Sarah relishes Nama nomination

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VETERAN actress and model Sarah Mpofu, pictured, values her nomination for this year’s National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) as this is recognition of her sterling work in the arts industry.

Mpofu was recently nominated for the Best Actress category on her role in the play Home Affairs where she acted as Thalitha.

Having been in a fulfilling and active career spanning over three decades, Mpofu who is also the Fingers Modelling Agency director has had five Nama nominations of which she only managed to scoop one award.
But that hasn’t deterred her at all as she believes art is more than a passion to her.

“With over 30 productions to my name this becomes my fifth Nama nomination for Best Actress with the four having eluded me. Nonetheless, for me art is a passion without which I can survive.

“To be nominated in an arts industry with such amazing talent is for me cherry on my hard work and I truly appreciate,” Mpofu who is currently in Australia on holiday told the Daily News on Sunday.

She, however, admitted that taking the first spot is always everyone’s wish. “Winning would be the grandest sweet cherry as it would be a mark of being celebrated and appreciated for doing what I already enjoy doing.

“Whichever way the bet swings, whether the odds are for or against me, as a versatile woman, I am already in celebration mood with the nomination and I will never rest on my laurels as I believe there are stories to be told out there and I am to be a part of the story telling, be it as an actress, producer or director.”

Mpofu, known for her versatility in the arts sector further noted that the arts are part of her life. “The arts make up a great percentage of my DNA and I am always ready for opportunities to display my God-given artistic finesse.”

She, however, shared her brief history in the industry. “I have been in the arts industry for over three decades with my first entry into the arts world being of a high school drama (The woman of my imagination from a book written by the then Zimbabwean President Canaan Banana).

“I also won accolades as a model then, before stepping up to be an actress when Cont Mhlanga of Amakhosi Theatre discovered and mentored me. This though, wasn’t before my short stint with Godwin Mawuru (Studio 263), thereafter everything else in the arts followed.”

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