Actress Joyce Mhango Chavula, who has bagged a nomination in the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCAs), has called for more votes from Malawians.
Mhango Chavula received a nomination in one of the newly introduced categories – Best Movie for Southern Africa for her film titled Lilongwe.
“For me to stand a chance to do well, I call upon Malawians to vote. I am calm and still thanking God for this nomination. But then it will even be great if I claim the award and this is why I am calling upon people to continue voting,” said the actress.
The nominees were announced late last year and the public voting opened immediately after the announcement and closes on February 26, 2016.
MultiChoice Malawi Sales and Marketing Manager Chimwemwe Nyirenda has also called on Malawians to vote for Mhango Chavula to do well in the category.
Mhango Chavula faces competition from Sara Bletcher for her movie titled Ayanda and Akin Omotosho’s Tell Me Something.
Lilongwe is a story of a 13-year old girl who later grows into a beautiful young woman but still haunted by her past.
According to Mhango Chavula, the film talks about a very strong woman who had three children from three different men.
In 2014, Mhango Chavula also received a nomination in the Africa Movie Academy Awards (Amaa) for Best Feature Film by Director for her movie No More Tears but she failed to make it.
The actress said that the film industry was progressing slowly but will finally get to the destination.
“2015 marked the launch of two film festivals, the Lilongwe Shorts and Cinema Malawi that’s progress and I am looking forward to more exploits this year,” said Mhango Chavula.
She said being a woman in the industry and holding the positions of National Theatre Association of Malawi (Ntam) and Film Association of Malawi (Fama) vice presidents is a huge responsibility but she was happy to be there.
“I would like to thank those who put me in the two positions for believing in me. But my greatest challenge is that there is no competition. We have a long way to go and as associations we have a huge task to inspire more women to take up leadership roles,” she said.
Mhango Chavula said the creative industry still has many challenges citing among others lack of proper skills and inadequate funding.
But she was quick to say that many artists are doing their best with the little resources they have.
The AMVCA s which started in 2014 to celebrate the contributions of African film makers, actors and technicians are spearheaded by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and the headline sponsor Amstel Malta.
The grand finale will be held in March in Nigeria.
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