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National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Announces Napoleon Nyanhi as The New Director

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National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Announces Napoleon Nyanhi as The New Director

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) Board has just announced the appointment of Mr. Napoleon Nyanhi as its new Director. Mr. Nyanhi takes over from Mr. Nicholas Moyo, who transitioned to the role of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sport, Recreation, Arts, and Culture in October 2023.


The NACZ, committed to promoting and nurturing artistic excellence across the nation, is confident that Mr. Nyanhi’s leadership will be instrumental in realizing its restructuring vision, achieving strategic goals, and addressing stakeholder needs.

Mr. Napoleon Nyanhi is a well-known figure in the arts and culture sector. Before joining NACZ, he was the Managing Director of Jacaranda Culture and Media Corporation (JCMC), where he also served as the Executive Director of the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) since 2019. Additionally, he was involved in producing Dreamstar Zimbabwe, one of the country’s most prominent talent search shows. Over the years, Mr. Nyanhi has held various influential roles within the media and arts community, including positions such as Production Manager at C Media Africa, Founding Station Manager of Capitalk FM, and Programming Manager at Star FM.

Mr. Nyanhi’s educational background is as impressive as his professional one. He holds degrees and certifications from esteemed institutions including Africa University, Clark Atlanta University, University of the Witwatersrand, University of Westminster, and most recently, a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management and Corporate Governance from Midlands State University.

Throughout his career, Mr. Nyanhi has demonstrated a profound understanding of the arts’ transformative power to inspire, educate, and unite communities. His commitment to fostering creativity, diversity, and sustainability within Zimbabwe’s cultural landscape is evident in his work.

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In his new role as Director, Mr. Nyanhi will be responsible for executing the strategic direction of the NACZ, fostering partnerships with key stakeholders, and championing the arts’ importance in society. His leadership is expected to be pivotal in advancing the Council’s mission to support and promote the development of the arts for the benefit of all Zimbabweans.”

Dr. N. Maraire, Board Chairperson, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe

Mr. Nyanhi’s appointment comes at a critical juncture for the arts community, as it navigates the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly evolving world. His passion for innovation and unwavering dedication to the arts make him the ideal leader to guide the National Arts Council into the future.

The National Arts Council extends its warmest congratulations to Mr. Napoleon Nyanhi on his appointment as Director. We look forward to working together to build a brighter, more vibrant future for Zimbabwe’s creative and cultural industry.

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