Nama, my greatest acknowledgement: Angeline Kamba

HARARE - National Arts and Merit Award (Nama) winner Angeline Kamba, says the recent gong was the greatest acknowledgment she has ever received for the role she played in the country’s arts sector.

The former civil servant who clinched the Arts Service Award during the 14th edition of Nama in recognition of her contribution over many decades, however, bemoaned the paltry pensions given to pensioners.

“I cannot call myself a pensioner because there is not much pension to talk about, it is too little. But I am grateful for this Nama recognition for the input I have put in the arts sector,” Kamba, a former Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) chairperson said in her acceptance speech.

Pensioners in Zimbabwe receive paltry amounts some as little as $20 per month.

Before joining Hifa, a post she held for 10 years, Kamba was the first black woman director of National Archives of Zimbabwe.

From 1964 to 1988, she was the vice-president of International Council on Archives.

Her service to the arts industry is not only confined to Zimbabwe, but expands into the continent where she is a member of the Council of the Caine Prize for African Writing.

From 1998 to 2003, she served on the board of the International Rice Research Institute based in the Philippines.

The Midlands State University in 2010 honoured her with a doctorate degree in Archaeology, Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage.

She is the widow of  the late professor Walter Kamba who was the first black vice chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe.

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