KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka
ACTOR and director Owas Mwape was the biggest winner at the second edition of the Zambia Film, Television and Radio Awards (ZAFTAR) that were held at Metro Cinema in Kitwe, walking away with the Best Actor and Best Directors Awards.
His film, Chenda, also won the Graig Lungu Award for the Best Film (Film of the Year), to cap an excellent evening for him.
The Danny â€˜Sauzandeâ€™ Kanengoki Award for the Best Screen Actor was for his role in Secrets Untold while the Alfred â€˜Ziyeâ€™ Kandolo Award for the Best Screen Director was for directing Chenda.
At the same ceremony, actor and comedian Bob Nkosha was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award while stunning actress Cassie Kabwita won the Agness Mulimbika Award for the Best Screen Actress for her role in Secrets Untold.
Chris Stick Phiri (Chimfya) won the Joemwa Mtsinje Mwale Award for the Best Screenwriter while Shadreck Tembo (Lust) won the Chris â€˜Mongriâ€™ Zulu Award for the Best Sound Designer.
Other winners were Ulendo – ZNBC (The Maximo Chanda Mwale Award for the Best TV Series), Lindiwe – Purple/Lifetime Media Production (The Antonio Katakwe Award for the Best Picture), Sewero – ZNBC Nyanja Radio Drama (The Joseph Kabwe Award for the Best Radio Drama), Born & Bred – ZNBC Entertainment Unit (The Augustine Lungu Award for the Most Entertaining TV Show) and Douglas â€˜Njonginjoâ€™ Mumbi (Recognition Award).
And National Association of Media Arts (NAMA), the organisers of the awards, have thanked all those who took an active role in this yearâ€™s award.
â€œIt is said that Friday the 13th is associated with bad luck but the 2015 ZAFTAR awards ceremony was a success with a positive response from both the public and the finalists,â€ NAMA said in a statement.
â€œNAMA would therefore like to thank most sincerely Metro Cinema for hosting the ZAFTAR 2015 awards night, Great North Road Academy for buying the trophies, MultiChoice Zambia for the DStv decoders/exploras for the best actor and actress awards, Signs Shop for printing the banners and tickets, and Power Tools for transporting Lusaka-based finalists to and from Kitwe.
â€œSpecial thanks to the artists we contracted to provide the necessary entertainment for their excellent performances and these included Macky II, Joseph â€˜Ba Mondeâ€™ Simukonda, Tondolo, Bob Nkosha and Dorika.
â€œFurther, we thank National Arts Council and the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) for the support and we commend the IBA board chairperson Brigadier General Justin Mutale, who was the guest of honour, for being present from curtain rise to the fall of the curtain.â€
KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka