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No Oscar of African Creativity for Malawi

Barely four days after the country missed out on an award at the Focus on Ability Short Film Festival in Sydney, Australia, it also failed to grab any award at the Oscar of African Creativity whose climax was yesterday in Egypt.

The Oscar of African Creativity opened in Egypt last week and the country was being represented by artist Veronica Right, whose real name is Vera Mlia Sheriff.

Veronica, who was one of the participants selected to direct the awards ceremony, said it was painful that Malawi did not manage to win any award.

“It is sad that Malawi did not get any award. I wish we won something but, all the same, everything went on well and I am happy to have played director of ceremonies,” she said.

Veronica bemoaned poor representation from Malawi, saying this also contributed to the failure to win any award.

“There was only me in the painting category and another artist from Malawi who is based in Egypt who participated in the photography category. Our counterparts from other countries sent in a lot of representatives in different categories and increased their chance of doing well,” she said.

Veronica also said she was happy to represent Malawi at the gathering that attracted players from different countries.

The Oscar of African Creativity, which is organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Egypt in cooperation with the African Union Commission, brought the best of African talent to Egypt.

Veronica was endorsed by the National Youth Council to participate in the event for her artwork titled ‘Beauty and the Seven’.

“Malawi should do more to support the creative industry which has potential to propel Malawi’s economy. There is talent in Malawi but there is lack of support. Our friends are supported by their governments and this is why other countries had more representation,” she said.

There were performances and workshops during the event which according to Veronica, highlighted the richness of talent in Africa and the importance of cultural and artistic activities.

“There has also been sharing of ideas, learning from each other as well as networking and the idea is to grow these talents,” she said yesterday.

Before participating in the Oscar of African Creativity, Veronica had made it to the semi-final of the Tikonzekere Arts contest whose grand finale will be held next month at Blantyre Arts Festival (Baf). She however, failed to make it to the final.

Apart from painting and storytelling, Veronica, who studied arts at Chancellor College in Zomba, is into music.

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