Here is part two of #NAMALegends @40 Awards honorees list.
Daves Guzha: Theatre Producer/Director
The 23rd of January 1967 saw the birth of an artistic director, producer, actor and administrator par excellence in the form of Daves Guzha of Rooftop Promotions/Theatre in the Park. Daves boasts of a long and distinguished career on both stage and screen. His wide range of expertise and abilities derive from the more than 30 years he has spent in the cultural and creatives industries. Daves Guzha’s wide body of work and experiences spans the African and European continents.
Over the years Daves has been instrumental in designing and implementing the first-ever SADC Artists HIV/AIDS Festival held in Harare and Lilongwe. Also, he was responsible for facilitating and implementing the first co-production deal between an independent production company and Zimbabwe Television. The deal was occasioned by the opportunity presented by the hosting of the Soccer World Cup 2010 by neighbouring South Africa. The arrangement was designed to properly manage artistic and cultural programming during the soccer jamboree that attracted people from all over the world.
Exhibiting excellent organizational skills, Daves played a pivotal role in setting up the Artists Trust of Southern Africa an intermediary body between artists and the regional power block SADC. Taking a leaf from the economic wing of SADC, the Trust strives to push the interests of artists and cultural practitioners in the region. Theatre in the Park, a multi-purpose performance and creative space right in the heart of Harare stands out as one of his greatest achievements hitherto. Daves was heavily involved in its designing and implementation of its attendant activities and programmes even today remains one of his key duties. The facility is the first theatre space to be constructed in Harare since 1960. He is a firm believer in the Pan African spirit as evidenced through his narratives whereby he puts African stories and experiences at the heart of his creativity, particularly theatrical performances.
Displaying a never die attitude, Daves is currently working with two other producers on a continental documentary titled the “Great Trading Empires of Africa” which seeks to explore the influence of Africa on the global economy and how these success stories can be used to mitigate migration. In terms of achievements, he has directed and produced over fifty plays, twenty documentaries, features and short films.
Despite performing at numerous regional, continental and international forums acting in cross-race and cross-gender roles, Daves never betrays his Pan Africanism as he is inherently attracted to indigenous Zimbabwean and African performance styles hinged on rituals, satire and storytelling. Indeed, Daves is a towering figure, a theatre practitioner of international stature.
Dominic Benhura: Visual Artist
Hailing from Murehwa and considered a revered member of the second generation of Zimbabwean stone sculptors, Dominic Benhura was born in 1968. Before his birth, his father passed away and he was raised by his mother. Academically gifted, Dominic excelled at the primary school level and a decision was made to transfer him to Harare where he ended up staying with a cousin Tapfuma Gutsa an already accomplished stone sculptor. It is Tapfuma Gutsa who introduced Dominic to stone sculpting at a very tender age of ten years.
At that very tender age, he eventually started carving small off-cuts before moving onto large stones. An elated Tapfuma Gutsa mentored, supported, and nurtured him. He encouraged Dominic to soldier on. Through that process, a unique individual stone sculpting style peculiar to Dominic was birthed. By age twelve, Dominic was already selling his first artworks to architects while sculpting became a passion for him. He frequently dashed home from school to work on his pieces. A stone sculptor of repute was born destined to travel a colourful stone carving journey amassing an avalanche of accolades and awards along the way hitherto.
Dominic started sculpting full-time upon finishing schooling. Chapungu Sculpture Park as a creative space was the launchpad for him to blossom and he flaunted his artworks for the first time in 1987 at this place while joining the resident artists program there in 1990, staying until acquiring a home in Athlone, Harare, in 1995. Through the program he worked on larger pieces; he also began travelling during this period, attending workshops in Botswana, the United States, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany. He began to add metal to his stone sculptures.
Over the years Dominic earned several awards both local and international. These include the NAMA Certification of Merit for Nomination in the Outstanding Mixed Media Category (2010), the University of Zimbabwe Chapter recognition as a distinguished honouree (2010) and The World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child. Also, he won 5 other NAMA accolades and several National Gallery of Zimbabwe awards like the National Gallery of Zimbabwe Award of Distinction in the Visual Arts (1997). His stature as an international iconic sculptor is buttressed by permanent displays like the USA: Benson park Colorado and Atlanta Airport and South Africa: Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Dominic Benhura today remains a well-regarded stone sculptor in Zimbabwe, Africa and internationally. He is so influential that other sculptors are products of his Dominic Studios. The name Dominic Benhura is now synonymous with stone sculpting. Acknowledged as a leader in stone sculpting, his massive work “Our HIV Friend” is an epic and further consolidates his position. Carved from a single 3 metre block of Spring Stone it talks openly of the terrible scourge of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the need for support from family and friends.
Ellen Mlangeni: Dancer
Born in 1952 Ellen started practising dance in 1986. The year 1991 witnessed the formation of the extremely popular Bulawayo-based all-female dance group Thandanani Women’s Ensemble Cultural Dance group with Ellen at the helm. Performing at weddings, school events and other Government events like Independence and Heroes day celebrations saw the cultural group scaling greater heights in popularity. Under the tutelage of Ellen Mlangeni, a versatile and talented dancer, the group represented Zimbabwe at cultural exchange events in Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland. Representing Bulawayo province, the group was a regular participant at the Chibuku NeShamwari Traditional Dance and iNgwebu competitions. As part of the group, Ellen also helped in educating children at schools and students at universities in keeping the Zimbabwean culture alive and known to younger generations
Exuding rare aesthetic talent, she starred at a Warner Brothers film called The Power of One in 1991. Further cementing her artistic prowess, Ellen also starred in local dramas such as ISithembo by Ernest Ndlovu, Stitcher by Cont Mhlanga, Omunye Umncwabo by Cont Mhlanga, Isililo, Thuba Lami by Raisedon Baya and Kings Kraal by Raisedon Baya again that were all aired on ZBC TV. Flaunting that artistic finesse in acting, she featured prominently in foreign films like Another Wedding, Road to Jacaranda and Women Can Make Better in Business written by Christopher Mabhena.
Not content with dancing and acting only, Ellen is also an accomplished storyteller, an activity she undertakes concurrently with teaching traditional dances in primary schools like Gampu, Khumalo, Henry Law and Mpumelelo amongst others including Mpopoma High school. Ellen is a regular feature in corporate advertisements in the mould of iNgwebu, Yellow phone (Econet). She scooped a gold medal as the best supporting actress upon participating in the Geraldine Roche Drama Competition.
The name Ellen Mlangeni is synonymous with the perseveration of culture, particularly the Ndebele culture as expressed through dance. Many young female dancers are greatly inspired by the accomplishments that Ellen has achieved to date. In terms of dance, her remarkable skills cover instructing, directing and actual performance.
Felix Fandroy Moyo: Playwright/Actor
Felix Moyo, popularly known as “Silandulo” after his role in the television drama, Kukhulwa Kokupela, has been involved in the arts industry since the 1960s when he was at Loreto Primary School in lower Gweru in the Midlands Province.
1976 while working as a teacher at Msitheli Secondary School in Bulawayo he decided to go public with his first play entitled Umbaxambili which was performed at Mpopoma Hall. During the same year, he formed the Mthwakazi Actors’ and Writers’ Association (MAWA) with the late novelist and playwright Mthandazo Ndema Ngwenya who wrote the television drama Kukhulwa Kokuphela with Moyo, Pathisa Nyathi, and the late Robert ‘Donga’ Mele making contributions. After Ngwenya died in a car accident soon after independence, Moyo took over as the script-writer of the show.
Moyo also wrote the radio play Zaphela Izindaba – Izindaba Zaphela which ran on Radio 2 the show was so popular that even after retirement from radio productions he continued to provide storylines for theatre groups and producers in and outside the country.
While taking a full-time job with the National University of Science and Technology Moyo established himself as a Ndebele poetry writer and his anthology of poems, Imbabazane was used as an “A” Level set book. He established his own publishing company Usiba Publishers which specialises in Ndebele literature. Moyo has also assisted Ndebele authors who want to have their novels and other books published under his company.
The series Kukhulwa kokuphela was memorable to viewers and it had an equally profound effect on young writers in Bulawayo, who saw that it was possible to tell authentic stories from the City of Kings. Moyo developed the story of the drama to capture the social scene in the country and it resonated with the daily struggles of ordinary people especially in the city of Kings. His work made him an inspiration to the theatre sector and his work as a publisher has made him in contact with young writers who he has helped through polishing their works and assisting in publishing new authors.
Fradreck Mujuru: Mbira Musician/Manufacturer
Fradreck Mujuru, was born 31 October 1955, in Dewedzo, Rusape. He is the second child in a family of three boys and one girl. He grew up in both the Mudewairi village of his mother, and at Dambatsoko, his father and grandfather’s village, after the separation of his parents. The environment was full of traditional rituals and rites because Muchatera Mujuru, Fradreck’s grandfather, was a revered spirit medium. The village was a melting pot where many mbira musicians came to play for Muchatera’s spirit. Mujuru thus grew up with a keen interest in the instrument, because it was held in high esteem.
At the age of eight, Fradreck learnt to play the Mbira and his ability was soon recognised by the elders. Mujuru attended elementary school at St. Theresa Catholic Mission School where he joined the Choral Music Club. In 1969 Fradreck failed to continue his education due to lack of funds and for the following two years he worked as a general hand on the farms around the Rusape area.
In 1972, Fradreck was accepted into the prestigious circle of mbira musicians at Dambatsoko who played for Muchatera who included Ephat, Fungai, Samuel, Munyaradzi, Komboni, Musekiwa and Killian Mujuru. Fradreck moved to Harare in 1974, where he stayed and teamed up with his cousin Ephat Mujuru and they built a reputation for themselves playing at ceremonies almost every weekend.
The Chimurenga war of liberation was gathering momentum in rural Zimbabwe and social gatherings were closely monitored with anything bearing political connotations deemed unfavourable including the traditional biras. Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980 resurrected the old traditional rituals and rites that had been put on hold resumed in 1982 providing a platform for Fradreck to continue his craft.
Fradreck got interested in manufacturing the Mbira after receiving his first personal instrument from Ephat Mujuru in 1981 the instrument hurt his fingers and he vowed to improve on the instrument. He then apprenticed with Sekuru Gora (Thomas Wadharwa) and then Thomas Muda from Hwedza, who both emphasized the need for quality instruments. Mujuru began to specialize in making the mbira in Dambatsoko, tuning them the way the Mujurus had done for generations.
Through proceeds of mbira sales, Mujuru managed to send his children to school, including putting 3 through university. Fradreck also taught his sons, and a variety of other young people, the art of mbira making. His mbiras are now world-famous, and some are included in the collections of museums, as well as much loved by musicians playing them around the world.
Mukanya as he is popularly known is considered by many to be the greatest living mbira maker, as well as a highly respected musician. The instruments he built are now played on every continent! He has toured Europe, South Africa and the United States performing and teaching including residencies at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Eastman School of Music, Grinnell College, Williams College, and the University of Michigan. He has developed his unique doctrine of mbira playing which encourages playing without adding Western instruments, without harmonizing voices just hosho, makwa (handclapping), mbira poetry, and the mbira itself.
Helen Lieros: Visual Artist
Helen Lieros is one of Zimbabwe’s finest painters belonging to a special group of the most enthusiastic teachers of art the nation boasts of. Born in 1940 in Gweru, Gwelo then, she studied art (visual Arts) at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Geneva, Switzerland. Helen excelled in her studies coming tops in her class exhibition with an unassailable mark of 90% that earned her the certificate et Prix for such an outstanding achievement. In all her artworks, she strives to be original – being an individual and searching for her true identity. This is the battle in her life and work, whether she is Greek or African. Her father was a Greek sailor. Helen is convinced that there is a link in the superstitions accepted as a Greek or as a white African. This is the view that she grapples with in her life as an artist. Suffice to say, this view reverberates in her artworks.
A visual artist par excellence, Helen has artworks on display (permanent collection) at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Together with her husband Roy Guthrie, they established Gallery Delta a space for visual art exhibitions. The gallery has been very instrumental in nurturing a lot of young visual artists’ talents by giving them space to flaunt their respective aesthetic talents. Over the years she has been offering an alternative space for the exhibition and enjoyment of Zimbabwean visual arts. Many talented artists in the visual arts genre are passing through her hands.
With an incredible knack for identifying and nurturing artistic talent, Helen continues to be pivotal in doing exactly that. She is held with immense reverence in the creative sector, particularly the visual arts genre by both established and upcoming visual artists. She regularly imparts her invaluable visual arts skills to many artists, assisting them to blossom into top-notch creatives. Helen has seen it all in the visual arts’ growth and development, from being an accomplished aesthetic practitioner herself, coach/mentor in the same field to an arts administrator running a vibrant gallery. Many visual artists are continuously benefiting from her programmes and activities that include mentorship, marketing and the production of original and well thought out artistic works. As a tag team with her husband Roy, they have been a vital cog in ensuring that the visual arts sector becomes vibrant in Zimbabwe as an integral economic pillar as well as a vehicle for expressive art.
Exceptionally talented both as a practitioner as well as an arts administrator, Helen belongs to a class of people who will never be missed when the history, growth and development of the visual arts genre in Zimbabwe is put into perspective. Indeed, she is playing a critical role by putting Zimbabwe’s visual arts sector on the world’s artistic map.
Irene Chigamba: Dancer
Irene Chigamba is an immensely talented traditional dance practitioner. Growing up in a musical family, she performed traditional ceremonies with her parents from an early age. She toured the world with the Zimbabwe National Dance Company from the age of 19 and later continued to tour with groups she directed, as well as performed with. At age 8 Irene started dancing and she is the oldest child in a family of dancers and musicians. Her parents were the biggest influence in her chosen career of dancing.
Shortly after Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980, Irene travelled to Mozambique to perform with Ephat Mujuru’s group Spirit of the People during a week-long celebration of Mozambique’s political solidarity with Zimbabwe during the nation’s liberation struggle. The opportunity arose when Ephat was looking for another female dancer to fill out his group and he was referred to Irene by one of her neighbours in Highfield, where she was renowned as a dancer.
Back home in Zimbabwe, Irene’s performance with Spirit of the People also earned her a place in the nation’s newly formed National Dance Company. Only nineteen years old at the time, she now had the opportunity to learn dances from various regions of the country. In her spare time, Irene soon began teaching the new dances she was learning to her younger siblings at home, paving the way for the family to form its own dance company. Through her sterling efforts, the Chigamba family became renowned as a family of traditional dance practitioners.
In 1990, the National Dance Company was dismantled during Zimbabwe’s entry into an Economic Structural Adjustment Program designed by the World Bank. Building on her work with her younger siblings, Irene founded her family’s first performing group, which she called the Young Zimbabweans. Given the high-level connections Irene had developed during her time with the National Dance Company, the Young Zimbabweans were regularly asked to perform for high-level government events in Zimbabwe. They were also able to start touring abroad almost immediately.
After several original members of the Young Zimbabweans left for permanent employment with the Zimbabwe Republic’s Police Band, Irene trained a new group of performers, and renamed her group Mhembero, or “Celebration.” As the group’s artistic director, Irene has trained several generations of Zimbabwean artists, including members of Zimbabwe’s Air Force Band, as well as several artists now living abroad in the US and Canada. During her time with the National Dance Company, the Young Zimbabweans, and Mhembero, Irene has performed in many countries, including Canada, the United States, Australia, England, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Romania, Russia, Yugoslavia, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, China, Korea, Japan, and Malaysia. Besides performing, Irene is also an accomplished traditional dance adjudicator. She has been very instrumental in ensuring the practice of traditional dance in Zimbabwe. Her dancing prowess is also complimented by excellent Mbira playing skills.
Jasen Mpepho: Actor
Belonging to what can be termed as a class of enterprising, versatile and youngish thespians; Jasen Mphepo is an actor, filmmaker, writer and businessperson. He has worked on various productions such as the 36 television episodes of Suburb D, a comedy Ghetto Fellaz, New Dawn and a sitcom Waiters. He founded and is a director of Patsime Edutainment Trust which owns and operates Jasen Mphepo Little Theatre in Eastlea, Harare. The theatre space was officially opened in May 2019. He won the Outstanding Screen Production award at National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) in 2011 for New Dawn. Jasen is an Executive Director at Patsime Edutainment Trust.
Multi-award winning thespian and development practitioner, Jasen Mphepo is a rare breed of talent, vision and charisma. His well-played acting role as Marcelino in the first-ever Zimbabwean comedy series ‘Waiters’ brought him to stardom and from then on he has never looked back. To date, he has featured in many theatre productions at local, regional and international levels. Jasen also combines his acting skills with project management and organizational leadership. He is a certified trainer with advanced competencies in skills and knowledge transfer; teaching Drama for Amateurs and Using Arts as a tool for advocacy, conflict resolution, information dissemination and behaviour change.
Jasen’s insights, candour and creativity are what made him develop Patsime Edutainment Trust over the last ten years from a community theatre group to a world-class institution that has attracted funding across the donor and corporate communities. Patsime is today a centre of excellence, a learning hub in the use of multi-media as a development tool. Under the Trust, he has managed to craft development communication strategies in different target communities across the country. One such model is the ‘Buddies for Love’, a project which uses mostly theatre as an educational tool targeting young people of school-going age. The project reaches up to 120 schools across the country with a reach of over 30000 young students. ‘Buddies for Love’, which is a behavioural change project, is a Sexual Reproductive Health-oriented project which discusses health matters with young people from the age group 8 -17 through the medium of the arts (theatre).
His multiple awards include Best Male Actor in Theatre and film, Best Film Production, Best TV Drama scooped at the National Arts Merits Awards (NAMA). He is also a one time winner of the USAID Auxillia Chimusoro Award for excellence in development communication. Jasen is a prolific writer, performer and Director and has become one of the many successful theatre Producers in Zimbabwe of his time. The Jasen Mphepo Little Theatre is a hub of edutainment and infotainment activities that also gives aspiring artists a platform to showcase and grow their talent. It has a diverse line up of events all year round. Jasen’s entrepreneurial skills complement his art and he remains outstanding amongst his peers, figures that others aspire to emulate.
Jesesi Mungoshi: Actress
Jesesi was born on 7 July 1954 and was married to the late prominent writer Charles Mungoshi and together they had five children. Her acting career began in 1984 in the movie, Inongove Njake Njake. She made her Television debut in 1989, in the African Journey a two-part television family film by George Bloomfield which also starred Jason Blicker, Katja Blomquist, Allan Jordan, Ulla Mahaka. Jesesi featured in other Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) Television dramas that include Ndabve Zera, Roja, Mainini Francisca, Ngozi and Makunun’unu Maodzamwoyo.
In 1991, she played the lead role in Godwin Mawuru’s film titled, Neria; after the producer of the movie, John Riber saw her on the African Journey, a Canadian TV series. Her role in Neria opened doors and opportunities for her and she went on to produce her documentaries such as The Mystery of Mt Nyangani, Journey To The Ocean as well as a film titled Rwendo that was made in the United Kingdom. Jesesi also worked on a documentary called Camarada Presidente which is based on the life of the late President of Mozambique, Samora Machel which received a mention in the Dubai International Film Festival.
She was featured in the 1993 short film by Farai Sevenzo titled, Rwendo, starring Yemi Goodman Ajibade, Ben Daniels, Eldinah Tshatedi and Frank Windsor. In 2013, with the help of her sons, Jesesi ventured into book publishing when she launched Mungoshi Press and published her husband’s book “Branching Streams Flow in the Dark”. Her sons Farai and Charles (Junior) have also published “Behind the Wall Everywhere” and “Candle Light Thoughts” respectively under the family stable. Under her JM Productions, she led the filming of “Makunun’unu Maodzamwoyo” an adaptation of her late husband Charles’book of the same title.
In 2017, she landed a role as “Gogo” in the comedy-romance film, Cook-Off, directed by Tomas Brickhill. The movie which showcased on Netflix in 2020 is the story of a struggling single mother (Anesu) who finds love and good fortune in a TV cooking show contest. Jesesi Mungoshi plays Anesu’s grandmother, encouraging her to follow her dreams. In Shaina a 2020 movie production, Jesesi teamed up Leroy Gopal, Edmore Sandifolo, Marian Kunonga, and Charmaine Mujeri in an evocative story of a group of friends who encounter life-changing obstacles that mirror the day-to-day challenges faced by many adolescent girls and young women in Zimbabwe.
In a career spanning four decades, Jesesi has bagged numerous local and international awards. She scooped the Outstanding Actress award (Film and Television) for her role in the television sitcom, “Muzita Rababa” at the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) in 2017 and was also honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Great Zimbabwe University in recognition of her contributions to the Zimbabwean film industry in the same year.
Joe Njagu: Director
1982 witnessed the birth of Joe Njagu, the award-winning writer/director who directed his debut feature film Lobola in 2010, which paved the way for a new chapter for independent film-making in Zimbabwe. Exercising vast adroitness in independent film making, cutting across all production levels, Joe’s entry into film making brought a breath of fresh air in independent film making. Highly equipped with a burning passion and appreciation for art, Joe brings to life the self-written screenplays like The Gentleman. The South African trained writer/director established himself as the future of the Zimbabwean film industry through his first comedy debut, Lobola.
Highly inspired by Hollywood director, Chris Nolan, Joe believes The Gentleman is a new chapter of African cinema as the storyline, the acting, the pace and the overall ‘fell’ of the film surpasses the usual ‘folktales’ synonymous with African films hitherto. With over 15 years in the film industry, he saw his second feature film, The Gentleman, winning him the Best Foreign Language Director accolade at the America International Film Festival and Best Film at the NAMA awards in 2012. Over the years he has directed and shot several other feature films. These include Something Nice from London, Escape, Tete B and The Letter amongst others. Joe has also produced Cook-Off, the first Zimbabwean film to be acquired by Netflix.
He is also a 2016 Yali Alumni and a Mandela Washington Fellow, the flagship program of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leadership initiative where he was enrolled at Cambridge College in Boston USA. He was listed amongst the top 35 under 35 young professionals working in media in Africa in 2014 by the Non-profit Young Professionals in International Affairs. He has over the years scooped several awards at the international level, making him one of the most respected film directors hailing from Zimbabwe and Africa. Independent film producers including those with the zeal to enter the industry are greatly inspired by him. Films like Lobola that he expertly directed resonates very well with the current Zimbabwean psyche and by extension the African philosophy as well. Such pioneering work is increasingly influencing film producers and directors to focus more on film productions that are in sync with current issues in Zimbabwe and Africa.
Joe and others of his ilk represent a new crop of young writers/directors in the film industry imbued with ingenuity and fervent zeal to portray the real and current Zimbabwe and Africa through film. He remains an iconic figure in the film industry whose influence is breaking national, regional, continental and international barriers in terms of film production. Zimbabwe’s fledging independent film production industry owes its robust growth and development to people like Joe Njagu.
Watch out for part 3 of The 2021 #NAMALegends @40 Awards Honorees List.
BACKGROUND: The National Arts Council in November 2020 Announced the postponement of the 20th National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) due to the devastating impact of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) on creativity in the country. The NACZ Director Mr Nicholas Moyo at a press conference announced that the holding of the competitive NAMA under the circumstances would have jeopardized the credibility of the entire processes associated with the Awards.
Instead, the Director announced that the NACZ would be holding a special celebratory NAMA dubbed “#NAMA legend @40” which would honour 40 legends to put a cap on the country’s 40th Independence anniversary and Celebrate 35 years of the existence of the NACZ. The event originally penned for 27 February 2021 was postponed to 27 March 2021 after government announced stringent lockdown conditions in the beginning of January 2021. The month-long lockdown affected the services of critical materials and input suppliers who had to work with limited staff numbers and reduced working hours which impacted on their ability to fulfil tasks within the expected time frames hence the decision to postpone. In addition, the event which initially was going to be a mix between virtual and live event presentation had to take a new dimension as a 100% virtual show following the introduction of stringent controls on gatherings.
With the legends Awards the NACZ intends to honour individuals who have dedicated their lives to the development of their art through their work and assisting others in the sector. The legends are people who are well regarded in their sector who helped define our lives as Zimbabweans with their artworks over a long period. The awards given to the legends in a sense represent government’s recognition of their talents and achievements which are in line with promoting the national interest, values and aspirations. #NAMA legends@40: Celebrating Our Legacy, Our Pride.