Ahead of this year’s National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA), we’ll be taking a closer look at the artists and performers announced in each category. Up next are the “Outstanding Comedian” nominees in the “Spoken Word” category.
Sharon Chideu (Maggie)
Sharon Chideu popularly known as Maggie the character she plays in the popular comedy show, P.O. Box is a Zimbabwean actress, screen writer and film maker.
Chideu highlighted that she first showed interest when she was young and this saw her be involved in her school plays. Chideu studied film at Zimbabwe Film and Television School and she holds a Diploma in film making. She studied alongside Luckie Aaron, the co-founder of P.O. Box.
Professionally, she started acting in a ZBC TV soapie called ‘Shadows’ directed by Joe Pike.
In the second half of 2015, Chideu joined comedy show Po. Box after the main acts of the show, Bhutisi and Boss Keda left to form their own P.o. Box Reloaded comedy show. On the show, Chideu whose character is Maggie appears alongside fellow comedians Gonyeti and Prosper Ngomashi
Dumisani Hubert Ndlovu (Maforty)
Maforty-40 sometimes referred to as the keen-eyed comedian, owing to his physical appearance is taking the art of comic performance.
If you watch his some of his shows you realise that he is not simply re-enacting these WhatsApp and Facebook jokes, but rather critically explores issues, provides historical context and delivers content in a satirical yet comical way.
Maforty-40 recently scooped the Outstanding Newcomer Award at the ROIL Bulawayo Arts Awards 2018. He also won the Top Comic search at Shoko 2017.
Learnmore Mwanyenyeka (Long John)
Learnmore Mwanyenyeka aka Long John grew up and was raised by his grandparents in Chimanimani.
Long John’s breakthrough on the mainstream comedy circuit was on October 9, 2012 when he performed at Simuka Comedy Night at the Book Café in Harare. The following three years saw the youthful comedian carving a niche for himself both on the domestic and regional scene.
His maiden performance on foreign soil was in South Africa in October 2014 when he shared the stage with big names such as Loyiso Gola and Joe Parker, among others. He has been to Namibia where he featured at the prestigious Hilton Hotel. In December 2015 Long John hosted his first ever one-man show in Zimbabwe titled The Longest Yard, which was a big success.
Long John has broken into the South African comedy circuit, performing at prestigious events and venues such as Oppikkopi Festival, Park Acoustics, Mieliepop Festival and Jo’burg Theatre, among others, took time to share his treacherous journey from being a mere rural boy in Chimanimani to a global star.
Source: The Standard
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