HARARE - Chido Mbizvo is confident that the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) Outstanding Film Actress gong she won last month will inspire youngsters in her home town of Kwekwe to take up acting as a career.
Mbizvo landed her maiden Nama award for her role in the Zimbabwean feature film titled Mwanasikana written and directed by Beauty Nakai Tsuro.
In the film, which focuses on the rights of children, Mbizvo acts as Maggie.
“I was born in Kwekwe 25 years ago and I was always pat of the drama club at both Dambudzo Primary School and Mbizo High School.
“I am sure this victory — which I dedicate to Kwekwe — will encourage youngsters in the town to dream big.
“This Nama award shows that you don’t have to be from the two big cities — Bulawayo and Harare — to win,” she told the Daily News.
The 25-year-old actress won the award despite the fact that she ventured into professional acting just two years ago.
“I relocated to Harare from Kwekwe in 2010 and it was not easy getting into the acting industry because I didn’t know anyone in the field or any film organisation.
“I only managed to get my first role in a play two years ago when I featured in Silvanos Mudzvova’s Kumasowe.
“Last year I got a part in Mwanasikana to play the role of Maggie. I am grateful to Nakai Tsuro for giving me such an opportunity,” she said.
Mbizvo is determined not to join the ranks of one-award wonders.
“The whole of Zimbabwe now knows there is Chido Mbizvo out there. This means I have to work even harder to win more awards.
“I have just been offered a part in a series called Blind Ambitions written and directed by Charity “Gogo Ninja” Matavo. All I can say at this stage is that it is about an educated young woman doctor dating a university dropout who claims to be a doctor. It is premature for me to say more,” added Mbizvo.