After witnessing the well organised Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards (RoilBAA) which were held last Saturday at the Large City Hall, former Afrika Revenge frontman Willis Wataffi has given credit to the awards as the best so far in the country.
The glitz and glamour which characterised the second edition of the awards especially the red carpet affair where local celebrities, socialites, politicians and businesspeople were all dressed to prove they got style and swag is the first spark which charmed Wataffi.
A neatly decorated stage complemented by South Africa-based model Mbo Mahocs and Phathisani Sibanda who were the hosts for the night and the manner in which the setting of the audience was designed, also enchanted the Harare-based Afro-fusion artiste as the event lived up to be the most glamorous and dress-up event the country has ever seen.
a�?I missed Bulawayo so much, attending the RoilBAA made me believe once more that Bulawayo is indeed a cultural hub. The city has got talent and craftsmen and that could be witnessed by the way the awards were organised.
a�?These guys (RoilBAA organisers) should be given credit because they know what people expect, the awards have to be a national event because so far RoilBAA are the best awards in the land compared to any other awards which most people claim are better in Zimbabwe,a�? said Wataffi.
The former musical competition CBZ A Academy judge also esteemed the Bulawayo artistes especially those who performed at the event and companies like United Refineries, ZOL, Proton, NetOne and Zapalala, to mention a few, who injected sponsorship for the awards to be successful.
a�?When these awards were launched last year, the whole country opened their eyes in doubt as they thought they would be a flop, two years down the line, the awards have grown bigger and better.
a�?The fact that Bulawayo people didna��t wait for a certain arts organisation to help them financially or otherwise, is a living testimony that the people from the city have got Ubuntu as they defied all odds and worked together to create awards which crown and celebrate their own talent,a�? he said.
As RoilBAA raised the bar even much higher compared to last yeara��s event, it still remains an unknown if ever they have reached the climax or the awards will grow bigger each year.