NAMA ducks awards nepotism criticism with lame excuse

The overall calibre of the work submitted for the 21st NAMA edition, according to the chairperson of the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) adjudicators committee Hope Masike, was subpar.

HARARE – The overall calibre of the work submitted for the 21st NAMA edition, according to the chairperson of the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) adjudicators committee Hope Masike, was subpar.

Masike asserted that the committee found a lot of flaws in the work that was submitted across all categories during the announcement of the NAMA Awards 2023 nominees in several categories.

Masike attempted to deflect allegations about award favouritism which has been pointed out every year especially by arts practitioners who would feel hard done after being left out.

The deliberate and recurring exclusion of some artists based on their geographic origins has been criticised as part of the NAMA awards selection process, with the bulk of nominations being linked to specific influential people.

But the NAMA chairperson shot down the complains by justifying that the organisation considers quality of work in accepting most nominations.

“We noticed several shortfalls on the submitted works for this year’s edition. This might have largely been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Masike said.

Lack of inventiveness in the dance category, a dearth of stand-up comedy submissions, subpar media category work, and limited song lifespans in the music category were a few of the shortcomings.

Nevertheless, she said that they were taken aback by the sheer volume of submissions in the literal works category, which was followed by film and television, visual arts, music, and media in all 10 provinces.

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