Google recognition delights Nafuna TV founder

HARARE - Nafuna TV creator Nqobizitha ‘Enqore’ Mlilo is delighted to have been included among 10 Africans with exceptional web-based success stories by a Google initiative called Africa Connected.

The other shortlisted innovators are Sitawa Wafula (Kenya), Mayowa Adegbile (Nigeria), Eunice Namirembe (Uganda), Eric Obuh (Nigeria), Lamine Mbengue (Senegal), Timothy Maguire (South Africa), Christopher Panford (Ghana) Eseoghene Odiete (Nigeria) and Steve Kyenze (Kenya).

If the Harare-based  animator and film maker garners enough votes on the Africa Connected website between now and March 7 and makes it into the top five, he stands to receive a $25 000 prize.

In addition to the attractive prize money, the five winners will also be given expert advice on how to use Google tools to develop their businesses.

The tech-savvy Mlilo believes his nomination for the top award will put Nafuna TV in the spotlight.

“I am very excited about it,” the Nafuna TV founder told the Daily News yesterday.

“Being nominated by Google is something huge and it shows that the world is appreciating my work. If I manage to win the prize money we will begin to build our studios.”

Mlilo uses YouTube to distribute his animation and video content online to reach his targeted audience. His Nafuna TV has provided Zimbabweans and those in Diaspora an alternative form of entertainment not found on traditional channels.

Nafuna TV’s YouTube channel contains music videos, arts festival footage, animated productions, animation tutorials, interviews with arts people and other videos.

Mlilo’s chances of walking away with the $25 000 prize money now rest in the hands of fellow Zimbabweans and others from the African continent to vote for the highly rated animator and film maker on the African Connected website before March 7.

The five winners, to garner the most votes, will be announced during a ceremony to be held in the Kenyan capital city, Nairobi on April 1 this year.

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