By Colette Musanyera
GOVERNMENT officials, entrepreneurs and creatives converged at a local hotel last night for an interface with renowned South African actress, Connie Ferguson.
It was all glitz and glamour at the event which brought together entrepreneurial and creative minds under one roof.
Entrepreneur, Zodwa Mkandla, who hosted the event, was ecstatic about Ferguson’s visit.
“We are glad to host Connie, a woman of power. You are welcome to Zimbabwe, a beautiful home. We hope to glean lessons from the journey you have walked as an entrepreneur and an actress,” said Mkandla.
The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa described Ferguson’s visit as an opportunity for local creatives to draw lessons and inspiration from a successful woman who has been in the television business for almost three decades.
“We are delighted as a nation to finally host you in our country, having been entertained and mesmerised by the world you brought to life on our screens and beyond. Indeed, you became family, long before you stepped foot in Zimbabwe.
“Your visit has coincided with our drive to liberalise the airwaves, in order to enhance the quality of our programming. To date, we have licensed six commercial television channels, two of which are already on air, while a third is on the verge of going on air. As we do so, we seek to draw inspiration and expertise from persons like you, who have been in the television production business for a while now. Your visit, I hope, will be punctuated by moments of interaction with our producers, especially female producers, so that they glean one or two lessons,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.
Guest of honour at the event, the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, was represented by Angel of Hope Foundation chairperson, Chipo Mutasa, who highlighted that Ferguson’s story is that of a strong woman of power who has defied all odds and distinguished herself in Africa and beyond.
“You have a message that for women, it is okay to be strong, affirmative and brave. You have inspired many across the globe and you continue to challenge women from all spheres that women can do it too. Zimbabwe is your home. We are bound by common bonds that nothing can separate,” she said.
Ferguson spoke on her interest in working with local creatives.
“I have met and interacted with local film producers, brilliant and creative minds indeed,” she said.
Local creatives were elated to meet their icon.
The dinner, which was attended by several government officials, players in the entertainment industry and entrepreneurs, was punctuated by music and dance.