— Renowned Nigerian Actress Genevieve Nnaji has called on Zambian women artists to remain strong and focused if they are to succeed in the film industry.
Speaking to Zambian News and Information Services (ZANIS) staffer Lackson Makodza in Nigeria, Lagos, shortly after attending the first ever Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA), Ms Nnaji observed that the film industry is largely dominated by men hence the need for Zambian women actress to strive for excellence in the film industry.
She noted that Zambian women artists will only succeed to penetrate the international film industry if they remain determined.
Ms Nnaji appealed to the Zambian women not to lose hope despite the film industry being dominated by men.
She said Zambian women stand a chance to make it in the film industry if only they remain strong.
Ms Nnaji appealed to the women actresses on the continent to be united noting that it would be difficult for women to succeed in the film industry if they are divided.
And Famous Nigerian, Actor Bob Manuel Udokwu has appealed to Zambian actors to work hard if they are to make an impact in the film industry.
He said Zambian actors will only make it if they emulate Nigerian actors by telling Zambian stories through films.
And Mr Udokwu said he is ready to work with the Zambian actors in a bid to grow the film industry in Zambia.
He appreciated the Zambian fan fans for rallying behind him adding that he was delighted to learn that Zambians enjoy watching Nigerian African movies.
Meanwhile among the dignitaries invited to attend the first ever AMVCA awards was Information and Broad casting Services Minister Kennedy Sakeni who was accompanied by Multichoice Zambia Managing Director Simon Bota and National Artists Council Chairperson Mulenga Kapwepwe.
Zambia’s Henry Lenga of Sakalakata and Christin Ngoma of Kawanu were among the nominees in the Best local languages award and best make-up artist award respectively.