Its now four NAMAs in 8 years.
Savanna Trust cemented its position at the top of the theatre sector by bagging two awards at the 2019 National Arts Merits Awards (NAMA). This year’s edition of the NAMA had 9 different categories. Savanna Trust dominated in the Theatre category with 3 nominations and 2 wins.
Savanna Trust added to its growing trophy cabinet by scooping the Outstanding Theatrical production and Outstanding male actor won by Teddy Mangawa for the play ‘Ukama’ at NAMA’s 18th edition. Ukama, was written and directed by Bongani Masango from South Africa and features an exceedingly talented Zimbabwean trio-cast of Teddy Mangawa, Charlene Mangweni and Heather Mlingo. Ukama tells a thrilling African story that touches on an eclectic array of social ills including the cultural impact of infertility, the plight of a black and poor girl entangled in her older sisters desperation for a child.
Ukama comes after a one-year hiatus where the previous production ‘Liberation’, won the 2017 Outstanding Theatrical production, Outstanding Actor and Outstanding actress on the same stage. As such, the 2019 NAMA wins only reinforce the organisation’s prowess in theatre production and presentation.
2019 should only stand as a challenge for Savanna Trust to outdo itself.