Johannesburg production eyes ZIM-SA based award winner Nashville T Chiadzwa

By Ruvimbo Ngwetedza

Last week, a Johannesburg based production company, Ayanda Films, had a meeting with a Zimbabwean actor, Nashville Takudzwa Chiadzwa, to rope him into their future productions.

Speaking to NTU News, Zimbabwe’s Chiadzwa expressed his feelings on the gesture. “I had a successful meeting with Ayanda Films, a production based in Johannesburg. They really loved my profile and acting experience, so they want to work with me in their projects,” he said.

Chiadzwa started acting in Zimbabwe when he was in grade 5. The Manicaland province born national is a two time ‘Live Your Dream SA’ Youth Award nominee and this year, he had been nominated for the award for the third time.

“I am also going to be a part of the Live Your Dream SA Youth Awards for the third year now as the Best Comedian Nominee. In 2018 and 2020, l was in the Best Actor Nominee category while this year several people in the industry said I deserve the Best Comedian Award hence, the Live Your Life Dream SA Awards decided to spice things,” he said.

His acting career started in 2015 by attending the Top Billing Expresso auditions at the Wanderous Cricket Sports Stadium in Sandton and the following year he featured in three different productions before he came back and contested as a presenter in 2018 for Top Billing Expresso .

“In 2016, I played a small supporting role in SABC 3’s soapie turned drama ‘High Rollers’ as a security guard and l really enjoyed building strong relationships and acting along top-notch actors such as Sophie Ndaba, Thapelo Mokena, Fezile Mpela and Jay Prakash. In the same year I featured in the SABC 1 drama series ‘Ashes 2 Ashes’ in another small supporting role as a warder and I acted alongside an icon, the late Menzi Ngubeni.

“Towards the end of 2016, I also played a supporting role in the ‘Teenagers Comeback’ movie as a traditional healer or sangoma or Inyanga. I liked the role to bits portraying a real sangoma. I was nominated and at the same time scooped the Best Supporting Actor Award by God’s grace,” Chiadzwa said.

The following year, Chiadzwa participated in a mentorship program which took place in Johannesburg. He was nominated for the Best Presenter Award and scooped it. In 2019, he played a supporting role in the ‘River’ series as a soldier. He also took part in the continental platform ‘Face for Arts Africa’.

Chiadzwa said, “acting is my passion. I am motivated by the need to break new grounds aiming to become the pioneer of great things in acting industry.”

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