The nominations for 2023 Zimbabwe’s National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) were announced this afternoon by Hope Masike, the Chairperson of the NAMA Adiudication Committee.

The full list of outstanding artists were nominated for the period 1 December 2021 to 30 November 2022.

The Awards will take place at the HICC on the 25th of this month.

The NAMA awards is a set of annual awards granted by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe in recognition of outstanding achievements in the arts and culture.

Below are the nominees:

See which one of your favorite artists will snag the nominations for this year’s trophies.

Below is the full 21st NAMA Nominees anticipated list:



*Outstanding Female Dancer*

Praise Dube in Ngomdladla the dunamis

Ndomupeishe Chipendo in Teleunga

Lesley Mushaninga in Silently Complicated


*Outstanding Male Dancer*

Terrence Kapesa in A Kid from Bulawayo

Sean Mambwere in Silently complicated

Devante Sangaza in A Champion’s year


*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


*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


*Outstanding Mixed Media*

Looking Behind the Pot by Keith Zenda

Mysterical Revealer by Terrence Musekiwa

A Long Way 2 by Justin Gope


*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




*Outstanding Poet*

Sithembile Siqoza

Obert Dube

Prince Ryanne Chidzvondo

Ngoni Paradza aka Mambo Guramatunhu


*Outstanding Comedian*

King Kandoro

Andrew Manyika

Tanyaradzwa Sena


*Outstanding Social Media Skits*

Admire Mushambi aka Mama Vee

Kudzanai Chengedza aka Mbuya vaPiyasoni

Theophilus Chigumira aka Mai Kirifodhi




*Outstanding Journalist: Print*

Khumbulani Muleya – The Standard

Nyadzombe Nyampenza – Newsday

Tafadzwa Zimoyo – The Herald


*Outstanding Journalist: Radio*

Owen Madondo – Star FM

Anesu Masamvu – ZiFM

Yvonne Tivatye – Star FM


*Outstanding Journalist: Television*

Candice Mwakalyalya – ZTN

Colette Musanyera – ZBC

Takudzwa Chihambakwe – ZTN


*Outstanding: Online Media*

Nash TV

Bustop TV





*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


*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


*Outstanding Theatrical Production*

Heartbreak Mafia by Reps Theatre

The play that goes wrong by Reps Theatre

Bayethe Nkosi by Umkhathi Theatre


*Outstanding Director*

Matesu Dube in Bayethe Nkosi

AneUnhu Gwatidzo in Heartbreak Mafia

Sue Bolt in The Play that Goes Wrong




*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


*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


*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


*Outstanding Poetry Book*

Starfish Blossoms by Samantha R. Vazhure

Ichibi Lezinkondlo by Obert Dube

I know why the Heart Sings by Patience Chiyangwa




*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


*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


*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


*Outstanding Screen Production (Television)*

Intab’enkulu directed by Kuda Brian Bwititi

Viva Wenera directed by Eddy Ndlovu

Tangled directed by Shem Zemura


*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


*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




*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


*Outstanding Female Musician*

Feli Nandi

Dorcas Moyo

Sandra Ndebele


*Outstanding Male Musician*

Mark Ngwazi

Braveman Chizvino Mawanza aka Baba Harare

Energy Silvester Chizanga aka Freeman


*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 Martin


*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




*Promoter Of The Year*

Matabeleland Natural Resources Management

X-Mo Squad

2 Kings Entertaiment

Chipaz Promotion


*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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