The girl who dared to dare


The Namas have come and gone, leaving behind a trail of disappointments for those who went home empty-handed. For those who walked away with accolades, they will forever treasure their achievements and their names shall be engraved in the annals of local arts.

Among the winners was Nakai Tsuro, who finally realised her dream of being recognised as the best in her craft having missed out on the opportunity after being nominated for a Nama in 2010 for her movie “The Long Night”.

The filmmaker won a Nama in the Outstanding Screen Production Full Length Film category for her movie “Mwanasikana”.


To put icing on the cake, the winner for Outstanding Actress, Chipo Mbizvo, was also part of the Tsuro’s cast.

The local film industry has been stagnant in recent times but many filmmakers are hopeful of a bright future; and with digitisation in the pipeline, the season to blossom is nigh.

Tsuro is among the filmmakers who have continued to work hard, who have dared to dream, and indeed dared to dare. The Sunday Mail Leisure tracked down the talented lady who shared the story that led her to a Nama.

“I was born on July 9 1983 at Harare General Hospital and I virtually grew up in Harare. When I was growing up, my dad would always tell me that I would one day be an air hostess so that is how I visualised my future back then,” laughs Tsuro.

After finishing primary school at Glen View Primary 8, she enrolled at Oriel Girls High for her secondary education and upon completion moved to the United Kingdom where she sudied to be a mental health nurse.

In 2006, Tsuro took a giant leap of faith and ventured into media at Northbrook College in West Sussex.

“Medicine is my second love, so I guess if I was not making films I would be in a hospital ward somewhere because I am also very good at that.

“I fell in love with writing when I was still in high school where I ended up joining the Media Young Writers Club where I would do the puzzles in the school magazine.


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