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18 June 2020

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Pete Edochie honoured with African Film Legend award at TAFF 2020

Film Legend award at TAFF 2020 Pete Edochie By BENJAMIN NJOKU Legendary actor and producer, Pete Edochie, who turned 73 few months back has added another feather to his cap as he was honoured with the African Film Legend award at the just concluded African Film Festival,TAFF, which held in the beautiful city of Dallas, the United States. The festival ran from June 2, through June 6, and was screened live online. It was the first ever virtual award, and a trailblazing effort by the founder of TAFF, Kelechi Eke. However, due to ravaging Coronavirus pandemic , Pete was unable to attend the four day f estival. But he did not miss anything as back home, the veteran actor was presented with TAFF 2020 Living Legends Award Certificate by actress, Patience Ozokwor popularly called Mama G, in his residence in Enugu amid celebration.

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Refilwe Modiselle wins Best Actress international award at TAFF 2020

South African model and TV personality Refilwe Modiselle bagged her first international award at this year’s The African Film Festival (TAFF) in Dallas, Texas.

The local star won "Best Actress" honours for her role as Mansa in the short film White Gold, which bagged its second “Best Short Narrative” award.

This year’s awards ceremony was held online due to the global coronavirus outbreak and lockdown regulations in different countries.

Directed by award-winning UK based filmmaker Luke Bradford, "White Gold" puts the spotlight on a dark practice which still takes place in parts of Africa today, where the mutilation and brutal killing of people with albinism for traditional rituals or witchcraft, is rife.

Taking to Instagram to celebrate the milestone, Modiselle expressed her gratitude to everyone who believed in her craft.

“History in The Making". The first time a person with albinism in a lead role receives an international award of this magnitude. BEST ACTRESS!!”

She added: “My First Best Actress international award at TAFF 2020 ????. Where do I even begin to express my extraordinary pot of explainable emotions.

“My God is no fool... He knows how this journey has been for me personally.... Shooo????????????‍♀️. I'm so grateful. Global love like this is planting a seed, for the change that is needed in the industry & the world at large on various levels @thepitchwhitegold has taken Best Short Narrative award again as well!!! Out of the 4 nominations we took two awards," Modiselle expressed

In February, the film bagged the Best Short Narrative accolade in the Oscar 2021 qualifying category at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.

The film has received numerous nominations including the Best Humanitarian Film at the RapidLion Film Festival (The South African International Film Festival), which was held at The Market Theatre, Newtown, Johannesburg.

The film which was shot in South Africa, features legendary actor Aubrey Mmakola and seasoned actress Shadi Chauke.

Source: IOL