Going places

Namibian actor bags two nominations simultaneously.

11 October 2019 | Art and Entertainment

The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) Trust announced the nominations of actor Adriano Visagie for the Sotigui in the Best Actor Southern Africa, and for the Sotigui d'or in Burkina Faso, for his performance in Salute.

The academy of Sotigui works to recognise the profession of actors in Africa and the diaspora. In partnership with the Pan-African Festival of Cinema and Television of Ouagandougoa (FESPACO), the fourth edition of the Sotigui Awards will take place from 28 to 30 November under the theme Co-productions: Major challenges for the development of African cinema.

The Sotiguid d'or Awards will take place on Saturday, 30 November at Canal Olympia Yennenga in Ouagandougoa, Burkina Faso.

Adriano is nominated alongside actress Kandyse Mclure from South Africa and Emmanuel Mbirimi from Zimbabwe. “This is an incredible honour for us all,” said Philipe Tavera, director and producer of Salute. The FESPACO and the Sotigui Awards are acclaimed institutions.

“Visagie, together with the rest of the cast did a fantastic job with Salute and deserves such international recognition,” said Talavera.

Talavera noted that this recognition will open doors not only for Visagie but for other actors in Namibia, as this is the first time a Namibian actor is nominated by the academy.

Upon receiving the news of the nomination, a very emotional Visagie said that he was in awe and much humbled by the nods. “It is such an honour to represent Namibia at such a platform.

I am still processing the news,” said Visagie.

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