Urban Culxure Magazine strongly distances itself from the audio doing the rounds regarding the 16th Edition of the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA). The statement was made by Nigel Ndlovu who happens to be our (Former) Brand Manager and our Co-Founder.
We still hope he will retract the statement as he made it on his personal capacity. As a magazine we did not send him or approve to that. We are equally shocked by the immaturity
and obscenity that was showcased. The manner and conduct of Nigel Ndlovu was not in tune with Urban Culxure principles. We are pro-arts, non-political, non-violent and passion-driven magazine.
As media practitioners we acknowledge that there are many players in the field and at a certain point our works will be rated. We respect the decisions of NAMA and applaud those
who have been nominated. We believe in hard work and our dedication has been our fuel to recognition.
We are not in the business of negative publicity stunts, neither do we aim for awards but we respect being acknowledged when we are. We encourage Bulawayo arts practitioners and creative’s to submit their work to all national competitions.
It is with hurt that Nigel is insulting the award yet one of the films he worked on was nominated. A film he did with Daniel Lesker.
We are strongly against the vulgar words used. It is this regard that as an institution which looks to grow to a visible brand in the Arts sector in Zimbabwe wish to notify its stakeholders and National Arts Council of Zimbabwe that we strongly disagree with the statement made by Ndlovu with strong vulgar words.
It is our belief that you will find it in your hearts to forgive Urban Culxure as a brand. We will not let 3 years of hard work be disrupted. We strongly disassociate ourselves from that statement. We strongly respect NAMA decisions.
We would like to congratulate all the NAMA nominees and we wish them all the best.
Urban Culxure Founder /Editor