Mthabisi Tshuma, Sunday Life Reporter
THE second edition of the Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards is expected to again warm the hearts of those who for years have yearned to see the region’s stars showered with praise and adulation that their talents deserve.
Having become a permanent fixture on the city’s arts calendar, organisers of the show have promised artistes, business community and fans a bigger and better event as they make their second pilgrimage at the Large City Hall on May 26.
Excitement gripped the nation after United Refineries Limited chipped in with $20 000 for this year’s ceremony as the anchor sponsor using their Roil cooking oil brand.
As was the case last year, with more advanced fashion trends on the cards, many are eager to see whether the region’s stars will be able to come up with spectacular garments that justify their celebrity or upcoming status.
RoilBAA spokesperson Vusumuzi Dube said the voting process was going on well.
“Voting is going on well. Trust me this year’s edition will be resoundingly perfect. Every second we are getting calls from people who want to vote and without doubt this year’s number of votes will exceed that of last year.
“The development shows that people have confidence in the awards which is quite a good thing. A lot of people are interested to see the awards grow bigger,” said Dube.
Fears of tickets running out are high since they are “selling like hot cakes”, as many people who did not grace the first edition are up and running in a move to feature in the much anticipated awards.
In addition, a dinner for the nominees will be held a day after the closing line for voting.
“We are scheduled to host a nominee’s dinner on May 24 at Glen Lodge where the nominees will have a chance to interact with each other and other big guys in the industry and corporate world. This will be after the close of line for voting set for May 23 as we want to show the public that everything done by the RoilBAA is fair to the point.
“This is a Bulawayo thing and we want the whole city to experience it. We also have nominees from outside Bulawayo in Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South. We are calling on corporates and individuals to assist for a cause that will see underprivileged people attend the show. Even a single ticket will go a long way as we aim to accommodate two tables for the underprivileged,” said Dube.