Aubrey Thom Vakhani
The country’s film industry is slowly growing and is producing actors as well as producers.
One of the contributors to the industry is a youthful Lilongwe based Blessings Tapuwa who is also popularly known as Stylish in the entertainment circles.
Tapuwa who owns Stylish Pictures, said he started acting at the age of fifteen years.
“My elder brother [Syener Malunga] had roles in a number of radio plays like Mbali Yanga (aired on MBC Radio 2 FM), Zimachitika and Timasukilane. That’s when I learnt how to read a script,” said Tapuwa.
He added: “Later on, I was given a role in Mbali Yangaij which I was playing the part of Boniface and I also worked with Hudson Chamasowa in his ‘Pofera Salambula’ radio play for Ufulu FM. I also have a character in Zathu Pawailesi radio play in which I am called Kondwani.”
Tapuwa said he once worked with Transworld Radio as a volunteer in a youth program where where he developed script writing skills.
“I stopped working at Transworld in 2017 and started working on my own as a photographer and videographer. I branded my multimedia as Stylish Pictures. I relesed my first shot film (Snowing Summer) last year under Mwenechio Arts. I am heading Lilongwe team as its director. In acting, I also work with Khama Mbaula as an actor in his “Moyo Wathu TV series,” he explained.
Tapuwa said plans are in a pipeline to come up with a feature film titled “Tsokalawo” to be released very soon. It was written by his Blantyre counterpart Chifundo Sauti and Fortune Senzani.
He said his firm is also planning to come up with a Tv series drama.
Tapuwa cited luck of seriousness among actors as one of the challenges the film industry is facing in Malawi.
“On top of that, there is lack of resources. Therefore, I would like to ask organisations, companies as well individuals to partner us. Together we can develop our economy through arts and everyone will benefit in one way or the other,” appealed Tapuwa.
So far, Tapuwa and his team has film Snowing Summer will realese my second in december this year
He had a piece of advice going to both youths and parents.
“I can advise fellow youths to make good use of time. Time management is always important. Make good use of time for school if they are at school or work and also manage time for their art and also stand for what they know is right. They should avoid being pressurised by others.
“To parents out there, they need to advise and encourage and support us the [youths] to achieve our goals,” he advised.