The International Central Working Committee (ICWC) of the TheatreMania Africa Festival has named the ambassadors of the project for the forthcoming edition scheduled for March, 2017 in Nigeria.
Theatremania Africa Festival (TAF) is the first all-encompassing All Africa Theatre Production/Creative Industry Awards and Festival, evolving from the African root aimed at rewriting the African story to the world in a positive way.
The eight names released by the organisers of the awards are combination of thespians/actors/theatre practitioners across Africa. From Nigeria are Akin Lewis, Norbert Young, Doris Simeon and Owen Gee while South Africa has Thandekile Grace Maseko and Sibongile Maria Phakathi. Ghana representative is Uncle Ebo Whyte and Malawi’s representative is Zani Michelle Chiumia a.k.a Zani Challe.
According to the creative and content director of TAF, Ms Eppie Maunza, “the ambassadors went through scrutiny and screening of a four-man panel set up for the purpose of ensuring that TAF 2016/17 has quality and worthwhile representation and importantly capable theatre stakeholders to project the theme for the forthcoming event in Nigeria dubbed “Peace in Africa” she averred.
The unifying factor among all these ambassadors irrespective of their countries is that in their own right, they are all lovers of theatre arts, stage production, music, arts and anything creative that promotes the African culture and heritage.
According to Akin Lewis, “we are first and foremost honoured to be appointed as ambassadors of this great festival. Let me say on behalf of the other ambassadors that we are committed to ensuring the promotion of African theatre, music, dance, folktales and culture using this platform to positively spread the African heritage, peace and unity.”
In the words of the CEO of TAF, Mr. Alayande Stephen T. said “ TAF is a reward system meant to appreciate African Acts(Thespians) and other stakeholders in the Theatre Arts/entertainment industry and a platform to show case the best of African Theatre/music/chanting/oral poetry/dance/creative performances on a global stage. One of the Unique Selling Propositions is that we will bringing multiple award winning actors/actresses within and outside the African continent to act and perform live on stage. The festival is expected to be full of glamour, grandeur, color, excellence and excitement”, he said.