Zimbabwe: Jcmc Vows to Restore Nama Prestige

Artistes who failed to submit their work for consideration in the next edition of National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) can still do so tomorrow following an unprecedented deadline extension, organisers Jacaranda Culture and Media Corporation (JCMC) have said.

"We decided to extend the closing date to Monday [tomorrow] because the initial one was on a Saturday, a day the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) offices will be closed," JCMC MD Napoleon "Napster" Nyanhi told Standard Style on Thursday.

In the past, many artistes based in areas far from the towns have complained about not being given enough information and time to participate in Nama resulting in loss of credibility and interest.

JCMC has, however, promised to enhance inclusivity and restore prestige for the country's premier awards.

The organisation, which recently signed a five-year deal with NACZ to plan Nama, says they will take the event a notch up in February next year.

"Our vision [for Nama] is to catch up with world standards in the next three years and this is so because it would be impossible to do so in the next edition but with the next edition we plan to push the limit," Nyanhi said.

According to Nyanhi, who has hosted and covered foreign awards ceremonies before, they will be putting in their experiences to produce an epic display.

"JCMC has been hosting events for the past six years and earlier this year we did another successful edition of the Dream Star talent show, which was fully subscribed so we have great capacity to produce good shows," he said.

Nyanhi also said that the recent whirlwind tours they have done around the country to sensitise various arts stakeholders have been successful in ensuring that people regain confidence in the awards.

"We have been doing those visits to build confidence and make artistes and communities feel that they own Nama," he said, adding that if funds permit they will be hosting a three day event to make sure that all stakeholders get a chance to celebrate Nama.

"We have been working with a three day plan and that is our wish but the actual programme will be released in January," he said.

"We wanted to be inclusive with the three-day event and give all stakeholders space to have a feel of the Nama experience."

Whether or not JCMC succeeds in making Nama an international show remains a to be seen, but their efforts point at a positive direction.

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