Representing Namibia

Namibian actor Armas Shivute is among the 38 African actors nominated at the sixth edition of the Sotigui Awards, scheduled for 10 to 13 November in Burkina Faso.

15 October 2021 | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE







WINDHOEK

Every creative dreams of their work being recognised on an international level. For Armas Shivute, this dream inched a little closer last month when he received a nomination from the Sotigui Awards. tjil caught up with him.

tjil (t): Firstly, congratulations on your nomination! In what category are you nominated?

Armas Shivute (AS): Thank you very much. I am nominated for best actor in southern Africa, up against two powerful ladies from Zambia and Mozambique.

t: Where were you when you found out about this nomination and how did it make you feel?

AS: I was on mini vacation with my family at Gross Barmen. I was sitting by the pool, surfing the internet. Then at some point I went on Instagram and I saw I had some notifications. At first, I didn’t know what was really going until I read where it showed photos of the nominees and said the awards will take place in November and further details would be communicated. My nomination letter came a week later. I am still shocked but happy. The fact that my work is recognised at that level gives me goosebumps and a drive to want to go on and on.

t: What does this recognition mean for you?

AS: It means dreams can come true. I have always dreamt of being internationally recognised. I have always wanted to be an actor of note. The fact that I am nominated means that I am doing everything right and it’s an indication that somewhere someone is noticing what we do in Namibia.

t: To what do you attribute this acknowledgment to and why?

AS: I would say to those who have paved the way before us. Thanks to them, we now have these opportunities. To David [Benade] and Tim [Huebschle] for trusting me with their baby. To the cast and crew of #LandOfTheBravefilm for creating a family environment that allowed everyone to blossom. To my family and friends for understanding when I can’t be with them when I am on shooting locations. To Namibians in general. Your support inspires me every day. So, Namibia, let’s vote for this. Let’s give ourselves an early Christmas present.

To vote for Shivute, follow the link: https://tinyurl.com/4cw6cyxw

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