Tanzanian film 'Still Okay to Date?' wins major award in Kenya

Summary

  • Released on October 15 this year, the almost two-hour-long film was aired on Maisha Magic Movie on DStv.

Dar es Salaam. A Tanzanian film titled "Still Okay to Date?" has won the Best International Film category at Kenya's Kalasha Awards, which were announced on December 3 this year in Nairobi.

‘Still Okay to Date?’ was in a category dominated by films from Tanzania such as Nimpende Nani?, Malaika, and Joyce's Dream. Uganda managed to register one nomination in the best international film category with 'Nammudu' at the 12th edition of the Kalasha Awards. 

Speaking to The Citizen, Kefa Igilo, journalist and the producer of the film, said that the award recognition by the Kenya Film Commission is the beginning of his creation of films that reflect what is happening in different parts of the world. 

"It was an honour to be selected among other creatives with many years of experience under their belts. This award means a lot to us as upcoming filmmakers. One of my goals in the near future is to break the ceiling and continue to impact Tanzania’s film industry. ‘Still Okay to Date’ is just the beginning," he said. 

On his part, Jerry Onasaa, co-producer of the film, who received the award alongside Kefa, said that being new filmmakers in the industry, the two are proud to represent Tanzania and the entertainment industry. 

"Bringing this award home is yet another reminder that young people deserve to be entrusted to create stories that speak to audiences beyond their own countries," he said.

Released on October 15 this year, the almost two-hour-long film was aired on Maisha Magic Movie on DStv.

Kefa is a graduate of the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), which aims to hone the skills of young creatives.