RUMOURS in regards to the legitimacy of the Zikomo Awards abound after organisers revealed they’re merely honorary awards.
The Zikomo Awards have been launched by founder Daniel BMK, who goals to recognise African artists nominated for arduous work.
The awards have been introduced earlier this yr and thus far, greater than 10 Namibians have acquired nominations, together with Maria Nepembe, ML, Auguste Uutoni, Tresia Shongola, Rosalin Vidigal and Robyn Nakaambo, who all come from completely different walks of life within the artistic trade.
Though the awards will not be being endorsed or sponsored by any main company corporations or establishments, the organisers say they are going to nonetheless occur. “We’re merely a gaggle of people that imagine in Africa’s hidden abilities,” mentioned Elijah Mupenda Kasitoka, Zikomo Awards secretary.
He says the awards are a platform that sheds mild on African creatives who’re working arduous however are consistently sidelined or ignored by the media. The nomination course of additionally raised eyebrows as a result of many of the nominees nominated themselves and never folks of their communities.
“The nomination course of was open to anybody and everybody. Like we’ve got already said, some artists could also be doing wonderful work of their communities however will not be well-liked because of financial obstacles akin to entry to the web for the folks of their communities, which is why they have been allowed to appoint themselves, and folks can really get to see their work and vote for them,” Kasitoka added.
Award winners, nevertheless, is not going to obtain any cash. “The award is honorary and easily a platform for artists to achieve recognition from different African international locations. The voting interval for the awards, dubbed the folks’s alternative is on 30 March 2021.
In line with the social media updates, all nominated people can be invited to attend the grand finale that may happen on the authorities advanced buildings in Lusaka, Zambia, on 9 April 2021.
“The nominees have been chosen and voting has began. Go to our web site and vote in your favourites,” Kasitoka mentioned.
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