Heroine’s welcome for Mhango: Malawi movie star parades Africa M agic award in Lilongwe

Joyce Chavula-Mhango whose Lilongwe movie has won an award for Best Movie Southern Africa at the recently held Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCAs), arrived in the country on Monday.

Joyce Mhango Chavula arriving at KIA

Joyce Mhango Chavula arriving at KIA

Joyce Mhango Chavula parades the trophy

Joyce Mhango Chavula parades the trophy

The movie maker received a warm welcome at Lilongwe International Airport and went on to parade in a chauffeur driven mini convoy with her accolade in Lilongwe city.

Mhango was quick to thank Malawians for voting.

“Thank you Malawi for making me feel like a star, the State President’s congratulatory message, the airport welcome team, the road show, the overwhelming love and great support from the media et al. Together we made it,” she said.

She told reporters  after the award ceremony, “I can’t say I saw this coming, but I was always very calm and not bothered about anything.

“Looking at the names I was up against, these are big people in the film industry, not only in South Africa but on the continent as well. But I had to ask myself as why I was nominated alongside them? It means there’s something in the movie.”

Meanwhile, Malawi Film Association President Ezaius Mkandawire has congratulated the win saying the award will encourage many up-and-coming film makers to work hard and improve their work.

He added that the country needed more torch bearers like Mhango to lead the foundation of a viable industry, stressing that it was high time locally produced films were being recognized.

However, Malawian movie lovers have expressed dismay on how the movie industry is operating in the country, saying they are usually caught unaware when such things happen.

“It’s good that we are being recognized and winning awards. But it’s sad that outside countries get to watch our movies first before us. I wonder where the screenings take place when the movies are done,” bemoaned Yvonne Nsena, a local movie fanatic.

Her remarks could be evidenced in random interviews conducted by this reporter as Lilongwe city dwellers expressed ignorance on the award.

Mhango’s Lilongwe has joined the likes of Shemu Joya’s Seasons of a Life and May Taheradeh’s Mercy’s Blessing which have also won multiple international movie awards.

Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCAs) is an annual accolade presented by Multichoice recognizing outstanding achievement in television and film, voted on by the general public.

The inaugural Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards ceremony was held in Lagos, Nigeria on 9 March 2013, and was broadcast live in more than 50 countries. Entries into the award ceremony are films and TV series that have been aired on Dstv Channels in the previous year.

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12 thoughts on “Heroine’s welcome for Mhango: Malawi movie star parades Africa M agic award in Lilongwe”

  1. Athin says:

    Don’t you know that any entertainment activity, sports and traditions has the satanic incarnate?

  2. mbuli says:

    Anthuwo (uyu, mwawi etc) were voted by Malawians cos they pleaded for votes from all Malawians pano awina ndiye mwaima pachulu mwayamba Atumbuka mpatali! Kkkkk koma ku Malawi sikudzathekha! Nxt tym ine Mchewa sundidzavota nawonso!

  3. Mchewa says:

    Za zii! Odi tione kuti zikwanje zayenda motani 2019 uno MCP!

  4. Chewa says:

    Mdumbu wane mlongosi wane

  5. mugasa chairman says:

    she has nice hips

  6. Blue Movie Activist says:

    Tayesani Blue muvu mulitu katundu dziko muno…BM is the only way to go in our movie industry how many movie actors do we have here in Malawi ?answer is many lets try this blue movie project.

  7. Myao says:

    Mzigawo zina za Malawi kukamveka munthu ndekuti ngwa cashgate, waba za ku church, wagwiririla mwana wa zaka ziwiri, alibe pulobulemu, mpaka zaufiti, sikwenikweni za bwino chonchizi ayi!!!

  8. Masuhunju says:

    It started with Mwawi Kamanga and now Joyce Chavula Mhango. The region that gives Malawi a face saver not the mapwevupwevu obsessed Lhlomwes with their old gong Ibu. Its these people who deserve Honary Degrees and not Getiludi.

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  11. Mphwache says:

    Atsikana a kumpoto ( i don’t care whether they are Tumbuka or not, but are from Northern Malawi) mukuchita bwino kwambiri. A month ago, it was Mwayi Kumwenda, now it Joyce Mhango, next it will be ………) Ndakufilani ine mnyamata wa ku Southern Malawi (Nsanje), pitirizani kukweza dzikoli.

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