Chirisa nominated for top continental award

HARARE - Los Angeles-based actor Arnold Tongayi Chirisa has been nominated in the Best Actor in a Drama category for the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA).

The AMVCA is an annual accolade presented by Multichoice recognising outstanding achievement in television and film, voted on by the general public.

The inaugural ceremony held in Nigeria in 2013 was broadcast live in more than 50 countries.

The former Studio 263 actor is in the running for the gong thanks to his role in Happiness is a Four-letter Word — a 2016 South African romantic drama directed by Thabang Moleya and written by Busisiwe Ntintili.

In Happiness is a Four-letter Word, Chirisa featured in a cast that also included controversial South African television host, actress and radio personality Khanyi Mbau and Ghanaian actor, on-air personality, television presenter and producer Chris Attoh.

To win the AMVCA Best Actor gong, Chirisa will have to beat strong competitors who include Ramsey Nouah (76), Sambasa Nzeribe (Slow Country), RMD (Oloibiri), Gregory Ojefua (The Encounter), Olu Jacobs (Oloibiri) and Femi Jacobs (Femi Jacobs).

When the Daily News sought his comment on the nomination, Chirisa did not say much.

“I am humbled by the nomination,” was all he could say.

Chirisa first made his mark on the local scene with his role as Detective Trevor Davies in Zimbabwe’s first soapie, Studio 263.

He then moved to neighbouring South Africa where he landed several roles in productions such as Leon Schuster’s Mr Bones as Hekule the King of Kuvukiland.

Other roles he had include a role in Crusoe as Man Friday, American Horror Story: Asylum as Miles, Diamonds, Skin and Mrs Mandela.

Chirisa also landed a role in the American supernatural drama, Sleepy Hollow as well as making a guest appearance in NCIS: Los Angeles on M-Net in July 2013 where he played the role of an interrogator.

Chirisa also appeared in several film projects that include American Horror Story.

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