Nama elitist: Sabhuku Vharazipi

HARARE - David Mubaiwa, who has attained national acclaim for his role as Sabhuku Vharazipi, is a bitter man after being snubbed by the National Arts Merit Award (Nama).

Despite the popularity of the hilarious Sabhuku Vharazipi 1 and 2 by Masvingo-based Ziya Cultural Theatre Club, the comedy was not even nominated for the 13th Nama that took place in Bulawayo last Saturday.

“Handigoni, ndosaka vasina kundisarudza (They did not select me because I am not good),” a cynical Mubaiwa told the Daily News yesterday.

“They (Nama judges) think that I am not good at what I do but whenever I walk around excited fans mob me. Wherever I go I can’t even manage to take a few steps before my fans come my way begging me to pose for photographs with them. That to me says a lot; so I thank God for that.”

The comical actor believes he was not considered for a Nama award because Sabhuku Vharazipi does not have many followers among the elite.

“I noticed that they mostly gave awards to elitist works and as such I stood no chance because Ziya Cultural Theatre Club is from a rural setting.

“The truth is I don’t know the criteria they used to select winning entries so it will be very difficult to disagree with their choices. That would be akin to a mere student attempting to go against a teacher’s word,” he said.

Mubaiwa insisted yesterday that the Nama snub would not discourage him from entertaining thousands of adoring fans scattered all over Zimbabwe.

“The important thing for me is to continue to make use of the talent that I was given by God and I will continue to do exactly that,” he said.

Audrey Charamba, the assistant director arts promotions and development at the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz) was not very forthcoming when the Daily News sought reasons why Sabhuku Vharazipi did not even make the Nama nomination stage.

Charamba referred the Daily News to the speech made by Nacz deputy director Nicholas Moyo at the Nama awards ceremony last Saturday.

Parts of Moyo’s speech read, “In some instances, the adjudicators bemoaned the quality of submissions that did not portray the actual levels of artistic excellence and innovation.

“It could have been that the artistes faced challenges of resources enabling them to submit adequately, or in some instances, lack of care on the part of the entrants. I cannot over-emphasise the importance of adhering to submission requirements.”

Comments (19)

There is always another chance.Do not worry God is the answer.

MAKARICHI - 19 February 2014

Kuti David Mubaiwa ndokuti arts industry.Vharazipi is good.True that NAMA is elitist.They think Harare is Zimbabwe and some parts of the cntry are not Zimbabwe.Such myopic view of this cntry would not take us anywhere.Vharazipi God bless you!!!My kids love you!

gorokoshokosho - 19 February 2014

Don't worry, that's Zim. Corruption is everywhere in Zimbabwe

vz - 19 February 2014

Kusaona Sabhuku muraini zvinotoroyesa...muraini mani muno saka moti sabhuku vodyirepi? itai muchiziva kuti pamberi apo tinozowirirana. muno mumwe anemavhiri ndiani kunze kwangu? NAMA

Chidondova - 19 February 2014

NAMA is for Harare we must not worry ourselves. Let the Harareans do.

Exiled - 19 February 2014

What do you expect when Mai charamba who last sang 6 years ago was voted the best. Rubbish. This useless thing must be scraped and binned

mafikizolo - 19 February 2014

David Mubaiwa, Sabhuku vharazipi is the currently the best. He was not even shortlisted for the awards because the theme of drama is all about corruption and oppression just as it is exhibited by Chiefs in their communities when they distribute grain to hungry villagers. People get treated as personal property. Vanhu vangu musafeme musataure etc.Well done David. We know you are currently the best. We are waiting for Sabhuku Vharazipi 3. God bless you

SHAVA - 19 February 2014

the idea of vharazipi not nominated at Nama is because they see would not manage to monitor the mob in bulawayo because they only so him pama disc so then vaizoda kusomuona pa whitye wedding saka makaita basa you saved lyke of the legend at 2 budisa 3 vanyare Davie

nyundo - 20 February 2014

NAMA: UDOGO WAKADA KUZVIITA IZVI TAKATOBVA KUMANYARADZO AKE LAST WEEK.

UDOGO - 20 February 2014

Ndinoti usawore moyo wezhira nezvimaAwards zvenhema izvo isu sevana veZimbabwe tinoziva uriChazezesa mutunhu une vuchi nemukaka pakuvadza vanhu . Awo maAwards avapfumi voga varombo varikubudirira havaonekwi dai they allowed Zimbos to vote via sms or online Sabhuku definetely yu were going to win . PASI NEFAKE NAMA AWARDS

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 20 February 2014

its very fortunate to vharazipi coz ndiye aka actor huwori so he understand what happened its true zviriko iwe ramba uchivaratidza kuti vanehuwori nevavanobata navo ikoko. keep that standard my brother

roddychiroz - 20 February 2014

kana uchigara muZimbabwe,unofanira kuziva kuti ndoomitirwo acho muno,pane chinoitwa zviri fare ,kwete saka Vharazipi itai mwari ndokutendai nokundipa chipo,itai vavengi vasiye godo, chete chete

bbata - 20 February 2014

do not worry vharazipi bhora zvinongonzi zvikoro zvozivikanwa chete budiriro mbare neborrodale, vaimbi zvinongonzi vatagara tichiziva vanotanga bvisai mupiro, acting dramas kwanzi tinoda vakare ivavo zvokuti kungatotorwa ndlovhu mutambi webhora kwete iwe. kudhirowa ah zvakatooma but let you know that it is only God who is aware of your blessing and we pray for you will win with us not with them

dzvombi - 20 February 2014

"...... VaMayaya! VaMayayya......! VaMayaya! NaMANAMA NaMANAMA" Shame on you NAMA Awards organisers.

VaMayaya - 20 February 2014

Nam haititadzise kufarira sabhuku chero zvikadii nama or no nama SABHUKU MURIDHARA CHERO KUNA JAH PRYZR CHAIYE ANOKUFARIRAI

VUDHOGO - 21 February 2014

@editor above, thank you for the good advice. VZ VZ, dont worry, you have won already... keep up the good work and continue to improve. You have lost to corruption, good riddens to bad rubish...kwahi hayi ndandaivona...looking forward to the next act form the greatest Vharazippi

TaTanga - 21 February 2014

If corruption like this now extends even to things like NAMA as a country we are doomed. NAMA has exposed themselves and when the Gukurahundi comes to wash away all the dirt in Zimbabwe vana Audrey Charamba nana Moyo will be remembered for places of honour amongst their elite friends like Cashbert VZ-People's Champion

wezhira wezhara - 22 February 2014

Vz varove nemubobobo kana zvaramba nemheni yemhashu kana kuvatumira Army yemapere. Uri number one iwe, maybe neNAMA vakakurira kuBorrowdale Brooke saka vaitoshamiswa kuti zvii zviri kuitika padramma rako. Isu takakurira kumisha, Aiwa wakatigonera. wakatidzosera kumusha chaiko, ramba wakadaro wena. NAMA FAKE AWARDS.

Gogodera - 22 February 2014

Vharazipi worry not. I am giving you an award myself for being creative and edutaining us. NAMA, there is a wake up call to you, I agree you have been unfair in your awards, stop your elitist approach and be objective in yur work.

mazano chirambe - 24 February 2014

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