Malawi Heat

By Pius Nyondo--MalawiHeat

Filmmakers Ashukile Mwakisulu from Blantyre and John Sukez Sukali from Lilongwe are the two people that have expressed interest to contest for the position of president of Film Association of Malawi (Fama) during elections scheduled for June 19.

Fama president, Ezaius Mkandawire, said in a media interview that finally the association was going to hold its elective indaba after it could not happen last year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Mkandawire, who has been at the helm of the association for some time, said he was not seeking another term.

“Let others serve the association, I have done my part and for now let me bow out,” Mkandawire told The Daily Times.

According to Mkandawire, the elections are expected to be held at the Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) offices in the capital Lilongwe.

While Mwakisulu and Sukali are up for Fama’s top-most job, Flora Suya—one of the country’s celebrated female filmmakers—is has expressed interest to contest for the position of vice president.

Mwakisulu starred in internationally celebrated Shemu Joyah’s movie The Last Fishing Boat, and is also the brains behind a soapie Choices­—televised on Times Television (TTV).

Sukali recently released a highly touted movie Fatsani, while Suya has starred in a number of movies including Seasons of a Life and The Last Fishing Boat.

She was nominated as best actress at the 6th and 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards ceremonies.

Meanwhile, Mkandawire expressed discontentment on the continued “lack of investment in the creative industry,” as observed in the 2021/2022 budget presented by finance minister Felix Mlusu last week.

“Once again, the budget does not have a vote. It is the same old song and it is like the creative sector is nothing.

“We don’t know when the creative sector will be considered. There must be a relook into this otherwise there is no investment to grow the creative industry,” said Mkandawire.


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