By Silvester Tapfumaneyi
Former 263 actor Anne Nhira has died, she was 38.
Nhira reportedly died last night in South Africa according to her brother who told the local publication that she succumbed to the injuries she sustained during a robbery this week on Monday.
“She sustained injuries on her chest area, rib cage and back during a robbery on Monday afternoon in Bedford View South Africa. She was only 38 years of age,” he said.
Juan Nhira said
Gone too soon. May your soul rest in peace Anne Nhira The African Queen Diva”
Nhira made a mark in the acting industry in 2002 when she played the role of “Vimbai Jari”.
She was the lead actress, and the lover of James.
The theme of the sopie was drawn from the two’s love affair which was full of ups and downs.
Though, “Vimbai” was wooed by another man “Tom Mbambo”, James would not stop loving her.
Nhari played the role of an ideal woman who goes through rigorous education and achieve her professional goes and resolved to abstain from sex until she gets married.
She then took a five-year sabbatical doing something different from acting. she made a grand come comeback in 2013 when she featured in the South African film
“The Rapist” as one of the lead actresses In the same year she featured in a joint south Africa and Zimbabwe sopie “Ndafunga Dande”.
The soap opera portrayed the life of Zimbabweans in the diaspora and the challenges and opportunities faced. She was also the coordinator of the project.
She was also part of a panel of judges at the 2013 Miss Zimbabwe/South Africa. In 2014 she also had a role in one of South Africa’s biggest soap peras Zabalaza that shows on MNet and SABC.
She also featured in a South African TV drama called Mutual Friends.
She also recently featured in a TV drama called Mutual Friends.
In 2017, Nhira briefly came to Zimbabwe to try and relaunch her career. She launched a one-hour talk show, broadcasting on Sly Media TV formerly (ZimdiTv ) called Masuwo with Anne Nhira .
Her first episode was an interview with former Caps United Football Club chairman Andy Rodgers who is now a television presenter with ZTN.
However, her first show was received with a barrage of attacks from angry viewers following Nhira’s request to have South African Zodwa Wabantu banned from taking part at the Harare International Carnival.
She wrote a letter to the then Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Patrick Zhuwawo asking the Ministry to ban Zodwa and her request was granted.
There was a social media backlash with insults directed at Nhira.
South African fans were not happy Nhira had spearheaded a campaign to have Zodwa banned from performing in Zimbabwe yet Nhira herself was a resident in South Africa.
Nhira went on to do a few more shows but her confidence was drained by a continued attack on her person forcing her to stop her programme.