Dance Group
    Khaya Arts in Ngomdladla the Dunamis
    Salt and Light in A Kid from Bulawayo
    Elysium Magna Dance Theatre in The Birth of Christ
  4. Outstanding Dance Choreographer
    Future Dube in Ngomdladla the Dunamis
    Sean Mambwere in Silently Complicated
    Hillary Indi in The Birth of Christ
    Outstanding 3 Dimensional Work
    Working Together by Bernard Sakarombe
    Celebrating Together by Taurai Chinofura
    Life is a Journey by Charles Manyaura
    Reflection by Strive Matimura
  6. Outstanding Mixed Media
    Looking Behind the Pot by Keith Zenda
    Mysterical Revealer by Terrence Musekiwa
    A Long Way 2 by Justin Gope
  7. Outstanding Exhibition
    Bold and Beautiful by Keith Zenda curated by Philip Butler & Keith Zenda
    A Book that Cannot be Read by Allison Baker curated by Fadzai Muchemwa
    Roots and Routes by Tamari & Natasha Kudita curated by Doreen Sibanda

1. Outstanding Poet
Sithembile Siqoza
Obert Dube
Prince Ryanne Chidzvondo
Ngoni Paradza aka Mambo Guramatunhu

2. Outstanding Comedian
King Kandoro
Andrew Manyika
Tanyaradzwa Sena

3. Outstanding Social Media Skits
Admire Mushambi aka Mama Vee
Kudzanai Chengedza aka Mbuya vaPiyasoni
Theophilus Chigumira aka Mai Kirifodhi

1. Outstanding Journalist – Print
Khumbulani Muleya – The Standard
Nyadzombe Nyampenza – The Standard
Tafadzwa Zimoyo – The Herald

2. Outstanding Journalist – Radio

Owen Madondo – Star FM

Anesu Masamvu – ZiFM

Yvonne Tivatye – Star FM

3. Outstanding Journalist – Television
Candice Mwakalyalya – ZTN
Colette Musanyera – ZBC
Takudzwa Chihambakwe – ZTN

4. Outstanding – Online Media
Nash TV
Bustop TV

1. Outstanding Actor
Shaun Mundawarara as Cullingwall in The Play that goes Wrong
Musa Saruro as Charles in The Play that goes Wrong
Ishmael Muvingi as King Lobengula in Bayethe Nkosi

2. Outstanding Actress
Caroline Yule as Mrs Perkins in The Play that goes Wrong
Min’enhle Mguni as Renee Stokes in Heartbreak Mafia
Sandra Mpofu as Maimbodeyi in Maimbodeyi

3. Outstanding Theatrical Production
Heartbreak Mafia by Reps Theatre
The play that goes wrong by Reps Theatre
Bayethe Nkosi by Umkhathi Theatre

4. Outstanding Director
Matesu Dube in Bayethe Nkosi
AneUnhu Gwatidzo in Heartbreak Mafia
Sue Bolt in The Play that Goes Wrong

1. Outstanding First Creative Published Work
The Madman on First Street and other stories by David Chasumba
3.15am and other stories by Rudo D.M Manyere
Monomotapa by Tawanda Vomo

2. Outstanding Children’s Book
When the Sun Sets by Nqobizwe Malinga
Let’s enjoy Village Tales with Mbuya maDishi by Valentine N.Nyagweta
Sloba and the Chameleonaire by Costa Chayambuka

3. Outstanding Fiction Book
The Quality of Mercy by Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu
Intwasa Short Stories Vol. 2 edited by Raisedon Baya
Chapwati by Ignatius C. Musonza

4. Outstanding Poetry Book
Starfish Blossoms by Samantha R. Vazhure
Ichibi Lezinkondlo by Obert Dube
I know why the Heart Sings by Patience Chiyangwa

1. Outstanding Actor
Searchmore Takavada as Husband in 3 days in March
Shaun Mundawarara as Jay in Just say Hello
Farai Chigudu as Toro in Ngoda

2. Outstanding Actress
Charity Mahowa-Matavo as Tete Rhoda in Viva Wenera
Sylvia Mavezera as Wife in 3 days in March
Chiedza Mhende as Sonja in Just say Hello

3. Outstanding Music Video
Changes in time (Mvura Yanaya) by Evicted, Directed by Vusa Hlatshwayo
Kamoto by Mwenje Mathole, Directed by Jonathana Samkange
Fight For Me by Mann Friday, Directed by Kalai Faye Barlow
Huya Tinamate by Gemma Griffith ft Enzo Ishall, Directed by Kyle Brown

4. Outstanding Screen Production (Television)
Intab’enkulu Directed by Kuda Brian Bwititi
Viva Wenera Directed by Eddy Ndlovu
Tangled Directed by Shem Zemura

5. Outstanding Screen Production (Short Length Film)
3 Days in March Directed by Kuda Brian Bwititi
Konflict Directed by Sydney Taivavashe
A Stitch in Tim Directed by William Nyandoro and Raisedon Baya

6. Outstanding Screen Production(Full Length Film)
Ngoda Directed by Joe Njagu and Eddie Sandifolo
Just say Hello Directed by Invision Studios
Benignity Directed by Tinashe Mombeshora

1. Outstanding New Comer
Tavonga Leo Magombedze (Leo Magozz), Farai Gadzani (Bling 4) and Brian
Kadyamarunga (Brian Jeck)
Silas Mavende aka Saint Floew
Andrea Sibanda aka Andrea The Vocalist

2. Outstanding Female Musician
Feli Nandi
Dorcas Moyo
Sandra Ndebele

3. Outstanding Male Musician
Mark Ngwazi
Braveman Chizvino Mawanza aka Baba Harare
Energy Silvester Chizanga aka Freeman

4. Outstanding Song
Tirikutandarara by Dorcas Moyo
Fire Emoji by Tavonga Leo Magombedze (Leo Magozz), Farai
Gadzani (Bling 4) and Brian Kadyamarunga (Brian Jeck)
Zimbabwean Queen by Energy Silvester Chizanga (Freeman) and Chris

5. Outstanding Album
Zimbabwean Giant by Braveman Chizvino Mawanza aka Baba Harare
David and Goliath by Energy Silvester Chizanga aka Freeman
Nharo Nezvine Nharo by Mark Ngwazi


1. Promoter Of The Year
Matabeleland Natural Resources Management
X-Mo Squad
2 Kings Entertaiment
Chipaz Promotion

2. Outstanding Artist In The Diaspora
Tanaka Fireyi – China
Charmaine Shamiso Mapimbiro aka Shasha – South Africa
Tafara Nyatsanza – USA
Sibongile Mlambo – USA



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