FLAMBOYANT businessman and socialite, Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure endured a torrid time after he was barred by security from entering the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama)’s VVIP section on Saturday only to be rescued by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) director Nicholas Moyo.
The VVIP section is where dignitaries, among them guest of honour Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation minister Kirsty Coventry and Moyo were seated as they followed proceedings of the country’s premier awards ceremony at the Harare International Conference Centre.
Ginimbi, who had endured a tough month that saw him being arrested twice for tax evasion and losing his mother recently, may have needed a time out to relax at the glamorous awards ceremony, but that was not without frustration.
Dressed in a pair of jeans, Ginimbi arrived in the company of two men and a lady, but as they were about to walk into the VVIP section, they were denied entry by the security amid claims that the area was fully occupied.
The bullish Ginimbi and his crew resisted the security orders and had to endure about 20 minutes of waiting at the section’s entrance only to gain access amid reports of Moyo’s intervention.
Malaysia-based arts promoter Taona “TeeMak” Chipunza was also similarly embarrassed but unlike Ginimbi, he complied without much drama and sat in the VIP section.
Meanwhile, true to their promise, the new organisers of the Nama awards, Jacaranda Culture and Media Corporation (JCMC) staged an exceptional show full of glitz and glamour.
JCMC signed a five-year deal with the arts mother body to organise the Namas and they did not disappoint on their first assignment.
As a way of endorsement, arts observers have validated the event which they described as well organised unlike previous editions and even the selection of the winners did not raise much questions as has been the case of late.