Film industry has potential to develop Malawi – President Banda

Malawian President Joyce Banda has described the film industry as another potential area which given attention could develop the country.

Banda was speaking in Lilongwe during the African Movie 2013 nomination Awards, a function which was held at the Bingu International Conference Center, Friday.

She said:“Some of the countries in Africa and to be specific Nigeria have developed because of the film industry. The industry has created more jobs for the youths and as a result of this the youths have contributed positively towards the development of the country.

“In Malawi, I can proudly say we have the talent and what is important is for us to nurture that talent.”

President Banda and her Vice Khumbo Kachali poses with five nominations film maker Shemu Joyah and actress Flora Suya - Pic by Felix Washon
President Banda and her Vice Khumbo Kachali poses with five nominations film maker Shemu Joyah and actress Flora Suya – Pic by Felix Washon

President Banda disclosed that Government will try its best in promoting the film industry in the country.

“We have talent in the making and as Government, we will try to promote the film industry and offer a conducive environment to everyone willing to invest in the film industry in Malawi.

“Once the industry is developed we are sure that more employment opportunities will be opened up to Malawians who are having nothing to do.

The President commended the organizers of the Awards for selecting Malawi out of the many African countries where the nominations could be conducted.

The Malawi leader said by hosting the event, the country would be known across the globe while at the same time encourage talented Malawians to utilize their inborn gifts.

Chief Executive Director for African Movie Awards Association, Peace Osigwe said African countries should be proud of their culture and try their best in investing in the arts and talents prevailing.

She said it was time for the African continent to stand up and tell the world about the potential that it has.

“We need to be proud of ourselves and we should not wait for other people to do things for us. We can do it our-self. Through the films we shoot, we are able to tell stories about Africa and we will continue doing that,” Osigwe said.

The Director disclosed that looking at the various talents that Malawi has, it pleased the Association to host the function in the country.

Africans Movie Awards started in 2001 with the sole purpose of rewarding people who have explicitly told African stories in the African way. The function at the conference center was intended to select contenders in different film disciplines for the year 2013.

Out of the 25 Categories, Malawi got five nominations which included the best film in African language as well as the best shot film.

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