Comedian Nya Uyu real name, Felistus Ngwira, has bemoaned the lack of awards in the creative industry to motivate players .
The comedian, said the country has benefited a lot from the creative industry in different art disciplines and that it was time talent was recognised through awards.
Nya Uyu last year took time out to decorate herself with the Best International Female Comedian Award. She gave herself a wooden trophy inscribed with the words Best International Female Comedian.
“In the absence of awards, I thought it wise to decorate myself because I know I did a lot as far as selling Malawi to the word through comedy. There is just so much that we put to entertain people and the best you need to get is an award for motivation,” she said.
The award she gave herself was the first since she started comedy.
And last weekend she finally received her second award during the National Schools Youth Arts Festival (Nasfest) now known as Nasfest International Youth Arts Festival driven by Light of Youth Creative Organisation (Lyco).
“It felt good to receive my second award. I am thankful to all people, who have supported me and I promise to continue giving out my best as the Brand Ambassador for Malawi. I am a brand ambassador by fire by force,” she said.
Nya Uyu has teamed up with Tannah to come up with comedy series as part of offering a package of comedy to the people.
Recently, Blantyre Arts Festival Executive Director, Thom Chibambo, also said there was need for the creative industry to have national awards that would reward players in all the arts disciplines as was the case with the other sectors.
“We have missed out on this for a long time, I know there are some awards which are done on the ground but we are talking of national awards where even the government would be involved. I am looking to a change,” Chibambo said.