Zimbabwean actress Anne Nhira finally speaks up after she received backlash for Zodwa Wabantu’s ban.
In a series of events that were perpetuated from Nhira’s open letter to local organisers of the Harare International Carnival. In the letter which was posted on Anne’s Facebook page, she showed her disdain for the South African socialite. This received a response from local authorities to ban Zodwa from performing at the Carnival.
After having her name dragged down on social media, Anne Nhira took to Facebook to defend herself. She said:
“What an interesting week it has been. Allow me to start by thanking you all for the feedback (positive and negative) to my engagement with government over what I feel is not in tune with my ideals and possibly those of a greater percentage of the Zimbabwean populace – on this, kindly note that its not every Zimbabwean who can Facebook or tweet about an idea they support or are against.
I know I have been vilified for standing for what I believe in but that to me is what defines freedom of expression and association.What I spoke against is not an individual but a practise which doesn’t sit well with me.I however respect the fact that for their entertainment some would want to see #Zodwa perform which again you can equally lobby for.
While I respect every other citizen’s thought line and response to my move, hating and shouting at each other won’t change the fact that we are a people together.Yes we are different and diverse with different tastes and takes on issues but we are one.Going through your comments, I have picked a number of pertinent issues which I will be very much willing to take up with relevant authorities.Kindly note my engagement with government over the #Zodwa issue was not only with the Ministry of Tourism but also with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Youth as well as the Ministry of Culture. All this was not inspired by malice but a standpoint which probably resonates with many though they may not be as vocal.
Prior to this engagement I have always stood for empowerment of local artists and I still feel it can be done.For example if we can have #Zodwa performing for God knows how much, why not having #Gonyeti or #Bev performing for the same amount? While some question the logic behind having one performer stopped, it goes without saying that you can’t have wholesome advocacy. I had to pick one to get the message across.And by the way, I have realised Zimbabweans are so good at name calling. Ende munoshaudha. Much love to you all. One love, One Zimbabwe.”
Wonder if we will see another round of comments or will people let it go. Zodwa has been reported that she will be performing at the Private Lounge.