By Tendai Mukaro
Artistes have expressed their greatest sorrow over the death of actress Annie Nhira who passed on today in South Africa.
Nhira made her entry into the showbiz industry playing the role of Vimbai Jari in Zimbabwe’s first soap opera Studio 263.
Fellow former Studio 263 actor Ben Mahaka on his Facebook page wrote “My dear Anne, Vimbai wangu, I watched you grow from a shy young woman to a national icon in the arts.”
He went on to describe Annie as a fighter.
“For years you struggled to reconcile the disconnection between celebrity and poverty, but you fought your way out and into the business world.”
Mahaka defined Nhira as a talented and determined lady whose life has been unfairly cut off unexpectedly.
“You were talented, fiercely independent, hot tempered, adventurous – a woman determined to write her own story,” Mahaka wrote.
“Your story has been savagely cut short, but you live on in our hearts,”
Socialite Felistars Murata known as Mai Titi wrote, “Just to sit and watch Studio 263 because you made it very interesting.”
Comedian and socialite Tyra Chikoto known as Madam Boss wrote, “Vimbai shuwa vakomana ka, I wished kukuonai hangu in real life.
“Ma appointment achingo chinja-chinja tichipesana ende ndarwadziwa.”
Musician Sulumani Chimbetu described the news of Nhira’s death as a sad piece of news as Zimbabwe has lost a great talent.
“This is some sad piece of news,” wrote Chimbetu.
“Anne and crew kept us entertained through their acting talents.
“What a sad loss!”