Ita��s that time of the year were people get to witness who is who in Bulawayo as the most prestigious red carpet event in the city Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards (RoilBAA) clamours into life on Saturday (26 May).
The awards ceremony, which is in its second edition, will be held at the Large City Hall, the same venue where the first edition of the awards were successfully launched last year.
As the hosts of the night South African-based top model Mbonisi a�?Mbo Mahocsa�? Mahonondo and Phathisani Sibanda, will be joined on the main stage by Skyz Metro FMa��s Master Eli and seasoned radio broadcaster Morris Touch.
The awards are expected to be the pre-eminent ceremony Bulawayo has ever seen as the hosts are all talented in as far as presenting is concerned.
Referred to as the a�?red carpet dress-up eventa�?, this year at least more than two hours have been set aside for the red carpet affair. Starting from 4pm to 6.30pm the time when the awards start, Gilmore Tee, Nyasha Mtamangira, Tsitsi Gumbo and Tinashe OkaMaskhosana will welcome guests.
There will be fashion police who are officially deployed at the event who include Star FM presenter Noxy, Mpumelelo Moyo and model Marcu Kumbie and those who will grace the event are tipped to dress to kill to avoid trending on social media for the wrong reasons.
This yeara��s edition is expected to surpass last yeara��s well organised and attended event as it has seen many stakeholders jumping on board to support the RoilBAA.
As part of its social responsibility duties, Roil cooking oil who are under the United Refineries adopted the awards and injectedA� $20 000 to support in organising the awards, thanks to the chief executive officer of the oil manufacturing company Mr Busisa Moyo who had a brighter vision for RoilBAA.
a�?Bulawayo is double the industrial hub in the country, while ita��s also a cultural hub, for the city to continue thriving in the arts sector there is a need for companies to support local talent, which is what Roil has done today,a�? said Moyo at the unveiling of Roil cooking oil as the major sponsors of the awards last month.
The support from Roil and other sponsors have lifted the standards of the awards. Each winner at this yeara��s edition will receive a sum of $200 on top of the gong, a better deal compared to last year where they received only accolades.
Those in different parts of the country who wona��t make it to the awards will be privileged to watch the awards in the comfort of their homes as they will be broadcast live on ZBCtv.
Apart from that,leading internet service provider in the country ZOL who are also the sponsors will provide free internet services for different media houses covering the event meaning the awards would also be streamed live on different social media platforms and in the diaspora will also be able to watch Bulawayoa��s own glitzy red carpet event.
One of the organisers of the awards Nkululeko Nkala revealed Bulawayo must be ready to grace the event as they have managed to organise a top notch event to honour local talent.
a�?Everything is set for the awards to come to life, we have sold almost all the tickets which means many people from the arts industry, socialites and business people will grace the awards, so ita��s a must attend event,a�? said Nkululeko.
Artistes who will perform at the event include South African based Afro-Jazz sensation Bekezela, Sandra Ndebele and Skaiva to mention only are few.