Renowned Malawian film producer Saidi Rashiz Chapeyama has been exposed to have been lying when he granted interviews to various media outlets claiming that he is the editor of a locally produced kung fu movie that has attracted overwhelming positive reviews both locally and beyond the borders.
Chapeyama, who was behind the formation of the hip hop outfit Likoma Island and has in the past also been involved in various music video projects, in interviews with various media newspapers claimed to have been behind the production of the The Town Monger movie and expressed gratitude on the overwhelming response the film is receiving on both local and international level.
He also claimed that the movie was produced by what he said Blantyre’s Ndirande Township based Kufewa Acrobatics under the Ndirawood Films.
However, a Nyasa Times investigation over the claims has established that Chapeyama has been lying with the intention of stealing the limelight from the owners of the movie as he is neither part of the movie nor connected in any way to the owners of the film.
According to information that we have, the movie was produced by Lilongwe based Kufewa Acrobatics based in Area 36 in the Capital City.
Also contrary to Chapeyama’s claim that the full movie out of which the 2.22 minutes clip went viral on social media, is 43.40 minutes long, the truth is that the full movie is 82 minutes long.
According to a source closer to the production team of the movie, all what Chapeyama did was to upload the short clip on his Whatupmalawi Facebook page where most people accessed it before it was later posted in different social media outlets locally and in other countries such as Kenya, Botswana and as far as Nigeria.
The single 2.22 minutes scene instantly went viral and as of Monday September 12 had attracted 3 347 354 viewers on You Tube with thousands of shares on different social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.
“The person quoted as the editor of the movie has no connection whatsoever with the production of the movie apart from posting it on WhatsupMalawi Facebook page with edited tags of #Ndirawood and WhatsApp Malawi as the owner of the movie which in the first place is infringement of copyright rights (sic),” said the source.
Added the source: “As long as we are glad it got people’s attention, we believe that going ahead to be quoted as the editor of the movie is even in itself a grave mistake by the gentleman.”