Malawi’s two nominees for different international awards have called on Malawians to vote for them in order for the country to win.
Movie producer, director and actress Joyce Chavula Mhango was nominated for the best Southern Africa film category of the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA) while local urban artist, Piksy, is seeking votes from the public having been nominated for the Kora Awards, Best Male Southern Africa category for his acoustic song Moto.
While AMVCA public voting is underway and closes on February 26 ahead of the awards ceremony on March 4 and 5, in Lagos, Nigeria, Chavula Mhango is leaving no stone unturned in an effort to woo more votes.
“Every week, my colleagues and I are taking advantage of the networks we have by asking people to vote. We send out the voting link to friends who send it to their friends within and internationally.
“So, I am urging people to follow the step by step process by clicking on the link on the AMCVA website. It takes just three minutes to vote a 100 times if you are using a laptop or tablet,” said the actress.
Lilongwe has been nominated in the new category together with Ayanda by South Africa’s Sara Blecher as well as Tell Me Sweet Something by Akin Omotoso from Nigeria.
In the Kora Music Awards, voting started on January 20 and the race is on for Malawi’s nominee who is facing competition from South Africa’s AKA, two Angolan artists C4 Pedro and Coréon Dú, Namibias Gazza and Zambia’s Petersen.
“I ask everyone that we join hands and vote. Even if they can be able to vote once, I would be very grateful and God will bless them. When voting they shouldn’t have Piksy in mind, they should know they are voting for Malawi. We can bring this home,” said Piksy in a separate interview.
He said as a means of garnering more votes, he is going to run a special campaign aimed at enlightening people about the awards.
“Mostly I will use the social media, newspapers, radio and television. I am looking for sponsorship from companies because I know I have to get the message across and I may not be able to do that by myself. Time is already running out but I’m sure I have enough to try,” he explained.
The winner of the Best Southern African Male Artist will receive $