Nash Mphepo bags acting gong

HARARE - Actor Nash Mphepo has bagged an Ecrans Noirs festival award for the best male actor in the film, Dust and Fortunes.

Mphepo, 36,  is also a National Art and Merit Award (Nama) winner for best male actor in film and television for 2014. He is also a 2011 Nama nominee for best male actor in theatre.

Ecrans Noirs (Black Screens), established in 1997 by Ba Bassek Kobhio from Cameroon, is a Pan-African film festival held in Cameroon and Central Africa each year.

The award ceremony was held in July.

“This is my second award in one year and it’s an international one,” he said. “The awards were held in Cameroon during a film festival called Ecrans Noirs but I did not attend the festival. I did the film with Global Academy and I was the main character.”

In the film he played the character of a disabled young man Michael Marufu, who is passionate about soccer despite his physical stature.

With the dream of making it big in the soccer fraternity, Michael starts a soccer team with a group of cattle herders and he names it Gomba. Michael’s goal is to have the league champions come and play against his team every week. Despite disappointments and negative responses from colleagues, Michael carries on.

“I would like to thank the director of the film Justice Chapwanya Mokoena who reserved the award for me and also for directing me,” he said. “Last but not least, I thank my parents for the life and my brother Jason Mphepo for being there for me.”

Mphepo is a family man, with three children, two boys and a girl.

“I started acting in 1995 and I have a diploma in theatre arts,” he said. “Acting is my life and I have a passion in acting. I use arts as a way of expressing myself as I am a shy person.

“I also act for Patsime Edutainment Trust.”

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