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.