Zambezi News grace SA's Comics' Choice Awards

HARARE - Zambezi News’ Tongai Makawa aka Outspoken on Saturday attended the Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Outspoken was invited as a special guest, international comedian and awards presenter for the ceremony.

Four seasons in and Zambezi News is defining itself as one of the pioneering satirical voices on the African continent.

A shining example of cutting edge African satire, Zambezi News uses humour to cleverly deal with Zimbabwe and the continent’s complex political and social issues.

“It’s a great honour to be called up and get a chance to interact with other major players across the continent and see how we can build and solidify regional partnerships and grow the industry,” said Outspoken.

Outspoken attended the Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards alongside eight other comedians from throughout Africa.

These pan-African comedians were in attendance in light of a landmark announcement that is set to shake up the comedy industry at home and on the continent.

The Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards and long-term partner Savanna Premium Cider launched the Savanna Pan-African Comic Award at a media event at Montecasino, Johannesburg on Thursday September 1.

The Savanna Pan-African Comic will officially form part of the Awards in 2017 as its newest and 12th category.

The award will go to the comic on the continent who has contributed the most to the African comedy industry, as voted for by his or her fellow African comedians.

Savanna and the awards hosted nine of the continent’s top comedians at the media announcement event to reinforce their commitment to promoting and supporting comedy talent across Africa.

These included Bright Okpocha aka Basketmouth (Nigeria), Ndangi Iileka (Namibia), Leonel Mendes (Mozambique), David Aglah (Ghana), Phenyo Phaladi aka Phenyo the Master (Botswana), Mdura (Swaziland), Tongai Makawa (Zimbabwe), Tshepo ‘Masapo’ Mpiti (Lesotho) and Mbeu ‘Snooze’ Kambuwa (Malawi).

“The Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards are all about elevating the art of comedy, and the African continent has produced so many leading comics. We want to reach out and close the distance in this network, so that African comedy starts to show up on the world’s radar,” says Savanna CCA’s co-founder John Vlismas.

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