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Chinese Federation of Zimbabwe’s initiative of identifying and nurturing talent from the grassroots has now widened its net to all the country’s 10 provinces.

The initiative was launched last year under the name ‘Zim Got Talent’, which saw different people from musicians, magicians, dancers among others battling it out for the $3 000 prize money.

Spokesperson Rumbidzai Matinanga said this year’s edition will be bigger and better since they were going to include all the country’s 10 provinces in their auditions. “This year’s auditions are starting in May and they will be running for five months to ensure they take place in the cities and main towns of the country,” she said.

She said after the auditions, last year’s top finalists and this year’s top 10 will have an opportunity to travel to China for a cultural exchange programme.

“They will be leaving in September for China and there, they will get a chance to showcase their talent and also engage in an arts cultural exchange,” she said. Matinanga said this year’s finals will again be held in October and this time the winner will walk away with $6 000, double the prize won by last year’s winner, Divine Chitubura.

Turning to the feud with Ke Nako Media surrounding the ownership of the name ‘Zim Got Talent’ , she said if the name was already registered with another company they will come up with a different name for the contest next month.

“At the official launch in April we will announce which name we will be using in the event that Zim Got Talent has truly been registered by another organisation,” she said. She said that they will be in compliance with the regulating authorities and register a name that they can freely use forever.

This is not the first time that Ke Nako Media has been involved in a name wrangle. It was once involved in a trademark rights dispute with the Zimbabwe Publishing House (ZPH), who at one time wanted to launch two different magazines sharing the same title.

Ke Nako Media and ZPH were embroiled in a battle over the use of the name ‘Parade’ for their respective monthly magazines.

Source : The Herald