By Sharon Kavhu
Malawian actress Joyce Mhango of the acclaimed “Lilongwe” movie, scooped the biggest prizes at the Malawi Movie Awards.
Mhango walked away with two awards: one for the best producer and the other for best feature film at an award ceremony at Chichiri Shopping Mall in Blantyre.
Other winners at the awards were Tapiwa Gwaza for the Best Actress. Aspects for the Best Actor and the movie Natasha was recognised in the best short film category.
Last year, Mhango was awarded Best Southern Africa producer and director by the Amstel Malta’s Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) in Nigeria.
The award was the first AMVCA Award for Malawi and the third in the region and saw Mhango being honoured by Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika.
She got a royal welcome in her country when she returned from Nigeria.
Mhango is the vice-president of Film Association of Malawi (Fama) and National Theatre Association of Malawi (Ntam).
The recently held Malawi Movie Awards were organised by M-Theatres to inspire filmmakers in the country on September 30, 2017.
According to Malawi24, the event attracted local film makers, actors and actresses, as well as stakeholders in the movie industry.
Actress Vyda Kagwada of Spouses and Workmates TV series was quoted by Malawi24 saying the recognition of talents in the film industry was essential for elevating the field.
“It’s a way of motivating artists. We are able to know that we are being recognised which is essential for the industry’s growth. So we are being inspired. Malawi’s film industry is still in the building process. Players in the industry are making strides to make it big,” Kagwada was quoted saying.