Sabhuku Vharazipi gloats

HARARE - Comical actor Sabhuku Vharazipi says being nominated for this year’s Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (Zimrights) People’s Choice Award set to be announced on December 18 is an overdue recognition of his work.

The Masvingo-based actor, whose real name is David Mubayiwa, will battle it out for the award against an array of personalities who include Rebecca Chisamba, Joseph Chinotimba, Jestina Mukoko, Matenda Madzoke, Jessie Majome, Makhosi Musambasi, Mandla Moyo and Phatisa Nyathi.

Vharazipi believes being nominated for the award alongside such illustrious people from diverse spheres of influence is victory in itself.

“I cannot believe it, it is good news. It shows that I am being recognised for the work I do. I thank God that some people have finally chosen to acknowledge my work,” said Vharazipi.

“I thought that such awards are not meant for people who do our line of work. God has finally heard our prayers. It shows that we are not working in vain.”

Previously, the hilarious actor attacked the organisers of the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) after he was snubbed by the gongs despite the popularity of Sabhuku Vharazipi 1 and 2.

“They think (Nama judges) 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 fans come my way begging me to pose for photographs with them. That, to me says a lot; so I thank God for that,” Vharazipi told the Daily News at the time.

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

Zimrights director, Okay Machisa said the main purpose of the awards is to honour outstanding human rights defenders of 2014.

“Community human rights awards are a means by which ZimRights, in an effort to raise awareness, awards outstanding individuals for their work which consolidates the human rights cause in their respective constituencies,” said Machisa.

Comments (2)

VZ well done

phidza - 17 December 2014

But on these nominees how does Chinos feature, known for his violence against a minority group, a suspected rape case, suspect murder case, a proven attempted murder on a woman vendor and he is nominated to this group choice, I think they have to change and maybe say nominees for the funniest people.

maita - 19 December 2014

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