SOME artists in Bulawayo have accused organisers of the recently-held third version of the African Influencer Awards of favouring sure recipients.
The awards ceremony, held at Impala Automotive Leases alongside Khami Street in Bulawayo final week, was anticipated to be an evening of excellence, however turned out to be a night of disgruntlement.
A number of nominees have been sad concerning the flip of occasions, alleging award-buying and vote-rigging on the evening.
One award nominee Pardon Khanye, who was vying for the Excellency within the Style Trade gong, stormed out in the course of the occasion.
“I used to be very upset with the winners of the evening. Even with different classes the place individuals with lower than 2 000 followers on excellent social media received awards,” he informed NewsDay Life & Model.
“Effectively, the organisers may need achieved their analysis. Perhaps they knew what they wished as a result of to me it didn’t make sense that somebody with greater than 20 feedback on their submit loses an award.”
Khanye’s sentiments have been supported by some artists who questioned the nomination of Tafadzwa Sibanda popularly often called Taffielynn.
This isn’t the primary time Sibanda has courted controversy. It additionally occurred final 12 months when she received on the Zim Stars Awards. Many artists really feel she has made no vital contribution to the humanities trade apart from posting her photographs on social media.
“From the sitting preparations it turned clear who was going to win because the “mbingas” have been made to take a seat alone on their tables,” mentioned one other artist who most popular to not be named.
Khanye additionally criticised the awards organisers for making nominees pay to attend the awards ceremony.
“In future l suppose the nomination and nominees themselves ought to do correct analysis on what they’re stepping into. How can one pay at an awards ceremony if she or he is a nominee?
“The awards are supposed to have a good time nice work achieved by these people and it is not sensible for one to pay to be celebrated. They may as properly host a celebration at their non-public properties and have a good time themselves.”
Away from the controversy, Khanye admitted that the set-up and reception have been on level, the purple carpet was wonderful, and the catering was of top quality.
The awards host was Moris Contact, whereas Soulmates actor Braydan Moyo produced and co-hosted the red-carpet alongside Shadel Noble, Methembe Ndlovu and Atipa Busuman.
Many artists and socialites from the Metropolis of Kings dressed up for the event. Company have been handled to music as theyate and drank the evening away. It was certainly an evening of trend, gongs and fancy meals.
Among the many evening’s winners was earlier winner Royalty Pores and skin Care founder Mercy Mabiza (Excellence within the Magnificence Trade). Younger Ladies for ED senior chief Maxine Tekere who contested for councillor submit in Bulawayo in the course of the August 23 elections (Group Service Excellence).
Former Iyasa dancer-turned-fitness teacher Marcel Mbongeni Nxumalo was a runner-up for the Sport Excellence gong.
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