Joyce LilongweLILONGWE (Tamanda Mwale, Malawi NewsNow) – History was made in Nigeria by a Malawian film – Lilongwe –  at the African Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA) on Saturday when it won the Best Film from Southern Africa, beating Akin Omotoso’s  Tell Me Something Sweet and Sarah Blecher’s  Ayanda  both from South Africa. .

The film director  b Joyce Mhango Chavula, could not stop crying and was proud to say it was a first for Malawi in the short history of the AMVCA.

This will be Malawi’s first appearance at the awards and a double for them, clinching the award at the first attempt.

Malawi President Peter Mutharika said the award symbolises the growth of Malawi’s creative industry and that recognition will compel players to do more to grow the sector.

“We are glad that sons and daughters of this nation continue to put our mother Malawi on the map and let me take this opportunity to congratulate all those that have taken part in the movie ‘Lilongwe’ to gain this international accolade,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika urged Malawians to emulate Chavula “ and continue working hard in their respective careers and embrace the three pillars of handwork, patriotism and integrity.”