The Sunday News
Bruce Ndlovu, Sunday Life Reporter
HISTORIAN and cultural guru Pathisa Nyathi will be the recipient of the British Zimbabwe Society (BZS) Lifetime Achievement Award this year, with the society acknowledging his consistently excellent service in the arts.
Nyathi will be the first recipient of the lifetime achievement award, with the BZS previously awarding the Young Researcher’s Prize, whose aim being to recognise and encourage young Zimbabwean scholars.
In a letter, the president of the BZS Knox Chitiyo said they had decided to give the award to Nyathi for his excellent in the field of arts and culture.
“This year we are not offering a YRP. Instead, we are offering an inaugural BZS Lifetime Achievement Award. The aim of the LAA is to recognise consistent and longstanding excellence in a specific field. This year, the LAA is based on arts and culture. On behalf of the BZS, I am delighted to inform you that we would like to present the inaugural Britain Zimbabwe Society 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award to you.
We recognise your outstanding contribution to Zimbabwean arts, culture, scholarship, education and community work, during a career lifetime,” he said.
With the cloud of Covid-19 continually hanging over public events, the BZS said it was highly likely a virtual ceremony would be held to honour Nyathi.
“The notification regarding the 2021 LAA recipient will be made in BZS info, and we will make a brief announcement during this year’s online BZS Research Day. There will then be a celebratory BZS LAA presentation event later this year. This probably online, given the continuing uncertainty of Covid-19 and travel restrictions etc.”