Just months after working with Hollywood actors in Nigeria and Seirra Leone, film and stage play maker Joyce Mhango-Chavula has received four international invitations to participate in theatre activities in Sweden, Bosnia and in Nigeria within the month.
In a Facebook communication Mhango-Chavula, who directs Rising Choreos Theatre Company, said the invitations have come simultaneously and two of the events will take place during the same dates.
Chavula-Mhango is expected to facilitate an acting class in Nigeria from 5-12 April on an invitation by Africa Movie Academy (AMAA) and to participate in a theatre training organised by Folk Bernadotte in Sweden from April 11 to 17, 2013. Finally the Lilongwe based actor is supposed to be in Sarajevo in Bosnia on an invitation to discuss a film project with Refresh Productions.
On April 20, 2013, she has been invited by AMAA to present an award during the AMAA awards in Nigeria. Malawian film maker Shemu Joyah’s movie The Last Fishing Boat earned five nominations for the awards.
“I have got four invitations and I am moved that Malawi is being recognised outside and I am taking all the invitations seriously. However, for the mean time I have turned down the Sarajevo and AMAA’s acting class invitations because they are all taking place at the time I will be engaged in Sweden,” she says.
Mhango-Chavula says she has decided not to miss the Sweden function because the training will add new knowledge to Malawi’s film industry.
“The Sarajevo trip is about discussing on co-producing a movie. I already met one of the officials and I have penned them asking them if they can reschedule the meeting to some date after my recent trips. Of the four, I will attend two—the Sweden one and the AMAA awards,” says Chavula.