Nov 4, 2022

The Safirio Madzikatire Awards are given to those who have made a distinguished contribution to film and television in Zimbabwe. This year’s awards were given to the following, who have contributed to the industry over the years:


Memory started her acting career movement in 1972 at a very tender age in the Rhodesia Literature Bureau reading Shona novels where the late actor, Walter Muparutsa was impressed with her fluent reading. Walter Muparutsa then introduced her to various acting promotion.  

In 1981 she featured in ‘Jirira’ and ‘Ndizvo Here Muroora’ and ‘Uchandifunga’, which werethe first dramas to be screened at ZBC. From there she has gone on to act in various television and film productions including a role in the Zimbabwe Netflix film, ‘COOK-OFF’.


Daniel Tapera began working in the radio broadcasting industry in Zambia until he came back to Zimbabwe where he has been a teacher. He started his acting career in 1986 with the hit drama ‘Zvirimudendere’ as Kanyemba written by Aaron Chiundura Moyo.  He went on to have roles in various other TV shows such as ‘Studio 263’, ‘Tiriparwendo’, ‘Gringo’, and ‘Legacies’. He also featured in films such as ‘Rujeko’ by Angel of Hope, ‘Private Action’ a German production and ‘Escape’ a local film among other productions. He recently featured on ‘Nehanda’, a film of the Zimbabwean War heroes of Mbuya Nehanda & Sekuru Kaguvi.

At the age of 76 Daniel Tapera is still passionate about the growing Zimbabwean film industry and aspires to remain actively involved in steering the Zimbabwean film industry to greater heights.


Anthony started professional acting as a fulltime theatre artist in 1987 after founding a theatre group then named – Mabvuku Cultural Drama Club [ MCDC].  He was involved in acting, writing, directing and producing all of the productions done by this group. The theatre group performed a lot of stage plays as well as radio dramas for ZBC’s Radio Zimbabwe & National FM.

Over the years Anthony has acted in countless productions both on TV and the big screen. Some of his TV credits include roles in ‘Ganyau Express’, ‘Legacies’ and ‘Sins of the Father’, to name a few.  

He has worked with numerous directors including Joe Njagu in ‘Lobola’, Rumbi Katedza in Playing Warriors, Tsitsi Dangarembga in ‘Nyami Nyami’ and Morgan Freeman in ‘Bopha’. Over the years he has won 3 NAMA Awards for Outstanding Actor. His face has been on numerous billboards for companies such as Econet.


Before making her name on ZBC as a talk show host, Mai Chisamba was previously a teacher. She became a radio teacher under the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture. She would go around the country in schools teaching children through radio.

Her career in television started in the early 1990s when she was asked to do interviews for AM Zimbabwe on a part time basis. She went on to host a lot of other successful radio shows with ZBC. Her watershed moment in the showbiz industry came when she was asked to occasionally guest host the ZBC production, ‘TODAY’S WOMAN/MUDZIMAI WANHAS’I. With time she became the only person left hosting it and the name of the show was changed to ‘Mai Chisamba Show’. The very popular show was well known for its wide ranging, candid discussions which grappled several issues affecting the Zimbabwean community. After having parted with ZBC, Mai Chisamba went on to establish Chisamba Productions and Media Consultancy.


Stewart started his career in the late 1980’s, coming from a theatre background.  He made his TV debut in 1992 on a production called ‘AND TO MY NEPHEW MOSES’.  His first feature film role was in 1993 on the Media For Development production ‘MORE TIME’.  Since then Stewart has gone on to star in numerous television production and his face is synonymous with so many television dramas, local films, roadshows as well as short comedy plays and skits on various social media platforms.