Seven year old wins Best Actress Award

HARARE - Seven year old Hannah Madzikanda, a grade two pupil at Hallingbury Primary School, recently defied all odds and scooped the Actress of the Year award at the recently held Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards.

Madzikanda earned the coveted award for her role in a film called ‘Far From Yesterday,’ a drama on a broken father and daughter relationship.

The movie is a narrative that explores the repercussions of past choices that pave the way to the discovery of present unresolved emotions

The young girl, arguably the youngest award-winning child actress in Zimbabwe, beat several acclaimed Zimbabwean actresses to land the award.

“She took everyone by surprise on set because she didn’t actually need a lot of rehearsal to play the role we gave her in the movie,” said movie co-producer and director Charles Mugavari Jnr.

“We look forward to working with her in future productions because the whole idea is to nurture young talent,” said Mugavari Jnr.

Madzikanda worked with acclaimed artistes like musician Amara Brown, Dennise Edwards, celebrated model Jonathan Denga and another musician identified as Dice on set.

“I do not do acting at school and have not even told my teacher about this award, “said Madzikanda.

“I got into acting after my dad’s friend said that I could be good actress and my father said it was ok for me to act.”

The little girl, who draws a lot of inspiration from animated series Cindirella, Tinka Bell and Sofia the First, said she was ecstatic to receive the accolade because she did not expect to win when she went for the award ceremony.

“I was so happy and when I got on to the stage. I thanked everyone who contributed to making me who I am today,” she said.

Hannah’s father, Donald Madzikanda, said he was confident that his daughter could fit the role in the movie.

“She went for one audition and she was what they were looking for and they didn’t have to audition more people for that role.

“It’s really exciting and I am very proud of my daughter although I am also a bit worried because it is a demanding industry. I will encourage her and also help her to prioritise,” he said.

Hannah’s scenes in ‘Far from yesterday’ during weekends and holidays to avoid congesting her school time.

“The team from Far from yesterday made sure that shooting the movie did not coincide with school work. Her education comes first and I would want her to focus on her education first until a time when she can decide her career path.

“Obviously she is already on the international market but and offers may start trickling in for her but education comes first,” Donald Madzikanda.

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