The 2018 Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards nominees list was revealed last Friday at a prestigious event held at Bulawayo Theatre. The nominees reveal party saw a number of artists throng the event, some with the hope of being nominated, while some wanted to experience the Awards hype which is currently on overdrive and promises to give birth to yet another exciting event come May 26.
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As the final nominees were being announced, we discovered we had productive and creative names missing on it. These names we feel should have made the race more exciting. We wonder if the individuals didn’t submit their work or the panel of judges thought them as trash. If it’s the former, we hope next time they make it a point to submit their work. If it is the latter, then we need new judges to take over come 2019.
1. Knowledge Nkiwane
He is popularly known as the guy who came up with a unique way of marketing and selling his albums to gospel lovers in Bulawayo. He moves around the city streets with a public address system fitted in a pushcart. He usually does impromptu performances while people purchase his music from his sales people. Knowledge Nkiwane moves around the CBD and even from suburb to suburb doing what he loves.
Nkiwane’s music has a fan base which is not online every day. This usually is a fan base made up of the elderly and informal traders who might not have heard about the awards and could not nominate him. He might have also not submitted his work but we strongly believe he should have been one of the nominees
2. Philani Nyoni
PAN as he is affectionately known in the arts circles, deserved to be in the category for Outstanding Fiction on the literary category. Philani’s anthology Philtrum is an example of creative genius that deserved recognition from the literary industry.
3. Sharon Sibindi
In case you were wondering if there were no female entertainment journalists in Bulawayo, you will be surprised that the city has one of the best. Sharon Sibindi has been one of the most consistent journalists the past year and has covered most Bulawayo artistes and events. It’s a pity whoever was judging got shortchanged (if she did not submit) or rather played themselves by not nominating her.
4 . Kwantuthu Arts Magazine
One of the most inspiring online arts magazines was left in the cold after a successful year of providing the city and the rest of the world with content. Kwantuthu Arts remains one of the best magazines we were hoping we would have the privilege of being set up against. We hope to see them next year and that the judges research further in this field; the pool is bigger than it looks.
5. Chik Aljoy
Ventriloquist Chik Aljoy is one young-man representing us well in South Africa in 2016 he was part of South Africa’s Got Talent from then on he has been shining and has been hosting comedy and ventriloquism shows. Have his name missing in the Outstanding Ambassador (SA) was kind of a let down. Recently he wowed the crowd at Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening.