Bhello City Foods general manager Isaac Chamangira on Saturday urged Zimbabwe Directors of Ceremonies Association (ZIDOCA) during its launch to be very instrumental in supporting government’s initiatives commencing with endorsing the monthly-held cleanup campaign launched by President Mnangagwa last year.
Chamangira who was guest of honour at the launch of an association formed on January 27 this year said although ZIDOCA was apolitical it could express patriotism by responding positively to government’s programs like the cleanup campaign held every first Friday of the month.
“It’s my desire to see ZIDOCA growing to be a strong organization representing MCs across the nation. You may not be political but I urge you to be patriotic, you belong to Zimbabwe. Your voices will help to build Zimbabwe thus I hope you will support the government’s initiative such as the monthly held clean up campaigns. Let’s promote cleanliness. Everyone loves a clean Zimbabwe,” he said.
“I also urge you to be humble. If given the opportunity to lead at a ceremony be humble and never compare events.”
National Arts Council of Zimbabwe provincial (Harare) manager William Ndinde expressed his organization’s readiness to assist ZIDOCA where possible.
“Of the associations registered this year, this is the only one that has launched itself. We are so happy, NACZ is ready to support you,” he said.
ZIDOCA president Energy Chinake told Bustop news that besides uniting to overcome difficult moments the association would open doors of opportunities especially to emerging MCs and he revealed plans to start grooming primary and secondary schools learners.
“The vision to form this association came in October 2018 at Mega 2 in Hatfield, Harare. We realised that there was a lot of unnecessary backbiting amongst ourselves and said why can’t we sing from the same hymn. Why can’t we emulate musicians who join hands, for example at funerals? Eventually, we formed this association not only to unite to succumb challenges but creating opportunities for each other as well,”
“We want to be internationally acclaimed MCs. We also want people to appreciate what we do as a form of employment. We are sending kids to schools and paying rents et cetera. It’s an institution that should be recognized as a profession in Zimbabwe. A plan underway is to engage schools and groom public speakers. Catching them whilst young is the best way of empowering a nation.”
“Although we formed the association not precisely in honour of Manyika, we appreciate that he was a great MC.”
Other ZIDOCA executive members are the vice president Walter Muparadzi, Luckmore Magaya (secretary-general), Esther Chimhova (deputy SG) and the treasurer-general Martha Munhenga