FELIX NYAMBE, Lusaka
THE premiere of a drama series ‘Turn of Fortune’, produced by Bread of Life Church International, went on the small screens on Sunday, courtesy of Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC).
The church’s first-ever drama series features actors and actresses from within the church, although in future, the producers say they will also engage other actors.
Bread of Life Church Bishop Joe Imakando said the movie presents the church with a unique platform for evangelism.
“Yesterday [last Sunday] was a unique occasion in the life of Bread of Life Church International. It was a step towards the fulfillment of our mandate of bringing tens of thousands into the kingdom of God as the ‘Turn of Fortune’ drama series was launched,” Bishop Imakando said on his Facebook page.
Minister of Tourism and Arts Charles Banda, who launched the series at the Blessing Centre in Lusaka on Sunday, said it was heartening to see the Christian film industry grow.
Mr Banda, who commended the church for the production of ‘Turn of Fortune’, also noted that the creative arts industry has potential to create jobs for many.
He prodded ZNBC to create a platform that will propel the local film industry to higher heights.
Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili, who witnessed the occasion, said ‘Turn of Fortune’ was a real life drama that will help uphold biblical principles and provide godly counsel, especially to the youth.
“This is the first of the many drama series that we as a church will produce,” co-producer Derrick Mwamba said.
In an interview, Mwamba said the movie was inspired by the church’s quest to evangelise the word of God.
The movie is basically about the daily unfolding events where one has nowhere to turn to in times of trials and tribulations.
With the characters being mostly the youths, it is a must-watch movie, which will inspire someone to make the right choices in life.
In this era of ever growing temptations of life, including crime, drug and alcohol abuse and many other social vices, the drama series is packaged to bring some hope in a hopeless situation and help someone to grow spiritually.
Created by the multi-talented and versatile Lawrence Thompson, the producer has simply nailed it in as far as bringing life issues into picture through immense drama and suspense is concerned.
Speaking on behalf of ZNBC director general Richard Mwanza, the corporations’ director of corporate affairs Masauzyo Ndhlovu pointed out that the ‘Turn of Fortune’ will add value to the channel and have an impact on their audience as it promotes good morals and Christian values.
FELIX NYAMBE, Lusaka