Tonderai Zvimba, Showbiz Reporter
STAND-UP comedian, MaForty, who has been nominated in the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) outstanding comedian category, hopes to bring back the award to Bulawayo after it was won by Q Dube last year.
The comedian is up against Bustop TV’s skit comedian, Sharon Chideu, better known as Magi as well as another stand-up comedian Long John.
Born Dumisani Ndlovu, MaForty said he was honoured to be nominated for the Namas, a year after he won his first award (Bulawayo Arts Awards outstanding newcomer).
“It feels great to be nominated at national level. I’ve always wished to be nominated and win a Nama. However, what’s important is being nominated as that alone is a win,” said MaForty.
MaForty said he started doing stand-up comedy in 2015 after he was persuaded by friend and fellow stand-up comedian T1nda. Together, the two are working on launching their comedy club called Sanctified Comedy Club.
“A few years back, T1nda and I thought of starting our own comedy club aimed at providing clean, family oriented comedy. Once we start, we’ll be working with aspiring stand-up comedians, comedy content creators and actors,” he said.
Some stand-up comedians from Bulawayo who have won the Nama outstanding comedian award are Mandla Da Comedian and Clive Chigubu.