SA actress appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for Africa International Film Festival

The Africa International Film Festival, which takes place in Nigeria from 9 to 16 November, has appointed South African actress Xolile Tshabalala as the 2014 Goodwill Ambassador. The awards are a platform which seeks to give expression to African cinema by recognizing and rewarding excellence in the industry.

According to the Nigerian Tribune, Tshabalala, whose appointment was announced at the Durban International Film Festival, commented, “I’m very excited as an artiste and as a female filmmaker. Also, as an African, I am so happy about anything that brings Africa together and puts us on the world map. I’m overwhelmed with joy for being a part of the AFRIFF team.”

She added that, “When Chioma Ude, the founder of AFRIFF called me, I had no choice but to jump at the offer.”

Tshabalala is a 37-year-old actress known for her roles in South African drama series Jacobs Cross and popular soapie Generations.