Author: Rubaya Tapiwanashe
Friday the 4th of December 2020, has been set aside by the NAMA (National Arts Merit Awards) organisers in conjunction with JCMC (Jacaranda Culture and Media Corpotation), as an ‘Annual NAMA Golf Day’.
The event is going to be hosted at Royal Harare Golf Club, Zimbabwe’s top golf course situated in the heart of the country’s capital city, Harare. It is scheduled to act as a platform that will assist artists network with business executives according to NAMA’s press release.
“The event will serve as a novel platform where artists from various genres and disciplines will get an opportunity to interact and market their works to corporates and potential employers.
“The Golf Day serves as precursor to the 2021 NAMA Awards,” NAMA.
Some of the artists expected to tee off include Radio and Television Personalities; Charlene Mangweni, Misred, KVG who will be joined by musicians EXQ, Nutty O, Anita Jackson and among other creatives expected from all parts of Zimbabwe.
Aside from the artists other benefactors of this event are the sponsors. They are expected to gain greater brand visibility and exposure as supporters of Zimbabweans artists.
Brands that are working hand in hand with NAMA awards are;
Old Mutual, CIMAS, Delta Beverages, DHL, Kayse Connect, Seedco, National Foods, Empire Tobacco, Wild Africa Travel, Joy Beauty Spar & Fitness, Golf Leaf Tobacco, The BBB Store, Columbus DDB, Scarlett Business Solutions, Clamore Solar, Tnash Photography.
This is a huge boost for NAMA as they look at developing a well-produced and curated Awards Ceremony in 2021. The fact that these many corporates have taken keen interest in the arts development is commendable.
The annual 2021 National Arts Merit Awards are set for the 27th of February under the theme ‘Our Legacy, Our Pride’. The organizers of the event decided to celebrate and honor 40 legends within the arts sector who have made ‘outstanding and unmatched contributions within the industry-since Independence‘.
“The awards are a special honour and recognition to legendary creatives who have raised high the flag of the country over the stated period.” said Nicholas Moyo (NACZ Director)
JCMC managing director and NAMA executive producer Napoleon Nyanhi is looking at raising the bar from the previous edition despite the COVID-19 challenges.
“#NAMAlegends will be different due to COVID-19. We don’t envision that by February 2021 all the lockdown restrictions will be lifted, but we are still very excited,” he said.
All the Best to the first-time golfers!