The highly respected Zimbabwean graphic artist, Saki Mafundikwa, won the Sembene Ousmane Award for his film Shungu at the Zanzibar International Film Festival.
Shungu is Mafundikwa’s first film and was produced by his wife Karen. It tells the story of the strategies ordinary people used in order to survive Zimbabwe’s political turmoil, economic downturn and health care collapse.
The award, named after the famous Senegalese filmmaker, Sembene Ousmane, was presented to Mafundikwa on 17 July in Stone Town, Zanzibar.
Mafundikwa was educated in the USA with a BA in Telecommunications and Fine Arts from Indiana University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University. He worked for a dozen years in New York City as a graphic designer, art director, and design teacher before returning home in 1998.
In 1999 Mafundikwa established a training institution for graphic designers in Zimbabwe. He has since returned to the US where he teaches design.