“AS WOMEN, GOD BLESSED US WITH MANY ABILITIES AND MULTI-TASKING IS ONE OF THEM.” S he is a dancer, a model, a television presenter and a university student. She is also an actress. No doubt, Bathabile Dlamini is a woman of many talents. At just 23 years, she is one the few young artistes to win the prestigious National Arts Merit Award (NAMA). The charismatic actress scooped the Outstanding Actress gong for her role as Zinkabi in the theatrical production Umbiko KaMadlenya directed by Nelson Mapako. The play, which was showcased during the last year’s Intwasa Arts Festival KoBulawayo, scooped four NAMAs . Batha, as popularly known by her friends, is a second year journalism and media studies student at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST). She still cannot hide her joy for clinching the award. “It’s quite an honour to win the award and to be recognised as an artiste. This award is just a stepping stone towards greater things and it motivates me to even work extra hard to achieve my dreams,” smiled the 23 year old.. Her journey in acting began in 2009 while still a student at Eveline High school. She auditioned as a dancer for the school drama club. Her talent was discovered by her director, Thabani Hillary Moyo who assigned her an acting role. Since then, she has not looked back and she now looks forward to rehearsals at the JULY 2015. CM. Page 26 Centre for Talent Development (CTD) every Saturday at Eveline. “I was on stage for the first time in 2010 and that very year, I won an award for Best Supporting Actress in the Plan Intwasa High Schools Drama Competitions. This made me realise that I had more to offer than dancing and I started taking acting serious,” Bathabile recollects with glee. “It’s quite an honour to win the award and be recognised as an artiste”