Registered under the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe

11 February 2015

WIN Newsletter, Issue No 85


We welcome you to our 85th newsletter which has come at a time when the NAMA mood has gripped the local arts and culture sector. We say congratulations to the nominees this year. Please enjoy!


Some of the 14th NAMA nominees in a workshop

Writers International Network Zimbabwe is among the 14th National Arts Merit Awards Nominees announced last week. This is the third nomination in a row for the same Outstanding Online Media award. In the same category there are other nominees Three Men on a Boat and Panorama magazine.
On Thursday, February 5, WIN-Zim also joined nominees in the inaugural NAMA-Stop to Start International Workshop which was facilitated by Zwelibanzi Ndlovu. The workshop took place at the National Arts Council offices.
Event Managers AB Communications, organisers of the workshop, said the workshop is a way of empowering and building capacity within the Arts Sector.
The workshop dealt with a five-step model which covered topics such as Mindset Transformation, Personal Vision, Mission and Values, Fundamentals of Strategic Thinking, Personal Effectiveness Assessment Areas and Personal Strategy Formulation.
This year’s NAMA winners will be announced at a grand ceremony to be held at the 7 Arts Theatre in Harare on February 14, 2015, under the theme ‘Pride of Zimbabwe’.
Below is the list of all 14th NAMA Awards Nominees:

Outstanding Male Dancer

1. Stanley Wasili of Tumbuka Dance Company
2. Reuben Mlauzi of IYASA
3. McIntosh Jerahuni of Tumbuka Dance Company

Outstanding Female Dancer

1. Charlene Chimara of Dance Trust of Zimbabwe
2.Cheryl Mabaya of IYASA
3. Maylene Chenjerai of Tumbuka Dance Company

Outstanding Choreographer

1. Ketan Nagar in The Caterpillar Dance by Kinkini – The Voice of Dance
2. Sean George Mabwere in International Skrillex Remix by M &M Dance Factory
3. Richard Ndlovu in The Official opening of the African Union Sports Commission Region V Youth Games by the Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture

Outstanding Dance Group

1. M &M Dance Factory
2. Dance Trust of Zimbabwe


Outstanding Actor

1. Philani Nyoni in Qiniso
2. Partwell Nazvo in Prophets of Doom
3. Nash Mphepho in Dust and Fortunes

Outstanding Actress

1. Bianca Magwenzi in Tariro
2. Stella January in Dust & Fortunes
3. Nothando Nobengula in Beyond

Outstanding Screen Production - Full length film

1. Sour Milk by Melgin Tafirenyika
2. Tariro by Malon Murape
3. Dust & Fortunes by Justice Chapwanya

Outstanding Screen Production - Short Film

1. My Dream by Sheunesu Moyo
2. The Calling by Mhle Nzima
3. The Journey from Rural to Ramp by Jill Roberts and
Lynette Frewin

Outstanding Screen Production (Television)

1. One Family Can by Johannes Machingauta
2. The Other Brother by Charity Mahowa-Matavo
3. Mr Perfect by Gugulethu Ndlovu

Outstanding Music Video

1. Makanika by Willard Magombedze ft. Jah Prayzah
2. Gudo Guru by Munyaradzi Nota ft. Changamire
3. Ndipe Rudo by Andy Cutta ft. Sanii Makhalima


Outstanding First Creative Published Work

1. Shards written by Cynthia Marangwanda Published by Ko.Maseko Publishers
2. Revai written by Ropofadzo Mupunga Published by Zimbabwe Women Writers
3. A Struggle Alike written by Debra Vakira Published by Zimbabwe Women Writers

Outstanding Children’s Book

1. Little Hare Stories – Big Trouble at the River written by Enock Chihombori Published by Xlibris
2. Mombe Yamai written by Chenjerai Mazambani Published by Bhabhu Books
3. Around the Fire – Folktales from Zimbabwe edited by Raisedon Baya and Christopher Mlalazi Published by Multimedia Box

Outstanding Fiction Book

1. Mukoma’s Marriage and Other Stories written by Emmanuel Sigauke Published by Booklove Publishers
2. Bhuku Risina Basa Nokuti Rakanyorwa Masikati written by Memory Chirere Published By Bhabhu Books
3. Writing Lives edited by Irene Staunton Published by Weaver Press


Outstanding Journalist Print

1. Sharon Muguwu - Daily News
2. Tinashe Muchuri - Parade
3. Garikai Mazara - Sunday Mail

Outstanding Journalist TV

1. Josephine Mugiyo - ZBC
2. Sifiso Mpofu - ZBC

Outstanding Journalist Radio

1. Tawanda Gudhlanga - SFM
2. Tendai Chakanyuka - Power FM
3. Jackson Madzimba - SFM

Outstanding Online Media

1. 3 Men On a Boat
2. Writers International Network (WIN)Zimbabwe
3. Panorama


Outstanding Female musician

1. Cindy Munyavi
2. Cynthia Mare
3. Agatha Murudzwa

Outstanding Male musician

1. Obey Makamure aka Tocky Vibes
2. Antonio Romeo aka Shinsoman
3. Sulumani Chimbetu aka Sulu

Outstanding Song

1. Mhai from Mhai by Tocky Vibes
2. Kumbumura Mhute from Kumbumura Mhute by Jah Prayzah
3. Popopopo from Tirikumhanya by Killer T

Outstanding Album

1. Gunship by Sulumani Chimbetu
2. Kumbumura Mhute by Jah Prayzah
3. Mhai Singles Collection by Tocky Vibes


Outstanding Comedian

1. Mike Matimba aka Uncle Ritchie
2. Victor Mpofu aka Doc Vikela
3. Clive Chigubhu

Outstanding Poet

1. Tatenda “Dhege” Chinoda
2. Likhwa Ncube
3. Sithandazile Dube


Outstanding Actress

1. Rumbidzai Karize in The Convert
2. Bathabile Dlamini in Umbiko KaMadlenya
3. Lawayne Muzite in Connections

Outstanding Actor
1. Tichaona Mutore in Maids
2. Jasen Mphepho in 1000 Miles
3. Memory Kumbota in Umbiko KaMadlenya

Outstanding Director

  1. Nelson Mapako for Umbiko KaMadlenya
    2. Ali-Jarmil Mutodzaniswa for Connections

Outstanding Theatrical Production

1. The Convert by Almasi Collaborative Arts
2. Umbiko KaMadlenya by Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo
3. Connections by Pamushana High School


Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work

1. Undressing to Redress by Wallen Mapondera
2. Farming and Production by Webster Mubayirenyi
3. Song from Within by Boarding Dzinotizei

Outstanding 3 Dimensional Work

1. Mwana Wedangwe by Rufaro Murenza
2. Contemporary Scourge by Forbes Mushipe
3. Jacket of Love by Israel Israel

Outstanding Mix Media

1. The Challenged by Forbes Mushipe
2. Different Roots, Same Destination by Ngonidzashe Tsiga
3. Disappearing Faces by Rizimu Chiwawa

Outstanding Exhibition

1. Social Zoometry by Wallen Mapondera
2. Women at the Top by Doreen Sibanda and Thandazani Dhlakama
3. Crossing the Bridge by Clifford Zulu


Outstanding Promoter

1. Butterwick Promotions
2. X-MO Squad
3. Formstate Investments


Has great pleasure in inviting you to

Meet the Authors

Shimmer Chinodya


Valerie Tagwira

Authors of the A-level titles ‘Strife’ and ‘The Uncertainty of Hope’

In conversation with

Ignatius Mabasa

And Dr. Sunanda Ray

A unique opportunity to hear the authors discuss their work

Thursday, 19th February 2015

Prince Edward School Auditorium, Harare

2.15–4.30 p.m.

RSVP. Phone 308330/0772 203 306



Mimi Machakaire

Young at any age
No matter how old you are, you are always going to feel as if your age does not match how you feel inside. When you are growing old you might find yourself doing certain things that are only meant for people half your age.  That is normal for anyone who is going through that new transition into his or her life but the question that remains is: How do you cope with that? Instead of talking, dressing or acting younger because you feel younger, try a different approach. If you are a writer take the emotional advantage and use it as a way to change your writing pattern.  
Take the time to observe many youths of today and see about how best to create any new characters for your plot. You may notice a group of 16 year olds and see that there is a different personality to each member and that makes the group a great fun to watch. After taking the time to get to know everyone, look for a way to build a story around them. Now within this new transition into your life it will be easier for you to relate to the kids and thus create a pretty interesting story.
You as the artist can even find yourself interviewing each child. Kids get excited when they hear they are going to feature in something to do with a media project. Whether it is in a book, movie or lyrics to a song as long as they know that something that reminds them of themselves is most likely going to appear in that project they will be happy to oblige. You can get all the information you need just by promising to add their names to the story or to the acknowledgement page of your project. It is the idea of exposure and possible fame that gets us kids excited. It gives us the excuse to make ourselves seem bigger than we really are.  Bragging rights if you will. When a person tries to put us down or make us feel small we can just simply think about that one artist who thought we were at least good enough to add into their story and that’s what gives us the confidence to forget about every other little thing that may annoy us.
Once you have everything answered and you look back at what the kids have said you may come to realize that whilst you wished to be younger at any age its actually better to be at the age that you are right now. Kids these days go through a lot of drama that gives them that learning experience they honestly need to grow up and become adults but once they do, they are thankful they did. Yes it is just as harder to be an adult than to be a kid – it may even be harder to be a kid but at least as an adult you know where you’re going in life and how you want to get there. As kids we are still trying to figure that out.


The Zimbabwe International Book Fair has announced this year’s theme as ‘Growing the Knowledge Economy through Research, Writing, Publishing and Reading’.

In a statement released last week, the ZIBF Executive Board Chairperson Musaemura Zimunya (insert) said his organisation believes that the 2015 theme encompasses the many diverse recommendations made by participants at the end of the 2014 Indaba.

“Further, most of the suggestions harked back to previous themes such as “the digital theme” or knowledge systems or indigenous languages.  Alternatively, the importance of understanding intellectual property and copyright, publishing  or libraries in the industry, the Board soon realized that some of these suggestions may only make sense as items in sessions under major themes but may not stand alone as themes. 

“Given this quandary, Board resolved that the best away forward would be to be creative in adopting these multifarious suggestions. It happens that the encompassing spirit of these suggestions pointed to the subject of “creative industries in the knowledge economy”.  The subject of Creative Industries is a vast contemporary phenomenon that cuts across all forms of creativity, writing, publishing, advertising etc.  It has also been the subject of workshops, conferences and book fair themes elsewhere.  Most importantly, we were unanimously agreed that it would probably cover the majority of our stakeholders’ interests adequately,” said Zimunya.

He also said ZIBF will soon launch a Call for Abstracts.
Meanwhile, the main Harare Book Fair is scheduled to run from July 27 to August 1, 2015 with a number of exciting activities such as The Young Person’s Indaba, Traders Day, The Exhibitions, Live Literature, Writers’ Workshop, Children’s Reading Tent, and Meet the Author sessions.

ZIBF provincial book fairs are scheduled as follows: the Bulawayo Book Fair will take place from March 27 to 28, the Masvingo Book Fair from May 29 to 30, the Mutare Book Fair from September 25 to 26, and the Gweru Book Fair from October 23 to 24.



Tendai Chinhoro
(Continued from last newsletter)

Social isolation has also been linked to the side-lining of creative talents and other forms of human intelligences especially among woman where the general social view is that women occupy the private sphere, that is, domestic and in-house roles. Also in many interviews conducted by Reis (1998) with both older and younger talented females, they described their feelings of loneliness and betrayal by other women. When asked about friendships, a successful college president replied simply, "I have none." The extremely limited time they have for friendships and the ambivalence of other women toward those who achieve at high levels are some of the reasons that talented women may have few friends and are often lonely. Successful women recounted situations in which their success was viewed negatively by both other women and men. Women who had successful careers often reported that they were pitted against women who stayed at home and worked to raise their families. Many talented women indicated that they learned to consciously hide their accomplishments from friends and families and often seem to feel guilty about being able to accomplish a great deal or worry that they will further erode friendships because their friends consistently drew comparisons.

Marriage is also another social institution which interferes with the proper development of creative talents. Many studies have shown that women view boyfriends as a source of prestige, and romantic relationships as positive, normal, and desirable. However, women also admit to having difficulty with achieving a balance between their romantic relationship and marriage with work, academic classes, and their peer involvement. Holland and Eisenhart (1999) found that contrary to popular belief, women who fell in love did not lower their ambitions because they fell in love. Rather, they lowered their ambitions and then they fell in love. Almost all the women studied gradually experienced a decline in ambitions and aspirations, pointing to the importance of planning for gifted girls across their lifespan. Yvonne Chaka Chaka though very talented in singing, we see her now concentrating with advertising, because society disapproved her career when she got married as one not decent for married woman, but the talent; it’s clear is within her voice, however society has left her with no choice but with limited options in which to explore on her gift and talent. If one has a talent and the world they grow up in demand that they shut it down, they are bound to suffer and society generally perceives opposition to the status quo as annoying and offensive, ( Most young girls in elementary and middle school begin to learn who they are in high school and college, only to have their sense of self waiver if they become involved in relationships. Reis (1998) found that gifted women who marry in their late 20s or early 30s are able to establish a stronger sense of self and are more often able to maintain their understanding of and belief in self than if they marry earlier. On the other hand research have also shown that talented men who are married sometimes don’t realise their fullest potential in their careers due to the cost of  maintaining the family and marriage and career development.
The current economic conditions in Zimbabwe have disabled the timely uptake of technologies that allow the cultivation of certain talents and intelligences. Florida (2012) has termed this institutional sclerosis where cultural and attitudinal norms of a given age or social system become so powerfully ingrained in communities that they do not allow the new norms and attitudes associated with the creative age to grow up, diffuse and become generally accepted. This process, in turn, stamps out much of the creative impulse, causing talented and creative people to negate their talents or to seek out new places where they could more readily plug in and make a go of it. (To be continued in the next newsletter)


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