‘Anne Nhira was an inspiration to the young people’

By Colette Musanyera

Late Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira, who died in South Africa last week, has been described as an artist par excellence who deserves the honour bestowed on her by government.

Nhira became a household name in the early 2000s after playing the role of Vimbai Jari in Zimbabwe’s first and most popular soap Studio 263.

The actress was also a musician which saw her releasing her single The One in 2013.

She later moved to South Africa where she continued with her passion in acting, which landed her a role in SABC’s Zabalaza and a South African drama series, Mutual Friends.

In 2017, Nhira launched her online TV show “Masuwo with Anne Nhira” and her passion for the arts industry saw her establishing Anne Studios International which specialises in talent scouting, modelling and film production.

Having recently featured in a local film, Cook Off, Nhira’s drive to see the development of the arts industry, saw her being honoured with a state assisted funeral.

“To us she was Vimbai and she did not belong to the Nhira’s only. She belonged to all Zimbabweans and she inspired a lot of young people.

“She was a force to reckon with in the arts industry and she has left a gap difficult to fill. She really deserves what the government has done,” said Hon Tinoda Machakaire, the Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation.

Although they are yet to come to terms with her tragic death, after she succumbed to injuries sustained during a robbery, Nhira’s family is grateful for the government support.

Anne’s siblings said they were humbled by the President’s gesture, which lessened the pain the family was going through.

On screen sister and friend to the late, Honourable Tatenda Mavetera, also paid tribute to the late Nhira

“Anne was a principled actress. She always fought for what was right and I respect her for that,” she said.

Meanwhile, repatriation of Nhira’s body to Zimbabwe will be done once the post mortem results have been released.