By: Tafara C Mushope
Former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira who acted as Vimbai Jari in the soap has died.
She was 38 years old.
Her brother Juan Nhira confirmed the news.
“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
Anne Nhira was a popular Zimbabwean actress, model, film producer and talent manager who rose to prominence in the early 2000s when she featured in the soap opera Studio 263.
Nhira also tried her hand in singing in 2013 when she released a single, “The One”. Nhira was based in Johannesburg where she has been since 2008. In August 2017, Nhira came back into the spotlight after she wrote a letter to the Ministry of Tourism, criticizing the decision to hire Zodwa Wabantu to perform at the Harare International Carnival.
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. Nhira 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 operas Zabalaza that shows on MNet and SABC. She also featured in a South African TV drama called Mutual Friends.
Anne Nhira launched a company known as Anne Studios International which specializes in talent scouting and training. The company also engages in film production, artist management as well as modeling. The company is said to have roped in some top producers such as MacDonald Chidavaenzi better known as MacDee and Benjamin Rupapa for music production and music management respectively. Apart from her business interests, Anne worked as a Regional Coordinator for a South African Information Technology solutions company.