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No Zambian for the 2016 AMVCAs

KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka
IT was the same familiar story for Zambian filmmakers last week Friday when the nominees for the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) 2016 were announced – not anywhere near.
Even after cleaning one’s lenses, it was difficult to find a Zambian movie, actor, actress or director who had been nominated. It was a pointless effort. The quickest way though, if you did not want to clean your glasses, was to go to the list of nominees for Best Movie – Southern Africa.
Perhaps, only perhaps!
There was a glimmer of hope of there – a certain Joyce Mhango Chavula had been nominated. But having been nominated for the movie titled Lilongwe, it was clear that, unless she is a Zambian export like Cassie Kabwita, who has made a name for herself in East Africa, this was another miss.
And it was; Joyce, like the title of her film suggests, is a Lilongwe-based actress and director who is also vice president of the Film Association of Malawi (FAMA) and National Theatre Association of Malawi (NTAM).
For Zambian filmmakers, it is again a question of thinking you are so near, yet you are so far.
Two films stood out for the 2016 AMVCAs – Nigeria’s ‘Road to Yesterday’ as well as the South African ‘Tell Me Something Sweet’.
The Best Overall Movie (Africa) has Dry – Stephanie Linus, Freetown – Adam Abel and Garrett Batty, Ayanda – Sara Blecher, Tell Me Something Sweet – Akin Omotosho, Road To Yesterday – Ishaya Bako, Silverain – Juliet Asante and House Arrest – Joseph Kenneth Ssebaggala while Best Television Series has Jane and Abel – Dorothy Ghettuba, How to Find a Husband – Erica Sugo Anyadike, Santalal – Gerald Langiri, Officer Titus – Olabisi Jinadu and Daddy’s Girls – Ariyike Oladipo.
In the Best Writer of a Movie/TV Series, there is Freetown – Melissa Leilani Larson, Anniversary – Afe Olumowe, Road To Yesterday – Emil B. Garuba, Iquo’s Journal – Blessing Egbe and Ayanda – Trish Malone while Best Director has Road to Yesterday – Ishaya Bako, Dry – Stephanie Linus, Tell Me Sweet Something – Akin Omotosho, Ayanda – Sara Blecher, Gbomo Gbomo Express – Walter ‘Waltbanger’ Taylaur and Rebecca – Shirley Frimpong-Manso.
Best Actress in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series) has Jenifa’s Diary – Funke Akindele, Being Mrs Elliot – Lepacious Bose, Skinny Girl In Transit – Abimbola Craig, An African City – Nana Mensah and Desperate House Girls – Ini Edo while Best Actress In a Drama (Movie/TV Series) has Road to Yesterday – Genevieve Nnaji, Don’t cry for me – Mary Lazarus, Stop – Belinda Effah, Ayanda – Fulu Mugovhani, Falling – Adesua Etomi and The Visit – Nse Ikpe-Etim.
The Best Movie – Southern Africa, in which Joyce is nominated, has two other films – Ayanda – Sara Blecher and Tell Me Sweet Something – Akin Omotosho.

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