Mai Patai On Shock Win Over Winky D: “Those Who Make Noise On Social Media Don’t Vote”
Gweru based Gospel musician, Respina Patai, popularly known as Mai Patai, has said that she was pleasantly surprised to learn that she had clinched the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) People’s Choice award over the weekend.
Mai Patai went on to say that she had won the award because she had mobilised her supporters to actively vote for her while fans of other contenders only made noise on social media and did not vote. In an interview with the Daily News, Mai Patai said: “It came as a huge surprise to me. I never thought my fans would vote to such an extent. I am still in shock.
“I used social media to mobilise votes. Some people are saying I have used my church — the AFM in Zimbabwe – to vote for me; I did not use that strategy as I wanted to separate music business from church business.
“However, I am now certain that my fans voted for me. They are different from ‘slay queens’ who make a lot of noise on social media but they don’t vote. Artists have been given time to mobilise votes and the ultimate winner is Mai Patai. That will never change.”
Some fans have questioned the legitimacy of Mai Patai’s victory alleging that the vote had been rigged against Winky D, who has fallen out with the authorities over his hit song “Kasong Kejecha” which was released late last year.
The song is highly critical of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.