THE National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz) has postponed this year’s edition of the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) originally scheduled for February 27 in light of the extension of the Covid-19 lockdown.
Nacz director, Nicholas Moyo said the postponement is in light of the level four lockdown conditions announced by the government in January to curb the spiralling of the deadly respiratory disease. The awards ceremony will now go ahead in March in a virtual format that will not jeopardise the health of participants and organisers.
Nacz would like to advise stakeholders in the cultural and creative sector, sponsors and the nation at large that the #Nama Legends @ 40 awards will now be held on the 27th of March 2021,” Moyo said in a statement.
Moyo said the ceremony that will honour 40 living legends had been pushed forward by a month to allow the event organisers and suppliers to make up for the downtime during the hard lockdown conditions.
“The Nama process includes various planning and implementation stages that were disrupted by the implementation of the lockdown and for us to host a credible event it has become necessary to push forward the date to allow for the smooth running of the awards.
“Nacz is now working with various service providers to make sure that the event is available to all Zimbabweans across multiple viewing channels,” Moyo added.
He also gave an update of how the entire adjudication of coming up with the winners is going along. “The process of receiving nominations has been closed. The jury is now in the process of reviewing the entries after which they will submit their list of nominees for consideration by the board,” Moyo said.