Zamaradi Productions has bagged the Kenya Film Classification Board’s Ksh. 1,000,000 (One Million Kenya Shillings) cash award for their film ‘Dream Child’ in the Kisima Music and Film Awards 2020 Edition held on 13th December, 2020 at the Sarit Centre in Nairobi and graced by the Ministry of Devolution and Arid and Semi-Arid Lands, Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa.
Zamaradi Productions clinched the cash award in the Kisima Music and Film Awards Special Category that best highlights KFCB’s regulatory mandate as stipulated in the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 of the Laws of Kenya.
Speaking at the Gala event themed: ‘Re-awakening the Soul, Spirit and Vibrancy of Africa through Music and Film’, CS Wamalwa observed that the Kisima Music and Film Awards is timely especially this time when the country is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The CS reiterated the Government’s commitment to support talent through initiatives like the Kisima Music and Film Awards.
“Even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kenyan creative sector has remained vibrant, and as Government we shall continue to provide interventions for creatives to showcase their creativity,” CS Wamalwa noted.
The Devolution CS, added that the Government is keen to support the Sinema Mashinani concept being implemented by the Board and through the Council of Governors (COG).
The CS observed that he fully supports the Sinema Mashinani initiative, urging the youth to take advantage of initiatives such as the Kisima Music and Film Awards to exploit their talent for socioeconomic development.
In his address, the Board’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, applauded the organizers of the Kisima Music and Film Awards, noting that that the partnership between the Board and Kisima Awards finds a perfect nexus with the Sinema Mashinani Initiative that seeks to promote the creation and consumption of local content by telling stories in both local and international languages for local consumption as well as for export.
Dr. Mutua reiterated that in a bid to contribute towards supporting artistes to recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with the President’s plea to Government agencies to assist affected stakeholders, the Board found it right to collaborate with the Annual Kisima Music and Film Awards 2020 Edition and in similar initiatives to ensure that our artistes get opportunities that can support them to get back to their feet.
“As a film and broadcast content regulatory Board, we have forged diverse partnerships with like-minded institutions for enhanced service delivery and to support the creatives to recover from the raging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.
Also present at the event was the Kisima Music and Film Awards Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Fred Simiyu who acknowledged the partnership with the Board, urging the youth to use technology to exploit opportunities in the creative economy for job creation.
“We intend to reposition and make Africa the home of creativity in the world. Moving forward we intend to make the Kisima Music and Film Awards more vibrant as we aim to identify and nurture youth talents for job creation,” Dr Simiyu added.
He pledged to continue working closely with KFCB, County Governments and other partners to sell the Sinema Mashinani narrative at the grassroots.